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Hoggirl last won the day on April 4 2014

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  1. @regentrude and others who are college and university professors: I am curious as to how faculty are feeling about returning to in-seat instruction in the fall? I have a professor friend who is close to 70 and has high blood pressure. She says she will refuse to return to in-seat classrooms in the fall even if her university opens. I am going to be interested to see what the repercussions of such a stance will be for her. She believes her university MUST allow her to teach online if that is what she wants to do. I’m not sure about that and what legal implications might come into play. Anyway... Are any of you giving thought to how you will personally proceed if your institution makes a choice different from what you feel comfortable with? Also, if you have never taught online before, how have your recent experiences impacted your perception of online instruction, in general? I understand that everyone is focused on their children and their hopes and expectations of the college experience. I’d like to hear what faculty are thinking about their work hopes and expectations going forward.
  2. Congrats! Your senior must have received a likely letter from Stanford! Any idea what the final decision will be?
  3. I understand your frustration. But, looking at it from the perspective of the colleges, they are already contending with a LOT of information from each and every student that has applied. Requesting something that might or might not be needed down the road would only create MORE digital paper. There would also be the potential for confusion as to which letters are for what purposes. Lastly, and I don’t know what types of programs your dd is applying to, the scholarships and/or programs may want a LOR that speaks to something much more specific to the scholarship/program for which she is being considered. As an example, if it is based on leadership, they may want someone who can speak *specifically* to that. Or if it is it for research, civic engagement, club involvement, a certain academic discipline. An overall LOR may not provide the detail they are seeking. But, I am happy to give you the JAWM virtual hug of understanding. It is a protracted process, and it is easy to grow weary. You are almost there!
  4. My type-2 diabetic cousin has had great success with this. I think she uses Dr. Fung’s recommendations? She has been at it since last April, and has has lost about 90 lbs. Her blood sugar is in range now, and her doctor said she would take her off her Metformin if that holds steady at her next check. She does 5-2 fasting plus one other 16 hour fast during the week.
  5. Not everyone has a “choice” about the number of children they have. Not every Boomer has made a “choice” about retirement - many are forced into it because of ageism. Someone else mentioned (I’m not smart enough to do multi-quote) Boomers not stepping up to help with the care of grandchildren. My ds has chosen to live on the opposite coast. To be fair, we moved from where his childhood home was in flyover country, but he was never planning to return there anyway, and we are on now on the opposite coast. He has no SO, so I have to assume I am a long way from grandchildren, but if he makes the choice to stay where he is, I cannot afford to relocate and live in California just to help care for grandchildren. Yep, I’m a Boomer, so I might be a tad defensive. My point is that it isn’t always the Boomers who are making the “choices.”
  6. Is it your son who is wanting to come home often or is it your wanting him to come home often? If it is the former, he will likely find out quickly that he neither wants to come home that often nor has the time to do so. Was this an up and back trip in one day? I agree that is a lot and something I would not do frequently (ever). There are going to be many differences between Baylor and Hendrix. Size, student population, school spirit levels, vibe. What was it about Hendrix that appealed to him? ETA: Our ds attended college 1,800+ miles away. Other than his initial move in (so he could have his digital piano), and getting his car to him junior year, he/we only flew. He came home TG, Christmas, and Spring break his freshman year. After that, he only came home at Christmas. We went to him for two TGs. If you are concerned about distance because of challenges related to the ASD, that needs to be discussed with him.
  7. Thanks for clarifying!
  8. @plansrme - kinda harsh. Alabama offers nice merit money for high stats students. I know of at least one boardie’s kid who had a great experience there who had a wonderful outcome. It was a safety and early acceptance for my ds. He didn’t choose to attend, but it has a lot of redeeming features.
  9. I woke up thinking about this thread! So glad he went and has hopefully had enough stern lectures that he will be more attentive to his health.
  10. She will not change. You can only change how you choose to react to her. Easier said than done, I know. I’m very sorry. Is she expecting that you will ask to come up to meet them? And will she be angry if you don’t initiate making that happen? Definitely sounds like a no-win, manipulative situation. Why are you going to visit her? If you feel compelled to reply, I would reply, “Thanks for letting me know your travel plans. We’ll see you [whenever date].” If your son is 16 (as is indicated in your signature), I wouldn’t try to keep anything from him. My fil was an a$$. Not nearly to the level of your mother, however, and his behaviors were different. When ds was little, I did not say anything disparaging to ds about his grandpa. As ds got older, I quit “protecting” fil. If your son indicates he is hurt by her behavior, support those feelings. “I know, son. I have spent a lifetime of being hurt by her. I wish it were different, but she isn’t going to change.”
  11. You fill up the space you have. We downsized and are in a 935 sq ft condo. I finished up going through the entire place yesterday after starting January 1. Took it at a nice easy pace, yet it still got tiresome. I probably purged 300 “items,” but only a third were things that I could donate. Lots of expired food, spices, medicine, make-up, etc. Everyone needs to find a purging system that works for them, but I am a fan of the “a little bit each day,” approach. Good luck to all!
  12. Swarthmore requires the CSS Profile as well.
  13. Does he understand that gaining acceptance to an unaffordable school is going to force him into a gap year? Was the ED school (was it Vassar??) going to be affordable if he got in? I am confused on whether Dad is willing to contribute at all or only for certain schools or ????
  14. What about the University of Tampa? He seemingly qualifies for a scholarship there (though I couldn’t tell if there was a deadline that has already passed for it). It only requires the FAFSA. Tuition is actually lower than Eckerd to begin with. It’s slightly larger than he wants. Idk what area of the state you are in. I have no idea what it’s like - just throwing something else out there to consider.
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