College Introduction Weekend

Community Leader
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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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-1999
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 9:32pm

As I recall (and it has been awhile...), it's pretty easy for students to get tickets for home games at a discount price, but you have to buy early or get in line or something.  It's pretty cheap for students.  I know one year we got standing room only and - bowing head in shame, LOL! - one by one, each of the 5 of us hopped the concrete barrier when no one was looking!  Embarassed  I'm sure if she asks some people, she'll figure out how to get tickets.  The games are pretty much always sold out, though, so you have to check early.  And the best part of the games is The Duck - he does push-ups every time they score!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 4:45pm

Awesome.  At ds's first U, you would've had to go to the bookstore and write down the ISBN or title/author/edition his first year; his 2nd year they at least made that info available online.  Otherwise it was kinda a scam online; you just did the pulldown for being in this class, this session and they'd tell you what you owed for new or used books but you never knew what they were til you went to pick up your prepaid bundle!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 3:33pm

that would be amazon.com... but since the editing function doesn't work...

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 3:32pm
Suzy, on UO's bookstore website, when you pull up the course number and teacher to find out what books you need for the class, it gives you 3 choices, a) what the prices are in the bookstore, new and used, and if you want to order them to pick up; b) the sites that rent the textbook and what they cost is; and 3) a sample of other websites such as amazing and half.com that have the book in stock and the prices there also. It is such a handy thing for the kids to be able to sit right at their computer and compare prices and decide what is best/cheapest and easiest for them!
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Registered: 07-24-1997
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 2:50pm

DD took 4 or 5 years of German - I can't remember exactly - and she got a 4 on the German AP, so she only will have to take one semester of a foreign language.  She's hoping to have the flexibility to really learn French, because, why not?  They also offer non-credit, 10-week minicourses of foreign languages, so she has this idea that she can squeeze in one of those in her freshman semester.  I'm dubious - 18 credits, plus performing ensemble, plus service projects, plus the clubs she wants to join - but she'll figure it out.

13yo DS is starting at a school where they have one year of Latin before taking any other language.  He wants to learn French.  21yo DS has a minor in Spanish and also took six semesters of Japanese.  Languages and music come easily to this bunch.  (Just don't ask any of them to throw a football, LOL.)

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 1:02pm
(Don't forget there are great websites out there for used texts when you get that far; some of the new books being over $150-200 make those sites very attractive and you do get some good buys that way and if the book is still in good condition you can sell back to them as well)
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 12:21pm
I know when Jordyn and I were talking through languages lately we discussed French. Growing up in Michigan, and doing trips to canada often she had always planned on taking french. once we moved to Texas it didn't make as much sense. She took latin for 2 years in high school and she knew she needed at least 2 years of language for her art history major, and thought she may need/want to add a second language for her minor in classics. She's debating Greek which makes sense in some ways, but I mentioned that learning french was also something to look at especially knowing she wants to work in museums and obviously going overseas to Europe is a big goal, especially Paris.
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 11:21am

My cousin's DD is a music teacher and I remember when she was in college she had to learn how to play all the instruments--her own instrument was oboe.  She went to U of Nebraska and ended up being the drum major for marching band--you can imagine that is a very big deal.  I think they went to the Rose Bowl parade when she was there.  I'd be very excited about the trip to Paris myself--maybe some day I'll get there. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 10:45am

Calmama54, that was one thing we were discussing, season tickets for football.  She does follow football in general and asked me about getting season tickets.  I told her we could talk through the pros and cons of it, since they have 2 options, the PAC 10 home game tickets or the entire seasons.  I reminded her that she won't be on campus for hte first 2-3 games of the season and their season ends at Thanksgiving, so it might not make sense this first year to commit to season tickets, or maybe we check the schedule.  I hate to continue to add to the expenses of college, but I know that football is obviously such a big deal!  Thoughts (or experience) at all??

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Community Leader
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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