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DavidPuddy Member

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  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    I have been away for a while: part "decompression" and part "nothing new to report, nothing pending". I decided to wade back in and read some updates, and I am sorry to hear of the disappointments folks may be receiving. I am sure it will all work out for those high achievers, and I am encouraged that there are still some successes and new opportunities in the midst of temporary disappointment.

    DP Jr. has one final application with a Jan 1 deadline. I think he is on track for it, and at the same time, I am also not sure how motivated any of us are for the school anyway. If he doesn't submit it, I won't be shocked.

    We are pretty firmly in the massive waiting game mode now, and will be for some time! Private Scholarship, School acceptance, Competitive School Scholarships, Program applications, a bunch of items out there with the only thing we can apply to them being 'time".
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    Regarding National Honor Society.

    As we move through senior year - and I hesitate to say it - I might regret David Puddy Jr. joining it. I think he regrets it. I am sure there are benefits for many, but it might just be the straw on his back this year. He is not an officer, so no resume padding leadership perks. The required meetings take mostly time, with little benefit in return. The activities often conflict with other commitments as well.

    The volunteer requirement is what may bite him this year:

    Independent of NHS, the school has a volunteer requirement. He has an EC which has another volunteer requirement. And then there is the volunteer requirement associated with NHS. Obviously, one can not "double dip". I don't mean to disparage the volunteerism - it is Vital, and one reason he attends the school he does. But given the requirements, and the limited slots they are available, I fear something may have to give, and it may be NHS.

    That post is a bit of a downer.


  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    I am interested in the feedback you get.

    My kids' school requires the students buy a chromebook, and they like them just fine. They can do everything they need. And they are of course cheap. I just have this doubt that they will suffice for the rigor of college. Current assumption is we will be getting a mid level laptop around grad time. Hopefully on the dime of some kind relative
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    I hear you. Sometimes "inaction" is a discrete choice. I wonder if DP Jr will ever submit that "last" application I mentioned in my last post.
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    DP Jr. is getting close. That kind of close that makes a parent just want to "complete the final push and get it done today". For DP Jr. that translates to the kind of close that means "almost done, no need to a make a hard push, I can take my time here."

    10 school candidates
    9 submissions (6 accept, 3 pending)
    1 outstanding application to be done by January 1.

    1 External Scholarship essay to be done by Dec 15
    1 Competitive Program essay to be done by Dec 15

    The 3 pending all have December notification dates I believe. We hurry up. And we wait.