Another Weekend, Another College Visit

It was the third weekend of the month, so we had the third in our February series of weekly college, university, or conservatory interview/audition/portfolio review visits. This one was to Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. This one is in Baltimore, only an hour and a quarter’s drive from here. So we were able toContinue reading “Another Weekend, Another College Visit”

Photo Friday: The Eyes of Abe

This week, in honor of it being Presidents’ Day weekend, I offer a photo I took a few years ago at Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota. I was set to attend a conference in Salt Lake City and convinced my husband (my son needed no convincing) that we should all go, and make it aContinue reading “Photo Friday: The Eyes of Abe”

The College Admissions Process Continues….

Last weekend, for the third week in a row, we visited yet another college campus. This time, it was James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It’s not the best-known or most prestigious of the schools Jon Morgan has applied to, but it is a strong university overall, and it has an excellent music department, withContinue reading “The College Admissions Process Continues….”

Month of Letters, Day 11

It is Tuesday, February 11, also known as the eleventh day of the Month of Letters challenge (fondly known as “LetterMo.” Today I sent three cards and letters: A Valentine’s Day card to my mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. A Get Well Soon card to my father in California. A birthday card and letter to myContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 11”

College Craziness Gets Crazier

We had planned to leave home in the early afternoon last Friday for my son’s audition at Boston Conservatory, Berklee. But at the last minute, he received an email from a different university. The message said we had missed the merit-based financial need deadline for Johns Hopkins University (and its conservatory, Peabody Institute) but thatContinue reading “College Craziness Gets Crazier”

Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners

Last week, T.C. Williams High School Reflections winners were honored in an awards ceremony at school. Ten students won awards for Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. It’s the only high school in Alexandria that participates in the PTA Reflections contest, so our 1st Place winners are also the 1st Place winnersContinue reading “Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners”

College Craziness, Part…whatever

Just when you think it’s over…it’s not. Did I mention that the college application process never seems to end? My son thought he was finished when he submitted his final application, this one to James Madison University. And then he received an email about having to apply separately to the music department and to setContinue reading “College Craziness, Part…whatever”

Photo Friday: 18 Years

Eighteen years ago yesterday, my husband was on the phone trying to get someone to fix a burst pipe when I hurried in from an ultrasound appointment, three weeks before my due date. “Cancel the plumber. We’re having a baby today.” We rushed to the hospital, and Jonathan Morgan Petrini was born an hour andContinue reading “Photo Friday: 18 Years”

College Craziness, Part 3

Another college application has been submitted! This one went to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I would like to say that my son is a well-organized and forward-thinking teen who planned ahead and sent this one off days or even weeks before the last possible moment. But no. He hit “submit” with 20 minutesContinue reading “College Craziness, Part 3”