Pittsburgh has temperature swings that go from 20-degree mornings to 50 degrees in the afternoon or warmer. The weather is insane and lately, Spring has not sprung it is winter by a few months delay.
Snowy, cool conditions are forecast today, and my icy attitude towards losing yet another child out of the house are accompanying the plummeting temperature. A little rain, a little snow, and yet, who cares, because inside the car, my hands are warm, and the music is thumping.
MJ took the music under his control and he is pumped and ready for this college visit. You might think after all the colleges we have already previewed this ‘mom sickness’ might stop, but the reality is setting in quickly.
Michael is looking at colleges all over, and since he had a day off, we decided to stay local and conquer a few colleges. Lavishly live travel out loud as we zip around for College Visits In Comfort Around Pittsburgh .
College Visits In Comfort Around Pittsburgh
After a ride on the turnpike, highway and back country roads we have arrived at our destination. In fact, our college visits in comfort were escorted by an incredible vehicle. The 2018 Mazda CX9.
Snug inside the car MJ is trying to stay hidden from my camera, just like I want to stay hidden from the fact he is growing up. (trust me, this is so hard for me, my kids are my world and while I want them to have their lives, letting go stinks worse than dirty bathroom stalls.)
Arriving At College #1
I feel like yesterday I enrolled MJ into preschool and yet here he is, all 6’1 of him ready to go to college. While we have about a year yet, getting ahead of the last minute rush is the only way I can handle 3 kids.
This visit all starts with a college visit to Geneva College in Beaver, PA. It’s a cold, snowy, crappy morning, and knowing that my buddy is going off to school soon is churning my stomach. We arrive and the blowing snow stops.
A DOSE OF REALITY FOR MOM
Then, there’s this, the Welcome MJ Vento sign. I mean, MJ was all smiles and all I could do was hold back that menacing lump in my throat.
We parked our Mazda CX9, and headed to the Admissions office. Will this be the college he is going to choose?
Ah, my heart is breaking, he is kind of excited and dashing ahead of me, but that is his one mistake, I am quick with the camera! Snap!
He’s not thrilled that I snuck that photo, but that’s ok, there are worse things in life! Now it is time for the tour.
The campus is beautiful, even in the desolate winter doldrums. Even more, the faculty to student ratio is impressive and the labs are amazing. MJ wants to be a Nurse Practitioner.
TIME IS MOVING ON
And a reminder in the Quad that time is moving on in life (I think I am depressed)
On this visit, we’ve come to an end, MJ has had a great day, learned a lot and is starting to narrow down his college choices.
While he may not look thrilled that is only because I keep taking photos, I want to remember this day, it has been a difference maker to a large choice of colleges and universities we have already visited. Suddenly things seem more in focus.
Nothing Shows Mom Love Better Than Feeding Them
We finished visit number one and I knew I could do something he would love, feed him. After all, that is something we moms do well, right? We stopped at a Little Caesar’s (as they call it Lil’ Caesa’s) and grabbed some food, made a quick stop through MCD for his favorite Fries and I needed a drink. Last we stopped at home and then drove off again.
The weather got nastier, colder, and I gripped the steering wheel a bit more snug. Thankfully the heated steering wheel and seats kept everything warm.
So I have a beverage, have calmed my nerves and now it is time to take a look at yet another college. Not sur how he is going to feel about it, but I quickly learn this will not be his choice school, nor even a backup. I am glad I have created a decisive child, that makes things easier and so much less complicated.
Our last school ended up not being his favorite. However, it really did not matter because I feel obligated to share it with him as an alum. This is where I got my Masters of Science degree and I wanted him to see it. The school has a great nursing program, but it just does not feel right to him.
If nothing else, it allowed me to capture some great snaps of our Mazda 2018 CX9. 3 rows of seating, plenty of cargo space, keyless entry, individual climate controls for the front passengers, blind spot monitoring, lane monitoring and a great heads-up monitor that even showed upcoming stop signs. The car offered comfort all the way.
You can watch a bit more about the vehicle here on my video.
Now our day has ended, and MJ has a lot of considerations. He is a great student so he is being offered a lot of different options from colleges and universities. I have said what I think needs said to help him make a decision, and now he has to figure out what school feels best on. We are quite excited to see which school he chooses. One thing that won’t get easier or feel better is that pit in my stomach. Another child moving on makes me happy, but so sad at the same time. It’s about being a mom, wanting your child to progress but at the same time wishing we could keep time standing still. ~ DANA
The vehicle was provided, compensation was not. Opinions are my own based on my experience inside the 2018 Mazda CX9.