New year and new semester roll call

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Registered: 08-06-2009
New year and new semester roll call
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Sun, 01-06-2013 - 9:41am

Happy new year! Let's all talk about the what is coming up! Did you make any resolutions? How is it going? Still on target?

Are your college students back on campus?
When do they start classes?
Is it a winter quarter or spring semester?
Do you know How many classes have they decided to take?
Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular?
Do they still like their chosen major?
Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges?
What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study?
Is it similar to any of their family members careers?

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 11:20pm
Happy new year! Let's all talk about the what is coming up! Did you make any resolutions? How is it going? Still on target? Lol, I vow not to make any resolutions, so yes still on track. Are your college students back on campus? Yes! She had class on the 7th. When do they start classes? Jan. 7 Is it a winter quarter or spring semester? Winter Trimester Do you know How many classes have they decided to take? 4 Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular? Equestrian club, gamers club and trying out for lax. She did not make the lax team, but still plays club level. She is taking another Chemestry class, a class on being a bio major and psych. She was excited about the psych class, but it has been boring (her words) so far. Do they still like their chosen major? Yes Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges?not yet What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study? I was all for it. Is it similar to any of their family members careers? We do have some teachers on both sides, but they are music teachers not science.

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

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 12:25pm

Are your college students back on campus?  yes
When do they start classes? Started Jan 7th
Is it a winter quarter or spring semester? spring
Do you know How many classes have they decided to take? 5 classes
Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular? she is taking all major classes (Eng/poliSci) so she is thrilled! 
Do they still like their chosen major? absolutely adores it
Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges? Nope
What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study? I think dh was a little hesitant at the non-STEM field, but we both believed that dd would be successful in whatever she did because she is a hard worker
Is it similar to any of their family members careers? Not really - she's doing TFA next and we have no teachers in the family!

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Wed, 01-09-2013 - 12:35pm

Happy new year! Let's all talk about the what is coming up! Did you make any resolutions? How is it going? Still on target?

Resolutions?  Ha!  I'm just trying to get through, day by day and when I do, I count myself lucky!

Are your college students back on campus?

Not quite yet.  She leaves this weekend in order to attend a voluntary extra certification program next week and then back to classes for the last time (2nd semester senior) the week after.

Is it a winter quarter or spring semester?

Spring semester

Do you know How many classes have they decided to take?

No.  Maybe 4 plus thesis?

Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular?

Hmm.  There's a particular class that's taught by a favorite professor she seems to be excited about.

Do they still like their chosen major?

Yes, although because she's a double major, she seems to like one more than the other--a complete switch from how it started out.

Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges?

Yes.
What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study?

I just sit, listen, and smile.  I have no preconceived ideas as to what any of my kids should study and no idea whether any major will bring happiness and success than any other.

Is it similar to any of their family members careers?

I don't know what sort of career this study will lead to.  We have family members in law, medicine, business, nonprofits, and education so it's likely that she'll hit one of those at some point.  Too early to tell.

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Registered: 01-23-2003
Wed, 01-09-2013 - 10:17am
I forgot to add my resolutions. They are keep on my weight loss plan. Maintain better contact with loved ones. Learn something new, or take to the next level what I already know.
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Registered: 03-22-1999
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 8:31pm

Happy new year! Let's all talk about the what is coming up! Did you make any resolutions? How is it going? Still on target?  Not really a resolution type of person.  My parents didn't believe in it, so I never got in the habit.  Probably wouldn't keep them anyway. ;^)  

Are your college students back on campus? Not yet.  She goes back next Sunday.
When do they start classes?  January 14
Is it a winter quarter or spring semester?  Spring semester
Do you know How many classes have they decided to take?  17 hours, which scares me a little.  But it's really 5 classes, it's just that Chem & Bio both have labs, so it adds up to 17.
Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular?  Yes!  She set her alarm and got up early to ensure that she got into a class that will meet at the zoo!  They'll meet on campus the first few weeks and decide on any research project they would like to conduct at the zoo.  Then they'll meet at the zoo for 8 weeks, then back to campus.  Sounds like a great experience for her!
Do they still like their chosen major?  This is only her 2nd semester, so I'm not sure yet.  She's never really been a science girl, but wants to be a vet, so Biology (Pre-vet) is her major.
Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges?  Not yet; but I won't be surprised or upset if she does (unless she waits for 3 years before she switches).
What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study?  Kinda wish she'd do something in the medical (human) field for job security, but it's really not my choice to make!  Plus it's not something I would do, so I understand her not wanting to.  ;^)
Is it similar to any of their family members careers?  Not at all.  DH and 8 siblings did not go to college.  (OK one did eventually as an adult in the Air Force.)  Neither did I.  Neither did grandparents.  Only 1 step cousin out of 24 total cousins has a bachelor's degree....so not only getting a bachelor's, but planning for an advanced degree is a big difference from most of the family.  They are almost all animal lovers, though, so she comes by that honestly!  

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 4:33pm

Are your college students back on campus? Yes


When do they start classes? Jason started yesterday. Justin isn't going back to college at this point; instead he's planning to join the US Army.


Is it a winter quarter or spring semester? Spring semester but it's a bit different in med school as 2nd year he takes the same 2 or 3 classes all year - patient centered medicine, pharm, and mechanism of human disease. They had a 2 month class on neuro at the beginning of the year.


Do you know How many classes have they decided to take? See above


Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular? He's still thinking of Emergency. He also plans to take a path rotation next year. He'll probably know more what type of medicine he wants to go into once he does his 3rd year rotations.


Do they still like their chosen major? He better as he'll be in debt up to his eye balls!


Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges? Yes. Started out in 2005 in criminal justice. Decided spring semester 2007 he wanted to go into medicine so he transferred that fall and got his undergrad in religious studies (there's really no 'pre med' major and had he chosen to switch majors to a science major he would have had to go longer. As it was he had to go an extra year).


What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study? A bit surprised but we thought medicine was probably a better fit for him.


Is it similar to any of their family members careers? Nope - didn't have a clue as to all the med school stuff entailed.

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Registered: 01-07-2004
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:43am

Happy new year! Let's all talk about the what is coming up! Did you make any resolutions? How is it going? Still on target? My goal is to continue my wellness journey, and learn a new past time. Haven't done much with either .

 Are your college students back on campus? DD23 had her first class of the new quarter on Sat. DD20 went back Sunday. She is in training all week with other student leaders and having a great time. Classes start next week. When do they start classes? Is it a winter quarter or spring semester? Winter quarter for dd23 and Spring Semester for DD20

 Do you know How many classes have they decided to take?I think DD23 just has 1 class for her Master's program. She will present in March and get her degree in June. DD20 has only 12 units right now and 2 of those classes she doesn't really need. It's incredibly hard to get classes on her campus due to budget cuts. She's decided to add a minor, just so she isn't wasting her time. I've advised her to try to add at least one class. All students are frustrated beyond belief. Have they expressed interest in one class or activity in particular? DD23 just wants to be done! DD20 is excited about her theater for children class and one of her Women and Gender Studies classes. She is super excited about not having to take any more math!

 Do they still like their chosen major? DD23 is working in her field, so I hope she likes it. DD20 got to go watch her sister teach over break, and that got her more excited about going into elementary education.

Have they switched majors from when they applied to colleges? No, but DD23 did start out majoring in English and German and she dropped the German in exchange for an education minor

. What were your feelings when they initially expressed their chosen field of study? Is it similar to any of their family members careers? Both girls are in education. Their favorite aunt is a teacher and their Dad was a military instructor for much of his career. DD23 is a natural at teaching, but I expected her to go into something more creative. She loves her first year of teaching. I'm still expecting DD20 to change her mind. I just don't see her as a teacher, and wonder if she chose that because she didn't know what else she wanted to do. I hope she proves me wrong, because it's not a field to get into "just because" these days.

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Registered: 01-23-2003
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 5:20pm

DD started classes today for the spring semester, but not without a bit of drama.  I'll try to start another thread looking for your thoughts--if this crazy site lets me.  She's taking 15 hours and is still planning on elementary education.  My mom was an elementary school teacher also.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 4:12pm

I didn't make any resolutions.  There are things I'm working on this year, such as spending less and working harder, but I have no actual resolutions to go with them.

DS is still at home for another two weeks before heading back for the spring semester of his junior year.  I love hearing what classes he's taking because they all sound like so much fun!  Except for another Spanish class, they're all for his English and Anthropology double major.  He started out as an English and Spanish double major but switched (late) to Anthro after falling in love with it his sophomore year.  Now he has to work his butt off to complete all the requirements, but he just loves it.

There was never any question that one of his majors would be English, specifically Creative Writing.  He has been writing huge, novel-length pieces since he was in third grade.  I'm pleased about Anthropology as well; it's a good basis for grad school.

I was an English major, though what I do now has nothing to do with English.  My sister was an Anthro major, which led to specialized studies, which led to her being a university professor for the last 20+ years.  DS is such an education geek I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up at a university too.  This is a kid who's been reading psych textbooks since he was in middle school, stays up til 2am reading "La Morte d'Arthur" just because he likes it, and audits Geoscience classes for fun.  For someone who was a genius but a poor student for most of his HS career, he is certainly making up for it in college.

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Registered: 11-05-1998
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 2:46pm

My college student lives at home.  His spring semester at the community college starts January 14 and he's anxious to go back.  I think he's taking four classes this term.  He's got three classes on Monday and Wednesday, and one class on Tuesday evening.  At this point, all of them are in his major, which is graphic design/computer multimedia.  This is his fourth semester, but he won't have his degree until the end of next fall's semester, because there are TWO more classes he needs, and they aren't offered in the summer.

No one in our family has done anything like graphic design, but he's a wonderful artist and it's what he wants to do.  This week, he's putting together an application for a graphic design internship for Lansing's Old Town Commercial Association, which is a very hip, artsy, part of town.  If he got it, he'd be in front of all kinds of people who can help him, mentor him, and maybe even hire him eventually.

Chris had a job for just over a week in December.  He signed up with Manpower and got accepted for the American Cancer Society call center, where his brother Matt has worked for the past year.  He thought the training was going well, but just into his second week, he got a call from the Manpower rep saying that the cancer society trainer didn't think he was a good fit.  Chris wasn't too upset about it; he just started applying again for  jobs and for internships.  He only made about $150, but it was enough for him to buy his semester bus pass and to cushion his checking account until his student loan money hits in a week or so.

Pretty soon, we get to start college shopping all over again, as Greg is in the spring semester of his junior year of high school.  He's interested in biochemistry, which is something I know NOTHING about.

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