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  1. Coops are generally longer assignments -- usually a summer and the following fall, or a spring and the following summer, so usually 8 mon. or so. Employers like them because they are long enough for them to get useful work out of the student and for them to see if this student is someone they'd want to hire full time. Often summer internships are only 2 - 3 months, too short of a time for the student to really become trained and useful to an employer. There are some colleges that specialize/encourage the coop route. Here are few I know of; I am sure there are others: RIT, Va Tech, Drex
  2. My oldest did have a hard time find an internship. He started looking at the job fairs at his school his freshman year. Realistically, we didn't think he'd have a shot after freshman year, and he didn't -- ended up scooping ice cream. After sophomore year when he couldn't find anything, we got worried. That's when we advised that he take a semester off and work a coop. He interviewed for many coops fall of senior year, and he finally got one. He is pretty introverted and doesn't interview well, so it was a hard process, but good experience. Once he had that experience, he was able to fi
  3. I haven't had a chance to listen to the link you provided, but I have a couple of older kids who have gone through/are going through this transition. I personally did not believe in having my kids work outside-the-home jobs during the school year while they were in high school. In the summers, they worked if they could find something. During the school year, I felt their time was better spent on their academics and extra curricular activities. As a result of the focus on academics, they were both able to get excellent scholarships that well exceeded the amount of money they could have earn
  4. First, let me say that I disagree with the above. Some students (and I had one like this) are just reluctant and don't like change. They won't take ownership of a college search process because they don't understand it and deep down are fearful. If you the parent feel like your child is ready for college and would succeed there academically, then I don't see anything wrong with leading them through the application process. Real decisions of which college to attend are 6-7 months off. My experience and that of my IRL friends is that boys, in particular, usually seem to need more help with
  5. Tara, Here's my idea for one that my son and I did several years ago (Copied from an old post. Someone had asked about which version of Democracy in America to get): Not an edition of the book, but I would highly recommend the Great Courses lectures on Democracy in America. The set is called Tocqueville and the American Experiment, and the lecturer is Prof. William Cook. My son and I used this set along with one on the Federalist Papers and the "Idiot's Guide to Gov't" for his 1/2 credit government course. This combination was fairly easy to implement, and we both learned so much.
  6. I'm with Sharon. We use google calendar as a family, and we can all see each other's appointments/classes, which is helpful if we need to contact each other, we can see what would be a good time to call. My son and I each have one shared calendar for appointments, and a second one for personal stuff that is not shared. He keeps his school assignments on the unshared one. When he was home, I could look over his shoulder and see what he had planned, but now that he is away, I can't see his assignments planned out. He likes it better that way, which is fine with me. We both started us

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    I have for sale a complete set of Prentice Hall Biology. This is the dragonfly book. The set is from a non-smoking and no-pets home. Everything is in excellent condition with no writing inside. The student book does have a little pen writing on the cover and on the spine. I accept paypal. Please email or PM me if interested. I'm asking $35ppd for the set which includes: student 013050730X TM 0130507423 Lab Manual A 0130544035 Chapter Tests 013044166X Thanks for looking, Brenda


  8. Both of mine have taken 17 credits the fall of their freshman year. That was the normal load for the STEM majors they were/are in. Both of them had excellent preparation at home and had done outside and CC classes. They both worked hard, but they did well. I think you've gotten good advice -- particularly to look at your dd's strengths and go from there. Also see how easy it is to drop a class. Personally, I might be a little concerned about the Chinese, but since she has had some before, it might be OK. You might also see if you can find out somehow what the language classes are li
  9. I tend to use homeschool classified and the sale/swap board here. In fact, i just posted a bunch of Latin materials I am trying to sell. Best wishes. Cleaning out is hard! Brenda

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    Finished homeschooling, so I'm clearing out many of my Latin books and materials. All are from a non-smoking, no-pets home and are in excellent condition. Please email or PM me if interested. Shipping is via media mail. Paypal preferred. Thanks for looking. Brenda AP Latin Caesar textbook -- $18ppd (for the current AP syllabus) AP Latin Caesar workbook Set -- $27ppd (includes workbook and answer key for current AP syllabus) Henle Latin Second Year Set -- $16ppd (includes student book that has been spiral bound in 2 parts for ease of use, and answer key) Lingua Latina Set -- $35ppd (includes Familia Romana, Roma Aeterna, TM & Answer Keys for Parts 1 and 2, and Student Manual) Lingua Latina Supplements -- $16ppd (includes Colloquia Personarum and Fablae Syrae) Latin Vocabulary Cards -- $12ppd (set of 1000 cards containing 2000 words from vis-ed.com) Wheelock's Latin Reader (2 copies) -- $7ppd each or $12ppd for both Rea Latin SAT Subject Test (w/CD) -- $10ppd Excelability in Advanced Latin Set -- $29ppd (includes student edition with 4 pages marked in pen, rest is clean; and TM (in new condition)) Ovid, Amores & Metamorphoses Set -- $16ppd (includes student text and matching TM, used in one version of the old AP Latin Lit exam) Loeb Classical Library Set -- $15ppd (includes Augustine's Confessions, books I - VIII and Ovid's Metamorphoses, books 1 - 8) Cicero Set -- $12ppd (includes 3 books, Pro Caelio, De Amicitia Selections, and Pro Archia Poeta Oratio, student books only, used in the old AP Latin Lit exam) The Student's Catullus, by Daniel Garrison, 4th edition -- $12ppd (student text, some light pencil writing on 5 pages) Vergil's Aeneid Expanded Collection -- $15ppd (student text, some light pencil writing on 8 pages) Roman Map Workbook by Heimbach -- $12ppd (new) Vergil: A Legamus Transitional Reader -- $10ppd (new)


  11. My son and his Dad and I have linked calendars through Google. We can each enter things and they show up on all 3 calendars. We can view them from PC or phone. My son puts his classes, appointments, and work hours on there. He also has a 2nd private calendar that he uses to keep track of when he has tests and homework due. We started experimenting with using this his senior year of high school, and it has worked really well for college, too. HTH, Brenda
  12. Cynthia, It sounds like you've given him some good advice/options. I can really relate to this -- it is how I felt when I finished undergrad. I had job offers, but they weren't where prospective dh was, and my only option in that area was grad school. I reluctantly went to grad school, but I was so burned out, it was really, really tough. Back then, I don't even know if deferral was an option. If it was, I wasn't aware of it. If you think your son would be interested in grad school eventually, and if they would accept a deferral, I'd say let him go to the Bible school for a year t
  13. I was going to suggest Wooster as well. Ohio isn't that much farther than PA. Maybe if you have the time this summer, you might make a road trip out there and take a look. I found that my oldest son's ideas of how far he was willing to go changed dramatically during senior year. If you think Wooster is a great fit academically and socially, maybe you could just get her to apply so she has that option come next spring. I think Jane's son also looked at BU, if I recall. Maybe you could PM her specfically and ask about archeology. Best wishes finding a good fit. Brenda
  14. How about Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (from the colleges that change lives book)? It's about 2 hr north of Pittsburgh, so on the outside of your distance range. My son applied there, and when we visited, I was impressed with how focused the school was on preparing students for life after college, whether it be grad school (which many do) or a career. They place a strong emphasis on teaching writing and public speaking so that students will be able to present their work in the professional sphere. I think all students had to do a senior project as well. They do offer merit aid.
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