If you live in Minnesota, you probably already know that PSEO stands for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option, where your high school junior or senior can take classes at college for FREE, completing their high school requirements while gaining college credits at the same time. Did I mention that it's FREE?
Evan did this and, when he graduated from high school, he entered the University of Minnesota as a junior. Two years later, he received his BA degree from the U of M - debt free. Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.
I am very pro-PSEO, but I do want to bring up a few things to think about before you enroll your child in the program - things that no one mentioned to me.
- When a child does PSEO and goes immediately to college following high school, they will be entering their upper division classes at 18 years old (17 in Evan's case) and will need to know what their major is going to be. They don't get the "luxury" of "trying to figure out what they want to do with their life" while taking their generals. They actually have that luxury, it's just while they are 16 and 17 years old. My point being, they have to make greater decisions at a younger age.
- If they go right to college after high school, and assuming they complete their college in a timely manner, they will be graduating and entering "real" life at a younger age than their peers. For Evan that meant he had a college degree at 19. He then went out and found a job in his chosen field and has now entered the "real" work force. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just a thing to think about.
- Because these PSEO kids have begun "real" life at a younger age than their peers, they may do things like get married at 20 years old (ahem, like my dear son is going to be doing). Here again, not a bad thing, just a thing to think about. Now, I'm not saying that Evan is marrying young because he was a PSEO student (that would be silly of me), but if he still had a year or two of school left he probably wouldn't be getting married this young. ****In NO way am I expressing ANY disappointment or dismay over Evan's impending marriage. I am THRILLED and HAPPY for both of them. I'm just pointing out that some decisions we make affect the future in ways we can't always see ahead of time.
Okay, I'm done with my thoughts on education for the night :-)