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  1. An Obamacare healthcare navigator may be able to help. These are people trained to assist difficult-to-insure people.
  2. I dunno. My "spiky" kid (mars, mars, mars), also someone who didn't want to "brag about herself" on her essay and quite frankly gets that from her mom so maybe I didn't brag about her enough in her counselor letter -- was rejected/waitlisted by her reach schools and wound up at her state U after she backed out of going too far from home. (Arizona is amazing for planetary science and she got merit there.) She's getting the challenge she needs from her participation in L'SPACE, has a good but not amazing GPA (due to so many hours of her time being spent on L'SPACE) and being lost in the crowd in big classes, and I wonder all the time whether her insistence on doing thing "her way" rather than "the way that gets you into elite schools" held her back. I don't know. We turned down the waitlist primarily because we hadn't been able to visit that particular school and we are also in the "don't want to pay that PROFILE EFC" bracket which made it harder to say "if you take me off the waitlist I'll definitely come." So, she's getting great research experience via NASA (her team won the proposal writing contest, so they've got a 10,000 research budget to spend this year to continue when the rest of the class is done with the program!), but she hasn't joined a lab at her big state U and she hasn't connected with any professors enough to feel comfortable asking them to write a letter of recommendation for summer programs. I feel like she's learning a ton, but not maybe not getting the most out of the school she's attending. You're right to be concerned. Lewelma's advice that finding that "story" or "hook" is critical and DON'T BE SHY about it is on point. Good luck.
  3. Utah is pretty good. No experience with the other two. In state, consider Western, which is the backup school for a lot of UW "couldn't get CS" students who don't want to go to WSU. Agree NAU is worth a peek. U of Arizona isn't in WUE, but does give good merit, attracts a number of Washington students each year, and has trip clubs to the nearby mountains as well. Not as "mountainy" as NAU, though.
  4. I see three, possibly four options here: 1. Go to Brooklyn college to study physics and music. Get a job that is not as an engineer afterwards. He should look into building as many computer, business, or data science skills as he can with his electives to improve his starting salary prospects, but that might be hard with the music minor taking up a lot of his elective slots. 2. Explore other more career-focused majors at Brooklyn 3. Commute to the engineering program. But, an hour and forty minute commute each way is really hard for a student. That's over three hours per day you can't study or cook or make music or do laundry... 4. Could he live on campus at the engineering program with a basic federal student loan? An hour and forty minute commute isn't bad if it's just once a week to come home for the weekends and make music and go to his usual church, and two years of the direct student loans is not a terrible burden for an engineer. Anyway, my advice is to just keep brainstorming options for now. You don't sound like you're ready to decide yet.
  5. Wishing her the best success in her new college! Happy rest-of-summer to you both!
  6. Command hooks. Bags or collapsible boxes to pack everything in.
  7. There are structured gap year programs for kids who need structure, but you can also roll your own. A trip to Europe would be awesome but putting a kid and a backpack on a plane overseas is probably even more scary than going off to a local college. I'm guessing you suggested that because it might look good on a college application? Don't think that way; think about how you want your child to learn and grow over the gap year instead. Kids don't mature just with the passage of time; they mature with being nudged out of their comfort zones into new experiences. Does he need to work to gain real-world experiences in some field, or to work to earn the most money towards tuition? Does he need to live outside the home for a while and see the challenges of independence? Does he need to volunteer with the less fortunate to understand how lucky he is? Are there specific "soft skills" which are not college-ready? What situations cause people to develop those skills?
  8. I didn't do the counselor part of the Coalition app. Sorry. It has had another year to shake out, so hopefully they have answers for your questions now. I found Common App customer support quite responsive. The trick is to start early before "crunch time" hits.
  9. Pitt is a great school: You can always check for apartments within walking distance and/or people scrambling for last minute roommates. Good luck with the SLU transfer credits and making a final choice.
  10. @whitestavern Thinking of you! How's the school hunt going? I hope your DD ends up with some good choices!
  11. All of your college testing questions answered here: Compass Prep updates this at least a couple times a year with what schools require which tests each admissions cycle. Their testing blog is also very helpful.
  12. "Every school is different" is even more true for transfers than it is for freshman admissions. You will have to ask each school. (Probably after acceptance, so it doesn't affect the decision making process.) Usually a deferral implies a commitment to attend (hold a spot for me, but not right now), but the school expects some 'melt' from the deferred students. Definitely do not defer more than one fall acceptance. Is it possible to apply to all of the schools for spring admissions?
  13. You can pull multiple years tuition and cost of attendance numbers out of IPEDS, rather than going through multiple years of CDS files. I've also just discovered the student loan data system DL Dashboard (short for direct loan dashboard). Divide the full year disbursements by the number of recipients and you get an average loan amount per student. Pull enrollment out of IPEDS and you can do recipients over undergrad enrollment to see percentage of all students (not just the freshmen in the typical dataset) getting loans. High PLUS loans are a big sign that financial need is not being met.
  14. That is awful. I'm sorry that happened! I would not hold hope for big merit from an OOS public as a spring admit - that's not all that common. If that's the holdup, I'd say don't hold back. Does she have any sort of gap year plan? Or just to bide time? That might get old. It is a big decision. If your DD has visited some/all of these schools already and has time to visit the others, it would be nice for her to be able to continue in the fall, but it's important to follow her lead if you can.
  15. If you're staying in the state system for both DE and public university, a local high school counselor or the transfer advisor at the community college may have information as well.
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