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  1. I like both for different reasons. I really enjoyed the compactness of Disneyland though, as did my daughter who gets overwhelmed. It's pretty neat to be able to walk back and forth between parks and the Downtown area easily!
  2. We attended a scholarship weekend there. I really liked the school and Waco. It's got a nice little shopping area, a cool park with trails, and a nice paved trail along the river. It's a big sports school, with lots of energy. My daughter was not enthused, but she had an unfair prejudice against Texas. :-) I have friends from college who have sent multiple kids there, full pay, because they like it so much. These kids came from the Chicago area, so they were not small town people at all.
  4. Many of the public homeschool programs in our state work similarly to the way you describe. The various school districts around the state set up programs for the homeschoolers. The state gives these programs 3/4 of the per-student allocation that they give the districts for traditional building-based students. The districts use some of that money for the homeschooled student in the form of an allocation for books and materials (all of which have to be approved, receipts presented, etc. It is not straight cash to the family.) The rest of the funding goes into their programs for their building-based students. The homeschooled students do not have to reside in the district of the program in which they enroll. That said, I have a feeling what you are describing would be a tough sell politically because it crosses state lines, unless there is a big local demand for such a thing.
  5. If you can swing the finances for the extra year, I think that is a great idea. One issue some run into on the 4 year BSN track (happened to a friend's daughter recently) is that many programs require being accepted into nursing formally at the end of sophomore year. In competitive programs, even those with decent grades may find themselves without that acceptance and looking at having to wait a year to reapply or transfer schools. If you are doing a different four year degree, and then applying for accelerated, it seems like it would be much less disruptive if you didn't get in on the first try. I do not remember my college having to approve people taking the NCLEX past providing documentation that it was an accredited program, but that was waaaaay back in the day, so I suppose things might be different now. I actually took the NCLEX in an entirely different state than the one in which I graduated.
  6. No, it doesn't matter where you got your degree. For nursing, I say do it the cheapest/fastest way possible. Of course, there is something to be said for the "college experience" in general, and if the student has the funds/time to go that route, there's value there too. I do appreciate that I got to know people with all different majors at college while I was getting my nursing degree. I don't want to speak to all programs, but likely it has to do with a specific progression of courses required, and the difficulty of working around clinical schedules.
  7. We have so many issues with car break-ins in our area, especially at hiking trailheads (which are everywhere here.) Thieves will take your garage door opener and address information from the glove box and go break into the home before the person returns. People here have gone to taking photos of their registration information and keeping it on their phone, and taking the garage door opener with them. I had my window smashed in the middle of the day at a busy dog park parking lot. Oddly, they left my daughter's expensive saxophone (she had a lesson that afternoon, and I was at the dog park waiting for her to finish sports practice.) They did take my daughter's eyeglasses and my $30 Costco jacket. The whole thing cost me over $1000 by the time I replaced the glasses, the window, and the seat belt device that was ruined when glass got inside of it (that was the priciest part.)
  8. I thought of this thread this past weekend as I photographed an "unplugged" wedding. The couple had a big sign at the entrance to the ceremony site and then had the officiant make an announcement just before the ceremony. It was awesome that there was no one hanging out in the aisle to get cell phone shots of the bride as she made her way to the front :-) There were plenty of phones out at the reception and before/after the ceremony, and the couple was fine with that. Generally, the "ban" is mostly about keeping the ceremony more photogenic for the hired photographer and videographer, not so much about keeping phones more the premises altogether,
  9. You have a rather unusual setup for his education, but it sounds like that there would be tradeoffs no matter which direction you went for him because of your location. He sounds pretty great overall, honestly! I do think six intense classes is a lot. Typically, even for my highly motivated student, we would have a couple subjects that were "get-er-done" type situations. I understand that the tutorial situation is fun in some ways for him, and probably nice that he gets quality time with the grandparents. I'd have a hard time pulling it away too. I presume it is all or nothing as far as the number and types of classes? Would there be a way for him to get friend/cousin/grandparent time without the tutorials? Yes, some kids do require a whole lot of assist/pushing. Personally, I think the brain sorts itself out in the early-mid twenties. If you are weary of pushing him, I'd probably put this back on him with specific requirements. He likes the tutorials, so if that is the case, he's got to get the work done and maintain certain grades, whatever you think is reasonable. If that does not happen, no tutorials next year.
  10. I think it can be difficult anywhere, depending on how conscious a person is of status symbols. I went to a small non-elite, but private, college in the Twin Cities back in the day on scholarship. My parents did not pay for school, I had no transportation, and money for extras, including clothes, was nil. Most students there were supported by their parents, and I remember feeling embarrassed about things I could not have or do.
  11. I do a fair number of senior sessions, and it sounds like a pretty typical situation with a young hobbyist photographer. I personally would not be worried at all, especially with a parent there. Honestly, the kids take soooo many pictures of each other daily without calling it a photoshoot. This is just making it kind of formal, I guess. 🙂 He may give her a flash drive, though online delivery is pretty common now. He probably just wants to post on Instagram. Sure, the photos could be manipulated into something sinister, but that's true of the many many phone photos that the typical teen produces and posts daily.
  12. That's so hard, especially when you aren't entirely sure where this transition is leading.
  13. Yes, that is the hole we fall into as well. I don't even look at the number that FAFSA calculates for us because it is ridiculous in a good year and impossible in years where we have major medical issues (which has been most of the college years) or some big house problem (earthquake one year and the need for asbestos abatement another year.) Princeton took all that into account and adjusted accordingly. Going to drone on one more paragraph about wealth at Princeton to offer some reassurance to some that may be nervous to apply for fear of standing out in a major way as a "financial aid" student (can't speak to other schools, though perhaps similar there.) It's really just not an issue at all. First, Princeton doesn't allow a car for most students and everyone has to live on campus for four years. Housing is by lottery and the charge is the same regardless of what room you get. This really minimizes any financial advantages. Most typical college activities are covered by the school. I've spent a fair amount of time wandering campus of late because of ongoing medical issues for my daughter, and I would not even say that wealth is evident in the clothing. Perhaps the culture there is to dress down, I don't know. My daughter primarily wears free shirts she got at school (they hand out a ton of free clothing and food to all) and shorts or jeans, and looks pretty typical there. Oh, and back to housing, it is not at all fancy. Way nicer housing at all the other schools we toured. Not sure what that is about, but it's true. Most buildings lack AC, bathrooms may be distant from the room, definite pest issues (ants and roaches), very basic furnishings. I'm of the opinion that the availability of loans for the doughnut hole students has taken away the incentive for the schools to rein in costs. I don't know what the answer is. I'm concerned about our situation with our youngest, who is unlikely to qualify for large merit. Princeton would not be a fit for her, as much as I like it for #2. Our hope is that I can work and make enough to pay her bills. We do have enough saved to pay for part of a year, maybe more, depending on where she goes.
  14. I'm assuming this is directed at me? I wasn't pretending anything as far as income levels of various students. Simply speaking to our experience for people who are reading along to gather information. It's anecdotal, of course. I may have misunderstood what DMettler was saying in her post about loans. I thought she was indicating that the full-needs-met schools were meeting that need with loans, which is absolutely true in many, probably most, places. She specifically mentioned HYP, which is why I piped in. Like I said, the only financial aid we were offered apart from merit at the vast majority of schools for our two daughters was loans. Princeton may have a majority of wealthy students, however you define that. That doesn't change the fact that they offer great need-based financial aid for those who don't normally qualify. It was the reason it ended up on my daughter's application list, along with Harvard and Stanford. It's been much easier financially to get this daughter through four years there than it was to get our older daughter through four years at a public out--of-state university. We do have loans from that experience. Of course, getting in is quite difficult. It's a small student body and there are limited spots. But one should not rule it out for fear that the financial aid will be loans. That is all I'm saying. I'll add that the schools you mentioned with over 20% of significantly wealthy students (Dartmouth, et al) are not particularly known for great financial aid, which I suspect is the reason incomes are so high there.
  15. Agreed. I find I am viewed with suspicion when I take my daughters in about half the time. I've never felt like the providers are very open to hearing my opinion, even with a significant nursing background.
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