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  1. Both of my DD did Summer in the City at Barnard College. The 4 week program was partially financed by Joyce Ivy Scholarships. Summer in the City was definitely summer camp for rich kids but the Joyce Ivy Scholarship, a scholarship program to acquaint midwestern girls and their families with the possibility of attending college on the coasts, helped diversify the program economically. The program was a great opportunity for my girls to try out living that far from home in an urban setting, get a taste of advocating for themselves with regards to diet (they are both gluten intolerant), and the c
  2. The price difference after financial aid between private and public and even out of state public schools depends a lot on where you live and the schools being applied to. For my students, the in state public schools in no way could be match by the private schools unless DC got a full ride. Depending on many varying factors depending on the school, it is possible to get in state tuition for an out of state school.
  3. The problem with EA is that the number of schools with an EA option is significantly less than those with ED options. Of the 20-some schools my 3 DC have applied to, none had EA options though a couple required an early application for scholarship consideration.
  4. My DD went through her school for study abroad. She was able to pick up an internship through her program while abroad. The internship was not officially connected to the study abroad but she was connected by the program. At this point, DD graduates in May and is looking into fellowships, internships, and jobs, both domestic and abroad. Of course, there are the well known programs like Fulbright but she has also gotten leads from her advisor and alumnae of her college. We have no idea where she will land but it is exciting to watch her explore her options.
  5. I have no idea about the first two as DD went through here school. But I definitely agree with Innisfree, the longer the better. Initially DD did a Winter session program which just gave her a taste for her country. The following year she was well into a year long program when she was forced to come home early. The year long program allowed her to commit to the school and the country, get involved with the locals, and take longer trips because she was not restricted to weekends.
  6. After paying tuition and room and board, my DD’s program had very little out of pocket. She covered a couple of trips not covered by the program and spending money. I am sorry to hear that this is so expensive.
  7. brehon, as she in only in 10th grade, I am hopeful that she will be able to shadow prior to needing to apply. I don’t know where you live. Missouri and Kansas have a reciprocity agreement which allows Missouri students to attend either KU or K-State to study architecture paying in state tuition. In addition, I believe there is a similar arrangement in the KC metropolitan area for attendance at JCCC.
  8. Math seems like a good fit if she is not interested in engineering. The problem solving skill honed in math can be applied in many ways. Unfortunately most major/career lists look at pure math applications and my sense that your DD could end up applying her math skills in a non-traditionally math way. I personally was thinking about cost estimating, construction management, sales, political campaign statistics, and data analytics. I read a couple of years ago that some companies hire math major to be computer programmers and teach them how to program because it is easier to teach the
  9. Unless there is a reason you or her want her to graduate this year, I recommend she spend another year at CC. As long as you don’t graduate her from high school until after she has finished her CC classes, she will be considered a freshman when she starts 4-year college. As for her ability to manage at a 4-year college, she sounds like she will do just fine. She seems to have time management worked out in a way that works for her. A roommate might help but even my most introverted DC was able to find friends and get involved in a couple of activities. I wish her luck in this decision mak
  10. My kids have never gotten much more than a sticker and a small pennant upon acceptance. That said, college visits have garnered much more...t-shirts, water bottle, stress balls, and sweets. Universities by a particular religious order are popular for visits by my kids because of their t-shirts.
  11. I am an architect in a mid-sized architectural firm in a major Midwest city. My firm hires graduates from a variety of schools. We do a variety of work including historic preservation. Finding a school with a focus on historic preservation, if one exists, would make the projects while in school more interesting but a person is in no way hindered in getting a job with a focus in that specialty if they don't have that focus. Firms expect to train their new hires in that firms particular specialty and typically an expressed interest backed up with some type of exploration in that area of interest
  12. DS has been has been accepted to all 5 of the rolling admissions schools he applied to: Rockhurst University, Quincy University, St. Louis University, Marquette University, and Drake University. He has 4 more schools to go but their announcements aren't until Marchish; one of which he still has to complete the supplemental essay. He definitely has felt the burden of supplemental essays, so much that he did not apply for any institutional scholarships. This last essay is the equivalent of a Common App essay; in fact, his common app essay would have worked for it. That said he grinds forward on
  13. A school which doesn’t fit the traditional engineering school profile is Smith College. Smith is a women’s college in western Massachusetts. They have a small accredited engineering program. Financial aid is 100% need-based. DD2 is currently attending Smith. Her financial aid package at Smith is really good, not UAH, but better than any of the other small to mid-sized schools she applied to with the exception of our in-state school. My DD was a good student but not tiptop.
  14. I have heard that S&T is affordable for out of state. Unfortunately the male/female ratio is quite skewed.
  15. Our experience is that CSS did not adversely impact our FA packages. My students are good students but only qualify for automatic merit and do not earn competitive scholarships. We found that financially the best packages came from in state state schools (Note: Our state schools are extremely competitively priced and this not the case in all states.) This was then followed by 100% meets needs schools which were all CSS schools. The least financially competitively priced packages were non-100% meets need schools which were a combination of CSS and FASFA schools. What I learned through 2 appl
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