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  1. Over the weekend, I asked mine about their college's Reddit, and they both said they found it useful. Of course there's a lot of discussion about dorms, food, and transportation because those are essentials that students talk about. They both disagreed with some of what was said and found other parts that were helpful. It's a given that mostly people complain. My younger one said she appreciated discussions about safety on campus and some of the food discussions, but my two young adults disagree on food and actually eat at two different cafeterias. One has a more nurturing department, and one has good professors but is more competitive. But they are both happy and have benefited from having a lot of options in their majors. It's a bit maddening to come along side with them in these hard decisions but a joy to see them come into their own. You'll get it!
  2. I don't know that you're going to really be able to measure the difficulty in a reasonable way. When I look back at graduate school, most of the classes I had were insanely difficult. We're talking about 20-30 hours a week or more of homework a week all semester just for one class. That was at a large state college. Then I had one outlier that was like 3-5 hours a week, and the professor decided to stop lecturing six weeks before the end. We finished our projects (easy), and that was that. So I wouldn't judge one community college class that was easy and say that it's a problem. I had a few freshman-level classes myself that were easy, but it only got harder as I went. We did the 2+2 with an "upper middle" four-year. Mine are indeed in the top 10% of their classes and are working their tails off in general. One is an accounting major and one is an English major, and both have a lot of homework. The accounting major runs about 40 hours a week of homework or more, but I don't see that as anything bad. That's how that major is. The other one reads a lot and has 2-3 writing assignments a week which take a lot of time. IMHO that's how upper-level classes are.
  3. Yes, that's how it is in our area too. You never know how long it will take, and then they mail it.
  4. A friend recently gave me a gift card, and I bought some Tommy Hilfiger jeans. I haven't bought jeans in about a decade, and they fit me very well. I wear dress pants in the same brand.
  5. Not just because I'm a community college professor, but I'm a big fan of community colleges. Both of mine are CC graduates and are now commuting to a four-year that is perfect for each of their goals. Both are in unique programs, one's major at that school is considered one of the top twenty in the country . We saved tens of thousands of dollars, and they had some outstanding CC professors and are pulling high grades at the four-year. For us, it was a complete win-win.
  6. A therapist suggested one for a family member, and it was a game changer. Our rental house is very poorly insulated, so it's not doable in the summer because I can only get the temperature down so far. But great overwise. Sometimes we fold it so that just part of it covers when it's hot and humid outside. It would NOT be something I would like at all. I like my covers super airy and light and would rather wear heavy pajamas than have anything heavy on the bed.
  7. My uncle died alone in a hospital in a major metropolitan area and was in the morgue for several weeks before I got involved. His girlfriend at the time told the hospital that he had no relatives and skipped. I strongly suspect she was shafting him for a long time. The county hired police officers who had to retire on disability to do the investigations and to try to find the next of kin. Thankfully we got the dots connected, and I was able to hire a lawyer and take over his affairs which included burying him. The investigator told me that unclaimed bodies were cremated after a certain period of time and buried in a local cemetery that donated some land in a common grave with a service. The whole thing was very sad for me, but at least I was able to step in when I did. He wasn't homeless, but if I had known that he was gravely ill, I would have been there.
  8. Yes, they have their good and bad aspects. When I taught a basic computer literacy course with Microsoft Office, it was a positive IMHO because the online system graded their homework in more detail than I could and gave them immediate feedback that explained what was wrong and how to correct it I set it up for three tries so that they could learn from their mistakes. At the college where I teach web development, they are very careful about the codes and only use them in situations where more detail and feedback is gained. This semester I'm teaching multiple sections of three different classes, and not one has an access code. All three are intermediate-level classes though, and nothing is gained by online access. Homework involves writing project plans, evaluating websites, making a database, and making web pages. All of those need to be graded by a human. At the small technical college where I went, they really emphasized homework and hired upperclassman to grade. I graded a calculus class and a 300-level math theory class and worked 10-20 hours a week because the professor wanted detailed feedback. Friends in engineering had large problem sets to turn in every week that were graded. My older one is a senior in accounting and business analytics, and he has codes for most of his classes because they give access to the large data systems online that they use for their homework. He has a data warehousing class this semester, and it really works well for practicing those skills. I feel that he is getting a better applied education because of the codes. My younger one is a junior in English, and she has no codes. Just stacks and stacks of books. LOL.
  9. Unfortunately, that's likely never going to happen. If a college has students receiving federal aid, some level of attendance accountability is required. I've been a community college professor for twenty years, and they remind us of that at every fall when they go over expectations. Even as an online professor, we count on-time assignments as attendance and have to enter when the last assignment was turned in if they fail because of federal rules. Face-to-face professors at the schools I've worked for are expected to take attendance every class period using some reliable technique for reasons of financial aid.
  10. Of people that I still cross paths with, it would be nine children. I knew one that had fourteen, but I haven't seen them in a very long while.
  11. My oldest is over 21 and is a teetotaler out of conviction and for health reasons. Some of his college friends have the same values. I volunteer with a local ministry working with people recently released from jail, and alcohol is one of the major issues they struggle with because it's a "legal" drug. It's opened my eyes to how alcohol derails lives, so I don't buy it for myself any more.
  12. I've been looking for full-time work for over a year and am so jealous when I hear about people who have jobs offered to them (LOL). In your case, they may just want it to check a box or two. I wouldn't sweat it. Today a husband of a friend put me in contact with two recruiters. I hate to be jaded, but I need all the help I can get!
  13. Yes, I lived perpetual crises all the way through homeschooling. Big, gut-wrenching things happened every year that made me question whether I could go on. Some of the oldtimers may remember. My youngest's senior year was the all-time hardest. I was glad she graduated then because I truly could not have continued. And you know what? They ended up as highly resilient young adults. They live with me and commute to college now, one a senior and one a junior. Both are top-notch students and are wise beyond their years. They are more together than many of their friends. I think in some ways they are more mature than I was at that age.
  14. My dean actually read this in a faculty meeting on Saturday. My department standardizes the syllabuses other than late policies, due dates, and faculty information. And it's LONG.
  15. I live in a sue-happy part of the country where students sue professors. I've been a community college professor for twenty plus years, currently teaching online with one of the largest community colleges in the U.S. In my field, they've standardized the courses across all campuses and online, and at my Saturday faculty meeting they said that anyone who alters the syllabus other than a little customization will be reprimanded because it is considered a legal document. If you modify the syllabus and are sued, the college will not provide a lawyer for you. That's how serious they consider the syllabus to be. Obviously not every college views it that way. I like working for them because they can provide more work for me than the previous college I worked for, but they are a bit controlling (LOL). I would be concerned about no syllabus though. As an ongoing student myself, I need to know the expectations.
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