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  1. Mine have lived with me and commuted, but I just asked for common curtesy as they matured. Let me know when you plan to return, let me know when you'll be late, staying out all night with the wrong friends can get you into trouble, etc. etc. They do chores and run household errands. I ask that we have at least four meals together a week. Sometimes that doesn't work out with evening classes and work, but we sit down Sunday and figure out when we will eat together and plan the menus. One is graduating in December, and the other is a senior but will take a little longer. Both are good students and solid individuals. We had a few issues some time back to work through, but I have no concerns now.
  2. Yes, it's good to have some wiggle room with so much uncertainty. My younger one doesn't have that because she's still working on core upper-level classes in a smaller department. So she registered right after midnight on the day that her group could put it in. All of her classes still show face-to-face with the exception of one that was already online. So if that continues, my older one won't be on campus, and the younger one will. They live at home, so no worries about dorms. One set of their friends had planned to live together in the dorms, but the parents got together and decided to see if they could rent a house so as to not have the dorm concerns. They thankfully found one. So many changes in college life.
  3. I'm a part-time community college professor and agree that you should see what your local situation is like. You should be able to email or talk to the career services office to see what they see in terms of the market for 2-year degrees in that. When my oldest (a senior in accounting at a four-year) was looking for a part-time job in January, there were lots of bookkeeping jobs that required an associate's degree and Quickbooks. If you took Quickbooks training or got a certification (not sure what they do there), that would probably improve your chances if you need to work soon. I definitely can sympathize on the job hunt. I am in my late fifties and did an extensive job hunt for over a year. I have a lot of the right qualifications, but age and too many years of part-time work were not in my favor. They aren't supposed to ask about age in interviews, but they did in subtle ways. I think that in general employers prefer younger employees because they cost less. I was a finalist multiple times but always got beat out by someone with more experience. I used LinkedIn to figure out who they did hire, and indeed they provided more than I could offer. I even applied for much lower-level jobs to get experience and was told that I was over-qualified despite my insistence that I was willing to take something with less pay. I finally gave up and continue with my teaching and work as an independent contractor for two customers. No benefits, but it works.
  4. My kids haven't heard yet on their college, but my oldest (graduating in December) commented that several of his classes have changed in the system from classroom to online. We figure that it is because they are larger classes. He registered for more credits than he needs because they hadn't assigned professors when he was registering, so he plans to drop one or two. He's finished his capstone classes for his double majors and just needs to finish some electives. My community college hasn't decided yet, but is discussing a late start. We don't have the issue of handling dorms, but they say that if we start late, things might be more settled overall. It doesn't affect me because I've been entirely online for over five years anyway, but it will make the fall interesting for sure.
  5. I teach in the online part, but virtually everything is turned in electronically at my college. Because I teach web development, they give me their college-hosted URL in the assignment upload window once they get their sites going. Even being 95% IT majors, they have the worst time giving me a working URL though! I just graded a set of second assignments for a class of almost 30, and about four of them got 10/100 because they didn't give me a working URL. As someone else said, anything in IT and CS is also very time-consuming. You are going to spend hours and hours troubleshooting. Some people really lose their heads over that, but it is a hard reality. I had a student last summer who was in my generation who was all excited about starting their studies for a new career in web development. But no matter how much time I spent with them trying to get them to see how you reason and problem solve to fix problems on a web page, they just didn't get it. They wanted things to work the first time, and then would email me pages to fix that didn't work after the first thing they tried. I even did this online with them -- OK, this doesn't work. Now find that in your HTML. What is wrong with your HTML. Where did we cover that in the textbook. And so on. I did that repeatedly with them. Finally they dropped the class, and then filed a grievance with the college in the fall that I had failed to properly teach the course and had been unwilling to help. Ultimately, the college refused to go forward with it because they had willingly dropped the course and because I provided all of the emails and dates when I had tried to help. But yes, that's just how it was. I didn't finish my PhD, but programming at that level is intense. I used to work 40 or more hours a week and then sometimes put in another 40 on just one graduate-level class.
  6. Yes, in my area for kids right out of college, the B.S. is the only way to go. The jobs all say that, and I've talked to people who recruit in the area, and they will automatically disqualify a B.A. I'm in an IT "hot spot," so getting a job can be a little competitive. Certainly people without the degrees are working in that field, but very few are now STARTING in that field without the degree in my area. And some of my community college students are people going back to school because their career stalled without the degree. I teach IT (not CS) because there is much more demand for that at the community college level and because more go that way because it is less math. Employment prospects for IT are excellent if you focus on cloud or cybersecurity which don't require as much math. One of the classes I teach is required in those concentrations, so enrollment is hot there. General IT is not as good here.
  7. I did a Zoom tutoring session this morning as well as one last night. I'm not especially fond of Zoom, but the college I work for uses it, so I'm very familiar. Google would work too, but my clients like Zoom. I am careful with how I handle the security part. I always have a unique room and always use a password. I don't record sessions. Someone contacted me last week about tutoring in the fall with the other school I work for, and they use Adobe Connect. If you have the skills, there is a lot of demand right now. I did a little tutoring several years ago at the library, but the online environment has really worked well .
  8. Yes, I'd just buy an external one. I use a fairly expensive one on my main computer for teaching and for zoom calls. My very minimal Chromebook has its own, but teaching from it is impossible. The mic and video is just OK.
  9. Yes, I have a B.S. and M.S. in computer science and teach at the community college level. My area is an "IT hotspot" with lots of jobs when things are good (tight now of course), and I can tell you that they universally want a B.S., not a B.A. Computer science is indeed a math-intense major, but it also generally has the best employment prospects for right out of college. Information systems and business information systems are not as strong although those majors with business analytics is very hot here. Business analytics is also math-oriented but not as much as computer science. Of course he can take humanities in a B.S. program. I had way more humanities credits than I needed.
  10. Yes, I was thinking today that it's been three years for me now. It's been a crazy three years, so don't you believe for a minute that I've just been sitting around drinking iced tea! LOL But seriously, congratulations! It's such a major accomplishment.
  11. I can't remember which one now, but one of my schools (three of them) had an outstanding balance that I had to pay at one point in order to get my transcripts sent. They certainly can hold you up for that. My youngest had a balance of less than $1 at her community college that they told us not to worry about. Nope! When she was applying to the four-year, they held up her final transcript. She had to go pay it, wait a few days, and then order the transcript again. Even though a certain number of transcripts from them is free.
  12. Mine plans to open in a few weeks, but they are saying the same. Come with a mask and clean hair, we'll call your cell to come in when we're ready. I'm probably going to try to cut my own soon with my daughter's help. It just needs a general trim across the bottom. I'm fine that the layers on the top are growing out.
  13. Yes, my daughter attends the largest 4-year in our state as a commuter student. They have quite a system of electronic reservations with all kinds of checks-and-balances. She had a student try to get her to help on a take-home exam, and she caught it and was able to call their tutor helpline immediately to get a ruling. The director of the writing center called and messaged the student and said they would not be providing that sort of help. She had eight weeks of training before starting. Very impressive!
  14. I took a Shakespeare class this semester at the community college where I work, and she assigned a number grade and then wrote a paragraph. I am rusty on that kind of writing, and I found her feedback to be very helpful. I had trouble with a long compare/contrast essay that she straightened out for me, and on the final she pointed out that the passages I quoted were too long and to either choose a few key lines or summarize. So not super-detailed, but I learned from each time she did that. My youngest works at her college's writing center. They offer either an upload with tutor comments, live online, or live face-to-face (but not right now). She makes extensive comments and has had students request her again who said that she provided more feedback than there professors. She even was editing a few long graduate papers at one point.
  15. Yes, my college has been handing that out for needy students. They also did an online fundraiser where someone matched donations so the pot was even bigger. Last I heard, they had distributed over $1 M and were still working through another round of applications.
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