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  1. My ASD kiddo went to school just 45 minutes from home. I'm really glad he was close. There were times he needed to have a weekend here to decompress or destress. I was able to pull him out of spirals where he wasn't eating or sleeping well. No one at school ever knew he was ASD.
  2. Wow! I still have 2 weeks to go before I finish the spring semester. I'm not taking classes this summer, although I am working on a degree paper and have a schedule to keep with my readers. I don't go back to class until August and I'm looking forward to not having to commute and be on campus every day for awhile!
  3. One of mine has a Zero Water and the other has a Brita. They both help with the chemical taste of the water in the towns where their schools are. If the issues are one of safety, that would be different. We were only trying to improve taste.
  4. I have a dd who is a junior in a BSN program. Her fiancé graduated from the same program in December. He is planning to go on for his NP as soon as dd finishes her BSN. I also have a friend who just finished her NP and is now working as an NP, although she hasn't found a position she really likes yet. Unlike others who have posted, dd did not consider any direct placement programs. First, the programs in this region are almost all admissions after the first 2 or 3 semesters and her goal was to stay within a 4 hour drive, and second dd didn't have great ACT scores, so her chances of being admitted were better when they were based on her college coursework and grades anyway. The program has a very high NCLEX pass rate and a 100% job placement rate and she has been happy there. Her school and many others offer 2 cohorts per year, so the wait to reapply is only one semester if they don't get in and the truth is, those who don't do well enough to get admitted aren't likely to be able to make it through the program anyway. I will admit, waiting to get the admission notification was a nail-biter! My best advice is not to overpay for the degree. Choose a reasonably priced school that has great NCLEX pass rates, good labs, and good clinical opportunities. For example, Dd is in her 3rd semester and now spends 2, 12 hour days per week at the hospital. She gets to do all of the procedures she is approved for (like IVs, catheters, and I have no idea what else). This semester one of her rotations is LD/NICU and she has been present for the births of several babies and in the OR for one c-section. She spent one very long day feeding babies in the NICU, one after another. Her pediatric rotation last semester was her favorite so far. There should be a lot of hands on experience (not just watching) and rotations in a variety of specialties.
  5. April is rough here too. I finished a first draft of a 19 page paper today. I just turned in another 12 page paper that is due tomorrow. I have another 10-12 page draft due next week (unstated) and another 15 page paper after that. I'm also taking "Teaching Writing Online" and I have to design a course module which will take at least as long as any of the papers. Additionally, I have one more presentation to give (15 min) and a Final that requires the memorization of something like 150 terms. Oh, and my standard 800 word blog post and 3 discussion board posts for my online class - 3 more sets of those. Then there are the classes I teach. My students will turn in their longest paper (8-10 pages) Friday, so I'll have 42 of those to grade. Then they have one more paper after that, but it's only 2-4 pages. They turn in portfolios on the day of the final with revisions of 4 papers (including the long one) in them and I have to grade those. I'll also spend a day grading portfolios for all the basic writing courses - those are graded P/F by a group of 18 grad students (me included) and I understand it takes less than a full day. Deep breath. Back to work.
  6. Can I just say that no two educations are the same. Stop comparing. What you do homeschooling high school will be better in some ways than what they could get anywhere else, and in other ways it won't measure up. It will be different and different is ok. Take it one step at a time, do your best, and be prepared to live with that. It will be ok. From the mom of two college kids who both homeschooled high school, each quite differently even than their sibling, it will be ok and if you care enough to be this worried, you will do just fine.
  7. Also, if you need one and the teacher is no longer available be sure to ask the department office. I have to turn mine into the department at the beginning of each semester. I don't know how long they keep them, but I'm sure it is years (they store them electronically, so it isn't a big space issue).
  8. Neither of my kids took notes in high school classes until they started dual enrollment. We did a little note taking on textbooks, but not much. I don't think it has hurt either one of them at all. It sounds like she is already getting some note taking experiences. I would continue to look for a few of those here and there, but I wouldn't make it your focus. If she can do it for some things, she'll be able to do it when she needs to.
  9. This is shocking to me! In our search we didn't see any clinicals like this. Dd's program is 5 semesters. The first semester is lab only. The second semester had one, 12 hr clinical day/week. She already did things like IVs and catheters in that semesters. Third semester she has two, 12 hr clinical days/week. I think it stays at 2 days/week the last two semesters as well, but I'm not sure. Definitely make sure the program has clinicals that have your future nurse prepared!
  10. I'm a TA working on my master's. I teach two classes per semester in exchange for a full tuition waiver plus a stipend. For those who want to teach at the college level, it is a great opportunity to get a free education plus graduate with experience. Adding teaching to a full time load of classes is a lot of work and the pay is relatively low, so there are down sides as well. i love it and have no regrets!
  11. This is me too. I don't know why I still have it. My daughter is 4 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got married. She wouldn't want my dress even if she could wear it. I loved it though, so I still have it - silly.
  12. In the US most schools just call the terms fall and spring. Fall term starts in the fall and ends in the winter. Spring term starts in the winter and ends in the spring. I'm not sure how they got named - it certainly isn't consistent, but there you have it.
  13. Last semester I had 2 night classes and I was really excited not to have any this semester, then I realized that I have no time to get work/studying done during the day and all my evenings will be filled anyway. I'm not sure which I prefer. It doesn't really matter. I already know 2 of the classes I'll take in the fall are night classes again anyway. I'll just roll with it. It'll be over soon 🙂
  14. I may have lost my mind, but I’m registered for four grad classes and I’m really excited about it! I’m taking Seminar in Children’s Literature which is focusing on classic children’s lit from the 19th and early 20th Centuries; Seminar in Basic Writing which is about teaching remedial writing in the college setting; Teaching Writing Online which is what I most want to do when I finish my degree; and Practicum in Teaching Writing which is required for all graduate assistants their first two semester of teaching (this will be my second). I’ll be teaching two sections of Eng110 (College Writing) which I taught last semester, so I’m hoping to have far less prep time this semester! The only major difference is that last semester I taught T/Th and this semester I teach MWF so I have to revise my syllabus a bit for that. This will be a very heavy load and I expect to spend the semester buried and in survival mode, but I’m doing it to give myself a lighter load next year. Hopefully in the fall I’ll be teaching different classes, maybe even two different classes and so prep time will go up and maybe way up. Also my degree requires taking comprehensive exams and I plan to do that in the Fall (November), and I’ll need time to study. I’m just planning to take Shakespeare and Limguistics during that semester which should allow me to focus more energy on teaching. As I said, I’m excited, but nervous that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I’m intent on keeping my 4.0! I’m finishing my Blackboard sites and syllabus this week, prepping a paper that Im presenting at a conference and starting on my reading for the semester next week, and I should be ready to hit the ground running when school starts the 14th!
  15. When dd was looking for a BSN program, she started by looking at NCLEX pass rates. From there we looked at facilities, what kind of labs and what kind of patient dummies they had. Class sizes seem to be pretty consistent in BSN programs, but look at the class sizes for the prerequisites. An anatomy class of 50 is much different than an anatomy class of 200. You can check into what hospital/medical facilities they team with for clinicals, but we didn't see a lot of difference in clinical rotations between programs. Only one of the schools she looked at had a direct admit into nursing and she didn't apply there. Knowing she had to apply after her freshman year was stressful, but look at how they judge admissions and make sure she knows and is doing the right things. Dd's program only considers GPA and quality points, but some also do interviews and weight each part of the admission process differently. It would definitely have been possible for someone with a 3.6 (or even higher) GPA to not get into dd's program, if they were short on quality points. Good luck!
  16. My papers are all in and I'm done as a student. I give finals to two classes tomorrow then grade the 40 writing portfolios they will turn in. Once I post grades, I'm completely finished! This has been a hard semester for me. I didn't love my classes and I had one that was very difficult. I loved my first semester of teaching college though. I'm looking forward to 2 out of 3 of my classes for next semester and I'll be teaching the same classes I taught this semester, so I'm hoping for a happy Spring!.
  17. Both of mine took their last finals today. Ds has one more paper to finish up. I think they've both had a good semester. For dd, it was a tough semester. In the BSN program, semester one is supposed to be the most work - to weed out anyone not willing to put in the effort, and semester two is supposed to be the toughest to weed out anyone who isn't smart enough. She has now cleared both those hurdles and has three semesters left. Ds has just one semester left. His final semester should be relatively easy - he hasn't saved all the hard classes for the end. He'll have 12 hours and only 2 upper level courses. He is pretty stressed about what comes next at this point, but not so much about finishing. If finished my semester as a student after I turned in my last paper yesterday. I give finals to two classes tomorrow and then have to grade the 40 writing portfolios that will come into me during the final. We all need the break for some downtime and mental health recuperation. Ds will be home Friday, and dd will be home Saturday night after her boyfriend's graduation party.
  18. I have a presentation to give tonight and 2, 15 page papers due next week. Then I have to grade all of my student's final portfolios. I'm guessing they'll be on pins and needles longer than I will lol. I totally relate to caring about the difference between the A and the A-. I have one class where my final paper is worth half the grade and the professor (my favorite) is a very tough grader. Ok, saying that, I'm headed back to work on that paper some more, because I'm really hoping it won't turn my A into my first A-!
  19. I love the bucket! I'm waiting until the kids get home on break to put up the tree.
  20. I'm dealing with a paper like this right now. The student used fake links, switched the citations around so the information was never found at the location the in-text citation referred to. Sometimes it was on another site he had linked, sometimes it was on a more general cite that wouldn't have been acceptable as an academic source. I caught it because Safe Assign flagged one sentence in a way that caught my attention. When I looked that up, the citation was wrong, so I checked the next citation and so on. 8 pages later, not one in-text matched the quoted material. 🙄
  21. I agree with this. Many student never take a literature course in college and even the gen ed lit courses require only a very minimal level of lit analysis. Most courses require students to read information and deal with it in some way, whether it is to summarize, discuss, or include it as a component in their research. Being able to do that is VERY important. The most common writing in most field is a researched argument. Again, this requires reading sources and bringing that information together along with bringing in their own voice to make an argument. This also requires skills like writing introductions, formulating a thesis, organization, etc. These are the skills students need. Literature analysis is only necessary if they plan to be a literature major or if they are attending a program that focuses on literature for all.
  22. Drury University in Springfield, Missouri might work. The average ACT is higher than he is looking for; Springfield is a small city (167,000), and it probably isn't as diverse as he wants. It does have an Exercise Physiology major, it is a small school and their disability services office is fantastic to work with! Debbie
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