I realize I'm chiming in on a conversation that took place a couple weeks ago so I apologize because I am behind on reading the thread and trying to get caught up. However I just wanted to back up Shelly's comment about Victoria, Dayton and any other students who are taking or did take dual credit classes in high school. Those students very definitely have an educational plan for their future. When high school students graduate with 15 to 30 credit hours in college they have worked really hard to get those credits. Most dual credit classes require a certain GPA or an exit test in order for students to earn the credits. Those classes are also much more rigorous than traditional high school classes and they are taught by the most qualified teachers in the schools.
Now high school students can graduate with a semester or even two semesters worth of college credits and it gives them a great deal of flexibility in their futures. If they're really on the ball they can graduate in three years, study abroad, or take a gap year and still graduate in four years or less. My daughter had many college credits before she graduated high school, so she was able to add on a minor and also study in the honors college at her school and still graduate in four years.
I do think it's helpful for Shelley to come on here and add her personal comments and real world experience to the thread. Sometimes people make an assumption and then just run with it and before you know it it's been repeated so often that it comes off as fact when maybe it's really just someone's interpretation or opinion.
In regards to college and the DCC kudos to any of the ladies who can study full-time and do DCC. I do think the attitude toward schooling has changed in the last 10 to 15 years. Most of these ladies do have a plan for their future that doesn't involve just getting married or doing DCC. They might be more public with their plans are they might keep them private but they do have plans. For example I thought I read somewhere that Kashara is wanting to go to occupational or physical therapy school. Generally your undergraduate credits will count for five years and then after that time you may have to retake some of or all of your courses that are required for admittance to graduate school.This is probably why she's only doing four years of DCC instead of five. The same for Cersten who was very upfront about wanting to go to medical school. There is a window of opportunity where they can apply within a certain time after graduating from undergraduate school.
It seems like a lot of the ladies now are trying to get their undergraduate degree and then do DCC in between undergraduate school and whatever else they have planned for their future.
It does seem to me like being a DCC has become more of a full-time job than it ever has been between the long rehearsals, extra work outs, appearances, games, extra practices, working with new DCC, holding extra positions like group leader or assistant group leader, and travel. I don't really know how anyone does all that plus hold down a full-time job.
Regardless I think we should understand that all the girls have their own plans and it's not really up to us what they do and in what order they do the things in their lives .