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    Can you imagine having this kind of inside track?

    Well article from the NYTimes

    I thought some of it was pretty good advice. I like the first mom's suggestions. I also can't really believe that one dad didn't even read his own son's essay. And that whole idea of rejections and moving on...
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I read that today as well.

    We are 3 for 3 so far with one deferral. Expecting 4 more results tomorrow! All results but one will be out by March 25. There is one more which will come by snail mail around April 1. My son has 12 applications total.


    I was not allowed to read my son's essays until they were complete. He worked with my sister on them and she came into the room and stated that I was forbidden from looking at them, asking about them, and otherwise mentioning them, until they were complete. So the dad not looking at the essays I can understand. I also worked in higher education. It kept my son sane, because I was driving him crazy.

    Tomorrow is a big day for my son. His two top schools should be releasing decisions around 5pm PST. There will also be one of the top UCs releasing as well. If he gets rejected, then there is nothing to do but move on. He has others that are not as desirable, but it is what he has. I will feel horrible tomorrow if he gets rejected from both his top schools. I am hoping for at least one of them to come through, but if I cannot move on then neither can he. So I get what they are saying.
    Mom to two boys
    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    Best of luck tomorrow! I hope he gets at least one of his top 2. Keep us updated

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    I've told my kids since elementary age that education is not a function of where you get it but how to take advantage of it. So we followed that through to college selections. Both kids mostly looked at schools that had strong programs in their chosen major. Some were elite schools, but some are not. In fact, DD looked at Columbia (NYC) and NYU, but feels she's much happier (and FAR less in debt) by going to University of Iowa for writing. Iowa has like an 80+% acceptance rate, but that doesn't make it any less of a good fit for her.

    DS has applied to to anything from Big Ten universities to Stanford (just for the heck of it--still waiting on that one). He'll be happy at whichever of the 5 he gets accepted to/attends, because he's just that kind of kid.

    We suggested the kids write their essays on their own, as it's important they be written in their "voice." DD didn't ask me to look over hers, and that's okay. DS had me check for basic stuff--grammar, spelling, etc. But the content was totally theirs.

    Overall, we've told our kids to get involved wherever they find themselves. It seems to have worked well for my daughter.
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I also agree with the parent who suggested their child get their apps done early to avoid senior year stress. DD applied and was admitted to U of Iowa a full year before she attended. (Disclaimer: It has one of the simplest application processes I have ever seen. Within 2 days of applying she knew she was accepted and that she'd received two automatic scholarships.)

    DS set mid-September as his deadline for 6 applications, and he met it all except for one that he finished a few days later. He was so relieved when he was finished. Now it's scholarship application time.......
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Sigh. We had four results yesterday. The top two were rejections. The others were acceptances. One acceptance, did not have enough financial aid. Waiting on 3 more next week and two more the week after. (One acceptance was UCLA, which is affordable so that was good!)

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    Affordable is good! I hope your son finds a good fit for him. How is he taking the news?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    DS has been accepted to 3, declined at one, still waiting on one.. Only one offers decent scholarship amounts, though. Decisions, decisions,...
    Last edited by inmom; 03-19-2016 at 04:21 PM.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    My son is taking it hard. These two schools were the ones he wanted most. They were also closer to home and had everything he wanted.

    He has a visit scheduled in 2 weeks with another college that had already offered admission and merit, would be totally affordable, and I think would be a great fit. It is just not as close to home. This also puts Reed at the top of his list now and as an athiest, and highly cerebral kid, would just be such a great place for him. They will announce acceptances last!!! This is making me nuts.

    There must be a better way.

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    I'm sorry your son is feeling down about it. My ds was disappointed in his denial, but he tends to hold his feelings pretty close. He's also very pragmatic, so he moves on pretty quickly.

    It is just not as close to home.
    Too funny. DS's top two choices are in the west, as far as he can go w/o leaving the lower 48.

    There must be a better way.
    One would think....
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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