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Tess in the Burbs

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  1. Sadly his scoliosis prevents any military or police occupations. At this point with the pandemic going on we will just let him hang out, maybe get a job in the fall, and keep re-evaluating a new course for him. I will add that soon as my kids were in high school we were driving through college campuses. If we had a road trip and the campus was within 10 min off the highway we drove through it. My kids knew early on some schools were too big or in the middle of nowhere for them. By the time we got to Junior year any serious college consideration was considered for an official visit. The only reason we flew DD to view schools is b/c her major is only certified at 14 schools. We could rule some out by location and cost. Then we visited the others. And again, the best choice in person wasn't on paper/online. Glad we did the tours. And seeing how my son hated the campus he picked without a visit? I encourage visits if possible. Even a drive through might give some initial impression. I also found DH was able to get personal opinions about several schools by asking coworkers about their colleges. Two schools my son was accepted at had been attended by dh's coworkers and we got some great insights about the campus and type of people there from these conversations. I encourage people not to wait until senior year to visit...check out the ones you can. My daughter's meeting the department as a junior has helped her in admissions since the lady knows my daughter by face who answers all the questions. I kind of wish we had done more visits when they were younger to get the discussion going sooner.
  2. Well my son was accepted into his schools but never wanted to go visit. We paid deposits for one. Finally got a weekend to go visit and he knew before the visit was over there was no way he wanted to be there. In fact that visit led him not only to withdraw his admission but decide college wasn't for him! Our entire family thought it a perfect fit for him. My daughter and I narrowed down her choices and visited a few schools. it was worth the money. The one we both wanted to love was awful in person. The one I worried about was perfect for her. I guess kids can be different but for mine, those visits were super important. And now I've got a kid not going to college and no clue what to do. I spent some deposit money and the weekend visit, but glad I didn't drop him off only to have him call wanting to come home that first week after thousands of $$$
  3. Well my dd's college just cancelled on campus orientation this summer. Now I am getting doubtful about fall since it usually starts mid August.
  4. my daughter is going to attend university out of state come fall and orientation already shifted to July. Changed our reservations(for another $650!). I'm hoping they won't change to online b/c then I'm out a lot of money for flights. Her program is offered entirely online but she wanted to do campus for 2 years. They also have mandatory in person summer sessions to graduate in 4 years, so I will be watching to see how they handle the current students this summer. I want to believe they can make it work to be on campus. THere are some students still living there in the dorms and getting take out meals from the dining hall. If they cancel fall in person she may just shift to all online and that would make her so sad
  5. I haven't been on here in a long time but I was on the forums since my kids were in preschool! My son was accepted at Eastern Washington University, Utah State University, and Fort Lewis College. He initially chose Eastern, but has since rescinded his offer. He is still thinking about what he wants to do in life. His dream is to live on a boat. This was a kid who hated school all the way and pushed my buttons every day, but he loves to read, remembers way more school knowledge than anyone else, and when he gets into a subject pursues it to the end! College isn't for everyone, but we are still proud he actually applied and was accepted at all 3 schools. Now to shift into support role while he figures out his next move. My daughter is graduating a year early! She was accepted at University of Northern Colorado in the Honors program, and will be pursuing their ASL Interpreting program. She will be 16 when she moves to the dorms, so it's a lot of excitement for her and a lot of praying from me LOL. She took an online ASL class at my insistence way back in 7th grade for fun, and look where it's taking her. It's exciting to see the kids and their future plans from many of you after so many years of posting here.
  6. Slow it down. I had my dd work an hour a day, sometimes longer if she wasn't complaining. At some point she settled into 1.5 hours a day and some weekends to keep up, but make it work for you. The schedule is too fast at times.
  7. do they still have to put in the homeschool SAT code? 970000 ? I read that before, but then heard it changed. anyone know? My two take it for the first time tomorrow
  8. My 15 year old did pre-calc and physics last year at the same time. Self grading option. She did email for help a few times. It was a lot of work, but she put forth the effort and did great in both. We love DO classes
  9. splurge: Pendelton wool blanket. So warm and comfy. Just the right amount of heavy. Everyone in my family wants mine! regret: instapot I just don't love it and use it rarely
  10. thank you for sharing! I didn't know they had ASL, so I'm excited about this class, my daughter is definitely signing up!
  11. we are contemplating letting DD graduate early. With next year she will be at 32 credits. She's mature for her age, and ready to go off into the world. Her current next year plan: SL Lit 330, advanced math, anatomy, gov't/econ, ASL 4 somewhere, personal finance, psychology, Bible
  12. My dd is doing Pre-Calc and Physics this year. We are going slightly slower than the schedule provided. She had a rough week but given the option to drop one she chose to keep moving forward. I knew it would be a heavy year, so some of her other courses were easier to offset that plan
  13. DS will graduate early. He never loved school, and while he's been successful doing college prep work he could care less about college. He chose his 11th grade year but I'm over the whining. We just made some major changes for this year's math, and going into 12th grade (with help from a wise friend) we are doing what needs to be done in the fall semester and he will graduate in January 2020. Econ, Gov't, Life math/personal finance, adult writing skills It's not many credits but he has everything needed to apply to college and will graduate with 29 credits. I'm hoping he will figure out a trade to learn and work until he has the money to go do it. Getting a driver license is also the plan for 2020 when he turns 18. DD...I might graduate her early. She would then graduate in June 2020. If so, this is her plan: SL 330 Lit, Advanced math, personal finance, Anatomy, Gov't, Econ, ASL 4 somewhere, Psychology, Bible If she goes to a state school she will definitely graduate early and go at 17. If she chooses to go to a school 3k miles away we will graduate in 2021 with her senior year being work, some mission work, keeping math skills up to date. Then she would be 18 when college started. I feel like next year is a mess in progress. We are moving this summer an hour north, so completely different area/community and with no ties I think they will focus on school and getting jobs. The plan is to get DD focused on her career plans and schools to apply to she is ok location wise. Only 1 option in our state for her interests, so lots to think about for her future and how to manage an out of state school...why are none easy to fly into?
  14. honestly, I let my kids pick high school science. college wants 2 to 4 sciences, usually at least 2 with labs. ds will have Environmental, Biology, Chemistry and Geology DD will have Physical, Biology, Astronomy, and Physics. She might also do Anatomy. This year one is doing Chemistry, one is doing Physics. They pick b/c they have to do the work.
  15. go with your gut. Our Ymca had an age 4+ had to be in specific dressing room. I got away bringing ds in with me a few times after swimming saying his clothes were in my bag, but many times he had to go in the men's alone. He came out many times upset saying there were groups of naked men in there! The other option was to ask to change in the employee's locker closet. no bathroom/shower, just enough space to stand. I hated the arrangement, so did DS. I often stood just outside the door watching people go in and out and my kid in there forever and my mind going crazy wondering what was happening. Years later, another YMCA...same situation. He had to go into that bathroom and again, said multiple naked men just sitting around talking. He was uncomfortable about changing in there and eventually opted to ride home wet. We tried Target bathroom when he was 8, but he was in there so long I finally had to ask men to stop going in so I could go investigate. Apparently my son was holding the door open for everyone he never went bathroom! But again, I was nervous and he wasn't ready to just go in, do his thing, and get out. So consider the kid and maturity and understanding what he needs to do, and trust how you feel about it. Some will be ready long before others.
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