I have a son who felt the same way (That he would not go to college.) We decided not to make a big deal out of attending or not attending college. Why? Because we raise our children to be adults by the time they graduate and we realized it would be HIS decision when the time came.
Instead we brainstormed with him about what he WOULD like to do when he graduated. Every idea involved owning a business. We told him he should begin to save up $ so that he'd have the investment to begin a business. We also told him that since he wasn't planning on college there WERE things we felt all well-rounded individuals should know and he'd have to work really hard to get that good framework before he graduated high school.
In other words our "not going to college" son had a harder course mapped out by us than our "going to college" children have.
He agreed. His education while at home WAS our decision (though we follow their interests as much as possible.) He got a job and began saving to move back to Alaska and open a fishing guide company. By the time he graduated he'd been invited back to Alaska....however, he'd also seen what happens to many young adults with no motivation and no education. He was a manager at Chick Fil A by the time he was 17. His boss is a HUGE MENTOR to youth. He liked that. He decided owning a Chick Fil A would be good....and found out you have to a business degree to own a Chick Fil A.
He decided THE WEEK BEFORE HE BEGAN COLLEGE to go to college.
He was able to easily test where he needed to because of his high school education, he had money saved for the school, he had taken a "college prep" track (though in our homeschool it was the non-college track) and he's had no trouble at all. It was his choice. We didn't fight. We supported him regardless of the route he wanted to go. We all agreed on the goals.....the path to get there is varied.
He is now a Junior at the university. He's paid for college himself, he has next year's tuition saved. He works 40 hours a week. He's led workers to the Lord at Chick Fil A....and they have him fast-tracked to own a restaurant....not sure if that's where he'll eventually go.....but in all....we knew he'd eventually be a businessman - and here he is.
I'd listen, pray, encourage and then continue to do all that needs to be done to prepare your daughter in case she decides a week before college that she wants to go after all.
~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...
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Homeschooling Mom of 9 children ranging in age from 4-24 years old.
What an awesome story! It sounds like De'Etta did a wonderful job of preparing her children for "the real world." Thank you for sharing!
Yup, it's a small world! De'Etta has been my online friend for over 10 years. I have a photo of her and I meeting together for the first time on facebook :-) She did give me permission to share this (obviously) and I was so grateful that she provided her first-hand account.
I can't believe it! De'Etta (hi there, friend!) is a good friend of mine, and here she is on the Homescholar. This home schooling bit makes this world much smaller, doesn't it? De'Etta has been my homeschool mentor for several years. Thanks for sharing this. (De'Etta has many more encouraging stories to share sometime, too.)
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