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  1. My daughter is there. She is doing a double major with civil engineering and German and will spend a year aboard. She is enjoying the school and the people. The weather is often cold. They get snow and a lot of it. We did not have to provide any additional proof of lab classes or anything else for admission. Just a transcript and her ACT scores. She got a WUE scholarship just for being in California and a fat scholarship for the ACT score.
  2. Try Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the acceptance rate is about 44% according to my search a few minutes ago. I am biased because I went there and my son is currently there, but there are many kids who wanted to go to MIT but didn’t get in that attend. There are all kinds of science and engineering programs and projects. If you are looking for something other than science or engineering I would suggest looking elsewhere. There are programs in architecture and business but they are very small. I hope that helps.
  3. I would suggest starting with whatever seems easiest to you. If cutting out soda is the easiest thing, then do that. If walking is the easiest thing, then do that. I would not suggest starting with something you think is hard. Personally I started with taking a walk. Then I moved on to the next easiest thing from there.
  4. I am taking them year round but that is because I don’t want to lose the weight loss effect. About July I was on the meds, using the sun lamp, spending four hours outside in the sun walking and I realized that I was happy. Like really happy and it was shocking. That was when I figured that most people can feel like that without all the work. I remember that feeling. I remember feeling that good. I am not feeling that good now. We have been getting rain recently. But the promise of the sun is there. I *know* it will get better because I have experienced it.
  5. I have taken them for almost a year. They are life changing. I take Wellbutrin, which is supposed to be one of the ones that have the least bad side effects. There were no intimacy issues due to the meds, it actually made things better because I was a happier person all the time. The meds also caused a little weight loss but that was a good side effect. I am happy with being on them. If you have questions that I can answer then I will try. I hope you feel better. It is miserable to feel bad any time, but especially at this time of year when the expectations of being happy are so high.
  6. I would decline the invitation. Just like I would decline any other invitation that I didn’t want to attend for whatever reason.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Yes. But unofficially. I find support groups to add pressure instead of making things easier. Good luck!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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