Tuesday Chit Chat Thread

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Tuesday Chit Chat Thread
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 8:57am

Good morning ladies, its Tuesday.   I hope everyone is doing well, and those in the storm's path are safe.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 12:36pm
So glad everything is okay with you and the family Mindy!! Enjoy your day off!
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 12:05pm

Hi everyone.  We survived the storm. It hit us more mildly than they predicted.  A few roof shingles blew off and a couple of small trees went down in our back woods, but otherwise no real damage and other than a few flickers, we kept our power.  I assume the kids and I will be back to work and school tomorrow.

Not much going on today, other than checking in with family and friends.  Kayleigh's working on homework.  I'm reading, catching up on tivo'd shows, cross stitching, doing a little online shopping. 

I'm thankful for a day to relax at home.  Have a great day everyone. I  hope that you are all safe, powered up and free of damage from the storm.

                                                                                      Mindy

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 11:39am
I mean I assume a lot or most of the division one schools have a lot of support for their athletes, but since we haven't been anywhere else, I can't say for sure. I do know that the academic advisor that talked with us did say that the most she's every seen tutoring wise for athletes was 2-3 for the entire athletic program, so 7 was extremely good. especially considering 3 were dedicated subject matters. She also said that the meetings once week with, which I think may change as they get older, but may not, are to also make sure they are on track with their course requirements for majors, etc. They have certain requirements under NCAA rules for degree completion requirements, etc. that they stick to very closely. And even just the coaches' attitudes, the way the team interacted with each other and the coaches was very encouraging.
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 10:46am

Wow- that sounds good.  I don't know what the student athletes at Lynchburg (or JMU for that matter) do since Kristen wasn't interested in any of it.  She's got an upperclass advisor that she has a weekly small-group meeting with.  They also have a writing center where you can get papers looked at (and she said she's been there a couple of times this semester).

And yeah- after BTDT with the entire college process- knowing that your student is going to succeed makes the whole separation process a ton easier :)

Cheryl

 

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 10:23am

I loved it up there, the weather wasn't bad, they said pretty typical for a fall day, mid- high 50's, rain off and on.  Friday when we arrived it was beautiful out, tons of fall leaves and color!!  Once i get a few pictures from her I'll post, they are all on her phone except for one of the football stadium that i took.  There is a scholarship, we will get the paperwork and find out exactly what percentage it is the 2nd week of November.  The distance didn't bother her at all, its not a lot whole lot farther than her trips up to Michigan, she just wouldn't have family there.  But she really connected with her host from the team and the athletic facilities, academic support, etc. are amazing!  I could probably go on and on about it, I was very impressed.  They have a dedicted athletic facility which has a doctor, athletic  trainers, dentist, eye doctor and pharmacy on site, they also work with a chiropractor off site for those that want/need one.  They have a dedicated academic center specifically for student athletes, and as freshman are required 8 hours of tutoring/study time a week, including an hour with the academic counselor and then the tutoring is stair stepped depending on what your GPA is after that, so its basically built in study hall, they also have 7 dedicated tutors, 3 subject specific and 4 general, to help out with any issues you are having with classes, or even if you just want someone to proofread a paper for you before turning it is.  It also has a computer center, they are able to rent a laptop for a $75 deposit a year, and they get the same computer each year and after the 4th year you keep it, as well as having a certified computer tech on site for computer problems and a printing lab.  And in both the athletic and academic buildings each kid gets a swipe card and they are able to get a certain amount of calories per day out of it, gatorade, waters, protein bars, etc. so that if they are running from a class directly to practice they can stop in and pick up a snack or get a post work out snack. 

After making the trip, I have no question that she would succeed there, both in academics and being an athlete, and i feel better about things overall as a mom if she were to go there knowing she'd have good support. 

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 10:07am
Did you enjoy fall? Were there still leaves on the trees? I know she is being recurited. Is there an automatic scholarship with that? Having done the trip once, what did she think of the distance? I was pretty sure I was going to Unviersity of Virgin Islands (yes really) until I visited and it was just too far.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 10:03am
The trip was good Heather. It was very busy, a lot of plane rides to get there, we did quite a bit of stuff while we were there, football game, watched a practice, did several different tours of campus. She really liked it a lot. In fact she is already planning all the different rainboots/rain gear she can buy to wear up there. LOL!
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 10:01am

Good morning!   Back at work for me today, though I would love to be at home in bed still sleeping!  Not much on the agenda work wise today.  I have to go out at lunch and pick up stuff for both Emma and Madison's Halloween parties at school/daycare and put gas in the car.  Tonight I told the girls we'd carve pumpkins, not really feeling it though, so we'll see.  I didn't get dinner in the crock pot, so I'm not sure what'll be for dinner yet.  Jordyn has volleyball play offs tonight so they are being bussed to the game 2 1/2 hours away, so won't be home til late.

Have a great day.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 9:52am
How was the trip? Did Jordyn like the campus?

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 9:51am

Good morning!  Feels like fall here. 

Zeph is working on chores.  I'm waiting for the washer to finish so I can shower.  Some school this morning for Z.  After lunch he has a friend coming over for several hours.  I've got more wrapping to do along with laundry and dishes by hand.  DH is heading to the Lego store to cash in my Lego points and buy Z's last 2 gifts.   While he is gone, I want to order tickets to take him to see William Shatner's one man show.  I tried to do it online, but there were $20 in convenience fees.  Hoping I can call and avoid those. Tonight we have some fine tuning to do on Zeph's Legolas costume and I have to style a 70s hippie wig into a Legolas wig:) 

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