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Old 08-21-10, 08:21 PM   #1
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Have a thread about one of my step-daughters, but couldn't find it to update everyone.

My oldest graduated H.S. as an Honors student, and had several schools interested in her (though she wasn't interested in them- because none had her degree program). She was initially set on R.I.T. up in Tude's backyard, but -finally settled on one of the two in-state schools that offered her program- USAO. She got a full-ride academic scholarship that pays tuition, room, and 15 meals a week. There was additional FA funds that should cover the books. So long as the grades are decent, the scholarship stands until graduation. It does not cover the Summer term, but good grades gets a tuition waiver, but room and board will still have to come out of pocket.

Moved her into her dorm today. All entering Freshmen had to report today, and will have a week of seminars and meet and greets before classes officially begin the following week.

She's going into Deaf Education, with dual minors in Math and Drama. Tried to get her into Robotics- as she was the president of her HS club and the team's web developer, but she wants to go into Deaf Ed more.

Tears were shed by a few when we left the campus...
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Congats, no1mad! I WISH I could say that I shed a few tears dropping my youngest off at WVU on Friday to embark on his education in petro engineering/geology... but I can't: he loves his summer job in the oil fields so much that he has decided to put off college.

I'm (understatement of the decade) upset.
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Congats, no1mad! I WISH I could say that I shed a few tears dropping my youngest off at WVU on Friday to embark on his education in petro engineering/geology... but I can't: he loves his summer job in the oil fields so much that he has decided to put off college.

I'm (understatement of the decade) upset.
IIRC, your son is working in PA? If he's been there more than 6 months, couldn't he qualify for in-state tuition in PA. He could take some Gen Ed stuff at a CC where he's at, then transfer to the petro program when he decides he'd rather make money with his brain instead of his back
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Tears of joy, no1mad. That's awesome. She's off to school and on her way to becoming and independent adult. It's tough raising kids, they don't come with instructions.

Congrats to her and congrats to you and your wife.
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IIRC, your son is working in PA? If he's been there more than 6 months, couldn't he qualify for in-state tuition in PA. He could take some Gen Ed stuff at a CC where he's at, then transfer to the petro program when he decides he'd rather make money with his brain instead of his back
That would work if he was 25 or older - under that age, he is considered a "dependent" student & the state refers to the parent's home state to determine residency. ... he's home for a week every 2 weeks anyway (laundry time)
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That would work if he was 25 or older - under that age, he is considered a "dependent" student & the state refers to the parent's home state to determine residency. ... he's home for a week every 2 weeks anyway (laundry time)
Think that he'd be able to handle distance learning classes from WVU?

I chose employment over education after HS. 20+ years later, I'm regretting it.
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Tears of joy, no1mad. That's awesome. She's off to school and on her way to becoming and independent adult. It's tough raising kids, they don't come with instructions.

Congrats to her and congrats to you and your wife.
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I thank you, but the lass in question deserves all of the credit. She busted her a$$ to get scholarships- just to prove to (and piss off) her paternal side of the family tree.
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I attended my daughter's graduation a few months back, with honors, she carried her college's flag, (uPenn). I planned on being emotional, but it didn't happen; the going in was far more remarkable than the getting out. Man, that 4 years seems like pressure cooker for the family..every season brings a new set of concerns and expectations ...and then they're done. It simply ends. What they do afterwards they do as adults, and is seems a whole lot different. So, enjoy the ride.
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Think that he'd be able to handle distance learning classes from WVU?

I chose employment over education after HS. 20+ years later, I'm regretting it.
He works 12 hour shifts for 14 days, then has a week off... so, no. We delayed his entrance until January - hoping the cold weather will change his mind. Meanwhile, the fellow who got him the supposedly summer job happens to be an education advocate, so every time he sees the boy he mentions that he would be making 10x the $$ if he goes to school. We're hoping that, if not January, next fall will find him in a classroom. I just have to bite my tongue lest I rip his head off!!
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