In anticipation, about a month ago I asked on my Facebook page what you’d like to see me write about. Many people requested more personal posts about what’s going on in my life. That’s a very difficult undertaking for me but today I’m doing that. I’m sharing a process that my family has just been through, and how I’m feeling about it.
College decisions are not for the faint of heart y’all (no, I’m not Southern, I have no idea where that came from). Many of you have been through this process and are probably sitting there nodding your head. Others may have little ones at home and are thinking that this is not something you have to consider right now. Maybe not right now but I’m telling you, don’t blink. . .
This is my second year in a row going through this experience. They say that women forget some of the pain of childbirth or they wouldn’t ever do it again. That’s just plain bull-pucky. And the same’s true with college application/anticipation/decision time. It’s a nerve wracking, joyous, painful ride and is not easily forgotten. You go into the college labor-and-delivery season with your eyes wide open and your stomach in knots. Where’s my epidural?
This time around we applied to more schools than we did last year with my older son. College Boy hadn’t chosen a field of study and pretty much knew where he wanted to go. High School Senior (gonna have to think of another name to call him) does know what field he’s interested in so we applied to universities in general but also to schools high on the US News and World Report ranking in his field.
Accepted: Georgia Tech
The first few acceptances and the knowledge that he had a fall-back originally stopped the progression of my ulcer. You know that wasn’t going to last, right? They sweetened the deal with a scholarship and automatic inclusion in the Honors Program for his field.
The first rejection broke my heart and made me feel guilty. It wasn’t even a school he had chosen himself, he applied because I wanted him to. But it’s in my home state (and is #1 in his field) and I SO wanted him somewhere where, in case of emergency, family could get to him quickly.
Like a delicious dessert, the next acceptance was a treat. The school that had been his first choice and is ranked #5 in his field, and the offer included a scholarship.
Orange Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars
You’d think the decision was an easy one, but it wasn’t. I thought he’d easily pick his original first choice, but first became second and the application he sent out on a whim became his first. He weaved in and out of (preference) traffic and I held on for dear life; rankings, locations, cost (yikes), scholarships, honors programs, general education, targeted major programs, student life, research affiliation . . . I was dizzy.
Have you ever seen a TV show called “Love it or List it”? An interior designer makes a family’s home more livable while a real estate agent finds them a home that’s a better option. At the end of the show the couple confers and then is asked “decision made? Are you going to love it or list it?”
Well, decision made. He’s gonna list it, folks. Didn’t go for the honors program an hour away, he’s going far away. 573 miles away to be exact. Purdue is lucky to have him. I’m so damn proud. And heartbroken.
PS: I told my son that I’m going with him. I’ll find an apartment in West Lafayette. I won’t bother or embarrass him, he can come to dinner once a week. He thinks I’m kidding . . .
Orange Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars©www.BakingInATornado.com
Ingredients, Cookie Bars:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups quick oats
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
¼ cup Maple syrup
2 TBSP Orange juice
½ tsp almond extract
3/4 Powdered sugar
¼ tsp (finely ground) orange zest
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 glass baking dish.
*Cream the butter, margarine, brown sugar and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
*Carefully, on the lowest speed, beat in the flour, baking soda and salt until just incorporated. Raise the speed and beat until smooth.
*Mix in the oats and cinnamon chips.
*Pat evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
*Remove from oven. Immediately, using the bottom of a wooden spoon, make (about 24) holes in the cookie bars, but only partially down, don’t break through to the dish.
*Allow the bars to cool for 20 minutes, then pour the glaze evenly over the bars and into the holes.
*Carefully spread the glaze around the top and up onto the sides and edges of the bars.
*Allow to cool completely before cutting.