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  1. As a person with a background in linguistic anthropology I also agree with this approach. Our story: my daughter did not have much grammar in school and actively hates it! She is also an excellent writer, and reads a ton - probably 300 pages a week for fun in addition to school reading. She scored a 790 on the reading/writing section of the SAT. In my experience, the intuitive sense for English that comes from a lot of reading is MUCH more valuable for a good SAT score than grammar study.
  2. There are a few overlaps with us lol: Clark, Pitt, Lawrence, & Fordham (her safeties); now Franklin & Marshall, Hamilton, Wesleyan, Vassar, NYU, Barnard & Dartmouth. Swarthmore was her ED.
  3. Wow! Her list was up to 17 at one point, but she was able to cut back. And I think one more supplement would literally put her over the edge at this point. She does have at least one interview scheduled, with a couple of other ones possible (they are request only after the application is submitted). And we are visiting a few schools in the next few months as well. But such a relief to have this part done. I'd be very curious to see your list of schools if you are willing to share it!
  4. We were up late last night not because we were celebrating, but because my DD wanted to get her final apps in yesterday (even though they weren't due until today or tomorrow). A unique way to ring in the New Year lol! She submitted applications to 4 schools last night, all needing individual supplements/essays, and some needing two of them. At a certain point it all began to swim before our eyes! She's applied to 12 schools altogether - 1 ED (rejected), 3 EA (her safeties, accepted to all), 1 rolling (accepted) and now 7 schools regular decision. All her RD schools are very selective, so while she's got good stats it's hard to say what's going to happen. But she is so relieved to have this part of the process behind her - now it's just waiting. She's convinced that she's not getting into any of the selective schools - I think she has a decent shot at getting into at least some of them, but who knows. She was accepted to all of her safeties with good merit scholarships, and they are all safeties that she would be willing to attend (so important!!). So she'll have somewhere great to go next year, and that's what really matters. Last kid, last time for this. I'm relieved as well! Such an exhausting process.
  5. Final EA school results are in - DD accepted to Clark University with a $20,000/year Traina Scholarship! She really liked Clark when we visited, so this great news. Her heart is still a bit broken about not getting into Swarthmore, but she's gearing up to finish her RD applications. But no matter how that goes I think she could be really happy and do very well at either Clark or Lawrence.
  6. Just saw your updated first post - I didn't have time to read all the responses but I wanted to chime in because anemia is something I know quite a bit about. I have aplastic anemia - this is a life-threatening bone marrow failure disease when your body attacks your bone marrow and you stop being able to make any blood cells. It's very rare (1 in a million) and thankfully your daughter most certainly does NOT have this because then all her blood lines would be low, not just Hg. But mine came on so slowly that when I was tested at my doctor's at a routine physical my platelets were 24, white count low, and Hg 7.4 and I just felt "a little tired." So this can totally sneak up you and you might not even notice your body is running on fumes because it's gotten used to it slowly. (BTW I've been treated for this and I'm doing really well right now, but it's a dangerous disease that can come back at any time). There are lots of different causes of anemia - low iron is just one. For instance, for aplastic anemia patients adding iron to the diet does nothing and in fact because of frequent transfusions AA patients are more likely to deal with iron overload (yes that's a thing) than too little iron. There are also types of hemolytic anemia, where you body makes red blood cells but they are destroyed, anemia caused by low EPO, etc. - so it's important to understand what you're dealing with before starting treatment. But if all indications are that this is due to low iron then that is good news because that is generally pretty easy to treat. Finally, my son also deals with anemia - the regular iron-deficient kind thank goodness! He was in treatment for it off and on for a while, but being a young 23 year old guy was not following his doctor's orders about taking care of himself. Late last February he was feeling really unwell - tired, fuzzy brained, etc. and one day just was feeling so upset and anxious that he hung up on his dad who was just trying to help him. I made him go see his PCP and low and behold his Hg was 6!! No wonder he was so agitated - his body was not getting oxygen at all. They sent him straight to the ER and he was in the hospital for 4 days getting transfusions and iron infusions. So anyone who says that the fact that you are functioning (barely) means you don't have low Hg doesn't know what they are talking about. Good luck to your daughter and I hope you are on the right path now!
  7. Thank you! She just got her decision from Lawrence University - accepted with $28,000/year in merit scholarships: the Light! More Light! Scholarship and the Lawrentian Award! She was more than a bit overwhelmed and happy! One more EA school to hear from, probably by Wednesday, and then the long wait!
  8. It was a no from Swarthmore - lots of sad tears :(. She had really wanted to go there. I know she'll land on her feet but right now she's not sure what she wants to do. But - to keep with the up and down day, then a letter in the mail came from Pitt (already accepted) awarding her a $5000/year Pitt Scholarship. These are crazy days!
  9. Exhaling a bit finally! DD accepted to Fordham Rose Hill with a $15,000/year Dean's Scholarship! So excited for her. And in about 1 1/2 hours she'll know about her ED application to Swarthmore . . .
  10. kirag714

    We don't need Elf on a Shelf...

    We did Santa at my house. I did have one child who told me that she knew Santa was real because I would never lie to her, and yes that gutted me a bit. But within the year she had figured it out and it was totally not traumatic for her. She then loved bringing the magic to her younger siblings (which I had loved to do as a child also)! My mother would never quite admit that Santa wasn't real ;) - she called him the spirit of giving - and I think that has been what we brought to our family as well. And at this point my kids are ages 18-26 and love giving gifts to their siblings even more than receiving them! But I am so glad that they were too old for EOTS! Beside the creepy factor, I think I would have been tempted to go completely overboard with it. I feel like I dodged a bullet!
  11. Ours usually show up in the late afternoon - 4 or 5 ish. We live on the East Coast. As for what the "College Board's problem" is - I'm afraid I can't answer that one LOL. I'm so glad to be mostly done with them!
  12. kirag714

    Parent Removal of Student from College?

    And to add one more perspective, sometimes stepping away from school for a time is the best decision. My son is very smart, but has always struggled with time management, motivation and breaking down large projects into manageable chunks. After just barely graduating from a large public urban Magnet High School (he rarely did homework and his class grades were generally a bunch of 0's and 100's that ended up with him passing by the skin of his teeth) he moved to an art school for college. Again, he was either "on" or "off" and he ended up failing out after one year - his grades were an intriguing combination of A/B's and F's. After that he tried CC in our city and a CC in another city with more or less the same result, before we all decided that obviously the best thing was for him to take some time off and work for a while. About 18 months ago he had made some life changes and decided that he really wanted to go back to school. Very much to our surprise, he decided to attend a very small, religious school near us (we're in Philadelphia) where my mother had taught sociology for 40 years. He's not religious at all - but he liked the size and they had a fledgling innovative program in building arts that we was very interested in. So he went back to school as a freshman at 22. And it has been a slam dunk! There have been a few bumps along the way - some pretty big including a very poor teacher for a computer science class that he'll need to redo, the death of my mom :( who was mentoring the heck out of him, and a health crisis that put in the hospital for a week. But except for that one class he is getting mostly A's and some B's, and actually won a scholarship that a local company to the building arts student with the best GPA. Most importantly he is now experiencing himself as competent and capable, and his motivation is coming from his own desire to succeed and do well. In his case he just needed a few more years of maturing and brain development. It sounds like you have a lot insight into your son and what types of supports he needs. I think you can trust your gut on this!
  13. I really wish I had thought of this! My DD's inbox is inundated - and yes she has missed an occasional important message amid all the junk.
  14. . . . waiting for those EA and ED decisions to come in? I have my fingers and toes crossed that my DD gets some good news in December. It will be a big difference in the Christmas mood depending on what those answers are :)
  15. kirag714

    SAT Score Improvement

    I'm just curious - why are kids taking the SAT in 7th and 8th grades? We weren't homeschooling at that point (in fact, my DD was in a Waldorf school through 8th grade so standardized testing was discouraged) but that would never have occurred to me. She did take the PSAT in 9th and 10th at her public HS - sadly missed the critical year for PSAT in 11th due to an unfortunate timing issue - and ultimately as a homeschooling 11th/12th grader she has earned a 1500 SAT superscore. Does taking it at a very young age provide any advantages in your experience?
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