College Introduction Weekend

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Registered: 07-26-1999
College Introduction Weekend
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Mon, 07-22-2013 - 3:01pm

My oldest daughter is going to be a freshman at U of Oregon this fall.  She is attending introduction at the college yesterday and today.  She has been texting me off and on and she texted me all excited that she got her student ID and her schedule for next year.  I guess you can tell I never went to traditional college, I had her at 18 during the spring session of my freshman year of community college, and I worked full time and went to school either part time or full time every semester until I got my associates and bachelor's degree, so her college schedule looks so weird to me.

She's taking 15 credits, Latin 101 M-F 9-10 a.m., Freshman Seminar Buddhism through Art M & W 12-2, Freshman Seminar Writing for Art T & TH 12-2, and Writing 122 T & Th 7-9.  She is double checking her  sports practice times.  She has blocked off on her schedule M & W 4-7 and T, Th & F 2:30-7.  She has practice as well as required study sessions and academic counseling with the team's academic advisor and she wasn't sure if the blocked off portions included the required study and counseling times or if she had to fit those in somewhere also. I have a feeling they include the study sessions as our understanding at the recruiting weekend last fall was they have Wednesday and Saturdays off of practice, so if she still has Wednesday blocked off on her schedule I think it means that's blocked for study session time. 

She only needed 12 credits to be considered a sophomore, so she'll be sophomore status after her first semester there.  And she said she has all of her social science credits done already because of community college transfer credits and AP scores.  Very excited for her.  She has to be on campus in exactly 2 months, September 22 to start athletic "hell week" and then starts classes on September 30th.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 8:04pm

Wow - late start - she on quarters? Glad she's excited!

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 7:04am

How exciting!! That is a late start though!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 8:58am
Yes, apparently they are on quarters. I had no idea until I starting looking into when classes started and when we needed to plan on her leaving for college. She and my brother are doing a week long cross country road trip from Michigan to Oregon to take her there, it'll be a nice last little adventure for her before she gets there!
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Registered: 07-24-1997
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 2:24pm

DD's freshman orientation week is the last week of August, right before classes start.

She is pretty excited about her schedule too.  She was able to start registering back in June.  She goes from 9:30 to 12:30 every morning and has afternoon classes two days a week as well.  Although she has three 4-credit classes, the rest are 1-2 credits, for a total of 18 credits.  She doesn't choose her performing ensemble until after she arrives at college on Aug 25; the ensembles rehearse at night and are required but give no academic credit to music ed majors (it's 3 credits for music majors - go figure).

She doesn't get much flexibility in her schedule, but she did place out of 5 of the 10 required liberal arts courses, thanks to her AP exams, so she'll have a little more choice in her selections of non-music and non-education classes.

Possibly the best thing about her freshman schedule is her honors seminar in jazz, which includes a trip to Paris in January - lucky girl!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 2:48pm

That is great!  Paris would be amazing.

I was a bit surprised that she didn't have classes a bit closer together, but I guess as long as it works for her and her schedule that's all that matters. 

I will say though, she called me earlier about her flight and I asked her about books.  She said the person doing the introduction told them that they wouldn't find out books for courses until they received their syllabus the first day, and some professors don't require books, so they wouldn't likely be buying books until their first week on campus.  That obviously sounded strange to me so I looked up the bookstore website.  They have a section where you put in your semester, what course your taking, the instructor and it will pop up the books needed for the class.  Not only that, it will give you the bookstore price, a choice to hold it to pick up, the price to do rent by mail book, and a price comparison of current books available on other book websites such as half.com and amazon.  I am surprised someone giving freshman "the lowdown" on things would tell them that about books, I can't even imagine a bookstore the first week of class if everyone didn't get their book assignments until their first class!

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Registered: 10-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 1:55am

Very exciting to see another Duck on the boards! Smile  My dd, you may recall, went to UO for 2+ years before she  transferred to another university in CA.  I can't wait till football season - so fun!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 10-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 1:58am

Paris - wow, how exciting!  And expensive...assuming they don't cover the full cost of airfare, etc.!  Is this optional, and does everyone go? 

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 07-24-1997
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 9:34am

Amazingly, the trip only costs us $400; the rest of it is paid for by the university.  It's one of the seminars in the honors program, which DD was selected for.  They will be studying how jazz developed in NYC and Paris, then they all go to Paris to do research - which I'll bet includes going to some jazz clubs. ;)  DD's favorite movie is Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," so you can imagine the shrieking and jumping up & down when she discovered this class. 

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 9:38am

"I can't even imagine a bookstore the first week of class if everyone didn't get their book assignments until their first class!"

Tracy, that's exactly what it was like when I was in college in the early 80s.  You had to go to the bookstore, find all your books, and wait for an hour or two in line to buy them.  At DS's college, you can preorder & pay for them, the bookstore packages them in a box for you, and you just show up & pick up the box when you get to campus.  Easy-peasy.

DD has to rent instruments for her classes!  I guess that's the music-ed equivalent of buying books.  She has 4 semesters of keyboard fundamentals, and she will eventually have to rent every instrument in the band and orchestra. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 10:42am

Mahopac - Wow, $400 is wonderful!!  I would have been jumping up and down excited also!!

Jordyn picked up her 2 other latin books here in town for $20, so she has all 3 books she needs for latin class.  She already owned one of hte books as it was one she used for her h/s class.  She has to take at least 3 latin courses and she figures she will likely use at least 2 of the books for all 3 courses.  It sounds like at least for the fall semester we are going to end up getting off pretty easy for book fees...  And they do have the option of ordering everything ahead of time and just picking them up on campus, which is such a wonderful system!  I too remember standing in line with a arm full of books forever!

@Calmama54 - she had a great time at introduction, and of course came back with plenty of pictures of campus!  She met 2 girls and a guy there that she hung out with, those 3 are all freshman in the honors college.  She said after talking with them and hearing about their stuff, she was glad she ended up deciding not to apply for the honors college and knows she'll have enough on her plate as it is.  I am glad to hear it, I wasn't necessarily discouraging her from applying for the honors college originally, but was a bit afraid that trying to handle the added work of that along with her sports team would be a bit overwhelming for her as a freshman. 

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