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  1. Hello! We homeschooled up until last year when all of my kids went to a private school. They are all back home again this year, and my oldest is a senior. College transcript info: My senior is settled on Boyce College (we are a NAMB family and will get a big scholarship). I have tried emailing the college several times asking for specific admissions requirements for homeschoolers, and they have not given me anything. Does anyone have helpful info on this? Is this an unusual question? I have basic homeschool transcript info. I was just hoping to meet their specific requirements as m
  2. I need to compile a list of project-based engineering colleges/universities. I know that Franklin Olin College works that way but I need other options because Olin has such a low acceptance rate. My son is a sophomore this year and has his heart set on engineering...maybe mechanical but possibly electrical. He is very techy, lots of robotics, arduino, programming etc but I don't think he would survive a traditional engineering program involving lots of theory and lectures. Thank you for your input!
  3. hello! i asked something on the board yesterday but i've got a question thats been swirling in my head for awhile. i know that before you work your way up to being a detective you have to work as a cop first. i've heard some people say that is takes 3 years and i've heard some people say more or less. i just wanted to know if there's anyway i can shorten my years of working as a cop. i have basically no interest in working as one. does anyone know how? thank you!
  4. We moved half way across country in the middle of my daughter's senior year. It happened relatively quickly and created chaos in her plans. Regrouping is challenging. She's been accepted to a school she's not sure she wants to go to that is 18+ hours from home. She won't qualify for in-state tuition until January 2018. She has 32 hours of dual enrollment classes under her belt. Her passion is writing. Her desire is to be a YA fiction author. If you were to consider your child postponing college in order to pursue a passsion, what kinds of parameters would you establish?
  5. Hi Everyone! I thought I would make one last post about the scholarship program that our nonprofit is running along with Bright Ideas Press for homeschooling seniors - the deadline is March 31st. We will be awarding three scholarships: Two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship. Students must have been homeschooled for at least two years. We are hoping to get some great students applying! The application can be completed online or mailed in. Here is the website for more information: www.homeschoolerscubed.org/scholars Here are some tips that we've been sharing for great appl
  6. Help! I am combining a bunch of free resources to help my daughter with her study skills, SAT prep, and career exploration. I would like to put this on her high school transcript as a semester course. I was trying to come up with a course title. She will be using Khan academy's SAT preparation course, 14 study skills videos and worksheets from www.ibcc.edu/LAR/studyskills.cfm, and Career Explorations four week course from Letshomeschoolhighschool.com. I think this will be a semester course (I am going to have her track her time spent on the materials). Any title ideas? Would a course l
  7. I was so pleased to read Cynthia's college visit reports from years back, that I decided to submit my own from Cal Tech. It's a small campus, definitely not what I'm accustomed to, but big enough to have several dining options and places to hang out on campus. Lots of house traditions and a culture of pranking, having goofy/nerdy fun. Very nerdy culture & pride. Pretty extreme honor system: Students can take home final exams and take them whenever they want before deadline. Exam instructions may say to allow 4 hours to take the test, open book, but no internet allowed, turn
  8. Hi :) I need some college (online) courses. I am looking at Straighterline for some (They're self-study)... Particularly... Statistics & Probability... College Algebra... Geography... And World History... Anyone have good options for (cough cough... easy to do/succeed at) college courses? I am doing Grad courses at the same time... so I'm not trying for intensive ;) Thanks! Carrie
  9. Free 180 page report in PDF link on webpage http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/curriculum-development-resources/national-studies-college-calculus Interesting for parents thinking of DE. Also data on AP Calc AB and Calc BC kids survival in Calc 1.
  10. I am in my second semester at college, currently with a 4.0 GPA. Because of my stupidity 20 years ago (I stopped going to school in 1995 without dropping the classes and ruined my transfer GPA), I wasn't able to apply for any scholarships when I started school in the fall. So now I am preparing for next fall to get as many scholarships as possible to not only cover those classes but also pay back the little loan I had to take out for this school year. I am applying to all the ones available at my school and I have even applied for a United Autoworkers for one they are giving away since my
  11. I would really appreciate some guidance from the hive mind on this one please. I'll try not to make it confusing. DS is 9 yo and in 3rd grade. We have been struggling with what was believed to be an attention problem in class since kindergarten. We've tried behavioral rewards, etc with no success. This year, he is getting worse. We investigated Auditory Processing Disorder this fall on the suggestion of the vice principal and a new Sunday school teacher. Eureka! We finally figured it out! I was present for the 3 hour audiologist eval, and it was crystal clear. The poor kid can'
  12. DD wants to be a writer. She writes lots of fiction, but we're not sure that's the kind of writing she'll end up doing for a living. What schools do you know of that have good track records of producing skilled writers? Or is she better off just finding some real-world mentors to critique her work? (I don't have much faith in college English departments' interest or ability in producing graduates who can write well.)
  13. We did an admissions tour a couple weeks ago at West Virginia University with my rising 10th and 9th graders. I want to write up my impressions of the school, but I'm not really sure what would be of interest to other people. If you visit a school with younger students, not necessarily because it is a school they will apply to , but because the opportunity presents itself, what sorts of things do you look for?
  14. Are you planning for this fall? Do you have students in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades? If so, then you need this talk by Susan Wise Bauer: The Well-Prepared Student: How to Get Ready for the High-School Years Susan Wise Bauer gives clear, specific directions for helping a middle school student prepare, academically and practically, for high school. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/store/well-prepared-student.html In this session, learn what and how to teach your child in grades 5 through 8--before that ninth-grade year begins. How can you be sure that you’re handling the transition from
  15. It's been an emotional 2 days. My 11 yr old went to sleep crying last night. It was so hard. My 23 yr old son was accepted into the grad. program at PennState with a nice little stipend (yay Homeschooling!!). It's his 2nd choice and we haven't heard back from any of the other colleges yet. But, as we were all celebrating with him about this happy news my youngest (11yr son) had one of those "Wait a minute..." moments and he burst into tears when he realized that it meant his brother will be moving farther away in the fall. I didn't even think about trying to break it to him gently
  16. Hello again! Full of questions aren't I! I'm about half way through TWTM book. It has mentioned that it is not traditional and neither is homeschooling. I realize that, but I'm curious to know how my girls will compare to their peers. I know there are exceptions and many kids absolutely excel, but what about those who didn't get a good foundation from the public school? After reading this book, I feel bad for not pulling my kids out earlier. I feel they have not been prepared for higher learning, critically thinking, or anything. They've just been given some basic facts and moved on to the ne
  17. Any thoughts about this New York Times article "Saying No to College" In homeschooling circles I often hear very similar sentiments to those expressed in the article. What do you think? http://www.nytimes.c...gewanted=1&_r=0
  18. I am in 9th grade this year, and am thinking about what I want to do in college. I am totally LOST in all of this stuff about CLEP, AP, SAT, and whatnot, and I was checking this forum out when I realized that everything seems to be for parents...so is there a place where I can get the information I need--without needing to be a parent??
  19. Well, here it goes. TRANSCRIPTS. I'm in 11th grade, and horribly so, as I have yet to construct a transcript/course descriptions for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Nothing. Nada. I've only started recording grades in 10th, so let's just say everything is a bit frazzled. Where could I start? What are some recommended formats? I'm currently taking AP Euro History, AP Literature (both with PA Homeschoolers), Psychology, Algebra II, German II, and an elective of film editing with Premiere CS6. Remember, this is a student who's considering majoring in Creative Writing or Comparative Lit
  20. It seems that this article: Who Got Into the Country’s Top Colleges? spawned this blog post: Give a Girl a ‘Hook,’ Get Her Into College which spawned a FB post by SWB, which is currently spawning some interesting discussion (featuring Rivka and maybe a few other WTMers). I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on it. I have one DD who has no real interests that could turn into "hooks," and it stresses me out greatly (from a college-application perspective and from a richness-of-life sort of perspective). What do you do with a kid who has no hooks and who desires no hoo
  21. In looking into returning to college to finish my degree myself in a couple of years, I am absolutely struck about something: the amount of electives that have NOTHING to do with a given major necessary in order to complete a degree!!! In looking at a BSBA----why is it necessary to take art history, American history etc??? Biology, chemistry?? Almost half of a major is General Ed and Electives?! What a waste of time! And looking at housing it looks like the housing expenses, compared to real world rent, are about $1000 or more a month----with no privacy or cooking facilities! No wonder c
  22. do you feel you have a say in where the child goes and what they study? Some mentioned the parents made mistakes in choosing the college of the parents' choice. Is this really wrong IF the child is going on the parents' dime? These are ours: My kids are free to choose whatever they want if they are paying for it. If I am paying for it, I feel I have a right to have some minor stipulations on that money. Now, at this time, I don't forsee any real issues as I can't think of a reason I won't allow them to choose where to go as long as they have a valid reason behind it, but I
  23. How many are going to let their children pay their own way. Growing up, it was sink or swim. Mom and Stepdad, even with their Vet status, didn't have money for college (and they were saving it for their son, not me). In fact, the government told them that they could afford my brother's education, so they went nearly 2million into debt for his education and living expenses (including shacked up girlfriend). When I've attended college, several times in bits and pieces, I've busted my rear on grades and took no more than I could afford. We don't have money to send our kids anywhere and I don'
  24. Recent thread on online universities has me wondering if there are any reputable ones out there. I've heard nothing but negative things about Phoenix, I know there are lots more. Any website that rates them?
  25. I think I just realized why discussions about college attendance seem to go in circles. I can say that I agree that too many students are being pushed into college, often without regard for their ability to work on a college level. I can agree with the idea that college degrees have often been watered down (a degree writ large, if not all majors). But at the same time, I can say that if there is a game being played, then I want my kids to be able to kick but and take names. In other words, I can say that I think the push for universal college is a bad idea for our society (too
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