My daughter, a rising senior, has been asked by the professor mentoring her at her biomedical research internship to accompany the group on a trip to Eastern Europe to present the groups' findings at a medical conference. They have asked her to be the actual presenter, and she will also be listed as an author on the research when it is published.
My problem/question is this: my D will miss a full week of school in mid-October in order to make this trip, and I am concerned about her missing that much school. She has a very difficult class schedule this year, lots of APs, etc. And of course, she has college apps to do as well!
I am afraid that I am just getting a little overwhelmed myself with everything that needs to be done in the next few months, worrying that she may be getting in over her head with the workload she is taking on. She is very excited herself about the trip, is putting in some extra long days at the lab as summer comes to a close to wrap up their findings and prepare the abstract, and doesn't seem to be stressed at all about this whole thing.
Would I be foolish to even consider having her take a pass on this to stay home and 'stay on top' of everything? I think the answer to that is 'yes' but I am just looking for a few other opinions. Also, can anyone weigh in on how much an experience like this would help her on her college apps? I'm guessing it could be a pretty nice 'feather in her cap' which would make me feel a bit better about her missing the week of classes!