My kid is engaged. No, no: it’s not what you think. Let me explain.
We’ve had a minor hiccup in J’s college search process recently: he has decided not to pursue music long-term.
A couple of years ago he was definitely planning to major in music and then when we started having deeper discussions about what kinds of music careers he would want to pursue, he eventually changed his plan to Music Education and then, most recently, a business major with a music minor.
Two weeks ago he announced out of the blue during one of our many college conversations that music was out. It was a shocker to us, because he has been focused on music and his guitars for so long, but I admire him and am really proud of him for really figuring out what he wants. He is very talented, but he is not particularly interested in the nuts and bolts of music as much as he enjoys just playing music on his guitar.
So, a business major it is.
While his adjustment in plans is great in the sense that he is truly engaged and thinking about what he wants to do for a living eventually, it has created the need for us to reboot the college search, because the music major had a limiting factor on potential schools. He has a favorite school so far but we would be remiss not to tour more schools with this new information. We’re in a time crunch of sorts, too: he needs to apply to his top choice schools this fall.
That’s why he and I have worked on a chart comparing the four colleges we’ve already toured and will tour four more within the next three weeks. We’re locked and loaded and ready to tackle some big decisions. We’ll have fun.
It’s kind of exciting, helping your kid plan his future, you know?