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We often talk about milestones in our family life. Many are welcomed milestones: learning to sit-up, the first word, that shaky first step. But today I am talking about a milestone that you think will never come: deciding on what college your child will attend.
Yes, we have reached that momentous milestone in our family’s history. I still can’t believe that my oldest son is now 18, and has been accepted into 5 amazing colleges. He is starting to feel a bit stressed about making the decision. So I decided that I needed to add some levity into the situation and relieve some of his anxiety.
I always found that when I had a tough decision to make, it was helpful to do some writing. I wanted to make it fun for my son, so I created a printable that we could jot our thoughts down on.
Making Your College Decision During An #OREODunkChallenge:
One of my favorite memories of my boys when they were little was snack time before bed. We would grab some cookies, a glass of milk, and dunk away. Generally that included a lot of conversation as well. It was a great way to catch up without being put on the spot or worrying about giving a wrong answer.
So I headed out to our local Redner’s Warehouse Store and grabbed a few varieties of our favorite cookie: OREO. I love how they are easy to find and are priced just right for this tasty experiment.
So how did we do our #OREODunkChallenge? Simple, just keep reading.
- First I printed out one copy of the college decision worksheet for each college. While he was accepted to 5 colleges, he already has it narrowed down to his top three.
- For each college, we took some time and filled out the highlights from each college. It really sparked some interesting discussions.
- Then, each family member got 3 cookies. Dad and I took the Original Double Stuff OREO variety, oldest took the Original OREO, and our youngest son had the Golden OREO.
- We placed our “vote” by putting our cookie in the bowl above each college’s worksheet.
- The bowl with the most cookies won our fun vote.
Obviously you don’t make a major decision based on cookies. It was just a fun way to make a difficult decision a little bit easier. It is always to talk about hard decisions when sharing a treat. It sparked some really great conversations and brought up some viewpoints we hadn’t previously considered. After all, when we were all finished voting, we cleaned up by dunking our 3 cookies in milk. Fun and delicious!
Oh, you are wondering what his final decision is? Well, stop back on May 1st when he will officially make his decision public!
Are you in the same boat when it comes to making a decision about college? I am making my college decision worksheet available for you to print off and use. Just click here to print a pdf copy for your own use.
How soon will your family be making a college decision?