I hope someday to be as wise as teenagers. They just know everything, don't they?
At least that is how my Daughter feels....at the ripe old age of 18, she knows it all.
She knew that she didn't need to waste her time applying to those Honors programs at the colleges she applied for, since she was sure she wouldn't need any additional financial awards to attend said colleges.
She knew that she didn't need to waste her time writing any optional essays on her college applications, because again, she wouldn't need any additional merit awards some of those aforementioned essays may have qualified her for.
She knew that she didn't need to waste her time searching out and applying for merit based scholarships that weren't connected to the specific schools she hoped to gain admittance to. Surely, the schools she applied to would offer her more than ample piles of dough to cover any costs her parents college fund didn't.
She knew her superior brain, her sterling grades, her class rank, her ability to shine on standardized tests(the SAT) would have the powers-that-be at each of the colleges she applied for throwing scholarship money at her feet to get her to choose their school.
Even though her parents, who have the wisdom of having gone through all this themselves back when "dinosaurs roamed the Earth", told her she had better apply for things, write essays, and any other thing asked of her by the colleges' powers-that-be, to take advantage of any advantage she could uncover to find scholarships and/or grant money.
So guess what? It turns out, she didn't know Jack!
Her dumb as dirt parents saw this day coming like a roaring freight train down the track, but she didn't heed our warnings.
To Be Continued.....