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  1. I am a 3/4 time professor for a large school in a large state system. I also live in a sue-happy area of the country where people sue professors. #1 -- It wouldn't happen because it singles out a student, putting additional requirements on the individual. In my world, that would result in a potential disciplinary hearing for the professor if there was a complaint about it. My dean is always, always telling us not to make special arrangements for students outside of the syllabus and only if such arrangements are made for the entire class. As an example, some years back the flu was really going through the college. I had no way of knowing who was sick and who was not because I teach online. Some emailed me doctor excuses, and there were some local elementary schools who took Spring Break early. So I just gave everyone an extra week on a midterm project. That's OK. #2 -- It wouldn't happen because the form for incompletes is very specific. I can only give an incomplete if they miss the final and/or final project for a documented reason. Each of my syllabi says that because that's college policy. If I turn in an incomplete form (an online form), I have to attach the excuse. In over twenty years of teaching, I've only had a handful of these. The last one was two years ago, for a student who had a car accident during exam week and had to have surgery for a complex fracture. She finished her project and took the exam the following semester and got an "A" in the class. I realize that private schools have a lot more flexibility and such, but it just wouldn't happen in the school I work for.
  2. Mine went to assisted living after my father died. She also had dementia by then and couldn't manage her medications, couldn't drive, and basically would get lost and confused and then blow up at the drop of a hat. I wasn't in charge of her affairs, but that's what happened. She would take her walker and go wandering around town, which wasn't good. After she beat up a caregiver, they moved her to the dementia section. They gave her a chance there but said that if they couldn't manage her, she'd have to go to the state mental hospital as there are laws in that state that prevent you from moving a violent individual from nursing home to nursing home. She had a major stroke, and actually became easy to care for by all accounts. But she completely forgot her life past high school. They put away all of the family pictures because they confused her and asked that visitors go along with her belief that she was a teenager. No way could we have taken care of her. Thankfully the facility she was in seemed to do a good job.
  3. Mine both did community college and then are commuting to a 4-year while living at home. They catch a bus, so they don't have to drive the whole way. Buses go from 5:30am to midnight. Both are in nationally-ranked, specialized programs. They have no regrets. I only have so much that I can help them with financially, and both have multiple jobs and will graduate debt-free. Both are active on campus. It is a very diverse school. Both have benefited from that.
  4. Of course research transfer policies and such, but I'm a big fan of community colleges and teach at that level. The ones in my state have wonderful guaranteed admission agreements that allow you to start local and then go to well-known schools fairly seamlessly. Both of mine did CC first and then now are at a great school in nationally-ranked programs. We saved a huge amount of money, and it built up their confidence.
  5. I agree. When I had my graduate school interview, honors wouldn't have made any difference. They looked at where I went to school, my grades in detail (particularly in certain classes), my GRE scores, and asked about my relationship with my references. At that school, they then called those references. I'm a 3/4 time professor at a community college which is just a little better than an adjunct. It means that I'm scheduled year-round for the maximum number of classes a part-timer can teach. Zero paid benefits. When they hire full-time professors at my current school, they want work experience. I might have a shot at the previous school I worked for if they reopen the program in the area I teach in like they say they are, but who knows when they might do that. They were going to build a new STEM building and bring that back, but they haven't even broken ground yet. Also keep in mind that even at community colleges I've taught at, professors are expected to have an active professional life speaking at conferences, collaborating on textbooks, sitting on statewide curriculum committees, etc. etc. I've done some of that myself. So it's not just teaching.
  6. FWIW, it might be more motivating to have it all in one day? I've been following him for years, but am doing Financial Peace through a local church. There are certain things that are making more sense to me now as a whole though. I'm glad that I'm doing it at this point in my life because I have a lot of upcoming decisions with two in college.
  7. Same here. My vet always asks when I last gave ours heartworm preventive, so I know that he thinks it's important.
  8. I color my hair because the grays are so wild. I'm about 25% gray and had to go to professional-level products in order to beat it down. I don't have the income to do anything but color it myself. At some point I'll probably let it go, but not there yet. My mother was about that level of gray until the last few years of her life, so I may just keep coloring!
  9. I was comparatively "light" with my two in high school, and I don't regret that at all. Both did a mix of standard high school and college-level classes. My theory was that they need time to "be" and to work through those years emotionally. They both did Latin all the ways through, and that was a big win for both in terms of teaching them how language comes together, giving them excellent vocabularies, and teaching them discipline. We had an extremely difficult year as a family during my youngest's senior year, and I was glad that she didn't have over-the-top academics on top of everything else. She had a good mixture that year. I went too light though with my oldest in 10th grade. I outsourced most of his work that year to a local group, and it was a huge mistake. The following year I was able to put hm into several online courses that upped the ante in an appropriate way. Now they are a junior and a senior in college. Both are academic superstars with clear goals in mind.
  10. Yes, I hear you. I've got to do some of that this afternoon. I have to have a professional involved for legal reasons, but getting everything together is a pain.
  11. Mine both were high achievers and did community college and are now at a highly ranked four-year as commuter students. No regrets about that at all. You said "no enlisting" but the National Guard and Reserves have a lot of advantages for kids who want a little more than just college for one weekend a month and two weeks (generally) in the summer. My oldest is in the Army National Guard, and it has been such a positive thing for him. They pay for his college, he got a government clearance, and really enjoys the speciality he chose. His unit supports the entire state in a specialized area, so he is unlikely to get deployed, although you never know.
  12. Some of this you can find on if they have an entry there. What modality do you primarily follow in counselling? What are the top three issues that you work with in your counselling? How would you describe your "average" client? And of what are your hours, what are your payment policies, and such.
  13. In the area where we sold the properties, many real estate transactions were done for people long-distance, so that was not a big deal at all. Sometimes they emailed me documents, and then I signed and scanned them back and popped the original into the mail. Sometimes they sent the documents to a signing agent who came to my house. And one time I signed live with a webcam and then sent the documents via Fedex. My attorney told me that he never did meet about a 1/3 of his past clients face-to-face. We did plan a trip there eventually, and I had lunch with him and the bank officer.
  14. My are commuter students, but it seems to be going well so far. My kid with the double major is taking two capstone courses and two electives, so it probably is going to be pretty rough as the semester goes on. My younger one snagged a plum part-time job related to her major. She's in a training seminar now, and then will be working after Spring Break. Very cool!
  15. Locally, I've noticed that a lot of people who go this way seem to either get a general-purpose undergraduate degree while being involved in ministry and then do seminary online or in-person part-time. Some were able to get full-time ministry-type jobs, and some are just working in business or education while doing the part-time seminary degree. Most pastors and missionaries seem to have a master's degree in most denominations in my area. I know some taking classes locally from a branch of Dallas Theological Seminary, and it is about $1600/course from what they've told me. There are a few schools like Moody who charge less, but keep in mind that they are also very competitive to get into.
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