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  1. I went to Amazon today to reorder a specific product. It was showing a 20% off coupon so I figured for that price, I'd go ahead and get 2.  However, the discount was only applied to one of the products so I reduced the quantity to one and submitted my order.  I then went back to the product listing and was able to make a second order, using the coupon, and getting the discount, so figured the policy was one use per order.  I've now read that Amazon coupons are one use per person and wondering if I did something wrong.  I can still cancel the second order. . .or wait and see if Amazon adjusts the price. Any experience with this?

  2. Sometimes they assume that if a student doesn't contact them that they don't care. Why should the professor care more than the student?

    DD's first semester, she was enrolled in a course with around 550 students. They were required to use an online homework system. The instructor had not set up something correctly on his end and students could not access the system.  DD had to email several times between the instructor and the IT help desk to try to resolve the issue, with the instructor trying various fixes.  Note that this wasn't a problem that only DD was having but she was the ONLY STUDENT to get in touch with the professor and pursue a solution.  She asked him how that could be and he replied that the others just don't care.

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  3. Thanks, everyone!  Your points make sense and I did return the textbooks.  The reason had to be chosen from a menu and the closest one was "no longer needed".  

    We have saved several hundred dollars by buying or renting textbooks through Amazon so the return policy seems super generous to me. DD even pointed out that this was a 4-week course, so possible to even use the book for the course and still return it within 30 days, just barely!  We definitely wouldn't do that.

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  4. As discussed in a separate thread, DD just dropped a course and now needs to return the textbook and solution guide that was rented from Amazon. I was assuming that we would just have to eat the cost of the unused rental but then found the following quote on Amazon's Help. She's had the books for about 1 week, so well within the 30 day policy.  The total would be about $80. Why does it still feel a bit unethical to me to skate away free of charge?


    Does Amazon's standard 30 day return policy apply when I rent textbooks?

    Yes, if you return the textbook within the first 30 days of your rental period in the same condition as when you received it, you will receive a full refund of the rental fee. Visit the Returns Center through the Amazon PC Site for more information. If you return the textbook after the first 30 days of your rental period, you will not receive any refund of the rental fee, even if you return the textbook before its due date or subsequently purchase the textbook.

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  5. UPDATE:  Thank you, everyone.  Your words confirmed my own thoughts.  DD agreed that it was best to drop when she got home from class and was able to do it online before the deadline.  Woo-hoo.  Now she can focus on the calculus III course that she is taking with a very solid instructor (both she and my other DD have had him previously).

    Just as extra evidence that dropping was the right choice, the instructor was late to class today.  Then he gave a problem for everyone to work on in class. Ten minutes later, no one had managed to solve it and he just shrugged, said they would need to figure it out as homework, and kept going.  What's the point of in class problems unless it is to confirm that students understand and can apply what you've already covered or that it needs to be explained again more clearly?


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  6. I'm biased towards commuting where it makes sense but in this situation, plan on the dorm/meal plan for the first year.  It sounds affordable, safer than the long drive, and is what the student would prefer. I'd try to make it work.

    My two DDs commute together and it is only about 30 minutes each way with significant delays only happening a couple times a semester.  They are usually on campus from early morning (to get the best parking) through late afternoon.  They'll stick around through late evening once or twice a week for specific events or fun with classmates.  They prefer to pack food from home for both convenience and saving money.  They enjoy having the comfort and solitude of their own bedrooms at home. 

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  7. DD is taking a couple courses at the community college this summer to transfer to her university.  The second course is a 3-credit linear algebra, condensed into a 4 week period, so it meets 2 hours a day, 5 days a week.  The first day of this class was Tuesday and the instructor sent out an email only that morning to say that he had a prior commitment and wouldn't be holding class.  So, DD has only had 2 classes with him so far (meets again later today) but needs to decide by 6:00 pm tonight whether to stick with it or drop.  He is young and new to the community college and probably to instructing.  He got his MS in math just last year.

    During classtime, he was flipping through the textbook and talking out loud to figure out the order in which he needed to teach the topics.  Already some of his topics are disjointed and out of order (trying to address one topic that required understanding a topic that he then discussed later). He seemed to assign homework from the textbook on the fly as well.  DD asked if they could have a printed list of homework for the full course and he replied that he normally doesn't look at it until the night before.  

    My gut says DROP but I don't want to make that decision for DD.  She's torn as she really likes the idea of getting this course completed now.  

  8. There will be a taxi stand, usually just outside the luggage pickup area. She should NOT get into a taxi without going through the official taxi stand.  However, I personally prefer to set up a SuperShuttle type service ahead of time.  It is less expensive than a taxi and almost as convenient.

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  9. He should also be bringing up the conflicting advice/information with each of his doctors and asking about it.  "You advised that I cut way back on my salt consumption but my kidney specialist, Dr. So-and-So, advised that I continue to use a moderate amount of salt in addition to the potassium supplement he prescribed, to keep my electrolytes balanced and in the normal range." 

    I do a lot of internet research focusing on medical journals and very well regarded health institutions.  I either find data/info that supports what my doctors are telling me (and feel reassured that we are on the right track) or I then ask my own doctors questions what I have found and why we are doing something different.  I'll ask if I should have a certain type of test to investigate X, or try a trial medication of Y to see if it helps, etc. 

    I'm not a passive patient.  

    Edited to add: In the end, I find myself listening to the doctor who listens to ME!  That's who I trust.

  10. We are having new flooring installed so it is a good opportunity to sort through stuff as it all has to be moved and then put back anyway.  I had decided that there was no reason to hold onto all the yarn and knitting/crocheting accessories since it had been about 15 years since anyone in the household had tried this hobby.  I had not yet mentioned this to the family and I had not pulled it out to discard it.  A few days ago, both DDs started knitting/crocheting projects out of the blue!  Argh. I'm doomed to live with clutter.


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  11. The FAFSA is only a federal application to determine eligibility for the Pell grant and/or direct student loans (subsidized vs unsubsidized). Period.

    States and schools often also use the information in FAFSA for other purposes, such as their own grant/scholarship programs.  Eligibility would depend on that specific program/institution and could easily become confused in people's minds as "money from FAFSA."

    Dual enrolled students are definitely eligible for the Lifetime Learning federal tax credit so be sure to take advantage of that. 

  12. So the university that DD19 attends offers evaluations for ASD using doctoral students overseen by a psychologist to perform the eval.  DD is seriously considering being evaluated but is unsure. I think the cost is the main thing holding her back; it is $950.

    I think it would be helpful to DD as a self-discovery exercise but am unsure about any other benefits to having the evaluation. They tailor the report for national exam testing accommodations as well as modifications in an educational setting.  She doesn't need to the first as she is past those exams and is doing well academically in her courses so far.  I'm unsure of what possible accommodations could potentially be available that may help her.  Her main challenge seems to be feeling easily overwhelmed by the workload.  She is in a demanding engineering field of study but we intentionally have her taking the lowest-credit-hours that is considered full-time each semester.

    Any experiences with adults undergoing evaluation for ASD? Worthwhile experience?  Any noteworthy benefits?

    Many thanks.

  13. When faced with decisions like this, I put a lot of weight on what provides the most choices going forward.  She won't find the calculus based course much harder than algebra based physics since she is already comfortable with calculus and it leaves more doors open in the future if she decides to pursue something that requires the higher level course.  The better schedule is just icing on the cake!

    Both of my DD's took calculus based physics concurrently with calculus. I thought it odd but it was at two different schools so I guess it isn't uncommon. It did cause some angst because they ran into math in the physics course that they hadn't yet reached in the math course.  Both managed it just fine with a little extra study and judicial use of office hours/tutoring center.

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  14. Thank you everyone!  I agree that a few days isn't really long enough to make any solid conclusions but the improvement was so sudden and significant that it got me to wondering. I hadn't considered the sleep factor and now that it has been brought up, I realize that I am waking much less frequently through the night. That has GOT to help.

    I'll update if I learn anything!

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  15. I've been feeling pretty crummy the last several months with serious health issues as well as side effects to medications.  The last 3 days, however, I've felt better than I have in months.  I'm trying to pinpoint why and the only things that I can think of that have been different in these few days are:

    1. Started taking a whey protein powder supplement. I eat plenty of protein but one of my conditions causes low protein in the body/blood.

    2. Started taking a nightly walk.  This is just around the block and with a 15-year old dog so hardly cardio.

    3. Stopped drinking any soft drinks. I had backslid into an almost daily diet soft drink over the last year.

    Possibly none of these are the reason, of course, and the timing is just coincidence.  I am toying with the idea of "testing" each one but feel so good, I don't want to risk feeling worse.

    What's your best guess?

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  16. 4 hours ago, ScoutTN said:

    My ds takes the Calm gummies. I can't remember right now which form of mg they are. Not oxide and not glycinate. They have not had a significant laxative effect on him and they taste yummy. We did ease in to the full dosageover several weeks, in case of a laxative effect.

    This is brilliant. DD would love having it as gummies. I didn't know this existed.  Thank you!

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  17. We discussed ahead of time that there was to be no cake smashing/smearing.  I don't understand that as a "tradition" AT ALL. If both parties think it is fun and they agree to it ahead of time, fine, whatever, but otherwise, completely out of bounds.

    We had a lovely three tiered cheesecake created by DH's aunt. It was relatively small and I expected it to be eaten at the reception. Imagine my surprise when we returned to town a few days later and one of my brothers stopped by to drop off table linen's etc. from the event. . .and the top layer of the cake which had spent those days riding around in the trunk of his car. . .in JULY. 

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