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SOPHIE’S SENIOR YEAR School’s back in session, meaning my daughter Sophie is working her way through senior year. Time really does fly. Before I know it, September of 2020 will be upon us, and she’ll be heading off to college. Normally I don’t like to make predictions, but I have a feeling sitting down to write that month’s edition of this newsletter will be an emotional experience to say the least. While I may already be getting anxious over Sophie going to college, I suppose it’s better than having to worry if she’ll be going in the first place. She’s been a real self-starter throughout the application process and even has a clear vision of her future. Sophie’s heart is set on becoming a physical therapist, and she’s already more than proven her willingness to chase that dream. For the past two years, my daughter has worked as an intern at a local physical therapy clinic, meaning she hasn’t been around a whole lot this summer. Between time spent at work and with friends, Sophie’s already beginning to train her mother and me to be empty nesters. While it can be hard to take a back seat as a parent, I certainly remember being her age. We may have been very different teenagers living in very different times, but I definitely relate to Sophie’s eagerness to grow up. In fact, looking back at my senior year, I’m glad my daughter doesn’t take too much after me. Without getting into the details, let’s just say I’m very glad social media didn’t exist when I was in my late teens. There were still plenty of dumb decisions high schoolers could make in the ‘80s, but at least none of them ever got uploaded to Facebook for all to see. Sophie’s levelheadedness has saved me from the stress I must have put my parents through. Unlike when I was getting ready for college, my daughter has a solid plan. At her age, I had no idea what I wanted to do and ended up drifting all the way from engineering to law. Meanwhile, she has her sights set on Kent State University, specifically because of their great physical therapy programs. I went to Ohio State because it just seemed like the thing to do at the time.
There is one parallel we share, though: Right when Sophie is approaching the time when she’ll need to think about student loans, I’ve just finished paying off my own! Thankfully for her, I know a little more about saving for college than I did when I was 17, and I have plenty of experience helping other families do the same. But, as I reflect on this coming transition, I realize my daughter has taught me something incredibly valuable. When she first started talking about becoming a therapist, I was skeptical about how long this dream would last. I thought she would drift between aspirations and career opportunities in much the same way I did. However, having seen just how hard she’s worked toward her goal these last two years has shown me she can blaze her trail in her way. We all have our own style of finding happiness.
Here’s to the time we spend with one another along the way,
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