For the past 3 years, when DS#1 was finishing his degree, and then with DS#2 going last year for an AmeriCorp project for 9 months, and then this year gone for 6 months to do wildland firefighting, we've been a crazy revolving door of a household -- sometimes one gone, then coming back, and the other goes, then both gone for a few months, then both back...
BUT, I think I can actually post on this thread, because DS#1 is a freshman... again! From my signature, you can see he graduated from homeschool high school in 2011. He attended the local CC for 3 years to both take all his transfer classes AND earn an AAS (not just an AA) degree, and then finally transferred to an out-of-town college for the last 2 years. Sending him off then was super hard and weepy for everyone, but he had a great college experience.
This time around, he will probably live at home for all or most of the 4 years to get the BS in Mechanical Engineering to cut costs and student debt as much as possible. He's also working a lot, so between classes and work, we probably won't see him much more than if he were living out of the home and going to school.
His classes start Wednesday, and he's excited, and we're excited for him, too. It's a core-concentration-heavy degree, so he's only able to transfer the 9 non-Engineering courses he earned with his BA degree, but that will help make his semesters not so heavy. And he's a lot more mature now, and able to balance a workload with school, so all things are good as he continues to grow into his career field!
Meanwhile, DS#2 will be back home again in 3 weeks, and I imagine we'll be talking with him at some point to figure out what his moving on plans will be. My guess is that he'll be staying through spring to save up on living costs, do another season of wildland firefighting, and then start thinking about buying a house. But we'll see...
And, DH (who earned his Master's in Dec.), is actually going back to take a photography class just for fun, so we'll have 2 in school again. We are definitely the oddballs in a thread on college freshmen!
I was a wreck for weeks before dropping off DS#1 to college that first time, and cried for half the drive home after -- same when I dropped DS#2 off for his AmeriCorp commitment. So sending lots of big and encouragement to everyone as you all make some big adjustments! Warmest wishes to everyone! Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 18 August 2017 - 07:16 PM.