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    There once was a girl with a tiny little curl, right in the middle of her forehead...
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  1. I think that article is misleading - especially regarding TUM. The article subtly focuses on Masters programs, which are, indeed, primarily taught in English. Baccalaureate programs however, are not primarily in English - especially at TUM. Are scientific terms basically universal? Of course. Yet the entrance requirements (as Regentrude will attest) are either a 3/3 or (holy crimeny) a 4/4 in the Language. (a 4 is native fluency). It has always been my suspicion that they do this specifically to weed out students who are not capable of assimilating into the workforce upon graduation
  2. My sister said something to kid that was incredibly helpful: kids look at a handful of schools; admissions officers look at thousands of kids. Over time, admissions officers become quite good at identifying which kids are a "good fit" for their university -- even more so than what the kids themselves may recognize / acknowledge / etc. The school that wants YOU will always be preferable to the one whom you must convince to take you. A good uni that will go the extra mile for you (your kid, I mean) will continue to support you long after you have completed your studies. A
  3. Yes, definitely. I was thinking more along the lines of a kid who is thinking "well, if I can't get in for music/art performance, maybe I can get in for music/art history." Two completely different programs, but the same genre. Although I know jack about either one of them in the UK, I knew someone in the US who was technically an art history major, but had splintered off somehow into a sculpture program wherein he won all of these prestigious awards (but still graduated with an Art History degree). That "performance"aspect, had he applied to it initially, would have been much hard
  4. Kid went off to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland a couple of weeks ago and started classes this week in GeoPhysics. I don't know how long it will last, but he has been calling me every afternoon to "walk through" his notes and discuss each of his lectures with me. Essentially - to teach me each of his classes. Kid is "Socratic - methoding" ME. I guess I did something right. Sniff. Asta
  5. In the land of Visas (Tier 4 - Student Visa), Americans are in the "Trusted" category. This means that they are considered low risk in the "they are likely to disappear into the countryside and never go home" department. As such, the application will state that many items are not required to be submitted but "should be available in case the officer asks for them." Make sure you have all of those stupid documents. Especially the ones that prove you can pay the bill for the schooling. And if your kid is planning on attending a UK university for a full 4 years, make sure they have a bra
  6. [Caveat: my experience is with Scottish Universities] My son is at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, as a GeoPhysics major. This is obviously STEM. Unlike the young lady in the article that Laura posted (who is attending U of Glasgow), his experience is nothing like an American Uni set-up. He has no electives, nor will he ever during his program. Students in programs such as that young lady do have electives. In fact, all of the students in the liberal arts programs do (sorta). It is a system of take A or B then, take 3 of the following 12 classes (for example), then take someth
  7. Kid has had no problem using his military ID. He just turns it over and points out his birth date. I think that young man just took the wrong tactic. Also, you *can* go into the US military prior to 18 - you just need the permission of your parents. I went in at 17. A
  8. I think this IS one of the most difficult things for most people in the international community to come to terms with. Wherein Qaddafi was an obvious loon (who ended up looking like Gloria Gaynor), Castro suspended Cuba somewhere in the 1950s, Hussein was killing football teams for losing matches and Noriega became a really, really embarrassing go-between for the US... Assad actually is a well educated, well spoken, cultured man. Who happens to be a brutal dictator with a penchant for accepting truckloads of chemical weapons and other nasties under the cover of darkness from nearby nati
  9. I have everything since Kindergarten. How sick is that? :svengo: A
  10. Just a heads up for anyone wanting to jump through ASU's hoops: They suck. Pretty much my entire extended family went there - back when it was a good university. Nowadays? Not so much. One of my nieces transferred out a couple of years ago after showing up for her "classes" only to discover one only had a room and a teacher the first day - after that? She was expected to do the entire thing online. She doesn't do well with online courses to begin with, and it was Math! It was a double whammy for her. 500+ lecture halls with teaching assistants are the norm, not the exception.
  11. My son's uni refuses to even look at US transcripts, saying they are "worthless indicators" due to uneven standards and grade inflation. He had the choice of submitting either the SAT or ACT and then either a certain number of AP exam results or SAT subject tests. It's kind of sad that the EU has figured it out and the US hasn't. A
  12. I pulled out my fugly brass insert & painted it with black matte BBQ grill paint (withstands all heat). Then I put some things with "weight" to either side of it, and a VERY large print above it to mask the wimpy, shallow mantle. Honestly, it would be less expensive to repaint the room than to do major repairs to the fireplace. Vertical stripes on that wall in a shade one half off the existing shade would make the fireplace look less wide. The flowers painted in a row next to it continue the horizontal line and make it look wider. THAT SAID: If the brass thing is an insert,
  13. 1. What Bill said. ;) 2. One must be very careful to remember that the majority of people and news sources see/read/present things from a Western perspective, steeped in Western history. The view from the Middle East is quite different. 3. Power vacuums are much more deadly than anything we are currently seeing. A
  14. Actually, the MP5 (a German Submachine gun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_MP5) is the preferred weapon used, and it can look remarkably similar to an Uzi in some of its configurations so I can see the confusion - especially from the perspective of a 12 year old (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzi). I don't know when Regentrude was last in Germany, but I see MP5s on Police all.the.time. As the composition of the nation has changed (and the economic situation in Europe has significantly degraded), the Police have "up-armored" themselves. General city "walking police" carry 9m
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