We drove our oldest back to the university today and helped move her into her dorm.
This year, she knows and chose to room with the three girls sharing her dorm room. I thought it looked like a Brooklyn apartment. It's two levels, not a lot of storage room, and only one shower for them to share (luckily, there is a second bathroom, just a toilet and sink, so she's doing better than if she were home with us!)
Moving back has concerned her. She knows money is tight. She's worked hard all summer at the library while taking a summer course online. There have been several times when she wondered if she should quit school because she sees herself as our biggest expense.
I see this as a continuation of our homeschooling methods. I know she is happy there. She is learning illustration techniques I don't know. She is networking with artists and living with other art students. And in this environment, she is still shining with her unique perspective and creativity.
We made sacrifices to keep them home. Why would we do anything different now that they are starting to test themselves in the world?