- Jul 22, 2010
If the main reason you're keeping her in gymnastics is because you hope she's going to get a college scholarship, don't. I mean, I'm sure many/most of the parents on Chalk Bucket have a least a bit of a fantasy of a college gymnastics scholarship in the back of their head, but let's face it, as sad as it is to say that our kids are all washed up as 11-year-old level 6's, the ones who make optionals earlier certainly have a better shot at it. And even if your daughter and mine were on that "ideal path to a college scholarship," whatever that is (I hear a lot of people say you need to be a level 10 by your freshman year of highschool), then we STILL have to face the fact that injuries or burn-out or boys or just plain losing interest eliminates most of the jillion or so girls who start off gung-ho in this sport. Paying $7000 a year for gymnastics is NOT a $7000 investment in college any more than spending money on lottery tickets is a retirement investment. Could it happen? Sure. But it shouldn't by WHY she's in gymnastics.I would think the main goal at this point is college. If not, then is it worth so much of our lives for only the recreational purpose and for friends?