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  1. Thanks for the update. You've always been an inspiration for me on our homeschool and college journey. I stopped in to check the Hive for pro's and con's of Instant Pots and browse the boards. DH and I are adjusting to a mostly empty nest and food prep needs to be adjusted.
  2. I've sent a pm but will share some general impressions here too. It's a fairly small place, and the faculty and staff know the students. I made several trips to help ds move out of his apartment when he didn't stay over the summer, and was able to sit in on the end-of-semester colloquia several times. Sometimes because it was local or visiting faculty ds wanted to hear; more often to lend support to fellow students. I was impressed that the profs greet students by name in the halls--same with the adminstrators and support staff. The math presentations were mostly over my head--the CS sessions somewhat easier to grasp. The lines between undergrad/grad/faculty seem less defined than I remember from my college days--but there is a seriousness of purpose in spite of the informality. Socorro does have some businesses worth supporting, but it's a small town. There are lots of activities on campus, but after a couple of years students are usually ready to get out of town on weekends when they have some free time. Albuquerque is a fairly easy drive-about an hour north on I-25. A lot of in-state students come from the Albuquerque area or Los Alamos, so getting a ride to and from the airport is usually pretty easy if you're traveling out of state. Also, most of the students from New Mexico have friends at UNM which offers a partial solution to another feature of NMT: the male/female ratio among students. My son tells me that there are more women now-- so things are improving from his p.o.v. I've seen quite a few engagement parties combined with graduations so the situation isn't impossible. However, I haven't seen much of guys being inattentive jerks when walking around campus. Too much competition. :laugh: My son transferred from community college; NMT does an outstanding job of easing the process but it's still difficult. IMO, the ideal would be to start at NMT from the first semester and get established in study groups--most people seem to belong to 2-3. The difficulty level of the coursework is pretty much what you'd expect given the STEM focus. What seems to cause problems is that the pace of work is more intense than some students expect --especially if they breezed through high school.
  3. Agreeing with previous posters that cybersecurity is under the umbrella of CS at many schools. A popular double major seems to be CS/Mathematics. I would also suggest taking every available elective covering legal issues. That cuts both ways; ds took classes with lawyers wanting to understand the technical side.
  4. I don't have an Instant Pot and hadn't even heard about them till I was browsing here last night, but later I came across Jillee's cheat sheet. I've used her cleaning supplies recipes and never been disappointed--they work as advertised. I do not need another kitchen appliance... I do not need another...well maybe this one's worth checking out!
  5. Greetings to all my TWTM friends! It's great to see familiar names among lots of new ones. I've been away from here quite awhile, but it occurred to me that I never gave the promised update on my son's impressions of the course. Briefly, he tells me that this oft-dreaded requirement was no problem for him. The tech writing portion was similar to what he'd seen at community college. The most challenging aspect was presenting technical material to people unfamiliar with the content. His opinion is that the combination of required presentations in our various co-ops and classical methods of writing instruction were good preparation for this course and for college.
  6. My son started at CC with a state lottery scholarship and then received a generous transfer scholarship. He has not needed the FAFSA so far, but because one of his declared majors is CS he will probably use up the transfer scholarship before he's done. If he can't make enough from an internship, he may be applying for private scholarships which do require completion of FAFSA. My son learned pretty quickly to surround himself at the CC with like-minded people who were focused on completing a course of study and/or transferring to a four year school. He also met a lot of adults who were at the CC for a career change, and their influence was positive. CC was not something I had viewed in a positive way at first, but it has worked well for us. That said, people here have had bad experiences with CC and I appreciated knowing what to watch out for.
  7. I am allergic to grass pollen. We have a bumper crop of blue gramma seeds this year. It's not a perfect solution, but I use Pseudoephedrine plus Acetaminophen if I also have a headache. Pseudoephedrin does interact with some prescription drugs so I'd suggest you check on that aspect. We live in a dry climate, so I sometimes have to add saline nose spray and eye drops.
  8. My son had the vaccine just before he moved on campus. He had no observable adverse reactions.
  9. That sounds like my ds at 13; always hungry and apparently not particularly interested in "deeper meanings." He used to choose Hank the Cowdog's exploits as subject matter for his imitation exercises in poetry, too. :001_unsure: But, at 13 we couldn't definitely put him in the STEM category although that's the direction he's taken. As a college student, his English and fine arts instructors have given him lots of positive feedback on his analysis and discussion skills. Several times he's run into former instructors who mentioned that they're teaching _________ next semester and if his schedule permits.... :svengo: He did admit when he was around 20 or so that he had difficulty speaking his thoughts during the early teen years. Hormones? Growth Spurts? There is hope!
  10. I'm still reading for pleasure but way behind with blogging and posting. It's the time of year when I review proposed, in progress and just passed legislation. :blink: It's tedious and I have 10 days to complete the last item on my list. :crying: It's reading, but not suitable for BaW. Last week I finished a bio of C.S. Lewis that I'd bought to share with my mom. That led me down the rabbit trail (again) of Charles Williams. For some reason, he appeals to me more this year than last.
  11. I just printed the recipe and looked at the photos which show extra honey and raisins added to the rolled out dough. I am on my way to the kitchen to try this!
  12. I've worn out several breadmakers. My ZO has lasted longer than all of them put together. It makes wonderful dough--which is my favorite way to use it, but it turns out a nice loaf when I bake the bread in the machine. I do add gluten which improves the texture.
  13. I finished Reamde in good time last week and give it a "thumbs up." If you're intrigued by Neal Stephenson's novels, but don't care for some of the fantastical settings, Reamde is a thriller set in the here and now. These days my standard for a good read in the fiction category is if I find myself reading instead of doing __________ then it qualifies. :D This week I've continued my Asian tour with two books by Kay Bratt Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage and Chasing China; A Daughter's Quest for Truth. The first is a non-fiction account of the years the author lived in Shengxi (2003-2006), and the second is a short work of fiction based on some of the author's experiences. Silent Tears was difficult for me to read. I appreciate the author's honesty about how she was unable to accept some of the attitudes toward the disabled.Today I'm starting my ninth book for this year, Journeys on the Silk Road, Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters.
  14. I've been reading, but have been too busy to post. After 1Q84, taking things easy for a couple of weeks seemed like a good idea. I enjoyed The Good Knight (Sarah Woodbury) and then read another from my "light reading list" The Woman (David Bishop) which had enough unexpected twists and turns to hold my interest. This week, I've started another novel by Neal Stephenson, Reamde. Day three of February, and I've hit my $ limit on books. :rolleyes:
  15. I started the year with Every Living Thing (James Herriot) which was a re-read and a Kindle deal. Real Food (Nina Planck) was a double hit for me; she confirms my own opinions, and reading her personal history of food has been fascinating. After agonizing over reviews and downloading several samples, I decided to try 1Q84. Thanks to the reviews here I didn't falter part way through. Reading it while the moon was at and near full last week was kind of creepy. We've had no clouds, and so on my walks I kept peeking at the moon. I am relieved to report that I never saw more than one moon! For this week's reading I want to take things easier with The Good Knight (Sarah Woodbury).
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