Several different people with different associations to the Roloffs or the show have informed the blog what they believe is happening. We've received enough of the same story that we can finally pass along some possible answers to all the inquiries fans have about the college question. But first, let's build the anticipation ;-)
We maintain this blog for you the fans and people interested in LPBW and the Roloffs. So we will pass along some of the buzz. First, with anything such as a person's future plans, things can change, there are several different paths a person can choose and they can mull over different options and a person can always change their mind. Just because one scenario does not come to be the one that is chosen, doesn't necessarily mean it was false. So we will go back several months and share with you some of the rumblings that have been going on.
As you know if you follow this blog, Amy has flip-flopped a few times when publicly speaking about if Jeremy and Zach would be attending college. Late in 2008 she said she hoped they would go to college, but she wasn't sure if that was going to happen. However, at other times she said they would definitely be going to college. Her bio's for the twins on her official website says "college it will be". When speaking in Kentucky last summer both Jeremy and Zach told a crowd they wanted to go to college. On the show, viewers heard Zach whispering to Molly that Jeremy said he wasn't going.
So on with the rumblings: Going back several months, there were rumors and stories coming out, strong feelings among some people in the know that Jeremy Roloff was going to 'Go Hollywood'. That Jeremy was seriously considering moving to California this year to pursue a modelling career. Publicly, in a controlled "interview" with his dad's employee (because Jeremy doesn't speak publicly truly on his own), Jeremy said he was open to modelling as a career and would be happy with whatever God steers his way. School pals of Jeremy informed the blog that he had talked about the modelling, but they weren't sure if he was serious or if that was really going to happen, they didn't think anyone, even Jeremy knew what he was going to do post-graduation - as of a couple of months before graduation.
With Zach, the blog has heard some conflicting theories. Several months ago, someone in the know, said they believed Zach was not going to college this year and would be home at the farm all year to do the show -- although it probably wouldn't be presented like that, because LPBW doesn't acknowledge the show on the show and having the 19 year old kids not do anything after high school except the reality show doesn't fit with the whole concept they're trying to present the show as - a real family just living their lives.
Others said Zach was always definitely going to college. Perhaps the most surprising story floated around was that Zach would attend a college in Utah. It's hard to envision Zach moving out of state for college. Yet it does make the Roloffs trip after graduation in June to Utah intriguing.
There has been the Roloffs tours of different colleges in 2009 with the TLC crew. They've toured Corban College. They've been to Portland State University. We've heard a few rumors about the University of Portland and Western Oregon University.
But now the blog has heard from so many different people in various positions with the same story that we'll pass it along. Of course, you'll have to wait and see if this turns out to be accurate, but this is the speculated (I would say, very informed speculation ;-) answer to the big question, where is Jeremy and Zach going to college?
Several people have told the blog they believe the answer is Portland Community College.
This will come as good news to fans of the show who worried that the show would change drastically if Jeremy and Zach went to college away from home and would limit their time on the show.From the 'word on the street' (*wink wink* ), essentially, nothing is changing in that regard. Portland Community College has a campus that is actually closer to Roloff Farms than Faith Bible High School was. PCC is only only about 10 minutes away (maybe even less for the Roloffs, given their penchant for speed when driving ;-)). PCC has three different campuses. One campus is about 25 minutes away, another as mentioned, about 10 minutes from Roloff Farm.
It also is looking like the DBU (the name they gave the core group of Jeremy and Zach's friends that are often seen on the show) are simply moving their headquarters from Faith Bible High to PCC. Only one of the Roloff close friends that fans know from the show will be going to a four-year University. The majority of their good friends will apparently be joining Jeremy and Zach at PCC, including other Faith Bible classmates who fans aren't as familiar with as well as some other life long friends of the twins who attended elementary school with them, but different high schools.
So it basically sounds like it will be one big reunion of Jeremy and Zach's friends, just in a different a college setting, Portland Community College instead of high school.
For the show's future, this of course is the ideal situation. Given the flexibility of some of the course schedules of some Community College and given how close it is from Roloff Farm, any worries about how the show would be affected with college won't materialize.
Don't be surprised however if this is presented as possibly being temporary and there is a business reason for that. First it should be mentioned that several credits at PCC are transferable to other colleges and universities, so there is some substance to that. However, as mentioned, this is ideal situation for the show. Their college plans 'just happen' to fit perfectly with continuing the show.
Matt is a business man and knows it is never smart to lay all your cards out on the table. That's why every season since the 2nd season, Matt Roloff has publicly stated that the family is thinking they might call it quits and they might choose to end it at any minute, yet 3 consecutive times they re-sign for more seasons. They always want to leave the threat floating out there that things could change and they won't do the show. Not only for contract negotiation reasons, but they don't want to be caught with their pants down. I doubt Matt Roloff would ever allow it to look as though the family is banking on the show and then have it end and have a perception that it wasn't them that ended it. By the way, we will have another item on this later, but in terms of popularity, signs are pointing that the show is in very good standing. I think Little People, Big World and interest in the Roloffs continues to get even more popular, however I suppose the fall ratings will prove that prediction right or wrong.
However, personally, I don't think some fans fully understand the magnitude of how the show benefits the Roloffs every day of their lives. Sure fans see the huge remodel and the vacations, but it's every aspect of their lives down to the little things. People who have worked on the farm have reported that you can't quite imagine what the farm is really like, there are Polaris Rangers all over the place. They drive to one area of the farm and there is another already sitting there. The barns are full of all the equipment and toys that would be the stereotypical man's dream. People report that all those materials are all provided and paid for by the show, Matt only needs to pay for the labor.
The kids of course don't have typical jobs. Their 'jobs', 3 teenagers, is what you see of them on the show. Hanging with friends, playing soccer, getting VIP tours and treatment and travelling to great places. The kids have times where they sit around bored like other teenagers, playing video games and the like. When they want to do something, they do whatever they want - cost and availability is no object. If they want to go to a Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders soccers game, they go free of cost to them and they receive VIP treatment. Events such as 'Dew Tours' a BMX, biking, boarding event that is popular with teenagers right now, if they want to go to that they can go free of cost. If the Roloffs want to take a quick trip somewhere (not only the big elaborate trips that make for episodes) with a friend, they're able to do it. It's not even with the material things like that, the crew is not just the 'crew', they're some of the Roloffs best friends. If the show were to end, all of that would change. The Roloffs entire life that they love would, in time, change drastically if the show were to end.
I don't say any of this as a criticism because as stated previously, LPBW is a successful show and the Roloffs deserve the rewards. My only criticism in this regard is because I do believe once you fully comprehend how they benefit from the fan support every day of their lives, that is very off-putting and shows a lack of character to shun the fans all of the time as the Roloffs do - I honestly can't imagine having my daily life full of perks every day and every whim I have made real because fans support the show and have the level of disregard for the fan base that the Roloffs show with their lack of action. No one in the Roloffs position ever admits that they get big heads once they receive the fame, power and money from their celebrity and forget why it all came about, but hey, it happens.
However, once you realize how almost every aspect of the Roloffs lives revolves around the power of the benefits they have from the show, the more you realize how unrealistic it would be for the Roloffs to make any life decisions that would jeopardize the future of the show. Thus, Jeremy and Zach going to college at the local community college 10 minutes from the farm which enables the show to continue as before is not a surprising turn of events. It *just happens* to be the best thing for the future of the show, but don't expect it to be presented that way.
So the show will continue as did before. Jeremy and Zach can still live at home, just around the corner from the college. They'll still be surrounded by most of their buds, except one familiar to fans (don't worry Jacob Mueller supporters, it's not Mueller, nothing expected to change there, he will still be ever-present by Jeremy's side). And Jeremy and Zach will be continuing their education...at PCC.
The Roloffs Fall newsletter should be coming out any day, so it will be interesting to see how everything is presented.