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  1. There is usually an appeal process. As someone else mentioned, some schools will consider offers from peer institutions in their calculations, and your son could ask if they do that.
  2. I'm not sure, but I do know that the 2 semesters each of math and science that she did dual enrollment her senior year covered it. That was actually a huge benefit, because she was able to avoid the giant math/science classes at the university. She did have a certain amount of language that was required; her major was Near Eastern Language and Culture. Back in the day, no math was required for my nursing major. I took a basic math competency class freshman year and that was it.
  3. Both of my older kids were quite busy too. I assume this is not a senior, correct? Squeeze in visits when you can. As someone else said, summer is not ideal, but if that is what works for you, make the best of it. It's a way of showing interest and it can help give the student an idea of the sort of setting she prefers. We lived geographically distant from the rest of the US, so the bulk of visiting was done after acceptances were in and the list of top choices was narrowed, in spring of senior year. She could plan to limit performances in that time frame to accommodate this. There's a musical theatre forum on College Confidential, and I suggest doing some reading there. There are some fantastic musical theatre programs away from NYC too!
  4. That's a really great update. The disability office at my daughter's college was so helpful, and it made a big difference in getting her through school. They even had some tools that she could borrow while in school; one I remember was a special electronic note-taking pen. The profs were very helpful once they understood the situation.
  5. Facebook has been overwhelmingly positive for me. Finding and staying in touch with the various people from the past and distant relatives has been a delight, truly. This allows closer relatives that live far away to follow some of the day to day activities of our lives. Two different biological cousins were able to find us and get to know us. I even feel like I have gotten to know local acquaintances better than I would have otherwise, as a mild introvert married to an extreme introvert. The primary negative for me is the political grandstanding that some people do on Facebook, and I've controlled that by limiting whose posts show up in my feed daily. The data mining does not really concern me at all. As far as our brains changing, I think television started doing that for us years ago. I do believe the screens have an addictive quality, but it's certainly possible that this addiction is replacing other, more destructive addictions for some people.
  6. My oldest did that. I do think it was a good transition for her to be there when there was a smaller number of students. The downside was that she had to live in a different dorm for that period of time, which necessitated another move, and a trip down by my husband to help her.
  7. My daughter made it clear that finances were a major consideration when making the final decision, which was absolutely 100% true. No need to hold back any information there :-)
  8. What a wonderful update! Sounds like he has some great choices.
  9. A couple of comments from someone who did have a suicidal daughter, and who had another, different kid who juggled multiple varied activities because she had the interest and the motivation, with no parental pressure. I also have a third child who has one extracurricular, cheer, or two if you count the school band class. I recently was trying to talk that one OUT of doing honors in high school because I wasn't sure the curricula matched her personality and learning style. Depression/anxiety is a mental illness, generally a biological and chemical process. Suicidal behavior is a symptom of that illness. It's all more complicated than that, of course, but please stop blaming overbearing parents and colleges for this phenomenon. I live in a geographical area where the race for competitive college admissions is not remotely a thing, and yet suicide rates are among the highest in the nation. Just stop with that line of thinking; it is not helpful. FWIW, I do think that a drive to be extremely active CAN be a coping mechanism for some who have a tendency toward anxiety and depression, and it's not necessarily a bad thing if it gets people through the day.
  10. You could also consider another sort of language arts elective, like public speaking/debate.
  11. Generally, schools will look at the unweighted GPA. But they will consider the rigor of all classes taken, so designating as honors in ninth is fine. It will help if he has some way of validating the honors designation, like test scores, but that is not absolutely necessary. If the charter won't approve the honors designation, having the test scores will be valuable.
  12. The schools that are concerned about yield want to feel confident that they are the applicant's top choice. It's a smart question on their part, but puts the applicant in an awkward position.
  13. They are looking to give scholarships to those who are likely to attend if offered the scholarship, which makes sense. But the applicant does not need to reveal their entire list of potential schools just because the interviewer or application is asking. Use discretion. There are some applicants who think that playing schools against each other will result in a bigger offer for them, because they appear highly desirable. Not a wise idea.
  14. We are in an exceptionally geographically distant state, so visiting early on was mostly a no-go for us as well. There are a number of things one can do to show interest without visiting. Applying early is a big one. Becoming very familiar with the school and its programs via the website, and perhaps following their social media accounts. Demonstrate that knowledge in application essays, being clear on why the student wants to attend that school. Clicking on links in e mails they send, and corresponding with school reps can help. If there are any local meet and greets, or if they will have a table at a local college fair, attend and make sure to record that attendance somehow. After applying, set up the online portal if that option is offered, and check it frequently. Apply for any applicable competitive scholarships offered by the school. Use discretion when naming other schools of interest, particularly if one is a high stats student, if asked for that information. Limit names to schools that would not be perceived as being superior to the school.
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