COMMUNITY CONSCIENCE NOVEMBER 2019 THE
PICKING THE RIGHT COLLEGE HOWDO YOU KNOWWHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR TEEN?
Raising kids can be a challenging endeavor. When Heather and I married in 2013, she agreed to take on not only a husband but also two boys: Andrew, 12, and Chandler, 11. The boys are now 17 and 18 years old and face growing up in a world very different from the one Heather and I knew when we were teenagers. We are far from perfect parents, but we do our best. Our newsletter chronicles some of our successes and some of our less- than-stellar moments. We hope you can learn from some of our failures and find some entertainment in the moments we share.
which schools spent less. Ironically, after visiting five schools in the region, we settled on a school Andrew had not yet visited.
In August, I dropped off my eldest son at the University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Montana. It was a bittersweet experience: satisfying to see your son grow into a young man and tough to watch him go away. How Andrew ended up in Dillon was a decision he had to make and one I believe was the right one for him. In the spring of Andrew’s junior year of high school, we decided to take a little road trip and visit some schools in the region, including the University of Montana, University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Gonzaga University. What was interesting is how each school approached its recruiting/ touring process. While the guides at each school were friendly, you could see which schools had invested in the recruiting process and
In our family, cost and student debt were very big factors in evaluating which school our kids would be attending. Private schools, like the health care industry, have not followed the laws of supply and demand over the past 20 years, and their costs have significantly outpaced inflation. We are very fortunate in the state of Montana to have a number of very good state institutions where tuition has remained relatively affordable. The two main university campuses at the University of Montana and Montana State, along with MSU Billings, Montana Tech, and UMWestern, are all excellent
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