Nope, not the movie- we are living the real thing this year. With so many life changes in the Petermann household this past summer, we have even more coming on the horizon. Our baby, who turns 18 next month, is in the “college mode” shopping schools with the family. Kyra and Craig explored Full Sail last month, so the next one on the list was “Ringling” which is an Arts College. We gassed up the car, grabbed donuts early in the morning, and headed to Sarasota for our Saturday.
We joked as we drove that it felt like we were driving for a Walt Disney World vacation- well, what it “used” to feel like. We would get up at the crack of dawn from WI and drive the 24 straight hours, stopping at gas stations along the way in those early hours- the feel was a lot the same. With the GPS guiding us, we headed to Sarasota for the first time.
It is a scary thing knowing that past our exit, it was allllllllll new. I4 still intimidates me a bit, maybe because every time I watch the news there has been another accident, but it was a beautiful ride over. Along our 2 hour trek, we passed “Dinosaur World” which we laughed about because I thought it looked a lot like the little park from the movie “The Land of the Lost.” We may come back to it sometime in the future, but we still have to tackle “Gatorland” along with many others right now.
We were excited to see the School, but not as much as Kyra was! Since she had heard about this College, she has been begging us to get her there to see it, and the Open House was the perfect opportunity to do so. We had no problem finding it, and we found getting around wasn’t too bad either. We missed the first tour, so we had plenty of time to talk to the Residents.
They had scheduled sessions for building your portfolio and financial aid, but the other time was for us to use as we saw fit. We were free to explore areas once we were led into them, and it was really cool to see the new and old dorms that Kyra may live in. The Computer Animation department is AMAZING there, and it is a difficult program to get into. But, we feel Kyra has what it takes, and we are going to pray that God leads us to the right school in general. What was really neat about that Department is they not only had Disney desks that were donated to them from Animators, but they had movie posters in the hallways that graduate students had worked on. Very, very impressive stuff!
We enjoyed exploring the rest of the day, having lunch at the “Red Elephant” which was a fun new place to try. Great sandwiches, salads, and pizza- we enjoyed it all and loved our special family time together.
Kyra has started to fill out her applications and scholarship forms, and we would like to ask our readers to please let us know of any scholarships you know of that Kyra could apply for. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks! Have a wonderful day!