College Recruiting Fever
Everbody and his uncle want to shower our Petya, a rising high school senior, with scholarships, essay tips, loans, and college enrollment offers. At least that’s what you would be led to believe if you took a look at his e-mail’s inbox.
In the subject line, this is what I see: “College Essay Secrets No One Else Will Tell You”, “Get Expert Help with Your College Applications!”, “The Official SAT Question of the Day”, “______ University wants to get to know you better!”, “How Do Other Students Pay for School? Learn from Them”, “Petya, ______ College Might Be the Match for You!”, “Your Education Funding from Sallie Mae”, “2 New August Scholarship Winners!”, “Free Tuition Opportunity for All”, “The #1 Network for College Sports Recruiting”….
Lest we get carried away, I realize that these are ads, pure and simple. Maybe he fit the preferred profile of being athletic, earning a high GPA, and participating in lots of community service extracurriculars.
Case in point: he also receives a number of e-mails about dating services, face lifts, Alaskan cruises, and Lasik surgery, which provide a good dose of reality therapy and let us know that the marketers have no idea that they are not targeting an octogenarian woman at the same cyber-address.
Since the kids are at camp, I decide to discuss the e-mail offerings with Benedetto.
Moi: “How do other students pay for school? They work their tails off, that’s how.”
Him: “Didn’t your parents pay your way?”
Moi: “Um, that would be a NO. Don’t you remember me taking off time to work and then going back to school? I don’t believe in debt.”
Him: “Then you’d better delete the e-mail from Sallie Mae.”
Him: “That’s Fannie Mae for home loans. This is Sallie Mae for student loans.”
Moi: “I don’t care if it’s Suzy Mae or Lulu Mae. Where did they get these names? If it’s an expensive school, he’s not going there. Why start off your adult life $100K in debt? And who’s Freddie Mac, anyway?”
Him: “He’s related to Steve Jobs and the Apple empire. Actually, I think Petya may like the idea of an Alaskan cruise,” he mentions, scanning the inbox.
Moi: “Good, think of it as your graduation present to him next summer. Send me someplace warm….”
Him: “I’m sure he’ll receive an e-mail offer sometime soon.”
—————Tags: are college loans smart?, college scholarship offers, how do students pay for university?, how to pay for college info, how to write your college admissions essay, parenting blog and teen approaching college age, where will you get college tuition?