mid-semester check in

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:34pm

This board has been awfully quiet so thought I'd start some conversation!  How are the CS's doing, now that they are well into the semester (or quarter...)?  By this time, I recall when my girls were in school, the "honeymoon" of getting back on campus was over.   I'd start to hear about roommate problems, professors they didn't care for, stress in balancing work loads, etc.  What's going on with your CS?  Any of the above?

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 3:43pm
Sorry about the bike being stolen. I think it's pretty common but it stinks. My dh and I gave our older bikes to my dd and s-i-l when they moved into their new place in Portland, in a much nicer neighborhood than they were living in before. They left them outside in their backyard for a day while they were moving in and the next day they were both gone. I just don't understand the mentally of thieves. Has your dd discovered Valley River Center yet for shopping? We always liked going there when we visited Eugene - and loved not having to pay sales tax! Are the city buses still free for students there? I thought that was the case when my dd was there.

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 11:55pm
Amanda is my Sonoma State student. This year she is/was a CSA in Beaujolais. Last year she was a CSA in Tuscany. She felt stressed last year, but was able to handle it ok. This year it is a different story! We're in Vacaville, so the drive is doable. She only has class 3 days a week and her Sorority meeting on Sundays. She joined Alpha Omicron Pi when they colonized at SSU last year. It's been a really good experience. There are a lot of different kinds of girls in it, which she likes. Now that she isn't going to be a CSA, she is hoping to take on a leadership role with AOII.
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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 10:58am

ashmama wrote:
<p>Arryl, my daughter's bike was also stolen earlier this year. She'd locked it with a cable lock, which we were told would be enough, but this year, there has been a rash of bike thefts on campus, and those locks are easy to cut. I wish we'd known about these thefts at the beginning because we would have bought a stronger lock. She's been running to class for now, but we'll probably get her a new bike for the spring, along with a major, heavy-duty lock.</p>

Ashmama, it really sucks!!  I didn't want to just tell her "it happens", but it really does and while I was upset for her, I knew that it was to be expected that she'd likely have something stolen at least once on campus.  My brother had given her a lock that he thought was really good, but after the bike was stolen, he researched more and realized it wasn't as good as he thought.  I told her to buy the best one they had, so she got a U lock with a wheel cable that the campus police recommend.  Hopefully this will last her for good now...

Calmama, I'll have to ask her if she's been there or not.  When she called me Sunday night (at 10:45 my time) I was half asleep as we chatted and she mentioned a grab and go place near or in her dorm where she could use her points so last week she got a box of cereal and a pint of milk and then Sunday she stopped in and got a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter.  She told she spent 5 points on each and I know she was proud of herself, but in my mind I was screaming 10 points!!!!  You could have went to 7-11 and still bought that stuff for under $5!! LOL!  But I know she needs to learn all of that stuff.  And yes, the bus system is still free for students which is great, she just said that its frustrating that she needs to set aside a good 3-4 hours to use the bus and navigate everything to go to the mall of whatever.  I am sure it'll be less once she gets a better handle on things.  She's only used the bus system about 3 times to go into town so far.  I'll mention the center to her for some groceries, in the meantime my mom sent in her Halloween box a box of cream of wheat, a box of Tomato and Basil Wheat thins and I am using up some drugstore dollars I have to send her some personal care products and I threw in a box of Special K cereal bars for her.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 11:03am

DS does plan to go to grad school, though he wants a year off from academics after he graduates in six months.  He hasn't yet decided which branch of anthropology he wants for grad school, archeology or forensics.  I suspect he leans toward archeology, especially after digging in Peru this past summer.  Anyway, this means his grades are important, especially for his Anthro major.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 11:04am

calmama54 wrote:
Sorry about the bike being stolen. I think it's pretty common but it stinks. My dh and I gave our older bikes to my dd and s-i-l when they moved into their new place in Portland, in a much nicer neighborhood than they were living in before. They left them outside in their backyard for a day while they were moving in and the next day they were both gone. I just don't understand the mentally of thieves. Has your dd discovered Valley River Center yet for shopping? We always liked going there when we visited Eugene - and loved not having to pay sales tax! Are the city buses still free for students there? I thought that was the case when my dd was there.

MY mistake, I was thinking you meant for groceries, but that's a mall/shopping center.  All I know is she mentioned there is a "good mall" and a "bad mall", the good mall has a victoria's secret and other good stores, and the bad mall has no real good stores, but has a target next to it...  I am slowly collecting gift cards for her for christmas at the moment, and I see there is a Regal Cinemas in that Shopping Center, I had googled and saw there was one on or just off campus also that she could use it at.  Its harder that they don't have many chain places to get gift cards at for food to supplement meal points, but maybe that's a good thing in a different way.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 11:21am

Just a friendly PSA:  Remind your college students to invest in a lock for their laptops if they haven't done so already and if they are likely to leave them on tables in the library while they search for materials.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 12:43pm

Bikes stolen... stronger locks are not to do it.

Better idea.. get your kids crappy second-hand bikes that you do not care if they are stolen. 

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 1:04pm

mom_iteadrinker wrote:
<p>Bikes stolen... stronger locks are not to do it.</p><p>Better idea.. get your kids crappy second-hand bikes that you do not care if they are stolen.  </p>

While I can understand that reasoning and thought, I know my brother bought 2 different mid-grade, cheaper bikes to exercise on at home and both of them had several break downs in the first several months he had them.  For a college student, who's only main transporttaiton on campus is a bike, having them breaking down or things going wrong with them constantly, just to have a cheaper bike that doesn't matter if it gets stolen, is not IMO a good idea.  But that's just me, maybe I am being naive...

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 3:52pm

I remember my ds telling me that sometimes bikes were "borrowed" on his campus, meaning the thief used it briefly and abandoned it in a bike rack on another part of campus. So your dd's might want to keep their eyes open for their bikes to show up somewhere else. 

His school also recommended using an old/used/cheap bike because it would be less attractive to thieves. While it may break down, repairing it would probably be cheaper than replacing a more expensive bike that gets stolen. 

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 6:55pm
Arryl, I agree w/Marie (ITea). Cheap, older bike. Easy to repair. Bikes are stolen CONSTANTLY, if they are even half-way decent. Older dd had the best lock and chain available, chained it to her deck, the thieves sawed the railing off the deck! I also agree about the laptop lock. Lock it to the table WHENEVER you walk away. One of ODD's old bfs left his on a table under a window, in his garden apt, while he went to the can. Heard a crash, came out to find someone broke the window, reached thru, grabbed the laptop and ran. Never leave anything valuable where anybody looking in can see it. Live on the second floor, especially if you live alone.