Three years ago, my husband and I took the then high school senior on a whirlwind tour of six college campuses as we made our way from England to Texas for Christmas break. Out-of-state and in-state, we covered many a mile.
Late in the spring, she finally decided to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia. They offered her a lovely academic scholarship that offset what we'd have to pay in out-of-state tuition. She had a great time at USC - joined a sorority, met some wonderful friends and made the dean's list all three semesters she was there.
Thankfully, we were able to lure her home to a more convenient commuting side of the SEC January 2015 when she transferred to Texas A&M in College Station. Hello, cheaper tuition! I was looking through old photos and stumbled across pics I snapped of the husband and senior on every campus we visited. Here they are in front of the student centre.
We'll be making the college rounds in a couple years with the younger daughter. Maybe she'll follow in her sister's footsteps - the staying in Texas part, not the heading 1200 miles from home to attend university bit.