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  1. This is the same student who has been looking at UTM. While UTM is still one of his top schools, he is still looking....still not completely settled.:glare:


    Here is the story: Bear's CC College Algebra teacher who is an alum of Memphis has kind of taken him under her wing. I trust her opinion. She is a former homeschool mom herself(who by the way has her doctorate in math!) and has 3 homeschool students who have ALL gotten their undergrad degrees and master degrees from Memphis(one who is now working on his PhD). All three have done VERY well. So, when this teacher speaks, I listen. She is one of us. She has been in our shoes.


    This teacher wants to take Bear personally and introduce him to the math faculty at Memphis. She said she would do everything she could to help him along. She has been very impressed with his work ethic and his math skills and well....his attitude. (Guess he did in homework well in CC, huh?) And well the respect is on the other end too. Bear has the highest regards for her. She KNOWS her math and expects excellence from her students.


    Now, while I know the crime rate in Memphis, I understand that, but Memphis-Well, that's home. And the U of M is in a better section of Memphis than other sections.


    As for the commuters that come to Memphis, a LOT of them come from the homeschool community. We know TONS of families that have chosen Memphis because of the location(close to home) and the cost. For many of them, with students who are graduating with honors and high ACT, U of M offers them a free ride. SOME are even getting money in THEIR pocket and they are saving it for grad school.


    Memphis offers other options that other smaller schools may not. Memphis has THE largest honors program in the state. And it has many research and internship opportunities. Our second DD wants to work at St. Jude some day. She could actually do an internship with St. Jude while at Memphis. (Foot in the door....)Wants to be a registered dietician.


    While I don't know what the future holds right now, we are going to check out this option.


    Just had wondered if anyone had experience.


    Sorry to be so long winded this morning.





    Who has to finish her Christmas shopping to day!:)

  2. Anyone know anything about this school? It is about 45 minutes from our home and Bear's College Algebra teacher at his CC REALLY wants Bear to go check it out.


    Anyone have experience with this school?





  3. DS, Bear, has found the same to be true in his CC College Algebra class. Actually though, the kids DO show up for class, because their grade is tied to attendance. However, they don't do their homework and make 50's and 60's on their tests.


    Dear son is upset at the lack of math skills for most students. So, upset his is considering going into teaching. He says, "Somewhere along the way, Mom, they didn't get it. I want to fix that. They should know their math."


    It has been eye opening for him.





  4. We had a lovely day in Arkadelphia, Ar on Friday. The admissions staff bent over backwards to help us in any way possible. Our admissions counselor was praying for us and for Bear before we arrived.


    While Ouchita is not an ivy league school, academically it is a solid school. There were no doubts in our minds about the rigor of the courses there. If I had to compare, it is very similar to Union University in Jackson TN, if not a slight bit harder. It is a conservative Christian university. However, Christianity is not "integrated" into all curriculums as we have seen, for instance at Bryan College. There is a difference.


    Ouchiata has an unlimited meal plan. You can eat any time from 7:00-7:00, as much as you want. You also have $400 a semester to spend on Starbucks and Chick Fil A, which are both on campus. Sweet! The only other meal plan that we have seen like this was Bryan College.


    Dorms: The freshmen live in very large but normal style dorm rooms with bunk beds with suite style bath set up. So, four people in two rooms, share one bath. The freshmen dorms were the oldest on campus, but you go WAY up after your freshmen year. Juniors and Seniors can apply for Gosser hall which has apartment style dorms with private rooms. All dorms were new, except the freshmen dorms, and they plan on updating those in the next few years.


    Dorms are set up Boys and Girls separate dorms. Visitation in the dorms are held twice a week. Once during the week night and once on the weekend. But visitation is to be "open door only".


    Chapel is required for students. You must earn 7 semesters of chapel credit to graduate. They leave the last semester off of chapel credit in that people may have student teaching or internships their spring semester of their senior year. You are allow 4 or 5 absences from chapel a semester.


    They have a card swipe system to get in the dorms, but doors are only locked at night, which was different from Lambuth or UT Martin when the doors are locked at all times.


    They have a security company which takes care of campus security. One officer is always in the student center and one is always making rounds. This is 24/7. The Arkadelphia police are also just a few blocks away if needed. It seemed like a very SAFE campus.


    There is a clinic with a Dr and Nurse practitioner. The doctor is there on MWF and the Nurse practitioner is there T/Th, if your student needed anything. They take a co-pay, just like going to your regular doctor. They can either let the student pay or they will bill you the co-pay amount.


    There are LOTS of opportunities for activities, service and social clubs. They do not have national greeks, but do have these "social clubs". They do not allow you to "rush" until January of your freshman year, and you have to have a certain grade point average to "rush". There are also other clubs that are related to your particular "discipline". For instance, there is a Math club and Nutrition club.


    They have opportunities for study abroad for one semester OR a European Study Tour which is a three week trip in May.


    That is about all I can think of right now.


    Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm bushed. It's a Monday!





  5. My kids HATED Rod and Staff. Said they felt like they had been beaten by the rod and staff every time we sat down to do grammar. There was MUCH complaining. But we just kept on going with it....


    Now we are on the other side.... Getting ready to go to college....Have taken several ACT tests and shot out a 33 on the English portion of the ACT. WOW! My kids complained, but they now know it was for their own good. R&S just works.


    But if he has trouble with the diagramming, then don't bother with it. Or maybe scale back. Have him do just a FEW sentences instead of all the sentences.


    Here is something we did, though. One summer in about 8th or 9th grade we did Winston Grammar for fun. Learned how to parse sentences. Really helped with the upper levels of R&S. Would parse the sentences first and THEN diagram them. They could DO this. Just an idea. Sometimes those upper levels of diagrams get very confusing.


    Just an idea.





    P.S. I would seek the Lord and his wisdom before I made any big changes. He will guide you.

  6. We started the spring of DS's Junior year. HOWEVER, if I had it to do all over again, I would have started the fall of his Junior year. Also, going in the summer is o.k., but you get a VERY different feel of the campus when the students are there.


    It will be very different for each family due to finances, taking time off from work, and transportation to get there.


    Just my two cents,



  7. Someone posted these questions on the board. I wrote them down on paper. I hope they help.


    1)What is your biggest weakness?


    2)Why would you be an asset to "this college" or honors program?


    3)Tell about a book/class/or subject that has changed your life.


    4)Why is this college a good fit for you?


    I hope more people will share questions.





  8. DS, Barrett, has been accepted to UT Martin, TN Tech and Ouachita Baptist University.


    He also has Bryan College on his list but has been dragging his feet on the Essay.....Hmmmm.....Not sure what is going on there.....Filled out the application and sent it in....but not the essay.


    Bear(nickname) is looking for a smaller school with a good mathematics dept. Wants to teach.





  9. We are big Dave Ramsey folks here! And we understand that the "borrower is servant to lender". Don't want debt for my kids.



    (who made her final mortgage payment just this week!!!!:DAnd who cut up her credit cards about 3 years ago. It can be done.)

  10. Here are a few things to think about...


    1)I used TOG classic, but now use MFW. I might use TOG again some day, but only in a co-op setting with weekly discussion groups. That is what really MAKES TOG, the weekly discussion with a group of high schoolers. We don't have that right now, so MFW is a better fit.


    2)There is a progression of difficulty from Year 1 of MFW to Year 4. It gets increasingly more difficult, which is a natural progression as your student gets older. I didn't see much progression of difficulty from year 1 to year 4 of TOG. This is important for some high schoolers.


    3)MFW is more student led. Really works on independent skills.

    TOG is more Teacher led. The teacher has a lot more work to do in planning what the student will be doing, assigning reading, writing and such.


    4)The English/Lit portion of MFW just FLOWS. Everything from, grammar to writing to lit to vocabulary....JUST FITS WELL TOGETHER. The weeks are never overwhelming.


    5) My kids LOVE MFW....They groan when I even mention TOG. They have discussed what they are learning in MFW. They didn't want to discuss what they learned with TOG. Like pulling teeth.


    I'll think of other things if I can think of them....later...


    There are some students I might use TOG with though. I might use TOG for someone who is leaning toward a history or law degree, or maybe an english major.


    But we have mathy, science people at our house. ;)





  11. Someone told us about Hendrix. We looked into it. And may look again. The president of that college is a Cloyd, Tim I think. Anyway, his father and my father were ministers in the TN Conference(Methodist) together. So, Tim and I were P.K.'s. And I went to Lambuth University with Tim's sister. (Small world huh?)But I never knew Tim personally. Our families just ran in the same circles.


    However, I looked at the tuition at Hendrix and about fell over....Guess that is why we didn't look into it any further.


    But thanks for the information.



    (More than you wanted to hear this morning.;))

  12. I think Arkadelphia would be a good fit. We come from a rual area just north of Memphis.


    Just two years ago, we got a Kroger.( HeeHee)


    We are used to driving everywhere to do things.


    In fact, DS didn't even consider U of Memphis, due to its Urban feel. He is looking for Suburban or Rural.


    So, we are good there!:001_smile:

  13. O.K. y'all....this is the VERY last school I will ask you about...I promise!:D



    We are scheduled to go see this school on November 12th.



    It is 3 and 1/2 hours from our home and has all of DS's majors and has opportunities for community service.


    Anyone know anything about this school that they would like to pass on....




    (Who REALLY promises that this is the very last school I will ask about;) Really!)

  14. We toured TTU this summer. Tech is a great school! If we were closer, it would be in his top 3.


    Dr. Bell, who is the president, is a family friend of ours. He took the time to talk with the whole family and even talk with DS about using his scouting while in Cookeville. He said he would put him to work! DS loved meeting him and loved the idea of working with Dr. Bell. But there were other things about the school that just didn't "fit" DS.


    He did apply and was accepted;however, I don't think he will go there.


    So, no, this is not the state school I was talking about. But it still remains on this list.


    (My dad was the pastor of the 1st Methodist church there in Cookeville from '76-80. It was where I grew up. Dr. Bell and his wife, who were young members of the church at the time, had a premature baby while we were there. Dad even beat Dr. Bell to the hospital! He pretended to be a grandparent as both Dr. Bell and my dad had red hair.....They were fast friends from that time on....Dr. Bell attended my dad's funeral two years ago. I will never forget that. He is a WONDERFUL man. )


    Ahhh....but I have said too much....


    (One more thing...I used to go the Tech Campus school(elementary) back in the day....I loved Cookeville.)

  15. I don't think I will look at it the same after all these posts today. I won't look at it as our "one last chance". I will look at it as just another possibility.


    Our last college to visit will be Ouachita Baptist University on November 12th.


    Thanks again, for all the sweet, sweet posts today. But think I may have things figured out now.;) Maybe.....(Nothing that a little chocolate won't cure!!! Heehee)



    (who is just north of Memphis, in search of LOTs of chocolate)

  16. Just a little sad here today....


    O.K. we have been homeschooling now for over 10 years. And most of that time we have been using the WTM approach. And for our 1st ds, I had always envisioned him going to a small Christian private liberal arts college and discussing the great books. That is how he has been trained.




    Maybe God has something else in mind.


    My dream....seems to be going out the window.


    DS has toured lots of colleges and universities in our area. But he didn't like the small Christian private liberal arts colleges.


    He liked the state school about 1 and 1/2 hours from our home. He felt at home there. There were just normal folks there. This is important to him. Because even though he may have a 31 on the ACT, he is just a normal guy, deep down. He is also an Eagle Scout. Down to earth, kind of guy. Wants to study math and physics, maybe teach. And settle down and raise a family some day. Wants to run for local mayor. Serve in his community.



    So, what do you do when YOUR dream for your child's college goes out the window? Some may be due to finances...Some may be due to not having the right colleges close to your home...or like ours...he just didn't fit into the colleges where I thought he would....



    Or is this just like my husband said...."Well, my dear, this decision, whether you like it or not, is NOT really about you......" OUCH! Guess he is right....:tongue_smilie:


    Just rambling this morning...Anyone else ever faced this?



  17. That is exactly what I thought, but just wanted to make sure that we were moving in the right direction. We have had lots of admission folks calling and saying..."So, when is he coming back to visit again?" So, I was just taken a back when she made this comment.


    A long time ago in the 80's, my sister was a high school guidance counselor. So, I do listen when she tells me things. However, it has been a long time since she had that position.


    Thanks, y'all.....





  18. My sister, who by the way has never understood this whole homeschool thing that we do, was fussing at me on Saturday. (Big sisters, you know....:tongue_smilie:)


    We have made our "first visits" to many of the colleges that DS is interested in going to. Most of these were made back in the spring or early fall.And most were the "Ra Ra-Preview days".


    Now, we have narrowed down the choices and would like to go back to the top 3 and just see what a "normal" day on the campus is like. So, more of a private visit, instead of a preview day.


    Dear sister said, "Noone goes back for that many visits, Brenda. You are going to turn off the admissions staff." In other words, bother them.


    So, how many visits ARE too many?:confused:


    I really thought that what we were doing was normal procedure around here on the WTM board, but just thought I would clarify this.





  19. That a very powerful tornado came through the Union campus about 3 or 4 years ago. The students that are seniors now, were freshmen then. Because of that, all of the trees are very small still.


    But even DS said some of the same comments about Union. While TN Tech is a much bigger campus than Union, it had a more close knit, home-like feel due to the trees...(of all things...)


    None of my kids who have visited Union have liked the lay-out of the campus.(Except youngest dd who is 7!!!)


    We toured UT Martin on Saturday and both DS(senior) and DD(sophomore) LOVED this campus. Loved the kids, loved the dorms(which are BIGGER than Unions, by the way) and loved the scholars/honors program.


    Hmmmm......The decision may be done!;)


    Thanks for all your comments about Union. But DS really like UT MARTIN. Even wants me to fill out the housing form, because he wants to get the "good" apartment style dorms.


    Think our college search may be about done.


    We are much at peace around here.





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