It’s finally starting to feel real around our house these days…Megan will be going to college next fall! Last week, she received the news that she has been accepted to Winona State University. She is thrilled about this, as you can see in this picture when the package arrived. That smile stayed on her face for the rest of the evening.
Last fall, spring, and summer, we visited four different colleges and Winona became her number one choice. She fell in love with the beautiful campus, the size of this school, the architecture of these older-style buildings but the updated newness inside. Her favorite is this Science building, where she will spend most of her time for her Nursing Degree.
Winona is a public university in Winona, Minnesota with approximately nine thousand enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Winona State University is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment. It was founded in 1858, so yeah…it’s been around for awhile. Their sports teams are known as the Winona Warriors and colors are purple & white with a mascot named Wazoo.
One of the big reasons for Megan choosing this school was that WSU is noted as being one of the earliest universities in the country to offer a “Laptop University” program, now known as the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program. In this program each student, upon acceptance, is required to lease his or her choice of either an Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows based laptop directly from the university. In 2013 WSU became the first public university in the Midwest to offer a tablet and a laptop to all students. The purpose of this program is to increase the bond between education and technology. Megan likes to stay ahead of the game and in nursing, many tablets/computers are used in hospitals now and she found this to be a positive learning tool for her future.
This week while were are off for MEA break, she has submitted her downpayment and has put in her request for a dorm as well. She likes the idea of living in what’s known as a “quad” type of dorm room. This is where she shares space with three other girls, rather than a standard two person room. They have a bathroom with shower and sink right in the room, which they will have this rather than going down the hall and sharing with the entire floor of girls. Megan is pretty social, so more “roomies” appealed to her. Not sure when she hears back about the final decision on where they place her, but it’s still early.
All of this college stuff makes a mom a little teary at times, knowing her baby will be leaving the nest soon, so I made sure to have some “Megan & Mom time this week. She and I spent the day out at the greenhouse picking out pumpkins, squash, and enjoying the fall colors.
We chatted with Mark, Peggy, Nikki and even Joey! I haven’t seen him in probably 10 years. He looks great, is doing well and was leaving for Canada the next day to do some goose hunting with friends. I gave him a big hug and later thought…oh, why didn’t I get a picture of us! shoot~ hopefully, it won’t be another 10 years before I see him again.
We said goodbye and Megan and I decided we needed a treat and we weren’t ready to go home yet. On our way back, there is a cute bakery in Prior Lake that we had been wanting to try out. It’s called, Edelweiss Bakery. I can’t even type the word without immediately singing the song “Edelweiss” from Sound of Music and hearing the Von Trap’s singing along with me. When I googled this, I found that it is named after the edelweiss, a white flower found high in the Alps. Hmm, who knew!
We were done with flowers and onto the bakery and bakery items. When we pulled up to this place, we both commented on how cute it is, even from the outside. Very neat brick building with flowers all around the outside and fall colors and lights in the inside. Very inviting. I bet its gorgeous in the winter time as well.
Even though it was a gorgeous 65 degree day, we stepped inside and found a table to enjoy our treats. Megan went crazy for this delicious dessert called a Napoleon. It had many layers of pastry dough, custard, and chocolate on top. It was fantastic. I went for an oatmeal raisin cookie that melted in my mouth. Both of us left quite satisfied and willing to come back another time.
Its good to spend some one-on-one time with my girls. I have a feeling, I will be needing more of these days with Megan as we approach college time. I am so proud of her and will miss her next fall when she is in Winona. It’s beautiful down there in the fall, so I will have an excuse to visit as we take a “fall colors” drive that direction. hehe What a great day we had together.
I’m getting teary already…..:(