I just joined this site to ask a question to a group of writers. My daughter is heading into high school and has for as long as I can remember said that she wants to be a writer when she grows up. She spends almost all of her free time writing, wrote her first "novel" in second grade and at this point has written 6 more, as well as untold number of short stories. She has won several school district and state contests, I'm her mom so of course this is biased, but I think she's really good. But aside from whether she's talented or not, she is undeniably passionate about it. It is truly what she loves. So far, it's just been something that she enjoys without any further thought. But the schools are starting to do career counseling and telling the kids they should start finding out more about colleges and which colleges match their interests. And it's recently started to occur to me that I have no idea what kind of guidance to give as we start looking toward college. Both her dad and I are engineers and that influenced our educations. She's a bright kid who does well in all her classes, and I must admit my bias is to focusing on a more practical career direction and let her write in her spare time. But I don't know. If she was a kid who just enjoyed writing, that would be one thing. But she's been so passionate and sure about it her whole childhood. So obviously she (and we as the people footing the college bill) have years before she has to decide anything concrete about appropriate schools or majors, but just wondered if anyone had any thoughts.