The Daughter is in the midst of her college search. Her area of pursuit is pretty specific, and there aren't many places that offer the degree, nor cities where you can do it for a living.
But Chicago has both the schools and the jobs.
But that doesn't mean the search isn't confusing. One of the schools that I told her to check out that offers her program was Northwestern. Cora and The Daughter looked it up on the .net and were confused.
It had nothing like the program they were looking for. Turns out they were looking at Northwestern COLLEGE. I meant Northwestern UNIVERSITY.
And while Illinois is like every state with the other "compass" schools: Northern, Eastern, Northeastern, Western, and Southern, there's also East-West University. Just to mess with you.
And to really mess you up, do NOT confuse the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago. The SIAC is the good one.
Another school she is looking at is Columbia… College, not University. One is in Chicago. The other is in New York.
I remember back in my school hunting days, I was always confused between DePaul University (on The Daughter's list) and DePauw University on no one's list.
And don't get me started on the whole University of Miami (FL) / Miami University (OH) thing.
Of course, I went to MacMurray College, which everyone thinks is Murray State. It's not. It's not even related to the MacMurray Ranch Vineyard. But Fred MacMurray did once own the ranch. He still has no relationship to the school.
And let's not forget IUPUI (OO-eee-POOO-eee).
Indiana University – Perdue University Indianapolis.
Make up you mind, you euchre playing Hoosier heads!