One of the events I look forward to is our almost-annual, sometimes-twice-a-year Sister Retreat. My sisters-in-law and I “retreat” to the college town of whichever niece or nephew is graduating that year to shower that person with a little “auntly” affection.
We have visited Eastern Illinois University ( my alma mater), SIU-Edwardsville, Northwestern ( I had to miss that one. Darn.), Indiana University, and the University of Illinois, several times ( My favorite-Go Illini!).
This year, we were back in Champaign celebrating Tom. And boy did we have a good time!
In a whirlwind-not- quite 48 hours, we…..
…..went to a free Sidewalk Prophets concert (thanks WBGL)
…..practiced Holy Yoga
…..shopped till we dropped
…..and something we had never done on a college visit before…..
Or they would try to resell the books they did use and get pennies on the dollar.
I have lugged heavy textbooks all over the house trying to figure out where to put them because I wanted to save them for the boys in case they ever needed them.
Guess what? They never wanted them.
Colossal waste of cash.
I love the idea that you can rent the books for all the general coursework, but then when your kids are really studying in their field, buying textbooks might be just the thing to do.
If you know someone who will be hitting the books in the fall, you might want to suggest they check out Campus Book Rentals or their sister site rentback.com, that offers the opportunity for students to sell their books to other students.
That $500 might be better spent on Jimmy Johns, or pizza, or a couple of great pairs of cowboys boots to wear line dancing!
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