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BS Class of 2020 Thread


Replies to: BS Class of 2020 Thread

  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 722 Member
    @SculptorDad Congrats on the exciting turn of events. I just now realized my dd has enough credits to graduate this year (she repeated freshman year and has done summer programs) and I feel terrible that I didn’t know this a few months back. She is so ready to graduate! If any parents here have children who did gap programs or exchanges senior year, I am all ears. She needs to apply to colleges in the fall because it is too late to start that process now for next year.
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 2,328 Senior Member
    @payn4ward Thanks. Mines already replied to DD that they will be there for her next year.
    @chemmchimney Good luck with your daughter's plan!
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 515 Member
    Anyone else whose kiddo is "Adulting" over the Winter Long Weekend? Ours has pretty much been up and down 1-95 in the last three days with her "Adult" school friends. Yikes!
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,123 Senior Member
    Mine has been busting her chops at the NERVA qualifiers, so no adulting at this time.

    BTW, I was in Boston last week and checked her out of school to spend the weekend with me. She asked - and I allowed - that she go out for a few hours with a guy friend from Boston while we were there. The day after I checked her back into school, I got a call from her advisor to let me know that my kid has been hanging out with a boy in Boston (oh the horror!!) An interesting tidbit on the heels of the discussion on the other thread. That's one airtight ship. I think I had more freedom in 7th grade, let alone high school.
  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 722 Member
    Chimneykid2.0 now set to graduate next January and then do a gap program or possibly start college 2nd semester next year. We’ve been looking at programs and there are some very cool options.
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,123 Senior Member
    Oh wow! Can you tell us more about it, @chemmchimney ?
  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 722 Member
    @goatmama we are just starting to look at actual programs but because Chimneykid2 will be 18 and have graduated, I high school in December, she qualifies for college gap semester programs that start in January. Some colleges are now offering freshman the option of starting spring semester instead of the fall as well. (Cornell just started doing this however for competitive schools like Cornell I don't know if they would allow a fall applicant to start the spring of the same year they apply - generally it would be the following spring I would think). The plan is to have her enrolled in a spring 2020 program by the time she submits her college applications this fall. Once she sees where she is accepted, she can either go straight to college in January for colleges that offer this or do a gap semester and start at her college of choice in the fall with the rest of the 2020 class (or do a January-January gap year program but I think that may not be as appealing to our dd)

    DD repeated 1 year and also did a pre-college program last summer that gave her college credit so she has the required years in her subjects to graduate "early" and is ready to move on. Her college counselor enthusiastically supports this plan too. It is really great that her school can be flexible like this.

    Think of it like a PG year spent travelling or working or studying abroad instead of at another boarding school. Some programs include college counseling and one we saw included a guaranteed admission to schools like University of Washington for accepted applicants. Who knew! I think this is as a result of colleges wanting to maximize their beds and accommodate less traditional students who may have been homeschooled or abroad etc. Middlebury College has a list of gap year programs on their website which has been helpful to us in our search.
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,123 Senior Member
    edited March 5
    I looked up the list of gap programs on Middlebury's website. So cool! Thanks for the tip. We'll be visiting a few colleges next week. I just wish the weather would warm up.
  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    We’ve been visiting some colleges and have a few more planned over the next two months! We’ve been really lucky with weather! We were at Duke this weekend and it was in the 60’s!
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 622 Member
    @RuralAmerica We were just at Duke on Saturday. It was gorgeous (and the info session was packed!)
  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    @carpoolingma that is when we were there as well! Were you there in the morning or afternoon? My daughter was kind of iffy about Duke prior to going and even when we first got there. After the information session and especially after the tour (our student guide and her hit it off like they were long lost bffs) she was talking about applying ED there!
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 622 Member
    @RuralAmerica 11am info session followed by the tour. DS also LOVED it. I was really impressed by everyone we met there. And, with the game that afternoon, the school spirit was running high!
  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    @carpoolingma we did the 9:00am session followed by a tour. By the time we finished the tour we had plenty of time to explore the rest of the campus, check out East campus and go to eat in Durham. I was also impressed by everyone we met there. It was by far our favorite visit yet, so we’ll see how the others stack up after!
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,123 Senior Member
    So, is this college visits schedule nuts, or could it work? Day 1 - NE College 1, Day 2 - NE College 2, Day 3 - Play in NE tournament, Day 4 - Mid-Atl College 1 and College 2, Day 5 - NYC College
  • GoodtoKnowGoodtoKnow Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Not nuts. Impressive!!
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