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mathmomvt Senior Member

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  • mathmomvt changed their profile picture.
    January 26
  • ParentSparkle
    Hi MathMomvt,
    DS and I will be touring Cornell Monday morning, so renting a hotel and staying over Sunday night. Do you have any suggestions for cheapish, bedbug-free Ithica Hotels. Will your older be on campus? I would imagine he'll be home for Easter, but if he's around, I'd love to take him out to dinner. Son '14 is interested in Engineering but not sure what kind (not CS, nor Bio)any ideas? ParentSparkle
    March 2013
  • WriterGlazer
    My name is Emily Glazer and I'm a reporter for The Wall Street Journal newspaper. I'm working on an article about tackling the financial aid process and saw your smart comments on College Confidential.

    Specifically, I was interested in the advice you gave on scholarship options with later deadlines. Did you go through that experience with your family?

    If so, are you open to a brief phone interview for the story? I'd love to hear more about your experience and how you made it a successful one.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    January 2013
  • mathmomvt
    Hi Carla, my son is still a Junior, so no resolution on that issue yet. I think most schools will give a single if available for a kid who psychologically needs one if his doctor will sign a note to that effect, and I think almost all freshman dorms have at least a few singles available for those who need them. I was hoping to find some places where "lots" of freshman live in singles so he wouldn't be "singled out" if he went that route, but have not found many other than Cornell.
    November 2012
  • Carla2012
    I was doing a search on colleges with singles for freshmen, and came across an older thread that you had started. I have a similar sounding son, and was worried about his need to "recharge" and how that would work out with a roommate. I was wondering where your son ended up and how that has worked out? I appreciate anything you can share about that. Thanks.
    November 2012
  • redshoes
    hi mmvt, just a suggestion. ds1 is a cornell grad and ds2, like your son, will be a freshman. you have a very comprehensive list of medicines, etc. similar to what i sent with ds1. when we cleared out his room in may, his comment was "i didn't know i had all this stuff." so i hope to be wiser and make ds2 take it all out of boxes, blisterpax, etc. and pack it into a plastic box himself. hoping that will help him know what he's got!
    August 2011
  • LongPrime
    DS had 2 undergrad. 1 with his CMU, MechE advisor as a rising junior (survival $) and another with Xerox, he commuted (could've chosen corp housing and subsidized car). He had two MicrosoftResearch internships, post MS (14 continuous months) Bangalore and Redmond. Both provided housing and transportation needs. Each provided 1 meal, weekday. He followed Redmond's PI to Germany where the PI had a professorship. DS paid for housing and food.
    Microsft allowed DS to see much of the World. They flew him to India, he traveled India and to Singapore, they dropped him off in France where he traveled France, Switz, and parts of Spain and Belgium (had friends and classmates incountry). He got his 2nd MSMR internsh on a fluke and they flew him next day flight from France to Seattle (he did have to pay taxes on the flight cost but the flight was a discounted corporate rate).
    IMO, target MSMR internships.
    DS has BS-MechE, and BS, MS HCI. His emphasis is on invention and computer interface.
    April 2011