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Old 03-20-2013, 09:07 AM   #31
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Had one of those sniffly parent moments yesterday... I'm sure many more of them are to come over the next year or so, lol. The football schedule came out, and I glanced over it, mostly to figure out which games were home games and if my birthday was on a home or away night. I read over the game marked as "Senior Night" three times before it hit me -- this is Senior Night for US this time. For 3 years I've watched the football/band/colorguard kids walk across the field with their parents and be announced, and now this time it'll be *ME* walking with my son...

I had so many mixed emotions -- I take huge pride in being a band mom and live for the games and watching DS march, and I'm a giant football nut on top of it so Friday nights are always a Big Deal. It makes me sad to know I only have one more season of it!! But at the same time, I'm so excited for DS and his future before him, and so proud of the young man he has become. I just don't know how this all happened so quickly!!

Good grief, is the whole next year going to be like this?? Lol
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #32
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Had one of those sniffly parent moments yesterday... I'm sure many more of them are to come over the next year or so, lol. The football schedule came out, and I glanced over it, mostly to figure out which games were home games and if my birthday was on a home or away night. I read over the game marked as "Senior Night" three times before it hit me -- this is Senior Night for US this time. For 3 years I've watched the football/band/colorguard kids walk across the field with their parents and be announced, and now this time it'll be *ME* walking with my son...

I had so many mixed emotions -- I take huge pride in being a band mom and live for the games and watching DS march, and I'm a giant football nut on top of it so Friday nights are always a Big Deal. It makes me sad to know I only have one more season of it!! But at the same time, I'm so excited for DS and his future before him, and so proud of the young man he has become. I just don't know how this all happened so quickly!!

Good grief, is the whole next year going to be like this?? Lol
I know it's hard. I'm going to try to look at it not as an end but as a beginning. Like how excited I was when DD started school. When they're little we can't wait for them to do all the "firsts". And then something changes and we dread those firsts because it means they're that much closer to spreading their wings and flying solo. Well, I'm going to try to get back to that mindset where I was so excited for her and all the firsts that she was going to experience.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:08 AM   #33
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I know it's hard. I'm going to try to look at it not as an end but as a beginning. Like how excited I was when DD started school. When they're little we can't wait for them to do all the "firsts". And then something changes and we dread those firsts because it means they're that much closer to spreading their wings and flying solo. Well, I'm going to try to get back to that mindset where I was so excited for her and all the firsts that she was going to experience.

That's a really good way of looking at it... I like that.

I think I'm just anticipating an identity crisis -- When it's marching season, band is so all-encompassing... our lives literally revolve around practices and competitions and games and such. And I'm on the uniform-washing committee -- with 300 band members, there's a lot of washing that goes on, lol. And I have my sparkly "Band Mom" apparel and my pins and my ribbons and I don't think I know how to be just Gina anymore, LOL.

I know it's dumb, that with everything graduation/college-related I have to worry about, *this* is what is bothering me... but there you have it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #34
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That's a really good way of looking at it... I like that.

I think I'm just anticipating an identity crisis -- When it's marching season, band is so all-encompassing... our lives literally revolve around practices and competitions and games and such. And I'm on the uniform-washing committee -- with 300 band members, there's a lot of washing that goes on, lol. And I have my sparkly "Band Mom" apparel and my pins and my ribbons and I don't think I know how to be just Gina anymore, LOL.

I know it's dumb, that with everything graduation/college-related I have to worry about, *this* is what is bothering me... but there you have it.
Gina, my daughter is on color guard this year and it truly is a year round membership. And while I'm not as involved as you, I did attend their football games, a marching band competition and a few winter guard competitions. I always say if it weren't for my daughter's social life (and she doesn't have much of one), I wouldn't have one either.

Maybe the band would like you to stay on next year.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:03 AM   #35
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I always say if it weren't for my daughter's social life (and she doesn't have much of one), I wouldn't have one either.

Maybe the band would like you to stay on next year.

That's so true, isn't it?? Maybe that's what scares me -- I'll end up locked inside by myself once he's gone and become the crazy cat lady, lol.


Happy Friday all!!

Anyone off doing any campus visits this weekend?

I have a question for you guys -- Are any of you starting to gather items for your kid's dorm room now? I'm wondering what would be good to start stockpiling, or grab when there's a sale, like I do all year for vacations with trial-size products and whatnot. How many sets of sheets/towels do they (namely, boys) need to have with them? Do any of you who have done this before have a great list you could share?

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My DD16 (she won't turn 17 until the fall) is a junior and we are trying to figure out a plan of attack for senior year and beyond. We just chose her courses for next year yesterday, and she is hitting it hard with a bunch of challenging classes for her senior year. She's ranked near the top of her class but not in the very top, her GPA is 3.8 and her practice SATs were a bit disappointing to her (1820), but she'll be taking them for real in June. By the time she graduates she will have at least 20 college credits on her transcript (her high school has a great early college experience program with UCONN, and we only have to pay $25 per credit plus $15 fee for the classes in that program! ), and she may have as many as 16 if she does well on the AP classes that aren't part of the early college program, sot aht will help save us some money in the long run.

She has no idea what she wants to study in college, and she doesn't seem all that motivated to figure it out. She also has no idea what she wants in a college. The only thing she keeps telling us is that she wants to go to school "Far away from you and Dad". Lovely. We have a plan in place that if she goes to a local, in state school and lives at home for the first year or two, we can manage to get her a bachelors degree with no loans. There's no way that's going to happen if she goes 'far away' unless she manages to get a lot of merit awards somewhere, and I just don't think she's that top caliber student that will get a that much merit aid based on what I've read. I am pretty certain that we won't be getting much if any need based aid.

She doesn't seem to be worried about any of this, but I on the other hand am a bundle of nerves and feeling the stress already....
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I bought things ahead for the boys. The best time to shop for college items is next year when they have the back to school sales. I wouldn't buy too much because each school has its own rules for what you can have. Just remember most schools have ex long twin beds when you buy sheets!

I mentioned buying things ahead for my DD and she was shocked, I guess all of her friends go out and pick out matching colors and patterns with their roommates. With the boys it didn't matter.

I had wanted to do visits this week but she isn't interested. Right now all she is thinking about is Prom and her senior friends that are graduating. I don't know if any of your kids are even thinking about what they want to do after their Freshman year, but if any of them are thinking off-campus housing, you could start buying those things now. I bought dishes and silverware and those kinds of things. Middle DS has moved 5 times in 4 years and will move another 2 before he graduates. I stopped helping after number 3.

If any of your kids are at all social, I would also check out the social life at school. Middle DS was really involved in Greek life and that brought a whole new set of expenses. He had to pay for all of his dues and all of the activities himself, but I did start buying clothes for the meetings and formals they had. I went to lots of Goodwills and he has a nice selection of suits and nicer clothes that he didn't have before.

His senior year for christmas I bought him a whole bunch of odds and ends that I thought he might need. Things like umbrellas, small tool kit, flashlights. He told me that at the time he thought it was really random, but once he got there, he was glad to have them.
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I bought things ahead for the boys. The best time to shop for college items is next year when they have the back to school sales. I wouldn't buy too much because each school has its own rules for what you can have. Just remember most schools have ex long twin beds when you buy sheets!

Luckily I already have those, since he spent a week there last summer and had to have them then. Walmart has some soft XL twin jersey sheets for cheap. I'm thinking I'll just get him one more set as a spare.





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Now that is brilliant! Those things are totally going on my list. Thanks for the tip!
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We're off for our campus tour to TAMUG tomorrow, and looking forward to it. I mean, the visit is redundant, but I have some much more specific questions this time. I'm really glad my mom & stepdad are coming along this time -- my mother has been a professor for decades, and my stepdad is no stranger to this stuff either, so I'm sure they'll think of questions DS & I don't.

He and I sat down last night to try and figure out the whole AP credit thing. He still needs to take 3 more AP tests in his Senior year to graduate under the DAP plan, unless he makes Commended on the PSAT which would replace one of the AP exam requirements. But then it becomes a matter of deciding which AP credits to actually accept. He mostly wants to be able to test out of English Ret & Comp (*shudder*). But there's a program here in Texas where if you graduate from college with no more than 3 credit hours over what was required for the degree, you get a $1000 tuition rebate. So it gets kinda sticky trying to decide which AP credits to accept, because you only want to do that for classes that you know you won't end up taking anyway, so you don't double up on credits. It's weird... but a thousand bucks is a thousand bucks!

Speaking of AP exams, since those are coming up for everyone in a little over a month, how do your Juniors prepare for them? We haven't done anything yet!
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Got DD's SAT scores today. First score: 1590; new score 1750!!

Reading 520/540; Math 510/590!; Writing 560/620!! While I know compared to other kids' scores this isn't all that impressive, she really only put a little effort into studying and it was all in math, which obviously paid off. One more time in October and we're good. I'm hoping for a 600/600 in CR/M because that boosts up her scholarship potential at a few schools. I think she's stunned as well.

Now the big question. Her ex-BFF had a tutor through Revolution Prep and her mom was so excited about how well she was doing on her practice tests (2000/2100). Well she didn't do as well on the SAT. While BFF's mom didn't share her scores, she said he only went up 200 points from last time, which I think is much lower than she anticipated. So do I just ride DD's back and push her about studying and save myself $2500 for a private tutor, or do I spend the money?
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We did our first college visit yesterday and my daughter is at one now and another one tomorrow. I feel so overwhelmed by the whole process. I feel bad for her being the oldest because she is our guinea pig.

Our kids go to private high schools and we didn't know much about the process when she was in middle school. We just went through high school admissions/acceptance with our 8th grader and I feel like he got into a much better program and more dollars because we knew what we were doing.
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Got DD's SAT scores today. First score: 1590; new score 1750!!

Reading 520/540; Math 510/590!; Writing 560/620!! While I know compared to other kids' scores this isn't all that impressive, she really only put a little effort into studying and it was all in math, which obviously paid off. One more time in October and we're good. I'm hoping for a 600/600 in CR/M because that boosts up her scholarship potential at a few schools. I think she's stunned as well.

Now the big question. Her ex-BFF had a tutor through Revolution Prep and her mom was so excited about how well she was doing on her practice tests (2000/2100). Well she didn't do as well on the SAT. While BFF's mom didn't share her scores, she said he only went up 200 points from last time, which I think is much lower than she anticipated. So do I just ride DD's back and push her about studying and save myself $2500 for a private tutor, or do I spend the money?



First off, congrats to your DD for the huge improvement!! That is awesome!

I personally can't imagine spending that huge a sum of money for test prep, unless there is a real reason -- maybe a learning disability to overcome or something. Otherwise, it's just as easy to go to the library and check out the study guides there, and go through every one of the missed questions from this past SAT on the College Board site and figure out what was missed and why.

Just my opinion, though!
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Got DD's SAT scores today. First score: 1590; new score 1750!!

Reading 520/540; Math 510/590!; Writing 560/620!! While I know compared to other kids' scores this isn't all that impressive, she really only put a little effort into studying and it was all in math, which obviously paid off. One more time in October and we're good. I'm hoping for a 600/600 in CR/M because that boosts up her scholarship potential at a few schools. I think she's stunned as well.

Now the big question. Her ex-BFF had a tutor through Revolution Prep and her mom was so excited about how well she was doing on her practice tests (2000/2100). Well she didn't do as well on the SAT. While BFF's mom didn't share her scores, she said he only went up 200 points from last time, which I think is much lower than she anticipated. So do I just ride DD's back and push her about studying and save myself $2500 for a private tutor, or do I spend the money?
I would not pay $2500 for an SAT prep class under any circumstances.
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Unfortunately, DD has all the books and just doesn't apply herself. She's a very "this is good enough" type kid. We've had huge fights over studying for SAT. She's had the blue book for well over a year and did nothing with it. I really had to push her about studying and even then, if she spent 5-6 hours total studying for this round, that was alot. I was deadset again spending that kind of money for tutoring, but if it means $2500 now for an additional $2-5k a year in scholarships, it's money well spent. However, I think she's very capable of boosting her score just by spending more time studying. And I think she's surprised by just how much her score went up with very little effort. I believe a trip to her "dream school" might further push her to study. The more scholarship money she gets, the more likely she gets to go to the school she wants.
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Unfortunately, DD has all the books and just doesn't apply herself. She's a very "this is good enough" type kid. We've had huge fights over studying for SAT. She's had the blue book for well over a year and did nothing with it. I really had to push her about studying and even then, if she spent 5-6 hours total studying for this round, that was alot. I was deadset again spending that kind of money for tutoring, but if it means $2500 now for an additional $2-5k a year in scholarships, it's money well spent. However, I think she's very capable of boosting her score just by spending more time studying. And I think she's surprised by just how much her score went up with very little effort. I believe a trip to her "dream school" might further push her to study. The more scholarship money she gets, the more likely she gets to go to the school she wants.
Remember it's not just about SAT scores. How is she doing academically? What is her class ranking? What will her college app look like when she lists her achievements.

My daughter scored in the mid 1500's and is re-taking it in May. She is also studying from the SAT blue book. I think she'll be able to raise her score. But we'll just have to see where she lands in regards to scholarships, if any. At any rate - she's my second child going off to college and I definitely have less apprehension than I did with my son.
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