DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: When we set up a 529 college fund for our granddaughter years ago when she was still in elementary school, we envisioned her using it for a traditional four-year college. She had a huge interest in nursing, and we thought this would help with what can be an expensive program.
We just heard from my daughter that our granddaughter has enrolled in a culinary arts program. To begin with, it’s only an associate’s/certificate program, which is disappointing for a young woman who did well enough in high school to be offered several community scholarships.
Now it feels like she is defrauding us and the organizations that gave her funds for her education. Our only consolation is at least she will be attending a real college (I looked it up).
But what kind of a future does someone with this kind of degree and training have to look forward to? She went from wanting to help people to wanting to cook for them. I just do not get it. --- PAYING FOR A COOK
DEAR PAYING FOR A COOK: Dreams change, and it sounds like your granddaughter’s did just that. As I see it, feeding people is a valid and real job; and one that can certainly offer a high level of personal satisfaction, as well as an outlet to reach many lives in a variety of meaningful ways.
Also, bear in mind that since she’s going to be doing an associate’s program at an accredited college, she’ll be knocking out many of the general education classes she would’ve had to take for most degrees anyway. That positions her nicely should she decide to pursue a bachelor’s in her chosen or another field in the future.