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  1. My dd will be applying next school year for summer 2018. We are looking into this right now, because she has a free week before starting a summer internship, then it will be back to school and no time to really check this out again till Christmas break. So, at this point, just trying to learn about the options and get a feel for the application process. She is a rising junior, studying Molecular Biology, and interested in medical research. One of her professors has encouraged to apply. I would be interested in hearing about your student’s REU experience. Which school did they go
  2. What MeaganS said above: "A 1st grader is going to remember very little history in the long run, but they will remember liking history. For me, that is the most important at this age. History should be fun, especially in early elementary." (OK, I need to figure out how to do that quote in the box thing.) Read aloud together, and don't forget your local history sites! Local history field trips are what my college kids remember from that age. Most of us homeschoolers tend to get focused on, say, ancient Egypt, and forget our local historic sites. When we went to visit rela
  3. I agree with the poster above about getting on board with your local Audubon group. Our group is also mostly senior citizens, and some of them have been birding for decades. They have such a wealth of knowledge, and are so happy to share it with us. The Audubon group plans lots of field trips, even beginning birder classes. My dh is an avid birder, and goes birding most weekends. There is just no substitute for "getting out there." Check out the ebird site - run by Cornell. You can set up an ebird account, log your findings, and be a part of the birding community in that way. Also
  4. My son had this attitude from puberty on....high school was me pushing and prodding him to get the basics done. He did not have the transcript or test scores to get into university. So he went to community college, then transferred. (Not that this is a bad thing - can be a positive thing all the way around, but depends on the cc.) When he got to university, and realized how much he loved it there - loved the atmosphere, the clubs, the cool classes, watching the football games - he said "I wish I could have been here from the beginning of college, instead of going to community c
  5. My dd (sophomore in college) received an invitation to join "Phi Eta Sigma" honor society - based on her GPA for her freshman year. Has anyone ever heard of this? Just wondering if it is legit, and, if so, what would be the point of joining. Only $25 to join and get a certificate, but just sounds like a scam to me... Thanks for your input!
  6. My dd did not want to take any SAT subject tests. This ruled out most of the selective schools, which require them. However, she actually did not want to be in a super-competitive college atmosphere. She is now very happy at her not-selective-but-still-very-good college. Her SAT score was on the high side for this college, so she ended up with a magnificent scholarship at a school she loves. So, look at the schools you are interested in, and work backwards from their requirements. If they say "recommended" I would regard that as "required." She did apply to a couple of m
  7. We did a co-op for one reason only - so they could see the same kids every week and form relationships. This was when my young adult kids were in high school. In high school, it was important for them to have a social "place." If I had done a co-op for academic reasons, I would have been disappointed and frustrated. When they were young, we did not do co-op, because the social reason did not outweigh academics and what they needed to learn at home.
  8. I got this idea from this board years ago - from KPzz (anybody remember her? I wish I could thank her for her many posts that helped me!). You need (1) study cardstock, and (2) wide, clear packing tape. Tape the pieces of cardstock together along the BACK, so the taped-together pieces of cardstock fold up accordian-style. This is a little tricky to do, since the packing tape is just hard to work with. You will get the hang of it, after you mess up a few pieces of tape and paper! Make sure the pieces are not taped so tightly against each other that you can't fold up the timeline. Once
  9. I shouldn't be disappointed because, really, my dd got "textbook" results. "Reach" schools are by definition schools where you might not get accepted, since they are, after all, reaches. She did not get accepted at any of her reach schools. "Match" schools, where you can probably get accepted, but probably won't get scholarships - she was accepted at her match schools but no scholarship money at all, so not a financial possibility. At her "safety" schools - she was accepted at all 3, with generous scholarships at all three. She will be going to one of her safeties. Which is f
  10. I shouldn't be disappointed because, really, my dd got "textbook" results. "Reach" schools are by definition schools where you might not get accepted, since they are, after all, reaches. She did not get accepted at any of her reach schools. "Match" schools, where you can probably get accepted, but probably won't get scholarships - she was accepted at her match schools but no scholarship money at all, so not a financial possibility. At her "safety" schools - she was accepted at all 3, with generous scholarships at all three. She will be going to one of her safeties. Which is f
  11. I can't figure out how to do this quote thing...hope the quote shows up... This is something I am wondering about for my dd. She wants to major in Biology, and hold onto her Creationist beliefs. I am thinking that it is possible to study, learn, and understand material, knowing that you are learning what is believed and accepted by the scientific community, yet still hold onto personal beliefs - what do you think? (edited to get the quote I wanted)
  12. Well, we thought we were all done....however, dd is considering one more application. She did not do any subject tests - absolutely refused as she was sick of testing and test prep. This has ruled out many options for her, which she is regretting. We were able to use ACT for a couple of schools that asked for "either ACT, OR SAT plus subject tests." She is considering a school that "recommends" 2 subject tests for homeschoolers. She has test scores comfortably in their middle range, and some CC classes and accredited online classes to verify her academics. In your opinion, is
  13. My dd has been accepted (with nice scholarships) at her 2 safety schools, which both happened to be rolling admission. Now, we are waiting till March/April to hear from the rest...On the one hand, I'm so relieved all the applications are DONE! I pictured in my mind that when they were all done, I could put all this out of my mind, and just enjoy our ordinary life once again. But somehow, I can't seem to do that. I wish I could just let this go. Obviously, I am going to make myself miserable for the next 3 months if I don't just get a grip and stop my worrying. I don't even know why
  14. My dd may have to interview for one or two of the colleges she has applied to. She is bright and capable - she is organized, diligent, and quite simply manages her life so well. But, she is also a quiet soul. I think she will come across in an interview as a stereotypical "unsocialized" homeschooler, to an admissions counselor. Her interviews will have to be on skype, which I think makes it even harder. I am thinking that we can google a list of typical interview questions, so she can think ahead about answers and practice - in front of the mirror, with friends, with family.
  15. Here's an article about writing the counselor letter: http://www.aiminghigherconsultants.com/the-counselor-letter/ Mine is done and submitted - I am too scared to look back at it again. It took me weeks of writing and rewriting. I still wonder if admissions people roll their eyes when they read counselor letters written by mom...probably they do. But I did the best I could to sound positive, yet balanced and professional.
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