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  1. No way. I'm very appreciative that our landlord is pet-friendly. It was tough to find a place that worked for us where we could bring the dog. Most in our area say no pets. We also needed a fenced yard as our dog is a runner. Our dog is thankfully very easy going and careful, so no issue with damage. The management company did require a breed evaluation (which we had anyway from the rescue) and doesn't allow all breeds of dogs. On a related note, it's also hard to find a place to rent if you smoke. Every place I looked at didn't allow smokers. That's not an issue with us, but it made me wonder what smokers do when they have to rent. It must be really hard to find a place.
  2. I feel your pain. Similar story, I'm supporting two college students and myself on a retail job and being a community college adjunct. Thankfully one of them graduates next May and plans to stay in the area. LinkedIn is generating more job leads and interviews than anything else for me. I have worked with several recruiters, and that seems like a good path. I've had several interviews lately, but no job offers.
  3. I know multiple people who went to the SF campus, some for undergraduate and some for graduate. Very intense school. They rotate the subjects and professors, so you might get an art professor teaching French. You can't argue with their results though. They really teach students to think.
  4. I had some kind of chronic sinus issues that was making my asthma worse. Nothing I did worked. Our final theory is that I had some kind of fungal infection because there's a lot of mold where I work. I tried the NeilMed system on the advice of my allergy NP, and it cleared up within a week. I still have to do it, but I'm 100% better. If I come home and am really stopped up, it clears me out enough that I can sleep and am fine the next day. I find the NeilMed squirt bottle to be easier to use than a Neti pot. I do it in the shower.
  5. I'm a 3/4 time professor retooling for better job prospects, so I took three employer-paid classes in the semester that just finished. I logged into my student email account to get a Google Doc link, and there it was. An invitation to the college honor society. Now that would be awkward. Am a student or a professor? I had the same thing when I went to get an ID so I could sell back my books. I told him my situation, and we had to discuss what to do. We finally decided that I should have a staff ID. Life is confusing...
  6. Yes, push appropriately and leave the doors open. One of mine had a lot of misgivings about college and struggled with figuring out what he wanted to do. He was a high achiever but really wasn't into thinking about life after high school. We opted for community college against all of the naysayers, and he found his passion after exploring a field that we looked into late in his senior year of high school. He was the top graduate in his major from that college and is excelling at a top-20 university in his major. He'll graduate next May. My other one knew what she wanted her junior year of high school, but had a really difficult senior year and wasn't sure either about the whole college thing. Her freshman year also had a lot of upheaval outside of school, and I was worried. But she did well, and her sophomore year went much better. She's going to the same four-year in the fall into a unique program that fits her interests. I've found that they have to do some of the figuring out themselves, and that getting older does indeed help. I did push them to think positively and discussed their interests and strengths. So college wasn't a blind push. We had ideas about what they might pursue before they went though. Over time they've refined and grown into that.
  7. That's sad. They closed the one in our town some years ago when they closed the first time. We liked the mix of clothing. We both could find things there. Retail is rough. One of my part-time jobs is with a major department store that somehow keeps going. I see how they struggle, always trying to come up with the right mix of products while paying the majority of the workers who are part-time very little.
  8. Emotional abuse over many years can have more far-reaching effects that a limited physical abuse. Both are bad of course.
  9. A counsellor I saw said that family members living in the same house should never apply the silent treatment for more than an hour. The hurt/angry/upset person has a right to withdraw but no longer than that. It may be that there are issues they want to think further on, but it's abusive to not talk at all to someone for more than that. Days, weeks, or months indicate a very serious problem with the individual who does that. If an individual is consistently making remarks that you find hurtful or handling conflict in a cruel way, you completely have the right to demand counselling and/or accountability. That's not acceptable in a family. If kids observe these types of things consistently over many years, they will be affected. Different rules for people outside the immediate family. I've gone no and minimal contact and keep certain acquaintances at arm's length. That's fine.
  10. Yes, the students I've taught at the community college are very diverse indeed. Some who went to the $30,000+/year private school and flunked out of an Ivy, and some who are in their 40's and just finished the GED. There's really no single demographic there although the majority of the students are 16-25 years old. The article was not from Jay Wile, but I've heard that he talks like that at homeschool conventions. That's fine We can all pat ourselves on the back as much as we want to, but homeschooled kids at large don't universally do well in college. Certainly they can do very well, but not always. The year my son graduated from the community college where I used to work, they gave out all kinds of college-wide awards including the top graduate at each campus. The top graduate at his campus was homeschooled and also received the award for the outstanding graduate in his major. My son was homeschooled and received the award for the outstanding graduate in his major. But the following year? There were no homeschooled kids that I know of who received awards. So homeschooled kids do well, but a lot of other kids do well too.
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    I'm a professor of information technology and computer science at a state community college. In my metropolitan area, indeed networks and cybersecurity are the only two-year degrees that are really employable. Certificates are for people who already have a degree and are adding in more capabilities. They really aren't stand-alone options because most employers in the tech industry here want at least a two-year degree. Some areas of the country are OK without the degree if you have certifications like Network+, Security+, etc., but not here. I always tell parents to investigate a possible four-year before even enrolling at the two-year so that you can line things up so they transfer. Even if the kid says they don't plan it, do as much of that as you can. My state has wonderful guaranteed admission agreements with nationally-ranked four-years. Both of my kids did that, and we saved a ton of money. One of mine had to take a few classes at a neighboring college as part of his two-year, but he went right into a selective program as a junior. My other one was able to take everything at the local community college and then transfer. The tuition at the community college is about 1/2 of the four year, and mine liked the smaller classes and being close to home. They live at home and take a commuter bus to the four-year. In my area, computer science is the most employable degree, but it is a very rigorous program with a lot of math. I actually added a math major (double degree) when I realized that it was only three classes more. I had to take that much math. My undergraduate and graduate schools are ABET accredited. Very important if you are going to apply to national/international companies. It may not matter if you are just going to work for county government or a local business. The school my kids attend as a more tech-oriented information technology degree that is well thought of, and then they have a business information technology degree. Those are not as in demand as computer science but are still very strong degrees.
  12. I had just put my final grades in and saw a post to that effect on Facebook. Something supposedly by a professor who seemed to universally love homeschooled kids. I should have saved it. It just struck me because it was a constant topic in the faculty lounge where I used to teach. Most of the discussion was about the lack of preparation, sadly. They also talked about homeschooled kids demanding special treatment, issues with group projects, and problems with navigating a textbook. Yes, homeschooling is great. I did it PK-12 for both of mine. But they don't walk on water and hang up a halo at night. There are some things that have gone well, and some have not. Thankfully they've done well in college and have navigated the group projects, multiple deadlines, etc. just fine. Interestingly, both have said that they rarely tell people that they were homeschooled. To them it isn't a big deal, and they don't want to be labelled.
  13. I've been a community college professor for 21 years. I've taught scads of students from all walks of life and all types of education. I've taught students 15-75 years old. I've taught students who lived in their car, and students who were wealthy. I've taught dual enrollment students and hardened vets who have saw the ugly side of war. You name it, and I've taught a student like that. And the homeschooled kids are pretty much no different than the rest of my students. Really. Just as many of them fail, aren't focused, are rude to me, come to class drunk, etc. etc. as any other type of student. In my experience, they really don't stand out. And that's the consensus among the faculty where I've worked. I realize that there are all kinds of homeschoolers out there, and that community college is a different population. But it's a myth that homeschooled kids universally do well in college. Not at the two community colleges where I've taught. There I said it.
  14. I worked in research and then government program management with a lot of people from Cal Tech, MIT, etc. etc. I graduated from "upper middle" state colleges. I did just fine. I worked my tail off and had a good sense of my abilities and where I could make a difference. And it carried me through. My salary was generally equivalent if not more because I was a rainmaker. My bosses were always amazed that I could find the right people to get what I needed and bring in work from people they gave up on.
  15. Both of mine are perfectionists on their grades, but have been brought down a notch. One of mine wanted to quit, but thankfully a friend of ours who is also a professor talked him out of that. I'm a professor, and their GPA's are probably going to be better than mine LOL. I went to an all-tech school for my undergraduate where they never curved and secretly prided themselves in the low percentage of students who actually graduated. Back in the day...
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