My father paid for my college. His generosity and forethought was the example David and I followed when we purchased our first Florida Pre-Paid tuition plan for Daly Kay when she was just a week old. Truthfully, I was postpartum and crying fits over how we would pay for her college. Nevermind that I was still in college at the time myself! By day six David was ready to do just about anything to get me to stop bawling. He came home late one night with the pre-paid brochure in hand as a peace offering.
But 21 years later and my precious Ryli and Blissy have chosen Stetson University. Which is not a state school. And while they have quite a bit of it covered with various scholarships, there was still a chunk that need paying for. David and I quickly told them it was time for them to find gainful employment to crack that nut.
They went to work right away. A dear friend of ours, Chris Gannon had just opened up his new restaurant concept, Bolay, and he offered the girls a job. They went to work and immediately loved the team, the managers, and of course feeling like they were doing their part to help our family friend, Chris, succeed. To hear Ryli and Bliss talk you would think Bolay was their restaurant, they take the job so seriously.
But Bolay is so much more than just a job to my girls. With every hour worked, with every paycheck earned, they are one step closer to their financial goal of having participated in paying for their college education.
I’ll be honest, the first visit to the bank was scary. Having collected every ounce of spare change around the house and out of our cars, a few babysitting dollars, and their first week’s worth of earnings at Bolay, they felt overwhelmed. But day by day, dollar by dollar, they have seen their nest egg grow and I imagine the day they write that check to their university they will feel such pride. They will have skin in the game. And when you have skin in the game, you stay in the game. You don’t give up when classes get tough, when exams are killing you, when the load seems overwhelming. With having put so much blood, sweat, and tears into Bolay, babysitting, various odd jobs and late nights scrimping up every penny, these girls will have poured into their education even before the first day of school.
What was your college experience? Did your schooling get completely paid for by your parents? Scholarship? Did you work a job through school? What are your kids doing to pay for college?[bctt tweet=” Do you think it’s right to ask kids to kick in towards their education?” username=”lyettereback”]