The Value of the College Experience


This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Florida Prepaid College. The opinions are honest.

When I was 17 years old, I graduated high school and moved over 300 miles away from home to begin a new life at the University of Florida. I didn’t have a car my freshman year, so I really had to learn how to find my way in a brand new city. I loved that I had to figure so much out for myself! Leaving for college is so much more than just selecting a major and earning good grades. I learned how to manage my money, cook for myself {and not just ramen noodles}, use public transportation, maintain an organized schedule, make new friends, and so much more…simultaneously. That’s a lot for a 17-year old girl, but I felt successful in my newly-found independence. I lived in the dorms for two years, and while I didn’t always get along with my roommates {that’s a bit of an understatement}, learning to live with other people is a challenge that taught me so many important lessons {like maybe it isn’t a great idea to purchase a rabbit for your dorm room when your roommate is allergic}.

Here’s a great photo of my childhood best friend Alicia and me, the beginning of my freshman year of college. I don’t know what’s more *awesome*: the beeper in my pocket, the wide-leg jeans, or the Converse One Star shoes.

Living away from my parents for the first time, in a college town in a completely new area, was such a great transition into adulthood. I had the opportunity to attend the University of Florida and live in the dorm my first two years for two reasons:

  1. I received a full scholarship that covered all of my tuition.
  2. My parents purchased a Florida Prepaid College Plan when I was younger, and that money was used to cover my dorm, fees, and books.

I wanted my children to have a similar transition into adulthood, so the January following both of their births, I purchased Florida Prepaid College Plans for both of them. I want them to have a great college experience! Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment ends in February, so if you have a child you’d like to purchase a plan for, now is the time!

Remember, Florida Prepaid isn’t restricted to Florida schools; the amount covered by your Prepaid Plan can be used at colleges and universities nationwide. If you move away from Florida after purchasing a Prepaid Plan, your child would still be billed at in-state tuition rates when using their plan at a Florida college or state university. Even if your child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida. And fi your child does not attend college, you can change the beneficiary of the Prepaid Plan or receive a refund.

Check out all the different Florida Prepaid Plans to find one that fits into your budget.

SAVE HERE: Use code BLOG1617 to receive 50% off your application fee (a savings of $25).

How do you plan for your children’s financial futures?

The University of Florida has such a beautiful campus with the most amazing trees! I love this picture from my sophomore year, taking in the cool weathers and beautiful surroundings.

About Dr. Carrie Wells.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 6) and Bryce (age 4). Dr. Wells earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Dr. Wells began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family.
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