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dmmetler last won the day on February 7 2014

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    Mom of a highly asynchronous kid ;)
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  1. It wouldn’t have been on the list to visit if we hadn’t been there anyway, and I have a couple of friends who teach/work there :).
  2. I liked CMU (started in their early college program, but transferred to a school that gave me a free ride-they were pricey even in the 1980’s). I can’t say that I have ever seen anything from them at the conferences or in the journals DD follows, though. I suspect they would be a lot like GA tech-nice vibe, but not the best fit otherwise. They also are very, very picky on age. We visited Rochester for the JMIH last year. Since it took two plane changes to actually fly there (it was faster to drive to Toronto and get a direct flight to Memphis, which is why we spent several days in Toronto and visited UofT and YorkU), I don’t know that it would meet DD’s requirements. It’s definitely a nerdy school, though, and obviously does herp work, since you don’t put in to host the conference without local hosts. Although I think they were mostly focused on phylogenetics.
  3. I wonder if that is an SEC football thing? Most of the schools that have turned off DD are SEC schools, or SEC adjacent that really want to be SEC schools. Maybe farther North it is less an issue?
  4. We haven’t visited yet, but it sounds like one to check out :).
  5. And the right one might be fine. Arkansas State felt OK, and it’s a flagship. But Texas A&M, which definitely has the programs she wants, has managed to turn her off just from their mailings.
  6. It’s not, though. It’s kind of like the difference between a school that has a student organization for LGBQT+ on the website vs a campus where same sex couples feel just as accepted at holding hands and kissing before heading off to class as straight ones are. On a campus with a nerd culture, not everyone is a nerd, but no one is going to be surprised if you skip a football game to play D&D or read in the library (if there is a football team at all). Here’s her list from a couple of months ago.
  7. She wants to see that there are active organizations and groups on campus fairly publicly, just as our front as frats/sororities, sports, etc. At UAH, for example, there are gaming lounges in multiple buildings, both for video gaming and board/table gaming, signs up for Pokémon tournaments and cosplay clubs, and similar events. At UT, certain colleges had a similar feel. At UTK (one she didn’t like), everything revolves around football, and the whole feel is, but social in more of a social climbing sense. The whole school spirit thing kind of annoys her. It’s not just 1-2 electives. It is that some schools have biology departments that are focused on humans, primarily medical biology, or on molecular or cellular level biology, and some are focused on whole organisms. Some psychology departments are focused on turning out therapists or people to work in human relations and similar fields, others focus more on animal behavior and research. Not having specific classes in animal behavior isn’t as important as not having anyone actually working in that field as their research specialization who would be able to work with her and the freedom to shape her program into what is needed to apply to graduate school, not medical school.In general, colleges with agricultural schools or veterinary medicine schools are a better fit-but many of those are also the large, state, sports, school spirit focused schools where she feels like she doesn’t belong. DD’s mentors have strongly advised her to pick an undergraduate school the way you normally pick a grad school-find the lab she wants to be in and the PI she wants to work with and the projects she wants to be on, and work backwards.
  8. DD is working on narrowing down her list, and what it seems to come down to is the “vibe”. The schools she likes best are the ones where it is obvious that there is a thriving nerd culture. So far, the schools she’s felt that at are University of Toronto and UA-Huntsville. She does NOT like schools where sports is a major focus, especially football, and finds too much of the “sea of school color/mascot” effect a turnoff. This rules out most state flagships. My guess is that many of the schools on her list currently to check out may end up not having the “vibe” she wants. I suspect she can find Nerd culture anywhere, but she really wants a school where it is part of the overall culture. As an organismal biologist/psychologist most interested in animal cognition and behavior (especially of reptiles and amphibians), a lot of the more technically focused schools do not necessarily have the classes she wants. Georgia Tech, for example, has the nerd vibe, but not the right classes. Other things she needs is a campus/town where she does not need a car and fairly easy/accessible transportation back to Memphis. Air is fine-but there needs to be a way to get from campus to the airport without a lot of issues. She has pretty high stats, where most schools that are not a reach for everyone are likely to be a reasonable option. She is unlikely to qualify for much need based aid, so we’re looking for schools with good merit. Right now, almost all of the schools on her list are ones that have guaranteed or a significant amount of competitive merit aid available and where most search engines put them in the “safety” or “near Safety” categories, even with her middle school ACT scores. I actually would love to find one or two more “reach” schools other than Toronto, because I think she is aiming a bit low (although many of the schools do have honors programs that might provide the challenge she needs).
  9. My DD’s class used the Wade and Tarvis book with the Revel online access card. The only problem was that apparently if you submit your answer, then go back and edit, you will get flagged for plagarism-with yourself! (DD had that happen and it totally panicked her-fortunately, her instructor actually looked at the report and recognized that DD was matching herself, instead of accepting the grade the computer spit out).
  10. They also usually need people to serve on juries for mock court.
  11. I think it is like a lot of special ed programs-they are great for the kids who need them, but don’t really work well for other populations-it’s either too much or the wrong thing.
  12. Expressive language should be evaluated separately for a SLP eval, and is something that an SLP can work with. Realistically, most kids who qualify for SLP will appear as a sullen disinterested kid because it’s easier to be quiet rhan to try to communicate. That should be a flag for evaluation, etc.
  13. Can she qualify for speech due to communications difficulties in class discussions, oral papers, and so on? Speech is usually able to be covered as an academic service if the child struggles with oral parts of the class, and Speech therapists often work with social language and social skills as well. It can be a backdoor to getting services. The downside is that school speech therapists often don’t work with teens much, and may not be particularly good with them. At minimum, though, it gets her X minutes a week in a quiet place to recharge her emotional batteries (I had a lot of meltdowns in speech in middle and high school. I’m not sure we progressed on my IEP goals at all, but at least I had a place to go). If you can get a “quiet place for testing/assignments without distractions” or the ability to take assignments to the special ed suite, that can serve the same purpose-not to provide acsdmdic support, but a way to give an overloaded kid a “get out of jail free” card so that they can decompress.
  14. I used Keys along with LoF PA for my DD’s first run through PA (she followed it with AoPs-I wanted it very solid), and the two worked well. I agree that Keys is more problem sets than instruction. The workbook format is nice for kids who struggle with copying from a book or just plain find it tedious, and there are relatively few problems per page, which is nice. She also liked being able to finish a “book” so quickly.
  15. We visited JMU as well-separate thread :). It’s on DD’s list, but not currently her 1st choice. She is recovering from a knee injury, so I think she’s finding Harrisonburg a bit rugged-she might like it better if she came out when she wasn’t sore after walking across campus. It’s hard to get a good feel in June when the campus is about as empty as it ever gets. It’s also likely to be one of the more expensive options on her list, since she’s out of state and they do not have a guaranteed out of state waiver/merit scholarship.
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