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  1. Does her university have a Career Center or the like? My son's school has a "Career" Center that helps students transition to their next step...whatever that is. They help with resumes, internships, research opportunities, grad school applications, and of course, job searches. They are constantly sending out notices with "We Will Help!" 😁 My son is in a similar position, albeit not as quick. He could have graduated this spring if the course offerings had worked out, but unlike most stories you hear, he was VERY relieved when they didn't! lol! He was scared to death when the reality of possibly graduating in 3 years hit him. He is already on track to get two degrees...a BS in math and a BA in earth science, so I feel like he has spread his wings enough. Your daughter may be close to a strong minor without even realizing it. That would be nice to add to her resume! So ds has to go one more semester (next fall) to finish his undergrad. He is doing an undergrad "honors thesis", too, in the fall to help build his resume (and to bring him to full-time student hours), and he is currently talking to a professor about a research opportunity this summer. That would be an awesome boost if it works out! We have advised him to "keep doing what you are doing" since he is so unsure what direction he should go in. So I expect that he will remain at his current university and get his masters while being more proactive in planing what to do after that.
  2. I am so glad to read this! I read your other post but did not have time to respond, so I'm very excited for you! We have an 8 month old mini Aussie/American shepherd (black tri). His name is Oliver Perth, and yes, there are many times throughout the day when I say his full name! 😄 My daughter calls him Ollie, but I don't think that cutesy name quite fits his personality. It's more like Your Highness King Oliver...Lord of House and Property. Very different from the Labradors we have always had until now! Believe me, he acts MUCH bigger than his size. lol! His athleticism is soooo impressive...he makes my jaw drop with his high jumps and twists and speed bursts. Just a slight warning...he is a bit of a velcro-dog to me, but I love my pint-size firecracker. 😘
  3. Hi! I used it for poetry units within my sons' literature credits for a couple of years of high school (9th-10th). I thought it was excellent! To explain a little better...I divided each year of literature into quarters, and during each quarter my sons read 2 novels, some short stories, articles, etc. Also during each quarter they spent a full week concentrating on poetry (so...4 weeks a year). During that week they would work through one chapter of Art of Poetry. Using the text this way did not allow us to do the whole book. Both of them completed Chapters 1-8, and my older son also did a few chapters in the History section during his senior year. I especially appreciated how the author concentrated on one aspect of poetry in each chapter, and she picked the most wonderful selections to go with the focus. Some of the poems are well known, but others are less familiar but so worthwhile. I can still remember the poem about the bird knocking snow down on the poet and changing his mood for the day, and it has been many years since we did Art of Poetry! The questions and activities section is fantastic, too. Overall, I highly recommend this text. In fact, I have saved the book to use with my daughter when she is a bit older...and I haven't saved much from my sons' homeschooling years, so that should tell you something. 😉 Having said that, my boys would have wilted and withered if we had tried to do the whole book in one year. It fits in very well with an overall literature credit. But your student may be different from mine! If you have a student who loves poetry and words and creative expression, he or she might enjoy a full credit of poetry. Also, I only purchased the Teacher's Edition, and we shared it. For the edition that I used, the TE had the full student text in it, and then inserted sections of pages with suggested answers to the questions. If the DVDs are taught by a master teacher who exudes a love of poetry, then they may be worth it, but I found the TE was sufficient for our needs. Again, we only focused on poetry 4 weeks out of each year of literature. Hope that helps!
  4. Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Hotel And before or after, eat at Central BBQ or Gus's Fried Chicken (spicy and fantastic) or The Arcade (fried ham sandwich, banana pudding!!). All three of those are fun and good. Downtown Memphis is really neat! The zoo is awesome. Memphis is known for BBQ (typically "dry rub"), so you should definitely try some while you are here. The Rendezvous is historically famous and a LOT of fun but isn't quite as tasty as it used to be...if you do go, get a sausage/cheese plate. We LOVE Central BBQ; my sons crave their nachos. There is also Elwood's Shack and Corky's. And lots of other good ones, too! There's a newish BBQ called "One and Only" and we recently went for my middle son's birthday. They have the most amazing sides (deviled eggs!) and huge portions. We brought a lot of food home! 🙂 And I agree, Memphis Pizza Cafe is great as is Huey's for hamburgers.
  5. Yes, Mark was helping his friend Bob develop an AP Physics C course:
  6. Union University is a fantastic school in a wonderful location (easy day trips to both Nashville and Memphis!). It was my older son's top choice for a looonnnnggg time, but in the final turn of events, the money offered by our local public university was just too enticing, so he is not at Union. My niece is, however, and she is majoring in education. She absolutely loves it--the campus, the students, her professors, the town, and the multiple opportunities for mission work. My son competed in the Scholars of Excellence at Union. It was a fantastic weekend and made him want to go there even more. But from what I understand, the program has changed quite a bit since he did it, so I'm not sure if my $$$$ information will help you any. He had already received the trustees scholarship prior to SoE plus several other scholarships that stacked with it. After the SoE weekend, Union offered him a rather small additional amount. We immediately turned it down and said he would go elsewhere. Then Union came back with a much larger offer! It was SO odd and uncomfortable to us. We had no idea that you could negotiate scholarship amounts! I'm pretty sure I posted about it here at the time because it was so strange to me. lol! Anyway, we definitely got within a "doable" territory of $ when all was said and done, but again, the draw of completely free school (plus some) at the local public was too much to turn down. I will never know if it was the right decision, but my son has had a great experience where he is. 🙂 Samford is also awesome! Your daughter has a great list!!
  7. I'm in! I'm using My Fitness Pal, too. I've set my calorie goal rather high (1800 cals/day) right now because I'm mainly trying to establish the habit of online calorie tracking. I've got a 20 day streak going, so YAY! 🙂
  8. (((((Arcadia))))) I am praying fervently for you. ❤️
  9. We only needed it for the permit, but it has been a couple of years since my younger son got his license. I would assume it is still the same. Does the website give any helpful info? (lol!)
  10. Thank you so much for these ideas! We live in the mid-south with wet winters but not excessively cold temps. Going shopping this week! I think I can probably find both the Altra and Ariat locally so that I can test them out. (And @Selkie, have you had personal experience with Aussies? If so, I may beg to pm you at times. We have only ever had big, bumbly, "whatever you say, ma'am" labs, so this little spitfire is a totally different personality. We knew that going into it, but he has been a bit of a challenge. He walked into the house the first day saying "I own this place!" ?)
  11. I am looking for a pair of comfortable, water-resistant boots to wear walking around our property (large lawn, woods, meadow). We recently acquired a mini Australian shepherd, and I am enjoying helping him get lots of exercise. Which he needs. Lots. ? I have a pair of the traditional LL Bean short boots, but while they are great for some things, they aren't that comfortable for extensive walking because they have very little support. Maybe I should just get some inserts for those boots... Any suggestions?
  12. This thread cracks me up! AP English Language helped my son in so many ways that I will be forever grateful for it! He is NOT a creative writer at all, and he really struggled with even putting words on paper (despite taking various and sundry writing courses). His writing took flight during his AP Eng course, and he developed so much confidence. He still uses many aspects of what he learned in that course in his college writing (math, earth science major).
  13. I've had serious trouble with my online platform's messaging system, so finally one of my students who had been trying to reach me repeatedly through that system emailed me. I was a bit embarrassed! I typically respond to emails within 12 hours on school days...and maybe not until Monday for those sent on the weekend. (So bottom line...if you are relying on a messaging system, be sure to email the teacher!)
  14. When this hit my inbox today, I really wondered who might find it worthwhile!?!? If I am going to spend $23 for two books, I want to be the one to pick them out! ?
  15. This is GORGEOUS! ??? I just looked it up. Do you stick with the free version? I was wondering about the "power ups" the site references...would I need more than one?
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