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Spring Break Planning - Florida and Arizona NMF merit

sherimba03sherimba03 98 replies8 threads Junior Member
DS21 and I are going to visit U.Miami, UCF and UF the week of April 6th. We are flying from So Cal to Miami then driving up the coast. We'll probably depart from Jacksonville to Sky Harbor for ASU and UA visits. We have official campus tours booked at the Florida schools as well as a meeting with Luke at UCF. I was hoping to hear some suggestions from the cc community regarding what we should try to squeeze in on this trip. Suggested places or people to connect with? Things to avoid? Other considerations? Thanks!
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 23842 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Jacksonville airport is not the best to use to get across country. You'll have many more options from Orlando.

    But that being said, there are a lot of really nice state parks and walking parks along the A1A. Look down by the San Sebastien inlet. St Augustine has a lot to do, with the old town but also has a winery tour that is nice.
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  • sherimba03sherimba03 98 replies8 threads Junior Member
    @twoinanddone thank you for that advice about Jacksonville. I haven't booked the air travel yet so this advice is golden! We will retrace our steps back to Orlando instead, from Gainesville.

    So I forgot to mention that side excursions involving any walking are not an option. The campus tours are going to be difficult enough for me! I am suffering greatly, more and more each day, from what apparently is a horrific case of plantar fasciitis picked up last July during DS21's first football camp. I had no idea it would include a tour of campus - I naively thought I'd be dropping him off at the field for a day of skills and conditioning - and I'd be lounging by the hotel pool all day. So I wore Birkenstocks which were way too hard for the several hours of walking we ended up doing. The next day I felt a stabbing pain in my right heel and thought I'd fractured something since it came on so suddenly. Finally got an X-ray about two months ago and nothing showed up and since then the pain has gotten progressively worse. It hurts most toward the end of the day and least first thing in the morning which is apparently not the norm for pf but that's how it's manifesting for me. I'm in pain all day long and it's spread to most of my foot now, not just the heel. So no walking tours other than gritting my teeth and dealing with the campus ones, sigh.
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  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection 2632 replies82 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    So first you need some shoes and/or inserts designed to let the PF heal. I have had great success with Vionics. Expensive but the relief is worth every penny. Avoid buying on QVC as their made for QVC versions are less expensive for a reason. A good department store (Dillard’s) or Amazon are better sources. A good running shoe store will have suggestions as well for other brands.

    Spring break sales for flights are already going on. Enjoy your tours!
    edited January 13
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  • GTAustinGTAustin 1228 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Just a heads up on visiting ASU during spring break, plan early! We tried to do that several years ago and had to cancel because we could not find a hotel in the Phoenix area because of spring baseball.
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  • PhlipperPhlipper 234 replies2 threads Junior Member
    sherimba03 wrote: »
    @twoinanddone thank you for that advice about Jacksonville. I haven't booked the air travel yet so this advice is golden! We will retrace our steps back to Orlando instead, from Gainesville.

    So I forgot to mention that side excursions involving any walking are not an option. The campus tours are going to be difficult enough for me! I am suffering greatly, more and more each day, from what apparently is a horrific case of plantar fasciitis picked up last July during DS21's first football camp. I had no idea it would include a tour of campus - I naively thought I'd be dropping him off at the field for a day of skills and conditioning - and I'd be lounging by the hotel pool all day. So I wore Birkenstocks which were way too hard for the several hours of walking we ended up doing. The next day I felt a stabbing pain in my right heel and thought I'd fractured something since it came on so suddenly. Finally got an X-ray about two months ago and nothing showed up and since then the pain has gotten progressively worse. It hurts most toward the end of the day and least first thing in the morning which is apparently not the norm for pf but that's how it's manifesting for me. I'm in pain all day long and it's spread to most of my foot now, not just the heel. So no walking tours other than gritting my teeth and dealing with the campus ones, sigh.

    They will provide a cart at UCF, its a big campus and they really zipped us around !
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  • TrolleydollyTrolleydolly 57 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @sherimba03 Was searching for NMF and UM posts and your name seems to keep popping up. My oldest is in Barrett at ASU on a presidential scholarship. Great school, we are really pleased with that program.

    My D20 just got her NMF notification. She’s already been accepted to UM with 20K presidential, we are going to go to admitted students day on April 5. The scholarship plus Benacquisto Which I believe stacks (?) makes UM a top choice. Her number 1 is USC, where her dad went. We changed her NMF to “undecided” until after we hear from USC and tour UM. She had USC listed as 1 and suddenly with finding out benecquisto is available To OOS UM has shot to the top! She also applied to CAL and Cornell, not really thinking she’ll get in to those.
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  • sherimba03sherimba03 98 replies8 threads Junior Member
    @Trolleydolly lol, my name keeps popping up...yeah that makes sense given my focus! I'm sure you'll also find me on searches for "MIT football" or similar :wink:

    Congrats on your DD's NMF and UM Presidential award! With the Benacquisto stacked, I would expect that the COA for her at UM would be substantially below that of USC unless she receives additional awards beyond the NMF half-tuition. Personally I'd be so excited if my DS chose UM, especially now that they are in the midst of tearing down the Towers and replacing them with the new student village - it looks like it will be an amazing residential experience! Of course they are charging more for the new residence halls vs M/P or ERC so it will be very helpful to have the scholarships stacking together to help defray the costs. Keep us posted on how things go!
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  • MamaFx3MamaFx3 29 replies0 threads Junior Member
    My head is spinning. We got very little guidance on schools that are generous supporters of NMSF and I only recently found this site. We are now looking at options like UTD and UCF, but we are so late in the game. Should we even bother at this point? UCF looks like a good fit but the school is ginormous and reviews talk a lot about just being a number. Obviously the honors program would alleviate some of those concerns... @Trolleydolly Tell me about ASU: I see there are 4 different campuses - how does that really work in practice? D20 is hoping to do an interdisciplinary major - maybe CS with Poly Sci/Human communication. Are private messages allowed? I see I have an inbox but am not sure how to send messages. Some thread said I need 15 posts...
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  • PhlipperPhlipper 234 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @MamaFx3 UCF has rolling admissions so you are definitely not too late. The honors college is amazing and a great little nook in a very large university. The NM students are very well taken care of and the package is very generous. Luke Van Blaricom is the contact person there. Great guy and has been just a text away all the while my daughter has been there.
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  • amsunshineamsunshine 501 replies6 threads Member
    @MamaFx3 Although UCF has rolling admissions, your D should get on the ball to apply because the Honors College application has a deadline of March 31, I believe.
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  • MamaFx3MamaFx3 29 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @amsunshine: She is applying now!
    @Phlipper: Has your daughter had any trouble with classes? I read that most honors classes are waitlisted. How does that affect 4 year grad plan? My other concern is being too late to get into the Burnett housing. We're in high gear now and are planning a visit.
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  • PhlipperPhlipper 234 replies2 threads Junior Member
    MamaFx3 wrote: »
    @amsunshine: She is applying now!
    @Phlipper: Has your daughter had any trouble with classes? I read that most honors classes are waitlisted. How does that affect 4 year grad plan? My other concern is being too late to get into the Burnett housing. We're in high gear now and are planning a visit.

    My daughter hasn't had difficulty getting into classes but she is a music major so maybe that affects it? You should have no trouble getting into Towers which is where the honors students live. As an NM they guarantee you a spot and it is amazing.
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  • TrolleydollyTrolleydolly 57 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited February 22
    @MamaFx3 My JD lives on the Tempe campus but is a journalism major so her classes are downtown. She wanted to be on the “big” campus freshman year and has stayed ever since. She was direct admit for Journalism but wanted to live on the Tempe campus so she switched to communications. After her first semester she switched back. She is in Barrett so her first two years she had to live on campus. Year two they live in asu apartments. There is a bus that runs 24 hours a day to all 4 campuses. It’s easy to get around to each campus
    edited February 22
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