I don’t think I’m ever going to forget the tech saying, at our last ultrasound, his now-famous phrase — “I like her brains.” That set Matt off with “She’s super smart. Seriously. I mean it — she’s gotta be gifted.” By the time we were finished our post-ultrasound lunch, it was decided: she was bound to be a doctor (because, as the tech told Matt, there’s a lack of female surgeons in Canada) and she’d go to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and be totally successful and awesome. Done.
… except, med school is kind of expensive. Not that we actually intend to force her to be a surgeon. But any school is expensive, these days. I can’t see it getting any better in the next 18 years or so.
My own education was made possible, in part, through a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Our daughter’s will, too, because my dad has already instructed me to get her a social insurance number the minute she’s born so he can start her education fund. While my fund was started pretty late in the game, the baby’s will be growing for quite some time before she draws on it, and hopefully it will make things easier for her in the long run. RESPS can be used for all kinds of types of education, so even if she waives med school for college or some non-credit courses, the money will still help out.
Student me, in my college newsroom.