Sunday, October 28, 2007

College search continued...

Yesterday we were in Philly looking at the University of the Arts. It was, Lisa thinks, her favorite school so far. She liked the painting department and that you don't declare a major your first year. She is interested in painting, graphic design and photography. This area of the city is very nice, and she is only 2 1/2 hours from home BUT what really got her was when she saw the glass blowing. I don't believe we've seen a school that has offered this yet. She was mesmerized. I mean, come on you guys, we all know how much $$ glass-blowers make. Ohhhh! I joke. I'd try it too if I went to school there.

STILL there are alot of deciding factors(money and acceptance)and one more school (back to NYC) to look at. Some schools we aren't looking at just applying to. One is School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I would like her to see it but...I'm really wiped out and that one is far. It does seem that seeing the city is a deciding factor for her. Meanwhile, I've lost my glasses. That's what I hate about traveling. Keeping myself together. Impossible. I can't see distance w/o them. They were fairly new. I hate spending that damn money on glasses. Please let them show up!

When we got home where the 14 year old had stayed this time there were dirty dishes, more than a couple flies (which conjured up visions of the doors hanging wide open which without me home and announcing every 5 minutes "Close the door so the flies don't get in" is probably exactly what was happening.) and one very messy room which we had stipulated be thoroughly cleaned before going anywhere. Naturally he was not there but out surfing.

In conclusion, if there is a God, could he please hand over my glasses?




Blogger proudprogressive said...

Hello Mary, and company - first time hear but i got to tell i have an aunt who lives in Madison Wisconsin our family is estranged for decades now , (and me i am fifty so she must be at least 70) BUT she all her life was a glass blower !!! Its a great art and i am fortunate to have two of her pieces via a grandmother. Your dtr would do well to go to that Philly Art school - i feel it in my bones.

Hey nice music. first time here. Its a busy busy know.

10/28/2007 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Proudprogressive- Thanks for coming by AND mostly for the words of encouragement. It reminds me that whatever I blog about someone will always manage to come by with some personal experience on the subject. Thank you.

10/28/2007 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hooray for the glasses find!

Hopefully, the college decisions and acceptances will go well, also.

Do I see a business that sells art pieces made of a combination of blown glass and mosaics in the future?

10/28/2007 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyssa Maloof(Rick & Joan's daughter) went to Univ of the Arts(B.F.A. in film), and Penn. Academy of the Arts(MFA painting).

I think Philly has more murals than any other city. It's such a great art/music/food town. It's so close to home, but worlds away from B'ville.

If you get too tired of visiting places, don't sweat it. Just apply, see if you get in, and compute the money quotient into it. At that point if the dice are in your favor-go visit.

10/29/2007 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Although I could only afford the Academy Of Art in SF and not the Art Institute, I learned plenty.

Now, the Art Institute in Chicago? A great school and museum of works. It takes forever to see the place and I still don't think on our few visits we've bothered to see everything.

Glass's, what a bitch huh? Mine are for small reading and I've had the same problem keeping them where I can keep an eye on 'em.

10/29/2007 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Chicago, Philly, love them both. How exciting, you get to go visit her once she is enrolled. She could work for Tommy Chong as a glass-bong blower.

10/29/2007 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carol- I'm in.

Su- Good idea. That's what I've been saying to her because you told me that once. I think we've seen enough for her to be motivated to write those essays and fill out those scholarship apps.

CM- I was hoping you'd weigh in. Thanks.

Pursey- You are too funny. Thanks for that big-fat-ass laugh this morning.

10/29/2007 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Glad you found the glasses, we once went 16 months looking for a set of keys but finally found them. I'm glad your daughter is looking all around what a big decision. Glad to here you made through the traveling.

10/29/2007 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Looks like you're getting some good advice/suggestions from people. I took a sculpture course which included welding. It was a fun experience, especially the electric arc welding, but I knew I wouldn't become a metal sculptor - or work on skyscrapers. ha-ha!

I like the idea of declaring a major later on.

10/29/2007 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Hi Mary~ We went through the college search in 2005. My Son had decided he wanted to pay *in-State* tuition, (out of State was usually double the cost), so that narrowed the search, plus each of those colleges charged so much for submitting an application, we narrowed it down even more. In the end, he decided to go the the State University in town, and live at home for now. We were *shocked, I tell you, shocked* to learn that dorm fees were more than tuition. So he is saving a bundle by living @ home. He's almost never home, and just kind of comes & goes as he pleases. He helps with occasional chores. There is something to be said for being geographically close enough to visit & help w ease.
He is a sophomore now & looking to move out by Junior year. Seems like such a waste to pay rent for a place you hardly use, but I understand the need to be free & independent. You never really understand what it takes to live outside the home until you do it. Also good they don't make freshman decide a major-- something like 90% of college students change their major. They can take required foundational courses & sample things they think they will like.

Glad those glasses reappeared!
I am like Mr. (Mrs.?) Magoo without mine. I could not drive without them.

10/29/2007 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn- Will be back in your town in a couple weeks. I couldn't have waited 16 mos to find them. I would have had to go and get a new pair that day! I can't see very far at all.

Chewy- You can always count on bloggers to weigh in. Great source of info.

Fran- Lisa wants to get out of town so being that I have lived in the state of Maryland my WHOLE life I'm happy to let her. I would love to do the instate thing w/tuition but also with art I want her to find the best school. Mind you I have no idea how it will be paid for but when it comes to school, don't care. My oldest daughter tried to get into Maryland U but couldn't. It seems so hard to even get into your local schools. I think thats wrong. At any rate I love my kids and I want them around but I want them to see the world and not be afraid to get out of there comfort zone so I'm happy to let her go.

10/30/2007 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Fran- I absolutely can't drive w/o my glasses either. I have prescription sunglasses and then a regular pair. How many times have I driven at night w/those sunglasses on because I forgot the regulars...

10/30/2007 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Rock on with your college touring!
You are a good mommy.

10/30/2007 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

How absolutely wonderful to study those fantastic subjects in the City of Love!
I'm jealous!
And just two and a half hours from home!
She'll start coming every time her cupboards are empty.

10/30/2007 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

You're a good mother. I love the way you support your daughter's choices and facilitate her search. My 17 year old is looking at next steps and I'm trying to do the same.

10/30/2007 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Just out of curiosity... what are they charging to submit an application for college these days?
A few years ago on the West Coast, it was averaging $50- $100+ per application.

10/30/2007 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carla- Aww shucks...
(Hey are you forwarding that invite or what? Were u wrong? Was I not invited?)

Cream-Or any city! I'd love to study them anywhere...

Gary- It really is my pleasure. The one thing I always told my kids is that they WERE going to school no matter how much money I did or didn't have. Unfortunately Michael steadfastly refused. But he might just be coming around. Also I did not have that kind of guidance and regret so much not going so I live this one through them until I get my chance.

Fran- So far its been 25-70. The 25 is if you apply online. I do remember it being more like 100 per school when Taylor applied. It was a shock at the time and we were really stretched thin when she was applying.

10/30/2007 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Mary, I'm sorry it took a while to get back. Life has been a zoo, and I'm way behind. I hope you find what she wants more easily than you found the glasses.

10/30/2007 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Spadoman said...

You didn't see the glasses the first five times because you didn't have your glasses on.

Good luck in that college search. I remember when I was in Colorado looking at colleges with my middle daughter. The best part was finding a new restaurant. That is how I based where I thought she should go to school. where there was a good restaurant that I would want to revisit. :-)

She never went to college. She's bummin' now, wishes she had a good job and a few less kids:-)

10/31/2007 04:37:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tomcat- Thanks for coming by. You have to stop making so many friends LOL!

Spado- I really relate to your daughter. Been there. Tell her to figure out what she would have done and go for it. She'll lose herself in all those kids and trying to make it all work. If she's working towards a dream it will go much smoother. Plus she has such great parents to lean on. I didn't have that.

10/31/2007 07:47:00 AM  
Blogger Oceanshaman said...

Zaq's very likely going to St. John's College in Annapolis. Cool beans. Far enough away, but close enough to home, if you know what I mean . . .

Does your girl go to Decatur? or Worcester Prep?

11/01/2007 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Annapolis is a great location. And some great shows at Ram's Head. I really wanted to catch the Bob Schneider show there in Dec.
Lisa goes to Decatur and she knows Zaq. And think I've told you that Johnny knows your other son.

11/02/2007 08:08:00 AM  

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