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  1. My daughter majored in biology and minored in chemistry and Latin.
  2. Congrats to you and your son, shukriyya! Today is the first time in a long while that I have visited these forums. Homeschooling was a huge part of my life for many years. I joined these forums when my children were quite young at the beginning of our homeschool journey. My youngest is in college now, my middle in medical school and my oldest is married with a baby of her own. Time flies. I loved homeschooling so much but to everything there is a season. Enjoy these years while they last!
  3. Here's a link to a CC thread that lists the 1-99 in post 4. http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-southern-california/1922891-wsj-ths-rank-usc-at-15.html
  4. Since it is college application season, I thought this might be of interest to some of you. Case will now be meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students beginning with the class that enters in 2017. Here is an article regarding the university partnering with The Posse Foundation that mentions their decision to meet full demonstrated financial need. http://thedaily.case.edu/new-partnership-posse-foundation-seeks-increase-college-access/ ETA: Here are a couple recent articles on need-met colleges. One also includes info on whether schools are loan-free. However, the best way to find out how each college handles their financial aid is to ask them directly. :) http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/colleges-that-meet-100-of-student-financial-need/#sthash.4O7eZV8T.dpbs http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-09-19/colleges-that-claim-to-meet-full-financial-need
  5. Wooster was a school my daughter considered. I loved everything about Wooster. For a serious student, I think Wooster would be an awesome place to be. It seems like a supportive academic atmosphere. I thought it was great that they have an early childhood education program that can be added to any major there. They also have a lot of different language majors from what I recall. Dd was looking at Classics and possibly Russian. The campus is lovely, too. My daughter has a friend at Miami now. She likes it, but she says she is not crazy about how "preppy" the atmosphere is. I think it is also dominated by Greek life and has a large party scene. We know a girl who went to DePauw, too. The school has a huge Greek life, and it is a major party environment from what I understand. HTH. :)
  6. Classes started a little over a month ago. Dd was really not ready to go back. :unsure: She was very happy about being in a new major but worried about having a heavier course load. She also had to take engineering chem, which is an extra credit hour and supposedly harder than the premed chem because only the engineering chem is offered in the spring. She'd planned to do some prep over break but didn't. She's happy and relieved all her classes are going well so far, but the workload is intense. It seems to be a constant juggling act to stay on top of it. Sorority rush the first few weeks of the semester was exhausting and stressful. She is a new pledge now. :) Then she has her other activities. All fun, but a lot to manage with classes. And she found out yesterday she got an RA position. She'll get a free room plus a stipend. :hurray: I think it will be a great experience for her. She wasn't thinking she'd get a position because it's very competitive. So, feeling really thrilled and grateful! She also gets to choose a friend to have on her floor (because she got a position as a second-year RA) and that will be her current roommate. I'm so glad they get along and have become friends. Also, she may have the opportunity to take a classics field course in Greece this summer (funded by the department). Overall, second semester is off to a good start and first year seems like it's flying by.
  7. We pay out of current income. Our oldest has finished college and our middle daughter is a freshman. Our girls take basic federal loans, contribute from savings and employment, and both received institutional scholarships and grant aid as well as outside renewable scholarships. Oldest dd also received tuition reimbursement from her employer of about $2,000 per year. No private loans, home equity, etc. I work part-time. My earnings and no mortgage and car payments helps. Our youngest may or may not go to college. If she does, she'll start at our community college.
  8. My daughter came home Monday after her last final. She'll be working over break--starts today, so she did have a few days to relax. Grades are in, all A's. Her roommate surprised her with a Christmas gift-a scarf she knit for dd. Dd had gotten her roommate a gift, too. They seem to have become friends, which is really nice. It was a good first semester. Spring semester starts January 11th. She'll have a new major, classics and either a double major or minor in biology with premed. She's receiving an additional merit award from the classics department, so we're thrilled about that. Who knew starting Latin as homeschoolers during elementary school would lead to a college major? Wishing all of you a lovely holiday season!
  9. Dd is doing well. Midterm grades were all A's. She will be registering for classes in a few weeks and is declaring a new major. It's a highly academic atmosphere. Somewhat of a stress culture in my opinion. She seems to be managing okay so far. She has 14 credit hours this semester and will likely have 17 or 18 next semester. Socially, her school seems to be a good fit. She is considering sorority rush next semester. She will be home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks, then finals, and then she'll be working over winter break.
  10. To the OP's question: How do we find a balance between encouraging our kids to "follow their dreams" and at the same time to "know thyself"?" I think all we can do is encourage kids to try things, be supportive of their efforts, and set an example by living a life that emphasizes the values we hope they will adopt. It doesn't work to tell people what does or doesn't suit them. I agree that this is something people must learn on their own. It's not usually those who pursue dreams and fail that are bitter and hard to be around IMO. Like creekland said, people don't generally "lose" from experiences as long as they aren't incurring unreasonable debt while pursuing their goals. Our oldest daughter pursued a six-year professional program right out of high school. She did fine in it, and she worked in a pharmacy starting the spring of her senior year of high school and all through college, so she had an idea of what she was getting into. She also could have switched out of her program and graduated in four years with another degree like biology. She graduated a few years ago and likes it. Middle daughter wanted to study medicine for a long time but eventually decided to pursue a BSN when she started college this fall. She liked a lot about nursing when she shadowed and felt it would be a practical degree. She quickly realized the heart doesn't care about practical. She still thinks she wants the opportunity to work toward going straight to medical school after college even if she has some concerns about that path. So she's considering changing her major to something in arts and sciences with premed for next semester. She isn't sure she is ready to commit to a professional program yet. Of course, she needed to discover this on her own.
  11. I don't think it is a waste of time to apply. I think it would be better if you had a third year. Can you come up with a home-based course for him for Japanese 3? It may not be perfect, but you could give it a try. If you do this, you could explain in the course description that this class was home-based due to the college not offering more advanced studies in the language. Maybe you could find a tutor for him. Rosetta Stone offers Japanese, I believe. I know it's often viewed as insufficient for credit, but you could add other things to it to strengthen it.
  12. I know you said no to the midwest in your op, but I think you should take a look at Ohio State.
  13. Some might be interested in seeing this: http://qz.com/498534/these-25-schools-are-responsible-for-the-greatest-advances-in-science/
  14. Some might be interested in seeing this: http://qz.com/498534/these-25-schools-are-responsible-for-the-greatest-advances-in-science/ ETA: Oops. Meant to post on the college board. I'll repost there.
  15. My freshman daughter is close to home, but she lives in the dorms, and I don't know how I'd influence her day to day life even if I wanted to. :tongue_smilie: She applied to schools close and far away, but as last year progressed, she became more decisive about staying closer vs going far away. Oldest daughter was about three hours away. It was fine, but there were times it was hard, too. I think it depends on the individual. I've talked to people who've had kids who went far and then transferred closer because they didn't like being so far. Other people's kids have done fine far away. With inexpensive flights and easy access to those, it can be just as easy to see a child who is ten hours away as one who is four IMO. Anything beyond 90 minutes to two hours takes the college out of the realm of being within relatively easy distance as a day trip IMO. A day trip to oldest daughter's college was a minimum of three hours each way, which made it difficult. Then, if we picked her up for a long weekend, we knew a few days later we'd have to do the six-hour round-trip all over again because she did not have a car on campus.
  16. My daughter moved in mid-August, so she's been there for about a month. All is going well. She gets along with her roommate. She has made some friends and joined some activities. She has no complaints about the food. Classes are going fine, and clinicals started last week. She has two biology classes, two nursing classes, and a required writing class. I've enjoyed reading everyone's updates so far! :)
  17. Agreeing with the suggestions that the above should be included in a counselor letter, not a school profile. You've already chosen two great adjectives to describe your son--fearless and flexible. You've also alluded to him being disciplined. As to your original question, IMO a school profile might include: 1) A few sentences about your family and you and your husband's background and career. 2) Some demographic information such as where you live now and where you've lived because you have moved around. I'd keep it simple. As a military family, our children have experienced frequent moves. Since X, we have resided in X, city or suburb of X, or rural community with X being closest big city, population of X. Previously, we lived in X for X years, etc. I do not think you need to include info on local schools unless the quality of the school is a reason you homeschool. As to your children's experiences with regard to frequent moves, I would address this in the part of the profile where you discuss specifics on your children's homeschool experience and your educational philosophy. Being a military family has been an important aspect of your children's homeschool experience (the frequent moves) and what they learned form this experience and how it benefited them. Examples: They learned how to be flexible. They benefited by meeting new people, experiencing new places, gaining an understanding of various areas of the country, etc. 3) Why you have chosen to homeschool. 4) Your educational philosophy and goals for your children's education. 5) How homeschooling has benefited your children. What opportunities have your children (and your family as a whole) been afforded through homeschooling? This is where I think you can say things like homeschooling has afforded them the opportunity to travel, to learn to be flexible, etc. 6) A grading scale and how you evaluate your children. 7) Graduation requirements. 8) If you want to include it, a list of educational partners. HTH. :)
  18. Our daughter is moved in. Her roommate brought way more stuff than our dd did, and dd wondered where it would all fit, but they managed. My daughter was also kind of freaked out about the amount of Febreze they were spraying. We used Lysol wipes to clean, but we all have an aversion to heavy scents from air fresheners, candles, perfume, etc. We have a family orientation event later today, and the rest of this week is student orientation. Classes start next week. We sure do miss her! She cried a little at lunch the day we moved her in, and her younger sister cried when we were leaving. My daughter said the student orientation is very structured, which I think is good. Just talked to her, all's going well, and she and her roommate are getting along fine. :)
  19. Your dh would like for her to attend but isn't adamant. I guess I'll be the dissenting voice. At times like this, if she can attend her grandmother's funeral to be there for her father, who it sounds like she is close to, she should. This isn't about his mother. It's about your husband. JMO. HTH.
  20. Kolbe might fit your needs. They are not regionally accredited, but they are accredited by NAPCIS.
  21. :grouphug: Lisa. The way I see it, they wanted to come here as exchange students. You graciously decided to host them. They're supposed to fit into your normal family life. It's not your job to ease their boredom. That's their job. Their parents evidently don't entertain them. They should entertain themselves here, too. If they can't figure out what to do or what to help with, they can start reading or walking or… Boredom is a choice, and it's up to them to address it, not you.
  22. Less than a month until our daughter leaves for college. She has a job and is busy working. We had a grad party this month. We've gotten most dorm items. She is reading the common reading book that was sent to her in June. Her schedule is set except for one general education class that first-years schedule in August.
  23. Maybe I am missing something, but I'm not sure outside scholarships are mostly only helpful at need-met schools if full-pay. My daughter's NM corporate scholarship would have went toward loans or the student contribution at Smith, which is a 100% need-met school. I don't think Smith is unique in this. Harvard reduces students work and summer earnings expectation with outside awards before reducing Harvard grants. Same with U of Chicago. At Middlebury, the website says outside scholarships replace self-help first--work and loan requirements--before they will reduce grant aid. Also, it probably is easiest to get merit aid at lower-ranked schools that actively recruit top students, but there are top colleges that offer merit aid. Gwen in Va recently posted that her children went to Washington & Lee for very little--I think she said $15,000 for both total.
  24. These courses should be on the homeschool transcript as transfer credits. I would think the homeschool parent would be counting these courses completed at the high school toward the homeschool's graduation requirements, right? Otherwise, how will the parent issue a diploma? This will be the student's final transcript, and it needs to be a complete record for all of high school. HTH.
  25. FAFSA is for determining federal aid. If you get into a need-met school, most look at the CSS to determine what your need is, and they look at all assets. People who have a high EFC that's unaffordable would not necessarily get more money from colleges if they had a low EFC. People with a low EFC are often gapped. One group I do see this impacting is low-income families who have some small savings or assets. They will be able to shield less of those savings or assets. EFC will increase and possibly push them outside of the range to qualify for a Pell or reduce the amount of the Pell they receive.
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