Tag: university

Post Secondary Blues

The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?" My son, half of my pride and joy, my first greatest work of art - my Thing 1. I love this person so much. I have dedicated my life to bringing Thing 1 and Thing 2 into a constant and happy state of living. In his final year of highschool, Thing 1 entered a…

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Packing Challenge

Today is another bittersweet day at our house. My son is up in his room contemplating packing for his second year at university where he will be living in a rental house with a bunch of friends. Last year we had many trips to the stores to stock up with everything he needs but this year, the challenge is getting him to pack. Being more independent now he doesn't want help. The thing is he hasn't started this process yet. Tomorrow is the day we fill up the van for the early morning move the next day into a rental house two hours…

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The Return of Thing 1

I drove Thing 1 back to School today. It wasn't a very dramatic farewell as it has been every other time. I'd heard that Thanksgiving was when: Stress from everything either makes them crash or it all starts to make sense; They feel more comfortable in their dorms, and know where everything is on campus; The kids come back to school with colds ( he's predictably got the sniffles ); He's definitely fitting in now and is more comfortable.  A certain calmness has descended.  This weekend marks the first visit home from Thing 1 - the first time since he's left to go to…

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Moving in day…AKA the BIG LEAP

(Here is an audio version I recorded of this blog. Feel free to listen as you read through although I have to warn you - I get a bit emotional!) Listen: [audio m4a="http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Moving-In-Day.m4a"] or, Read: This was the day I had been dreading for months. The day my first born - Thing 1, moved out of our home to go to school for four years. Guess what? I survived. But it has taken me two weeks to sit down and write about it. The first week I still felt too fragile. Nothing was right when I woke up in the…

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How to Survive Your Child Leaving Home

People keep telling me that he'll be fine, he needs to grow into the adult he will be, he has to make his own mistakes now. I know that. And I know I've done my job and he will be fine. Plus, it'll only be temporary, I hope. Long ago, I lived in residence and I think I remember a few things that will help him feel at home and prepared. Here are some of my ideas: Getting ready to go We aren't going to leave this until the day before. Not while I'm still in charge haha. We've been looking at lists on…

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Free Money for School

I can't believe how much paperwork is involved with sending your child to University. Some papers you must fill in over a year in advance. Some you can't fill in until graduation. In between there are more forms than I could keep track of. In Canada, there are many places to find free money including companies you or your family works for, places you do business with, (i.e. banks,) your high school, civic organizations and the college or university you are considering. As well: Scholarships Canada University Study Yconic Government of Canada Youth Financial Consumer Agency of Canada CanLearn OSAP Here's…

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Irish Memorial Monument Big Leap

Preparing for the Big Leap

As many of you may know, Thing 1 is heading off to Queen’s University this fall. #noTears! The Big Leap In order to help get him ready, we’ve decided to take a few trips to Kingston to check out the new "hood". The transition from high school to university will be shocking enough without having to worry about getting around campus, buying groceries, a shirt or finding some decent fries. I can’t do much to help once school starts - especially being as far away as we’ll be. But I can do something now to assist him in preparing for "the big leap".…

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