It is official. After spending the day at Lasell College today, DJ decided that there is no doubt in his mind that this is where he wants to go to school. We were able to sit in on a seminar with several of the Communications Department faculty members and I could feel his excitement growing. At lunch, we were seated by course of study and he sat next to the head of the communications department. There were two other professors there too and although DJ knew already that this was it…they sold me on it too!
A funny thing happened after DJ signed his paperwork. Although neither of us told each other until after DJ made his decision, after he signed and we were walking out of the athletic center, he mentioned that the head of the department reminded him of grandma, (my mom.) She looked nothing like her but the funny thing about it is that I had the exact same impression while she was speaking to our group. Neither of us are sure what the connection was but it was so odd that we both felt it. The biggest “give away” for the mom/grandma connection was when she took her napkin from the table while we were eating, and hooked it into her shirt like a bib. This was my mom’s signature. She ALWAYS wore her “bib” – otherwise she wore her food.
Maybe it was her sign letting DJ know he is making the right choice. DJ still hasn’t heard from a few schools and I told him if he wanted to wait to make his decision he could, but knowing that he has his scholarship and that money is much less of an issue because of it, he knew this was the right choice.
I haven’t seen him so happy! He said he feels like a load is lifted off his shoulders and I am so happy for him!
In less than two hours DJ and I will heading to Boston. Dave and Drew aren’t joining us so it will be just the two of us. Four hours in a car with him alone. Wonder what we will talk about? He’s never been a sullen teenager and has always been a pretty good conversationalist.
We are off to Lasell College, one of his top choices. He has already been accepted there. On Saturday, they are offering an “Accepted Students Day,” where students can see the school in action. Today we plan to spend the day in Boston once we arrive. We live only about five hours from there, yet somehow, I don’t think I have ever been there, (perhaps when I was really little, but I don’t remember it.)
I am looking forward to it. I know DJ is too. The weather is pretty crummy here in New Jersey today and from what I can see on the weather reports, it looks to be that way all throughout the North East. We might even have snow. It might not be the ideal day to walk around Boston but if he makes the decision to go there, we will have plenty of more options to get there in the future!
Yesterday, I couldn’t get a photo. Despite the easy prompt it just didn’t happen. Today, My View, was completely different. While I spent the morning at my grammy’s making sure that her care taking was under control, and then with my dad, getting him transported to a rehabilitation center, I took lots of photos on my phone. Beautiful photos of the iced over plants and the sunset. I even had the blog all written in my head.
But then, I got home and this had arrived in the mail.
DJ’s first college acceptance letter. Lasell College right outside of Boston. One of his top choices. He is so happy, he is so relieved. He is even received an “Academic Achievement Award” giving him some money each year to put towards tuition. He had been getting so anxious, as all of his friend’s were receiving acceptance letters already. He hadn’t heard from anywhere – positive or negative so he was getting very discouraged. His smile was the best view I had all day!