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  1. My announcements were a combo of announcements and invitation to grad party. I think I used those pre-imaged (not the correct word) cards from Costco. Under the school section I just wrote "Home School & XX Community College (DE)" Pretty much simple as that.
  2. My oldest was fine, but my youngest had to mature. He went to a very large university right out of high school (his last two years were dual enrollment program specifically designated for high school students that kept the kids in a cohort with the same teachers for two years). He took Chemistry - the class that has about 500 students- and had difficulty trying to get help (his issue). Anyway, he came home and finished his first two years at the community college, and now is back enrolled at big university for his last two years of engineering. He was able to practice advocating for himself in a smaller, more accessible environment. It took the passage of time and practice to learn this skill.
  3. Both my kids were accepted into universities with 90 credits (quarter system over here, full-time dual enrollment and AA degree) - as freshmen. Now, not all those credits would go toward their chosen degrees, so both would still have 3 - 4 years of college.
  4. Dead Wake gives a lot of background in its story: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Wake-Last-Crossing-Lusitania/dp/0307408876/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481562750&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+wake I know a lot of people who thoroughly enjoyed it.
  5. For some schools, the student's essay counts in their holistic approach to admissions. If your daughter did a lot around the house while you were ill, she should discuss that.
  6. I think Boys in the Boat is very uplifting and positive. This non-fiction reads like a novel, and though the protagonists don't change the world we see them rising above their circumstances. (P.S. it takes place while they are in college) I would think biographies or memoirs of real people making small differences (like the man throwing starfish back into the sea), would be uplifting as well.
  7. I can finally post here! We moved our ds into the UW dorms last Thursday. It was very orderly; we had a specific hour assigned to us that was early in the day and we we able to move him in quickly. He had less than 5 rubbermaid tubs and a backpack. Contrast that to my dd: we moved her to SPU this past Saturday with the Tahoe filled, including a roof pod and items on our laps. In her defense, she moved into a campus apartment and had a few of her roomate's items. She also had groceries (a tad cheaper to get in our area). On the day we moved dd, dh and I took a bike ride from her campus to my son's, less than a 30 min ride on the Burke Gilman Trail. It was very cool because hubbie and I used to ride that trail all the time when we lived in the area before kids. Sunday we were back at the UW for the Convocation and President's (of UW) picnic. The Convocation was interesting and moving at times. I did learn that ds is one of 4 homeschoolers from Washington in this year's class. That makes him about 1 in 1000 :laugh: . Sunday was absolutely gorgeous in Seattle so the picnic was great (even if it was in tents). We sat next to some very lovely parents and kids - neat people all around. My daughter started classes on Monday and my son, yesterday. As is fairly typical of their personalities, my daughter has called to talk about her classes and the clubs she joined. My son has texted/called only about SSN (nope, he has not memorized it) and insurance info :glare: .
  8. Wow, your son is very easy-going. I'd be p.o.'ed if this was an on-going thing - but then again, I am a crab when sleepy.
  9. Gosh, we won't even begin to start thinking about this until mid-September. Both my kids are on the quarter system and their first day of class is Sep 26 for oldest and Sep 28 for youngest. My ds did buy his XL twin sheets and comforter with a graduation gift card. But that's it.
  10. The student could always sign up for classes. I took swimming, racquetball, dance, etc just to make sure I kept active (plus some boring running on my own).
  11. The student could always sign up for classes. I took swimming, racquetball, dance, etc just to make sure I kept active (plus some boring running on my own).
  12. You guys rock! (I am exhausted thinking about being you. ;-) )
  13. This is pretty much what I did. My kids got into the universities they wanted. (Finally, my 1000th post! - sorry for the OT comment)
  14. Both dd and ds graduated simultaneously from high school (home schooled) and cc with an AA. They will both need four additional years to complete their bachelors. At 16 my dd did not know what she wanted to major in, and our objective was to allow her to take a variety of classes to explore while in high school. She will graduate with a double major at the university and several requirements were met while she was in high school. DS has wanted to be an engineer for a long time, however, there is really no way I would have allowed him to follow a pre-engineering course of study at the cc as a teen - it would have been overwhelming for him. He opted for a marine biology based college academy that allowed him to get his AA. He had tons of science, and a lot of his classes will count for university credit (Calc I & II, Composition, etc), but he will probably need 4 years to complete his B.S. as well. I did know ahead of time that my kids' AA would likely not reduce their time at university. I used it as high school and the AA was just gravy.
  15. We received the whole package a couple of weeks ago. With another child going into college, my dd actually received grant aid at her private university. And my son received a bit from his public university.
  16. My thermo prof thought he was helping us differentiate between enthalpy and entropy by consistently emphasizing the first syllable in both (ENthalpy, ENtropy). What a goof. I have not showed my kids my college grades - I want them to have higher standards :tongue_smilie: . But, I have taught/explained to them that tenacity can take you far.
  17. My dd goes to a small liberal arts college in a big city. She was still eligible to take a work study job, as a lab assistant for a cancer research office at the massive state school across the highway. I think they have some kind of agreement between schools.
  18. DD - who wasn't quite sure what she wanted to major in, applied to 4. DS - who knows what he wants to major in, applied to 5 (I made him apply to schools OOS). Neither kid really wanted to go to an OOS or other side of our state school (each child may have been switched at birth).
  19. University of Washington - ds Major - Civil Engineering because he would like to design and build castles :tongue_smilie: Why he chose it- Engineering, rowing, good school, close to home.
  20. A gap year doesn't have to be spectacular. My daughter applied in the fall of her gap year for colleges the following year and was admitted to all. During that year she worked then went on a trip to Europe over the summer (but this was obviously not on her applications). Just another point. Though lower level classes at big U's tend to be very large, engineering (junior & senior level) classes really are not. Sorry if I repeated what someone else may have pointed out.
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