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  1. In the second round of notifications, DS was accepted to St. Olaf and Denison and wait listed at Grinnell and the University of Richmond. Out of 9 applications, he was only out-right rejected at Bowdoin which was a definite long shot but bittersweet as it was the only school that out right said that he could run if accepted. In the end, DS has made his decision to attend Drake University in Des Moines over St. Olaf. The Politics program with 4 majors is better than any we looked at with many, many internship, campaign volunteer opportunities, and hopefully working the Iowa Caucuses. DS also prefers the urban, capitol city location of Drake to the small town where St. Olaf is located. For the parent's point of view, Drake has advantages also. DS has several food allergies. Because of several pre-Pandemic visits with my DDs, I am confident that his allergies will be well accommodated at Drake. Drake is more expensive than St Olaf but over 4 years this difference should be a wash. Drake's tuition promise and DS's scholarship make his future tuition costs known. This is particularly an issue for us as in 2 years as our need will drop significantly when DD2 graduates. At other schools, we would have seen a significant increase in costs but at Drake he will only loose a small grant. We are all glad to have a decision. I am so glad the DS will be on campus next year. It has been a long year for DS as he has been attending CC virtually for over a year. This kid will thrive on a college campus among same age peers.
  2. 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 classwork somewhere between what was required in most classes in CC and their current colleges. An added bonus was that they were able to attend a large number of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for cheap. I believe that it is too late this year to apply for the Joyce Ivy Scholarship but I recommend it for those who qualify.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 programming than the math. I definitely understand the uncertainty which arises in a parent when their DC is interested in a major without a clear career path. My oldest DD is an English major. It was been interesting watching her explore career options. She is currently in her last semester and is headed for a career in producing podcasts. Go figure.
  10. 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 making process.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 is sufficient. Most architectural schools have multiple degrees. It is important to determine which degrees are NAAB-accredited. These in our area range from 5-year undergraduate degrees or 2 1/2 year master degrees. Some schools only have one accredited degree. Make sure that the accredited degree program meets your student's goals. In looking at our local programs, I would also look at the size of the program. We have an extremely small program in the area. As Architectural school is based on a studio structure, it is important to have a school of sufficient size to offer a variety of studio critics or instructors. Finally architecture is dependent on the economy with some market sectors being more volatile than others. In addition, architects are the lowest paid of the professional degrees. That said, I would not discourage anyone from going into architecture if that is what their passion is. My brother is a mechanical engineer in a major manufacturing corporation. He has had significantly more layoffs than I or any architect I know have had. In addition, architects earnings put them solidly in the middle to upper middle class, Architecture is a unique profession with its combination of art and science and is incredibly rewarding. I wish your DD the best of luck.
  13. 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 it. Just a note, he decided to apply test optional to 3 of the 4 remaining schools. His test scores did not make the respective school's range but he will graduate in May with an Associate degree and a High School diploma. and has equivalent grades and resume to his sisters It will be interesting to see if he is able to score an acceptance in any of these selective LA schools. All in all I am personally am grateful that he already has been accepted to one of his top choices. As it is he is our third student to be accepted to this school, we have a sense as to what the FA package will be. Further acceptances will just make the decision making process interest. Congratulations to everyone for their acceptances.
  14. 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.
  15. I have heard that S&T is affordable for out of state. Unfortunately the male/female ratio is quite skewed.
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