it is what it is …


Category Archive

The following is a list of all entries from the school category.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year ..

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hard to believe …

school starts 7 weeks from today.


smarty pants kids

for the past few weeks, I’ve been watching my son participate in Academic Team tournaments .. and I am constantly amazed at how smart these boys are.

2008-09 TK Stone Academic Team pics

They’re heading to the state competition next month. Go Panthers!!


Thank Goodness for the Internet

If it weren’t for the internet, I might have believed the people at Bed Bath & Beyond that said I need everything on the Back to School list. But because I have mad message board skills, I found a college parent forum where there are many, many threads that talk about what you really need at college … and what stuff never gets taken out of the packaging.

DS room mate’s parents must have gone to Bed Bath & Beyond. LOL.

The day was good. Very hard, but good. A new beginning for us all.

It is what it is.


I hope he listened …

Be smart with your time …

Be smart with your money …

and be yourself.

Sending your baby off to college is hard 😦


grrrr …

when I went to college, back in the day, it was all fairly straightforward and simple. My parents paid $500 per semester for my dorm (I told you it was way back in the day!) and what started as $500 per semester for tuition. That number went up some over the years, for various reasons. Anyway, it was not hard. My dad wrote the check, and I delivered it to the Bursar’s office.

Fast forward some years. Oldest son is leaving for college in 2 days. Much time was spent choosing the right school, applying for scholarships, etc. A financial aid package arrives … and much to my surprise and delight, it’s a number we can manage. whew. All is well 🙂

The bill arrives in July and we’re on our way. Or so we think.

DS was awarded a $500 local scholarship. We should have kept our big mouths shut We tell the school, which sends the financial aid office into a tailspin. Because apparently, we’ve already been awarded all the aid allowed? I have no idea. All I know is that the very nice lady who responds to my emails tells me to set up our payment plan based on the billed amount less $250 for the scholarship and she’d take care of it.

Take care of it my ass. @@

I did what she said to do. Total due less $250. No problem.

Except now we’re getting letters and emails from the Business Office, telling us our account is underpaid by $250. I don’t understand, beause I followed the directions of the Financial Aid office when I set up the account payment plan. I email the nice lady in Financial Aid, to see what suggestions she can offer. At this point, it’s a matter of the Business Office, I should email them.

And email them I have …. 3 times in the last 2 days? NO repsonse. NONE. Not helpful at all. Especially for a first time parent. I could have called, I suppose .. but all over their emails it says to email them. riiight. @@

I look over the tuition statement again this morning (2 days before dorm check-in) and discover that the lady in the Financial Aid office has added the $250 as an outside scholarship to his award package. Awesome! Then I look and see that she’s taken $250 away from a different category … so we owe the SAME amount. And she did not think to mention this to me in the 50 emails I’ve sent about this issue? Good LORD.

$250 check has been overnighted to the school. Hopefully that will be the end of it.

Somehow, I doubt it. @@


wordless wedneday


back to school!

Check out the pictures … here 🙂


an observation

a lot happens in the summer between 6th grade and 7th grade…. girls grow up (and out!!) and boys notice.


winding down

we’re at 11 days at counting … it’s time to get serious.

Back. To. School.

’nuff said