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About JenneinCA

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  1. I would decline the invitation. Just like I would decline any other invitation that I didn’t want to attend for whatever reason.
  2. I am going to reply from the perspective of one of the other people invited to your house. Since I know you I also know you don’t have a dog and I accepted the invitation to your house. I am however also utterly terrified of dogs. I can mostly deal with it while the dog in question is on a leash and I am at least 10 feet away. Closer than that or off leash my heart races and I begin to panic. I can not control this reaction. So if came to your house and found out there was an untrained puppy there I would have to leave. It is not really an option to stay. I would be forever jumpy and scared and that is no way to spend the day. I don’t go around advertising my fear. Most people are demeaning about it and say that “my dog is different” or “but he/she is friendly” or something like that. It doesn’t help. I am allergic to dogs too, but that can be managed with antihistamines. The fear can not.
  3. It looks neat. Is there any change it will come out in an e-book edition? My eyes need a larger print than most paper books are in, but I would love to support your son.
  4. That is odd. My son did a hackathon before he was 18 and it wasn’t a problem. His team even won a prize and it still wasn’t a issue. Maybe it depends on the school?
  5. My daughter is at Northern Arizona Universtiy, 29,000 students. And she isn’t having the problems your son is having. Her advisor knows who she is and answers email usually within 24 hours. I don’t think she has gotten much from walk in visits or anything scheduled but that is because it is all happening by email. She doesn’t have issues with Health Services either, same day appointment are common and not usually an issue. She did she nurse practitioners for the same day stuff but if it could wait a week then she could see the doctor. Except for the time the np called the doctor anyway. She isn’t having specific weed out classes, but she does have very difficult ones. Everyone who passes gets to stay. She is a civil engineering/German major so some heavy classes are involved. My son is at a much much smaller school, about 5000 students. His advisor isn’t helpful, but is a necessary person to work around. He does have those issues with Health Services. Thankfully he has only gotten sick once and the nurse got him an appointment same day because he thought he had pneumonia. He didn’t. He transferred in so no weed out classes but plenty of difficult ones. I think it depends on the school more than the size.
  6. Yes. But unofficially. I find support groups to add pressure instead of making things easier. Good luck!
  7. Both of my college age kids got both of the meningitis vaccines. The risks are just too high. Teenagers are awful at figuring out just how sick they are under normal circumstances and this one can go from mild to deadly in hours.
  8. My older son is a 19 year old senior, college senior. Other than some issues with car rentals at job interviews it hasn’t really been an issue. He told HR that he would rather take Lyft/Uber instead and they had no problem with that. Car rental problem solved. It has been a wild ride. I most definitely did not push him to do this, but I wasn’t going to block his way either.
  9. My daughter got a diagnosis and referral for accommodations from a Psychologist, rather than an md. She saw one in the city where the college is and dealt with it herself. I don’t know what all it involved. The accommodations she was asking for where things like extra time on tests and a quiet testing environment rather than housing accommodations. I don’t know what the rules are about housing accommodations.
  10. Not okay to leave off the class at the community college. The places the daughter is applying to will want transcripts from any college she attended. Not submitting the transcript can potentially allow the college to revoke the admission. Don’t do this! It is totally okay to put the class with the tutor on the transcript. People do this all the time for foreign languages and many other things.
  11. It wasn’t Lukeion for Latin for us, it was Lone Pine Latin. The first year went fine. It was a lot of work but she did it and was mostly happy and proud of herself. The second year was a disaster. The difficulty went up, the volume of information went up, and the stress level went way way up. I wish I could say that we got out of it, but we didn’t and it was a massive mistake. She wanted the community. She wanted to feel special. She wanted to stay. So she did. And then the grades weren’t good and she was even more upset. It was a horrible loop. I can say we didn’t continue after the disastrous second year but she desperately wanted to. It was one of the very few decisions about classes I made over my kid’s objections. It was the right call. Looking back on it now, she agrees, but she was very angry at the time. Angry at me. Angry at Latin. Angry at everything. She is now taking German in college and is truly enjoying it. She did not take another foreign language in high school because the emotions were just too high. It didn’t cause issues with college applications for her, but the school she applied to has automatic acceptance with a high enough ACT score and she had that. Prioritize the mental health. I wish I had put a stop to the stress earlier.
  12. My daughter is like this sort of. She can be completely over reacting to pain but then there are times when she under reacts too. It is very strange and very hard to determine what is truly a medical problem that needs to be seen and what is not. She was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder when she was about six. It helped me more than it helped her. I understood what was going on and stopped being so upset with her for being her. She was given an autism diagnosis last year at 20. Since she has been on the lexapro it has gotten better. She has a better idea of what is the anxiety talking and what is a real problem that needs to be dealt with. She has gone to student health rather more than I would have expected, but so far they have been nothing but kind and understanding. For her the biggest thing was dealing with the underlying anxiety with appropriate medication.
  13. I need to tell someone and there is no one for me to tell in person, so... My daughter has been involved in a program at NAU that takes five years but you get a double major in a foreign language and a science/engineering/business degree. The fun part is that she spend the entire fourth year in the foreign country, part of it attending school and part of it on a internship experience. Well next school year is the year in a foreign country. And since she has been studying German, she is going to Germany! We just found out which school she will be attending and where she will be. She is going to the Technical University of Dortmund! I am excited! She is excited! This is truly being real! This is the program, if anyone is interested...
  14. My family and I have really enjoyed The Hive Mind books by Janet Edwards. My daughter especially loved it.
  15. This is the place my daughter took the AP English Language test. They offer a whole bunch of AP exams, but they don’t list the music theory one. I don’t know if that is because they are choosing not to or if no one has asked for it. You might try asking them. They are in Los Altos.
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