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  1. DS college shut down ALL group activities of any kind - practices for all sports, all meet-ups, dining in the cafeteria by anyone, etc. But yet the let the choir continue to practice in person because they've had 0 cases traced to choir and only 5 of 50 quarantined all term (contact w/ roommates who had a scare. all negative) Overall, positive test rates on campus have been much higher than Im comfortable with, but the choir has done fine. <shrug> It's almost like if we'd actually all wear a mask and actually all not stand next to each other then this wouldn't be all that bad!
  2. I'll second this. often, this sort of 'practical mechanics' isn't taught in school and yet it's super important. Efficient software engineers are good at these things. None these classes will tell you anything about how to program or even about logically how to solve the problem - but they will teach you about the systems in which you do such programming and on which your programs run. This is sort-of like wordprocessing class for authors. It won't write your book, but if you're constantly fighting the writing tool you won't be a very efficient author, either. FWIW, this probably WILL imp
  3. this. the number of physics PhDs appears to exceed the number of physics research jobs. I've worked with several people with Physics PhDs, all of whom found their eventual careers writing fairly mathy software (numerical minimization, physical simulations, and similar). Honestly, they were really great at it. But they weren't doing physics. re: oversupply of PhDs in every field...about 20% of the engineers I work with have CS PhDs and we heavily recruit from all the major universities in the US. PhD in CompSci is very marketable. Most don't end up doing research, but rather the mor
  4. music theatre here. we were mostly un-prepared for the insanity that is auditions. He ended up in a BA program, which was not what he wanted. He 100% loves it, though. He joined the top-lvl choir (got in as a freshman! woot!) and loves his voice coach. They're recording videos of their performances (can't watch live) and it's amusing. 40 kids in a gym-sized room, each at last 8' from anyone else, all wearing 'singing masks' (they stickout from your face and make you look like a duck). OTOH, there isn't any music theater going on pretty much anywhere in the world right now and no id
  5. replies to various of the above.... - Waterloo - totally great place for a CS degree. Especially good for design automation. great choice. - it MOSTLY won't matter what language you learn right now. you're going to have used 3-6 before you graduate and another 2-5 in your first 5 years on the job. the first one is the hardest, mostly because you're learning how to program (think). syntax is the easy part. that said... - don't pick Javascript. It's a horrid language and as the name implies it's more a scripting language than a 'real' language. I'd pick Python. Secondly Java. If
  6. me too. I entered the PhD program (CompSci) and bailed out mid-way. I didn't intend to ever teach, and the job opportunity came along that was the PhD was supposed to enable, so that's what I did. No regrets. At least a the time, my advisor was very hesitant to take on PhD students who already had a MS. He had MS students, but they were handled differently. 100% of his PhD students had paid research assistant positions (grant funded). He didn't want new PhD students who already had a MS because you didn't expect them to be there long enough to make it worth it. If you got someone in w/ j
  7. yeah...BC is usually described as 2nd half of freshman year calc...but in practice, there just isn't that much in there. It's mostly series (taylor and otherwise), some more convergence patterns, and parametric equations. To me, it just sort of feels like little bits thrown on top and every so slightly 'more' of the other topics. To be clear - NOTHING BAD will happen if you take AB one year and BC the next. But I also don't think a full year is required. If this DC is headed to be an engineer then yes - there is more calculus (and other mathy-things) in the future. As
  8. also - I should have asked along w/ the above....you said 'after college'. What was the degree, and are you sure that's not sufficient for the target job?
  9. "her goal is an engineering degree." what kind of engineering degree? Anything except CompSci will require chem and it's helpful to have seen it before your freshman college chem class. Even with a CompSci degree, if you end up at a place that is more 'computer engineering' or decide to look at computer architecture then you'll take basic EE classes....and you're back to needing chem. I suggest the chem <shrug>. If it helps, I highly recommend https://clovervalleychemistry.com/ Also - why 2 years for physics? Engineering physics will require calculus, and I'm unc
  10. there is a massive range in what you might mean by an IT certification. The job prospects enabled by this will, likewise, vary quite a lot. 1/ understand, going in, that this is more a 'trade school' approach than, say, a compSci degree. It's not a back-door or alternative path to sw engineering jobs. 2/ this is a super (and I mean SUPER) fast moving thing. It's not like, say, going to welding school where the skills you learn will be valid for years or plausibly your career. Knowing what was current a year or two ago gives you a huge leg up on learning what's being used now, but the
  11. (AP) CalcBC after CalcAB seems like not that much. They are just not THAT different. If DC understood and did well in AB then it seems like a month of 'here's the stuff that's in BC but not AB' and you'd be good and ready to move on. So, then, what's next? IMO, this is an opportunity to be interest driven. Stats (not nesc AP) is super useful for understanding data and the world around you and is directly applicable to anything in the biological or social sciences as well as compSci and other topics that someone taking calculus as a sophomore might find interesting. linear algebra is
  12. is there evidence of freshmen dropping? Anyone else seen evidence of that?
  13. sounds like we should expect last-minute decisions. DS's college has a 'january-term'...usually 4wks long, students take 1 class. That seems likely to cancelled or moved to the end of the year. Many students do travel-abroad classes for that term and those have all been cancelled or moved to June. So J-term won't be a thing. But it's unclear if the regular spring term will wait till early Feb to start, or they're going to pull that in. Sounds likely spring break will be cancelled....but no official word yet. Classes will remain hydrid? we think? We usually plan things like travel and cla
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