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  1. MY DD made her decision. Where: University of Michigan Ann Arbor Why: It boiled down to UMich and Swarthmore College. She'll be in the Residential College where she felt she can get a small college feel while still having all of the benefits of a large university. The Residential College will also allow her to have intensive study of a language (continue with German, add Russian and another critical language) and continue with music studies while pursuing her major. Major: Linguistics
  2. @Calming Tea We visited Swarthmore and UPenn on the same day. DD did not like "the feel" she got at UPenn and decided not to apply. She is absolutely NOT excited about Philly (nor New York when we visited NYU). She prefers the college town of Ann Arbor much better than the city. She's a musician but won't be a music major. There is actually a train/metro station right on Swarthmore's campus that goes right into Philly. My mother-in-law lives across the street from a very prestigious Jesuit school in Detroit, and she's friends with the counselors there. She told them that DD got accepted at Swa
  3. Thank you @JennyD D loves Swarthmore and feels honored to have been accepted and awarded a scholarship. However, she's a little concerned about the small size. She's got such a big academic personality and feels that she might feel limited at a small school (on the flip side, large schools intimidate her 🙄). We've discussed the consortium of colleges and that fact that she'd be able to also take course at UPenn. She'll make a decision soon because her last decision should be coming in the next few days.
  4. I'm quite sure your son will have a great experience at UT. Is UT OOS for you? D is waiting to hear from 1 more school. She declined admittance at 4 schools already. She's waiting on this last one, and she'll choose from her top 3. She's already fallen in love with a program at one school, and everything seems to fall in line with her academic and personal goals at that school. She's already communicating with the cello faculty there, so I think her heart is there. We asked her not to decide until she has her top 3 offers on the table.
  5. Hook 'em, Horns! My nephew graduated from UT Austin a few years ago. I also graduated from UT many moons ago. I live in MD, but my roots are in TX.
  6. Oh gosh! I'm dreading buying dorm supplies. This is my 3rd and last. Yay! Back to work I go (maybe).
  7. @madteaparty We've only been able to find general information about this scholarship. We are guessing it's merit because we've never qualified for need-based aid (3rd DC going to college). I would say that even admitted students who were not offered scholarships are exceptional applicants because Swarthmore had like an 8.5-8.6% acceptance rate this round. https://www.swarthmore.edu/news-events/995-admitted-to-swarthmore-class-2023?fbclid=IwAR2U-CPqpmxcXCQs2Uknrzzv7ZzRWxzTNeTaKt_asj5pExzdE5VN8xZeYbo
  8. DD was awarded a Swarthmore College Scholarship at Swarthmore College. It is extremely generous and makes Swarthmore financially possible for us.
  9. DD found out a few hours ago that she was accepted to Swarthmore College. She's waiting to hear from 1 more.
  10. Another acceptance came in for DD. She was accepted to University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Waiting on 3 more. Edited Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - DD accepted to University of Maryland (College Park). 2 decisions remaining.
  11. DD accepted to: Indiana University (Bloomington), scholarship, honors college University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), honors program University of Maryland Baltimore County, scholarship And still waiting to hear from 4 more schools.
  12. My oldest was a music composition major (graduated in May). Luckily for him, he already had a portfolio of pieces. Because he was in a youth orchestra (trumpet) and took private composition lessons at a music school in DC, it wasn't difficult to get his pieces performed and recorded. The process is very tedious, but worth it in the end. My youngest is going through the application process now. She's submitted 4 applications (her top 4 choices) and has 9 more to go. She wants to get them all in by November 1st even though she's applying regular decision to most. I'm happy that this is
  13. When my DS took the ASVAB in 10th grade (Just for test-taking practice. Absolutely no interest in going in the military), we were given this same information by the testing coordinator.
  14. :bigear: My 17 y/o DD, who is an excellent student, is also feeling very uninspired by school.
  15. Agreement on overkill. We also used R&S for grammar through 8th grade for the 2 youngest DC. I purchased but did not use the 9/10 R&S. My middle DC made a perfect score on the English portion of the ACT and my youngest DC scored 1 less than perfect on the same test. I didn't use R&S with my oldest DC and he did a different grammar program in 9th and 10th grade. His ACT English scores were good but not as impressive as the kids who had used R&S.
  16. I remember when my elder son was visiting colleges. At one of the colleges, we sat in on a panel of students who were giving information and answering questions. There was a student there who talked about how shy and introverted she was and how she bombed her scholarship (full ride) interview...but was still awarded the scholarship. The president of the university then took the mic and said that he remembered her interview and that it didn't go so smoothly. So, yes, there is hope.
  17. I agree! DS was not approved the first time with the SAT, so we had to appeal. It was approved the 2nd time.
  18. Corraleno, my DD said, "Thanks.This information helped me tremendously!" Based on your descriptions, she is sure that she wants to look for a department that leans toward theoretical logistics. She does love learning languages (studying 2 right now and plans to add a third next year) and plans to continue studying critical languages in college. However, she likes the intricacies of languages and grammar and is more interested in pure linguistics. Even though her mind is set now, I understand that she could flip her focus (and major) after actually beginning her UG studies. We are at ease with
  19. Question for you - #2 If DD isn't sure if she has a preference on which way a department leans, but knows that she would like to go on to grad school (very high priority), that she wants to be involved in research, and that she DEFINITELY has no interest in pedagogy; does it matter if she chooses a department that leans one way or the other? If so, which "lean" should she gravitate toward? Sorry for all of the questions, but I know nothing about linguistics. We've been on Linguistic Society of America and other similar websites to get as much information as possible, but we still feel sort of
  20. Oooh...ok...Ohio State. I've already mentioned to DD that I though Ohio State has a good ling. program, but being that her father is a ardent University of Michigan fan, she would not even consider Ohio State. I don't understand how that football rivalry has spilled over into my DC. Of course, DD has UMich on her list. Thanks for all of the information you've given. You've brought up some very critical points for her to consider in her research and to look for overall. I appreciate your help. Val
  21. Thanks for this list. She's on the right track because she's currently doing research on 11 of the listed programs. What do you mean by "CV"? We didn't think to consider if the linguistics courses satisfy Gen Ed requirments. That's a great point, Corraleno. I will tell DD to include that on her list of things to consider. DD will definitely want to jump into linguistics right away. I'm going to look at OSU's linguistics website to see if DD might consider attending college in OK.
  22. Thanks mom2att. Indiana University is on her list. She likes the language offerings they have. I tried to get her to consider schools in Florida (warmth), but she has no interest. Thanks Arch At Home. I'll pass this information along to her. Thanks Crimson Wife. UCLA is one of the schools at the top of her list. So far, it has everything she's looking for. It seems as though she's on the right track with the schools she has on her list thus far. I appreciate everyone's input.
  23. Thanks bibiche. She has Penn on her list, and she likes the program thus far. Val
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