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  1. My brief thought was based on my observation (of her various posts) that this student’s academic needs were fairly specific. In this particular case, I would certainly look at the program first and foremost because I truly believe you can find like-minded people anywhere 🙂 My oldest was pretty certain throughout her college search that she wanted a nerd college (and women’s college at that.) Ended up at a sports school because of the program (her interest was also quite specific.) Definitely the right decision, and she never attended a single sports event. FWIW, I’m married to a UGA grad and grew up in Atlanta. Certainly know football culture, but still hold this opinion 😉
  2. Agreed. Focus on the program (and the money, if affordability is an issue.) Plenty of all sorts of people at those schools.
  3. One thing she may want to consider is taking a couple of SAT subject tests. Some colleges do require those, but I am not aware of any that require an AP exam.
  4. Probably not worth it. AP Psych is considered one of the light APs, and she will have the college grade.
  5. The daughter that went to UW definitely had a non-traditional transcript, if that eases your mind at all. Not the typical high school courses, no APs, lots of creative (and kind of flaky sounding) courses. She's also the one with no subject tests.
  6. My homeschooled daughter graduated from UW in 2017. I actually had to google CADR to see what it was :-D I don't see any reason why homeschooled courses couldn't satisy those requirements. Does UW address homeschoolers on the website? Mine was applying in 2012, so my memory is a little foggy.
  7. If it is just the specific class that is a problem, I’d identify a different class. It doesn’t have to be the most challenging version of physics you can find. 🙂 My engineering-at-Princeton daughter (who also earned a full ride at Ga Tech) did Apologia physics with a co-op lab. It was fine. If she is really not going into STEM, then there are other options, of course. One of my daughters did geology with lab. But if she can manage physics, I’d do that.
  8. That is great! It sounds like identifying a good safety school option should be easy.
  9. My daughter was accepted to and considered Hope. I think they have a fine program and it’s a nurturing atmosphere. It came off her list fairly early because she preferred Calvin (similar characteristics to Hope.)
  10. If he already has a mental health history, I'm not sure he would pass the medical assessment.
  11. Speaking as someone who has had significant experience with mental health care for a young adult (and apologies if I missed some of the details that make my advice off base.) My first priority would be keeping younger siblings safe. The high self esteem does hint at a possible sociopath/narcissist. That said, the therapists could be totally off base, but his behaviors provide more evidence that that may be the case. If things are going to go bad, maybe send the kids somewhere else for a time until it settles. Everything changes as far as health care and your ability to find it for him at age 18. I'd be acting sooner rather than later for sure. Residential is crazy expensive. If your insurance would cover, find out now what steps you have to take to make it happen, as far as referrals/documentation from the school and police. He may need to eventually take an alternative path to finishing school, and that is fine. It's not the priority right now. This is absolutely a heartbreak and the hardest thing you will ever deal with. Take care of yourself and make sure you have the help you need.
  12. 18+ year resident here. 🙂 June-July are prime as far as weather and availability of guided activities. Those months are also more mosquito-filled though. May and August will be cheaper, and possibly rainier, though less buggy. Early September will be cheaper still, but with some activities done for the season. Northern Lights are more of a winter activity, because there is so much light in the summer. Not impossible to see, but the viewing won't be prime. For a first time visit, I'd fly to Anchorage and focus on the Kenai Peninsula, with perhaps a drive to Denali National Park. Keep in mind that Alaska is huge and driving times are long on relatively remote roads. You aren't going to find the highway services that you are used to in other places (flush toilets with sinks at rest stops, for example, are not happening on the road here.) I do like Fairbanks in the summer, but that is probably not the Alaska you have envisioned for your trip. And so you know, it's a six hour drive, easily, from Fairbanks to Anchorage. That drive to Prudhoe Bay, apart from the time involved, is one where you have to carry extra gasoline for the car, and is probably not feasible in a rental if you have restrictions on going off pavement (in fact, for any rental, check on those restrictions. There are companies that will rent for off-pavement driving.) Dings to the windshield are super common here, so make sure your insurance is in place. The flights to and from Alaska frequently involve odd times/overnight flying, so plan for that in your recovery time. 4-5 days is unlikely to be enough time with all the driving involved. Again, huge state. Yes, expensive trip. Lodging, excursions, even more if you add in flights. No way around that here. If you opt to tent camp and hike, that is your cheapest option, though that means bringing more gear and having knowledge of the area. And you will want to dress for weather, which means both cold/rainy and hot in summer. Editing because I just read the post above mine and want to clarify driving times for that sort of trip. Anchorage to Denali National Park, where McKinley (now Denali) is is 3 1/2-4 hours of solid driving. To go into the park and see the mountain closer, you have to get on a bus if you want to go past the first 15 miles of park road (the mountain is quite a ways in the park) so you are talking several hours on a bus on this narrow park road. The drive to Seward from Denali National Park will be about 5 1/2-6 hours, though road construction (or crashes on the road, which frequently shut it down for a time) can add significantly to the time. Someone mentioned the train and that is a good option, though not inexpensive and not faster 🙂
  13. Whereas a bell on a dog might be helpful in case of bears, I'm not sure I'd employ the same strategy with cougars, which are more likely to actively hunt a dog. In the end, the best strategy is sticking together (don't let dog wander alone). An air horn might be useful in case of attack or pending attack. Honestly, it's unlikely you'd see the attack coming, so hike with air horn where it can be grabbed immediately. Prepare to fight, because you don't play dead with a cougar.
  14. Do people really say that homeschoolers universally do well in college? Not sure I have ever heard that claim :-)
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