My daughter who is 16, will be graduating from HS this fall. (she is homeschooled and has worked hard to take the required classes to graduate early)
She has come to us with a plan. I think its a good plan, but I am also concerned.
Here's the plan followed by my concerns.
She wants to enroll in cosmetology school in Jan. It's a year course. Her plan is to become a working hair stylist and support herself through a regular 4 year college program. She wants to major in business and eventually start and run her own salon. She has talent, she cuts and styles her own hair and mine (boy was I reluctant the first time she wanted to cut mine, but she did a good job).
I just worry that she won't go on to college. There is nothing wrong with being a hair stylist, but I don't want her to have to work her butt off to earn a living if she doesn't go on to college. And yes, owning a salon would also be working her butt off, but the return would be a lot bigger than if she was a stylist in someone else's salon.
While I think it was a well thought out plan when she came to us (she had researched cosmetology schools in the area and had all this research, costs, lenght of school, etc.), I am disappointed as I would really like her to start college and get it over with. I am impressed with the time and effort and research and thought she has put into this plan.
My only problem is that sometimes when you have something to fall back on, you don't always go ahead with the harder effort because you can fall back and I don't want to see that happen.
I want to be encouraging and we did tell her we were impressed with the way she presented the idea to us and all her research, etc., but we asked her to give us a few days to think about the idea.