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Hoggirl last won the day on April 4 2014

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  1. I don’t post on the boards much anymore, but I am thankful for this thread. It opened the door to a good conversation with dh. It’s all his family, as I have virtually none. I don’t feel safe about family gatherings at all. He is going to make a solo driving trip to see his mom in a couple of weeks. That will check off his box of spending time with her. He has said he would see his sister but no extended family at all. Holidays will have to be a wait and see approach. One thing I have let go of is my feeling responsible for getting ds to see his grandmother. He is a grown man, and h
  2. I definitely understand that. Just wanted to add my ds has been out of college for two years. I would definitely not have wanted to have seen that first episode with a teen/high school student.
  3. I agree! Make sure to give it more than just the first episode. I really don’t understand why Netflix has to start so many shows with unnecessary raunchiness. It’s not terrible, and I am not a prude, but I did not care for the first episode. We stayed with it because ds said we would like it. Now we do.
  4. ^I immediately thought of Lanny’s daughter as well 😞 So thoughtful of you to look up flight info.
  5. @Sebastian (a lady) - I appreciate your analysis. I probably should have been clearer. I was just thinking that kids who do have good scores would have a leg up on those who have no scores or choose not to submit. It seems as though that might be construed to be an unfair advantage, however.
  6. @sebastian - what are your thoughts as to whether kids who DO have scores will be at an advantage? I’ve a friend with a daughter who is aiming high. She has a 35 ACT and and 1,500 SAT. Seems like that may be of extra benefit this year instead of the norm since some kids either won’t have scores or will not have reached their desired scores on tests taken before the shutdowns. She was one and done on both of them. Lots of prep.
  7. @Roadrunner - when my ds was at Stanford he claimed that, “About 15% of the students here are scary-smart. The rest are all about like me.” The latter part meaning, “average excellent student.” Your description of “top grades, top scores, a good extracurricular and that’s about it,” is accurate. Which is why most folks rightly feel the process is most unpredictable.
  8. I copied this from someone on FB, but I wanted to share this here for any students who are going to be living in dorms at a college that is going to have them move to a different place to quarantine if they test positive. The sentence, “It would be so much easier to ask a roommate to grab ‘the blue Nike bag in my closet and my laptop’ than to try to figure out what he or she will want for two weeks,” really stood out to me. Your list may look different but having a separate bag all packed and ready to go seemed wise to me. If you have a student returning to campus, this is important:
  9. My ds was accepted to Georgetown (though he did not attend), but my info may now be dated as he applied in the 2013-2014 cycle. At the time, students did apply to the college they wanted to attend (he applied to the School of Foreign Service - SFS), they did not use the Common App, and an alumni interview was required. He applied regular decision there. As someone mentioned above, SFS is a harder admit than some of the other colleges. I think Georgetown highly values class rank and high test scores. They were the only school that “suggested,” three Subject Tests rather than two. They a
  10. https://www.stanforddaily.com/2020/06/03/stanford-plans-to-house-half-of-undergrads-on-campus-per-quarter-next-school-year/ Stanford’s plans. 50% of students on campus at a time utilizing the summer quarter. Sounds like many classes will still be online. I know they are doing their best, but this sounds incredibly complex to execute. I think the best news out of this article is it seems any admitted freshman can take a gap year as long as they notify Stanford by June 15th. I just want to say that I am so sorry for those of you going through this challenging season of uncertainty.
  11. @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.
  12. Congrats! Your senior must have received a likely letter from Stanford! Any idea what the final decision will be?
  13. 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 bei
  14. 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.
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