I went and talked with Raederle, tears streaming down my face. I told her of the impossibility of coming up with that kind of money barring some kind of scholarship manifesting out of the air. She was silent a minute and then she said, "I think that Buff State has a good graphic arts program."
So we discussed this. The problem with going to school out of state is that there is then no state grant. The problem of a private school, as I expect you know, is the cost. Buffalo State College or the State University of Buffalo are both good schools, and TAP (state) and PELL (federal) would cover most of the tuition for them. So we're going to go ahead and get her set up with one of these schools, keeping Harrington 'up' in case of a miracle.
There are various factors which make a change of plans so disturbing. But we have discussed some contingency plans.
1) She had simply wanted to get out of Buffalo. A worthy goal in itself.
So she is going to also look into other schools in New York that are state funded.
2) She and Travanti had expected to get an apartment together in Chicago. He truly expects them to eventually get married. She isn't so sure, but is looking to see where things take her. So he is extremely upset over the idea of her not going to Chicago. He might even go so far as to find a way to pay for it himself. I wouldn't count on it, though. Who's to say they'll even still be together another six months?
But they could actually get an apartment near the Buffalo college.
3) Harrington is the very best place to go for Interior Decorating. They have very close to the best reputation in the country, and their placement of graduates is very high. On the other hand, Raederle has begun to have doubts about the program, not sure she really wants to do that much math.
So maybe she'd rather do graphic arts anyway.
So, yeah, I had a self-pitying, panicky, poor-me moment. Thank you for helping me.