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  1. I came across this thread while looking for something else. I just wanted to mention a university that might fit the bill so to speak. University of Dallas is a Catholic liberal arts university with a great English program, though the focus is much more on literature than it is on creative writing. I don't think it is possible to graduate from there in any major without becoming at least a decent writer as the number of essays required far exceeds your average college. They also have a semester abroad in Rome that most students participate in, which is why I decided to mention this since you said that is what your daughter longs for. Our oldest two are there, and my husband and I met and graduated from there as well. It is strongly Catholic and one of a handful of colleges that is faithful to what the Catholic Church actually teaches for the most part. Nonetheless, there is a significant percentage of non-Catholic students (I don't know what your background is), and a non-Catholic student wouldn't feel weird there I suspect. Also, don't be toooo afraid of the tuition. They give big merit scholarships and lots of financial aid.
  2. Thanks, everybody. He will be installing Linux as part of the process. It's good to know (in a way) it isn't as involved as previously thought to build a computer. I was thinking of adding some networking component to add to the course after hearing from all of you that it takes less time than previously expected. Honestly, I wanted him to have another course for his junior year as it looks a bit sparse compared with his freshman and sophomore years, and he wanted to build a computer, so it occurred to me that this could be a good way to kill two birds with one stone. I'm sure we can add enough to make it a legitimate half credit.
  3. Regentrude, this is not something I know much about. My son made a rough estimate of 60 hours. Does that seem over the top to you? He'll be researching components, deciding on cost versus value, etc. I was thinking of adding some sort of networking credit as well perhaps and planning for a half credit. Does that seem reasonable or over the top to you? Julie, those are both great title ideas. Thank you!
  4. I have a question for everybody if I may. My son is finishing his junior year, and he would like to build his own computer this summer (with his own money thank goodness). I think that sounds like a great project, and I would like to include it on his transcript, but I don't know what sort of name to give it as a course. Computer Building or Building a Computer just doesn't sound "professional." Any ideas of what a good course name could be for this?
  5. OK. We're going for it. My son is going to apply to QuestBridge. Maybe next year I can provide some insights to the next person who asks about QuestBridge on this forum.
  6. Barbara, yes, he is looking at some colleges that offer the biggest rewards for National Merit Scholar too. Regarding QuestBridge, as well as fitting their financial profiel, I guess I would say we have a fairly compelling story. However, our son would definitely not be the first generation to go to college, we're not minorities, and perhaps worst of all is the fact that while our income is small, we do have substantial home equity, which I've seen a couple people say probably led to their children not being finalists in the program.
  7. Perhaps I should redirect. My son has received information from them, and I have gone over their website extensively. What I see is that the chance of the big scholarship--a CollegeMatch--is quite small at about 3% of applicants. After that, it looks like for the 97% who don't win the CollegeMatch, there is the opportunity to apply to the same 35 really great schools via their regular decision. That's where I'm a bit confused about the advantages. At that point, most of the colleges require students to apply using the Common App and basically applying just as other students do. It appears from QuestBridge's website that the acceptance rates are about the same as those colleges offer to the general public as well, and all of their partner colleges offer full financial aid to those who need it, so what I feel like I'm missing is what the advantage is of applying through QuestBridge for the other 97% of students who do not get CollegeMatch compared with just applying directly through the Common App. What am I not seeing here? By the way, Barbara H, your blog is wonderful. I've visited it quite a few times in the last few weeks. I had previously decided to skip this but am now rethinking it and trying to help my son decide. We just received word that he is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and he did very well on his SATs too. However, there's not a lot there in terms of leadership positions and just a few extracurriculars. Also, he's signed up to retake the SAT in October and take the subject tests for the first time in November. That means his subject tests will be too late for the schools that require them for QuestBridge. Obviously, it would have been better if we had figured this out months ago.
  8. I'm not exactly thinking it's a scam, but I wonder if they overpromise and underdeliver. My son has been getting information from them, and while we do meet their financial qualifications, I find myself wondering if he has much of a chance for their scholarships. As far as I can tell, the CollegeMatch Scholarship, which is an early-decision process and offers a full ride, goes to only 3% of their applicants. The regular decision statistics look to me to be very similar to what each of the selective colleges do with their normal applicants, and these same colleges state that they will meet the financial need between the EFC and/or CSS/Profile and their tuition. I'm trying to figure out if there are advantages or disadvantages to having him apply via QuestBridge rather than having him apply the normal route via the Common App for some of the same universities. Has anyone done this? What advantage am I missing here other than the possibility of applying to 35 colleges for free?
  9. Lots of Tolkien fans here--myself included. One of my sons is currently reading a book called The The Gospel According to Tolkien by Ralph C. Wood. I haven't read it, but he said it was pretty good. Peter Kreeft, as you mentioned, is wonderful. I'm looking forward to sharing some of the other suggestions here with my kids. I'm no expert, but here are a few things that I have learned and found helpful regarding LOTR: Tolkien said again and again that he hated allegory and that LOTR is not an allegory. It's so easy to see how it almost works as an allegory for so many things, but I think it's best to take him at his word. Tolkien's Catholicism, while by no means explicit in the book, is definitely important to really digging deep in LOTR. Though there is no explicit reference to God at all, Divine Providence is underlying the entire work. Also, there is a distinctly sacramental nature to LOTR. For example, the statement from the talkative nurse that the hands of the king are the hands of a healer. As Peter Kreeft said, the Messiah figure in LOTR is divided into three different characters--priest (Frodo), prophet (Gandalf), and king (Aragorn). I believe it was also Peter Kreeft who said that the setting of LOTR is best thought of as on Earth thousands of years before the coming of Christ.
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