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  1. Just saw this thread and thought I would chime in! My daughter is at NYU and it's been going amazingly well! We were all a bit worried about the adjustment from homeschool to a huge school in a new city (particularly since some of her reasons for homeschooling were anxiety and depression), but it has completely exceeded all of our expectations. We just went up for a night to celebrate her birthday with her (and since she's in NYC that included a nice Italian dinner, a Broadway show and a celebrity sighting 🙂) and she looked very happy. It was great to see her having such a successful start. Two things have really helped. First of all, she has completely lucked out with housing. She's on a "loft" floor in a huge dorm, which basically means she's in a apartment that covers the entire 11/12th floor of her building with 2 full kitchens and 2 huge common spaces. She has a room with just one roommate, but shares the suite with 19 others plus their RA - 10 girls and 10 guys. Her roommate is nice, but even better she has really clicked with a large majority of her other suite mates. They have baked cookies, there are daily Mario Cart games, and they watched the debates together as a group - and tonight they are throwing her a dinner for her birthday! For my introverted nerdy kid, this is like a miracle. I feel so happy for her! Secondly, she is in the "Liberal Studies" program at NYU which means that none of her classes have more than 25 students. It's a very structured program that basically front loads all of NYU's gen ed requirements in the first 3 semesters, and then you transfer to another NYU school (automatic transfer to all except Tisch or Stern). She wasn't happy about this when she was first admitted, but it's actually perfect for her. For a STEM student I think it would be challenging, but she's planning to major in Art History and Classics so it's working really well for her. She'll also get to study next fall in Florence if she wants to, and that is very exciting as well. I realize that there will be ups and downs in the next few months, but we are all just so glad that she's already settled in so well.
  2. Or most likely it will be specifically for an Art History credit. Depending on the school, Art History may be in the same department as Fine Art, or they may be completely different departments (or even in different schools).
  3. I did include outside homeschool provider transcripts for the fall semester with my daughter's mid-year transcript because they made some very nice comments about her there and I thought it would strengthen her application. Without those comments I wouldn't have added them to her package. I did not upload any outside providers with her initial transcript, or include them with her final transcript. And yes, I also simplified her transcript and eliminated plusses and minuses for all the reasons stated above. You are in charge of your child's transcript and can tailor it so that it works for you and your child.
  4. Yes that would have been good to know! But luckily it took just 3 days for the scores to show up - and she got a 4 in Literature and (yay!) a 5 in Art History. That AH result is terrific because she self-studied for it, and also because she's planning to major in Art History and that result exempts her from the intro AH classes. I'm very proud of her!
  5. Yep that would have helped lol! Hopefully others have avoided this issue. At least we don't need to wait too much longer to get the rest of her results :). Honestly, I care more than she does - she's totally moved on.
  6. I just got off the phone with the college board. In her case it does seem that the problem was that she was given two different AP numbers/stickers and they need to manually merge the accounts. I'm not sure how we could have avoided this since the AP student info came directly from the schools she was testing at (and for us it's moot since she will be in college next year), but for those of you who have students taking AP test at multiple locations this is something to watch out for. Hopefully a more experienced parent has information about how that issue can be avoided. According to the person I spoke with, it will take 5-7 business days to merge the accounts. I'll update here once we can see her scores (and no, they wouldn't give them to me over the phone 😞 !).
  7. I will second Khan Academy's Art History class! It's excellent and very comprehensive - and free! My daughter enjoyed working her way through it.
  8. Has anyone's child ever logged in for their AP scores, and found some of them missing? My daughter the results from her AP Environmental Science test today (5 🙂!) but not AP Lit or AP Art History. She did take the Environmental Science test at a different location than the other 2 tests. I'm starting the process of contacting the College Board, but would love to hear how that went for other students, and if it took a long time to get those results. Frustrating! You wait so long to hear the results, and then to have only 1/3 is really annoying.
  9. Last one tomorrow - AP Art History. Last week she did Environmental Science and Lit and she felt that they went very well. Art History is the only she self-studied for, and she's not feeling particularly well prepared for it. I hope that it's easier than she's expecting. I'll be so glad when she's done with it! She's been working hard to be done with ALL of her classes tomorrow once her AP test is done - so far 4 down and 2 to go! And then High School is complete 🙂
  10. Quick update - DD was offered a spot off of the waitlist at Vassar! I wish that they gave us a bit more time to consider it (she has until Wednesday to decide, so a bit more than 48 hours), but I'm glad that they rectified their initial oversight of not admitting her (just a joke, but I was a bit surprised she wasn't admitted in the first place). FYI she did not write a letter or anything, just filled out their form for the waitlist. She's 90% sure that she's going to stick with NYU for all the reasons I outlined above, but it still counts as a "win" and an acceptance for her 🙂
  11. Despite the fact that I was there with her when she submitted her deposit (and she used my credit card of course!), I still made my daughter recheck her college portal yesterday to look again at that little green check mark showing that she had actually enrolled! So yes, I totally get the fear that we've missed something along the way!
  12. If you PM me I'd be happy to send mine along to you. It was pretty much the most difficult "assignment" I had during this process! Good luck!
  13. Yes I'm guessing that it has to do with getting the tests done before lunch! My daughter had time and a half accommodations due to her epilepsy meds slowing her processing speed. When she did the ACT that meant that she was there until 2:30 or 3pm - she was utterly miserable by then!
  14. Good luck to all of you! I thought we would be doing a few visits ourselves, but after seeing NYU again last Friday my DD's mind was completely made up! I'm kind of sorry we aren't going to see any of the other schools again, but she's not - she absolutely hates these events! She even has her list of dorms sorted out. It feels so good to be on the other side of the decisions and I hope you all get there soon :)!
  15. It's exhausting isn't it. My youngest daughter completely hated the whole college visit process! But it's very clarifying and can save you a lot of time in the long run. With one of my older kids we visited a college like seemed that way to us (I will name it - it was UC Boulder). The campus was gorgeous, but the entire tour was focused on their facilities and their social scene and not academics. We didn't consider it a complete waste of time because she just crossed it right off of her list. But it did make it clear that not every school has the same priorities we do.
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