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DavidPuddy

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  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    Those A&M folks are enthusiastic! LOL

    They are. And on a serious note, the Aggie network is a tangible plus for the school. A lot of places tout post graduation employment networking and there are some great ones, but A&M rates right at the top of this criterion.
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    Nice to hear commiseration.

    DP Jr. is legitimately over worked right now with school, sport, and school related "mandatory ECs". I don't mind this per se; although it is not a recipe for a tranquil senior year, it is legitimate work that needs to be done. There is no senioritis at play, nor longing for it. Just a lot of real work with a class schedule that is probably needlessly demanding and almost entirely self inflicted.

    But.

    Add the applications and essays, and the extra essays specific to a major, and it's become the proverbial straw(s) on the camel's back.

    And here is where I am: I don't want him spending more time on them.

    They could be better, but I don't think they should be. He wrote them. They fulfill the requirements. They were not cobbled together without thought. They address the questions being asked, and by virtue of the fact that he wrote them, they are "in his voice", which is a phrase I am beyond tired of hearing. More importantly, he will be schooling for "four years" at whatever place he decides to go. Whatever that place is, should they judge him on an essay that is 650 words but takes 40 hours and 6 revisions to write? That's absurd.

    So I am letting go. And he will own submitting them whenever he is ready. Hopefully soon.

    And then the guilt arrives. Should we care more about them? Are we selling him short by not recrafting them all? Are we missing an opportunity to draft a unique essay for the Honors application when a re worked one already written will do?

    Burnt. Out.


  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    We are just. Burnt. Out.
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    I agree with @LMHS73 about being careful with using your AP credits for classes that are vital or fundamental for your major (in fact some schools limit taking AP credit for your major basics, like where my DD2016 at Marquette) It works for DD2018 as a psychology major, her AP credits would really just knock out her core/general ed requirements. I could see where it would not be such an appealing avenue or even that much of an option for a STEM major.

    Well said. Specifically, I would be caution any Engineering major not to use AP credits for Math or Science classes. Even those with relatively easy A's....
  • Re: Class of 2018 NMSF Qualifying Scores

    @bama2000 wrote:
    Also they want to encourage many people taking the SAT. That is $46 every time you try. That being said I of course signed my daughter up for the November test. Good luck!

    Just to clarify, NMSC does not administer SAT tests, so I am not sure why they would see revenue or care if more people took the SAT again.

    On the other hand, they probably truly don't want to see people fail to advance by not meet the confirming score, and therefore encourage students to do what they can to meet that confirming score, given the imperfect information available. It should be clear that those students who wish to proceed, and have confirming SAT scores near or below the commended SI, should absolutely be planning to take another examination.