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  1. I don't know if this helps but whole families, several generations each, had attended Baylor and were on the 5th generation of all the kids and grandkids going there - all the way from FL. The families were wonderful, normal, educated successful people- kind, humble and enjoyable. NO super uber religious stuff, legalism etc. Just nice people who served in church and raised their families. They wore Baylor sweatshirts, tee shirts, hats, etc. It was a big thing.
  2. My son is definitely working hard for his Calculus grade. Penn State does NOT mess around with their freshman and sophomore math classes and now I see why they call them weed out. They grade very hard, (no partial credit), they do not allow a calculator, they base a huge portion of the grade on only 3 exams, they adjust the grading scale (76 is a D), and they report GPA rounded down by .5s. OH and they ALSO put all the edge cases on exams that were never in any of the assigned homework. The only way to get a handle on those edge cases is to attend either the free (but possibly inconvenient or impossible due to your schedule) Group Study sessions the math department offers or the paid local tutoring center's study sessions which both give Exam Packets with lots of extra edge case problems. So in order to pass you have to 1. attend a 5th class each week 2. do the packets that group class offers 3. Go back and figure and ponder about the ones you missed 4. Have extreme attention to detail (no partial credit, no calculators) and 5. Want to put in the extra 10 hours of study per week (extra class plus about 6 hours of extra work)... It is absolutely brutal. My son literally has a 100 average in MacroEc, (which half the class dropped as this is the weed out for business and finance majors....) CompSci and Philosophy, and a solid B in Latin. He is unusually smart and hard working and accumulates knowledge pretty well, and makes charts, flashcards, takes notes etc. etc and yet Calculus is really a struggle which is notable becuase he already took this exact same level and got an A in community college..... So honestly, if you ask me, there is something extra extra hard about Engineering, at least at this school. They are currently ranked above Harvard for engineering so I guess they plan to keep it that way. Meanwhile, my son is being recruited by the Philosophy professor, writing a book on Philosophy, and has been encouraged to add a minor. Hubby and I had to talk about what to do if he wants to change majors, and thankfully we are on the same page. We'd like to see him give CompSci a try for several semesters first, and then if he wants to change we fully support that, but would like to see him go "all the way" and would want to talk to him about the perseverance it takes to get a PhD so he can be a prof. Being an engineering major is three years of hell, but getting a philosophy degree takes an extreme amount of long term cumulative effort and knowledge, and the fun will have long passed before he would actually earn it. Or maybe, if not passed, the fun will ebb and flow. So being ready to discuss these things is good. 🙂 My son is not stressed though. He will say he's very busy, or that he has no time, but he seems happy and chill.
  3. Yeah, it's stressful 🙂 But if they make it through they have an amazing program. If not, they have lots of other majors to choose from 🙂
  4. Awesome!! My ds is super happy at Penn State, and has had many great experiences (notwithstanding the frustrations with advisers.) Awesome room mate, three awesome clubs, professors that know his name and take him aside to suggest connections for him, events etc. I don't want to give it a bad rap! But in honing on on some of the frustrations, it's important for me to ask questions regarding my next one coming up. Turns out, I was off base anyway. Smaller doesn't necessarily mean that they have everything figured out and streamlined...so I guess it has more to do with where the kid just wants to go and feels comfortable going to.
  5. My dd earned four levels of pony club certificates in both horsemanship and riding as well as owning and riding and caring for and cleaning the horse 6 days per week.... We counted that as 2 years of PE and 2 years of "Equine Behavior and Care" Pony Club is super legit, very high standards, very hard to pass, very detail oriented and makes them learn about anatomy, health, diseases and problems of every kind, care, and even weights and measures of pounds of horse to roughage and concentrate feed...it's a heck of a lot of work. If your child does decide to take up riding out of a true passion for the sport, be sure to enlist a very seasoned, older, experienced trainer with years of experience and a reputation for keeping kids relatively safe. It's a super dangerous sport. 🙂
  6. This has been super helpful! I mistakenly assumed that being at a smaller U would erase some of those logistical issues. My dd also pointed out that although she loves her co-op, next year she will be super more than ready to try something new, and she has already tried many of things here locally, etc. She pointed out that a large U will have a lot more interesting things going on and probably take a long long time before the students feel ready to leave.
  7. It's all specific to the university! If you are talking about your state Us and your state run CC's it's likely that everything will transfer. But for out of state Us or private Us you really would have to just find out by calling them.
  8. So, watching my ds navigate Penn State UP has been interesting. He is doing great, and other than a few glitches it seems like it's a good fit. However, I wonder if he would have been happier and had a better experience at a small university where profs know the names even of freshman. At any big school, you make the school smaller by joining clubs attending office hourse attending group study sessions joining a Special Living Option stopping by the prof's desk to ask a quick question sitting in front answering questions and being involved in the class My son has done all of these and for some of his classes, he know has a great repertoire with the prof, and for others he is still a number. But, classes aren't the only thing at Big U's that are difficult to navigate when the crowd is 40,000 strong. More examples include Your adviser doesn't know you exist your adviser is a no-show even for scheduled visits you wait for walk in adviser hours and are told to get out because it's Friday afternoon...by the same lady who just told you that his scheduled adviser was a no -show, and the hours were clearly posted as being open Friday afternoon you can't get another appointment till after your registration date is already over Thus, basically, you are on your own to figure out your classes And all the upperclassmen say this is just the way it is, and good luck You can't get appointments for weeks at Health Services unless you call and speak to an advice nurse and she thinks it's urgent All entrance to major requirements include weed-out classes, so when you are admitted for a certain major you often have two entire years of extreme stress before you find out if you get to stay in the major....trying to maintain high GPA and working through weed out courses. My daughter, even in her art major, would have a portfolio review after freshman year and would be kicked out of the major if she was not chosen as one of the limited few. Anyway, my son is fine and I think he really likes it nonetheless. But I'm not sure a Big University is the best choice for every student. I am thinking through this in regards to my youngest, to maybe limit to small universities. Thoughts?
  9. True, it's important for me to remember that the cognitive function and brain development of a 15 year old really is different than from that of a 17 or 18 year old....they do change and grow and get used to things....
  10. I think our kids are rather different. But still, you have a good point. I know at the U that she is currently most interested in, the number of credits does not affect housing. AND we are full pay, so does not affect payments/loans. That is an interesting idea, to just take 3 classes first semester to ease into things.
  11. That's a good idea. She has her annual coming up and I will ask for some tests to be ordered.
  12. DO NOT QUOTE pls One thing I really hate about homeschooling is that I don't really have anything to compare my dd to. My older son was just a very different kid so can't use him. My dd, junior year in high school, is doing 28 hours of homework and studying per week, not including class time. But this 28 hours is pretty much her max as far as what she can handle emotionally. She spends about two hours per day reading and cooking lunch, during the week, and about an hour watching TV. She also spends time on her art, that I have not counted here because sometimes she's pushing through to finish a project and sometimes it's more just her drawing on her ipad because she wants to, which is different than completing an assigned art project. So she spends about three hours per day having leisure time, and has most of her Saturday totally off though she does often do homework on Sundays. She doesn't really do a lot of EC's except one art class and one Student Government club. She feels this is her max, but I worry that if she is going to go to college she needs to learn to push harder and longer. If she takes 12 credits she can at **least** expect 30 hours per week of study and homework time. Not to mention meeting with advisors, sometimes having to go to office hours, etc. and joining clubs to make friends. She is one of the best students at every co-op class, and scored well above average (85th percentile) on her SAT's. She has no problem learning or focusing or getting things done, but as the academics pile up she will appear tired and say she's tired. We do give her a lot of vitamins for focus issues and she sleeps a LOT, like 10-11 hours per night and wakes up happy 🙂 I know other kids that get up at 7, go straight from school, to swim practice to Play or Band practice or choir or whatever and keep on going until 9pm till all their homework and studying is done. Obviously the hurried and rushed lifestyle isn't for everyone and not necessary, but my concern is that my dd has it too easy and won't be prepared for life. Should I push her a little more next semester? (aka maybe add one more elective or class?) After discussing we think maybe she can add the Khan 20 minute SAT practice and do more of the art that she has been putting off (still lifes) 🙂 Thoughts? How have you ensured that your kids are doing enough, just as far as being busy enough, and learning to manage time and workloads?
  13. SO there was one bummer this week, and your kids who are 17 freshman year may run into these sorts of things. The Hackathon is only for 18 and up (has to do with intellectual property rights.) My son was not able to hack or submit a project but he was allowed to attend, do the workshops, see some friends, learn about some new clubs, and get ideas for next year or the Spring one, when he will be 18. SO just something to remember - there are occasional 18 and up events at college.
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