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Parents of the HS Class of 2018 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

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  • Texas1820Texas1820 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    @chippedtoof It is the location of Tech that he didn't care for. We were out for a region track meet last year, he didn't have time to do a tour but we drove thru the campus. I think it would be a great school for him. We just need to take him back out again during the school year and let him see the campus with the students on it. He is hard headed and makes up his mind way to quick. We just have to ease him to the Tech way.
  • chippedtoofchippedtoof Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    ^^ I can get not wanting to drive 5-6 hrs trying to get to the nearest major city, with pretty much nothing in between (:|
  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    University of Toledo has ME and started offering great merit aid to OOS this year. My S has a hs classmate up there that is very happy. It's actually one of the prettiest campuses in Ohio and has seven engineering labs open 24 hours a day. Has a good co-op program, too. http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/mime/
  • MollyMDMollyMD Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    so glad to have found this thread. My son has a 3.0, although it is from a strong private school in MD. Mostly his grades are this low because he doesn't turn in homework, although occasionally he also bombs tests. SAT is 1420. I have to admit to being very nervous. I hope he is not too disappointed when he gets rejected from some schools, which I think must occur. He also wants to do computer science, which is a very competitive major. He did get a 5 on the AP computer science exam, but I think schools don't really look at AP scores. I am also very worried about the price, especially since I am a little afraid he might fail out of college. It would be one thing to pay all that money and have him pass, but to pay it all and have him fail is a bit of a depressing thought. He got a 680 on the math subject test, although I think colleges don't really look at that either. Also a 680 on the bio test.

    I am kind of hoping for U. Pitt. He seems to want Drexel, which is a bit pricy.

    Wishing that all of you find great colleges for your kids!
  • NYmommabearNYmommabear Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Molly I have some similar worries with my son. I am going to look into tuition insurance and see if that provides any peace of mind.
  • MollyMDMollyMD Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @NYmommabear Thanks for mentioning the insurance. I had no idea such a thing existed. Sounds like a great idea!
  • labegglabegg Registered User Posts: 1,337 Senior Member
    @Texas1820...I hear you about the options in Texas...DD2016 had to leave the state to find a direct entry DPT program.

    ME= Mechanical Engineering, correct?

    What about Tarleton State or UT-Dallas or UTSA, U of H?
  • mstompermstomper Registered User Posts: 780 Member
    @mollymd, we were not willing to pay a lot for S16 because he had a history of not turning in assignments. My wife's parents were, and they were the ones who spent the money only to see him flunk out. In his defense, we had him tested and it looks as if the reason he wasn't turning things in was a written communication disability. It's hard to catch when the kid simply doesn't turn things in. If the things your son doesn't turn in aren't all one type of assignment I don't know that I'd worry, though. S18 is a big procrastinator, but usually gets assignments done eventually.
  • MollyMDMollyMD Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi @mstomper my S18 sounds a bit like your S16. He has dysgraphia. I agree that I should be like you and just tell him that he needs to choose an inexpensive school. He has been getting better, though. He is much less likely to forget to turn something in now in his senior year than when he was a freshman. I'm a little afraid that, if I make him go to a school he doesn't like, that this will be an excuse to him to relapse. But, maybe I should just have a bit of faith in him. He does seem to be growing up. (and I'm glad to hear that at least your S18 does eventually get his assignments in eventually. I hope your S16 is moving towards coping with his disability, even after failing out. It can be hard, as a parent, to watch them struggle).
  • mstompermstomper Registered User Posts: 780 Member
    @MollyMD, it was really weird that there were several subsets of writing he was tested on and tested high on all except one. Unfortunately, it's probably the most crucial one for a college student. Strange that his biggest weakness academically was my biggest strength and my biggest weakness (Algebra and beyond) is his biggest strength.
  • persimmonypersimmony Registered User Posts: 30 New Member
    @MollyMD We are in VA. I looked at U Pitt and Drexel for my son because he wants an urban school. I have heard some good things about both. Although they are both very big and you're right, Drexel is expensive. Can't remember about Pitt. I personally didn't like the sound of the Drexel coop program. I don't think my kid is ready for anything like that. Sounds intense and stressful. Not for everyone.

    I seem to come here to vent. My kid is still not really motivated as far as college stuff. I give him lists of college to-dos and he doesn't do them. Fortunately they're working on the college essay in English, which was a relief. We're trying to do the "meet once a week to talk about college stuff" and not bug him in between. It's terrifying. I'm really afraid he's going to miss deadlines and opportunities, like college visits to his HS. Argh. But bugging him too much is counter productive and there's a limit to how much I should do. He has to own this process and make his own decisions about where to apply, etc. But I'm not going to let him miss important deadlines, like applications or scholarships.

    He just doesn't seem that interested overall. The one thing he said on his own about it was he was thinking about applying ED to American U. - expensive, so...not sure about that. But they accept 80% of ED applicants. I'm pretty sure that's why he said that.

    I was thinking about taking him to see some more colleges this fall but he got a part-time job that's on Saturday and Sunday and he doesn't seem to care about seeing any more, so I'm not sure I should bother. I'm kind of tired of pushing him on this college stuff. I just feel like at a certain point, it's got to come from him.
  • labegglabegg Registered User Posts: 1,337 Senior Member
    @persimmony I am sorry that the application process is not moving along for your son a you would like. I think the reality of moving away from home hits kids a different time and in different ways and it makes them drag their feet, self sabotage and do all sorts of things that drive us batty. I know I have a hard time letting things happen on my kid's timeline and not my own.
  • persimmonypersimmony Registered User Posts: 30 New Member
    @labegg It's hard!
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    @persimmony - I just made the almost verbatim identical rant in the parents of 2019 class. Hugs to you. BIG hugs.
  • chippedtoofchippedtoof Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    @persimmony I'm with you. I get vacillating levels of motivation and excitement, not just from S but from my spouse as well. Sometimes it feels like we're a team ready to take this all on... other times it feels like I'm left holding the bag while everyone else cools their heels. Today's a low and I'm ready for it to be over, even though there's lots to do. sigh.
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