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Old 06-11-2007, 02:53 AM
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yes, PSU has the escort service also.

I must have a really strong umbilical cord because even when my dh travels I breathe a small bit better when he arrives back home safely.

I get my first test this week as dd goes to the shore for senior week. Don't go anwhere alone is that mantra too.
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:36 AM
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A suggestion I would make, is that in the summer between Jr and Sr year (or even earlier), have your child start writing their college essays. Many college websites have an online application, and you can see the type of essay required for any school your in which your child is interested. If your kid waits until application time to writer the essays, he/she will be at a great disadvantage, and the process will be extremely more stressful.
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Lifestar, you are so right. Ds1 is writing his college essays now and what a chore as he has tons of homework every night as well. I wish he had done them over the summer when he didn't have all these other things he needed to do as well.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:24 PM
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Have your child learn to learn from the math textbook, so many cannot decipher or try to rush. Math textbooks are chewed slowly, read the instructions out loud, guess at how to do the problem, look at the sample problem, then work through the sample problem adding any arithmetic steps that the book usually leaves out (because you will have to do them yourself when it isn't a sample problem), then try the exercises in the back related to the sample problem. Then and only then go on to the next example.

Also, teach them
how to get a receipt,
ask for directions,
look stuff up on the internet like org charts and department phone numbers,
introduce themselves to their advisor,
find out where the student union is,
and the bank, a
nd how to get cash or feed themselves when the dining hall closes,
find their classrooms before the first day of class,
and pack more socks than shoes, you only need sneakers and boots...not the 30 pairs my dd takes with her!
make a phone call to an adult using proper phone etiquette (thought she knew that already!)
and how to persist for the answer instead of hanging up and saying I still don't know what to do...
should I go on??
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Bravo Ellen! Spoken like a Mom who has been there.
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Ellen, I am taking notes, my ds1 will be starting college next fall.
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Ellen, have you thought of pairing up with the admissions office at your school and maybe writing a little booklet for parents? It could be sent home in that packet when kids get their roommates and all of that. You listed SO many useful things that many parents might take for granted or not know to do.
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:30 PM
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all of the disadvantaged kids who come here get mentors to help them do this, I guess it is good that my dd has me here to help her and of course, it really depends on the personality and experience with the world, my dd is timid and softspoken, it is good in many situations but not when getting answers although I have to say that she did handle her housing crisis with only a little bit of help from me, she even followed through on the 'we can't find your key return and will charge you $45 for it" boy she got that email out quick and now the charge is cleared....
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I am bumping up this topic as it is that time of year again - back to school for high schoolers and those heading off to college.

My ds2 is going to be a high school freshman this year. Our high school has a great program through UNH (University of New Hampshire) where the university helps the students who plan to go to college figure out what classes they need to take in order to up their chances of getting accepted and what activities they should get involved in. They start with freshmen and work with them all 4 years of high school. My ds2 wants to do this program. One thing the college advisor tole me is, if the school the student wants to go to recommends taking two years of a language, take 3-4 years instead. And for activities, they would rather see a student who has stuck with 2-3 sports or activities for several years over a student involved in a ton of activities but only for a year or so for each activity. Does anyone else's high school offer anything else like this program? And how do you get your high schooler to keep track of everything he needs to do before it is time to start the college application process?
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