Summer Roll Call?

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Summer Roll Call?
Mon, 07-09-2012 - 1:56pm

Well, it's been a long time since we've had one, and I see a lot of new people here,  which is always the case as a new year is approaching!  So - welcome to the newcomers and let's find out more about you!  Here's a prompt:  Where do you live, how many children do you have, where is your college student going, big school vs. small school, 2-year vs. 4 year, intended major, and how are YOU doing?!  And - anything else you want to share!

I'll start, I guess - even though I have no college students anymore, I've been with this board since it started so I will always be a "member"!  I'm from the SF Bay Area, with 2 grown girls, ages 25 and 30, both with BA degrees and working in their fields of choice (yay!).  My oldest was a psych major and works in a psych hospital as a mental heath counselor.  She has said she would like to go to nursing school and has been one class shy of her pre-reqs for awhile now, but I think she is too comfortable with her life as is right now to go back to school so we'll see.  In the meantime, she is living with her boyfriend who is working as a research assistant for a company that does medication trials with psych patients, and this field has a lot of room for promotion and growth.  His parents do the same thing and she is considering looking into doing this as well.  She's getting a little burned out on the inpatient psych world, and there is really no room for her to progress any hire than what she's doing now, so it doesn't seem to be a bad idea.  We'll see!

Dd #2 got married last September and is living in Portland, OR with her hubby, working for a small employee recognition/awards company, managing their website and helping with PR and marketing.   She's been promoted twice in less than a year, so she is doing quite well!  Her dh was doing contract work for an audio-visual setup company when they first moved but the work dried up and he got really screwed over (they never paid him for his last month of work!) so he was unemployed for awhile and they have been struggling.  However, her company just hired him to assist her (so far, so good!) with the website and administrative tasks, as they just let their office assistant go.  For now it's working out and they are happy he's working.   He doesn't have a college degree but picked up about a year's worth of units at the JC when they were living down here and she was going to school.  He hopes to go back part time next semester, at their local JC. 

Dh and I are empty-nesters and have adjusted nicely!  We love to cycle and we also have a small house in the Sierras at Lake Tahoe, so we go there when we can.  Dh retired early 6+ years ago from the government and is an avid photographer, though he hasn't really made a "business" of it and doesn't really need to.  I work part-time at our regional trauma center as a medical social worker.  My big project these days is planning my 40-year high school reunion in October!  I've been reconnecting with friends I haven't talked to since graduation or before and it has been a kick!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful

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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 12:33pm

Hi, I'm Kathy.  I live in Michigan.  DH & I have been a couple 22 years, married for 15.  I have to throw that out there because we have a 20 year old daughter who was the cutest 5yo flower girl at our wedding - LOL!  We also have a 9yo daughter.  And last fall our 17yo niece moved in with us.

20yo will be a junior at MSU this fall.  She finally declared her major...  it's a mouthful so I have to go look it up: 
Here goes: granted through the college of social sciences: Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Capital & Society concentration, Business emphasis, economics cognate.  Not 100% certain what that all means...  it's a major pulling from the sociology department & the business school.  Maybe it will lead her to human resources or labor relations?  I'm not sure and that's what dd is focusing on next - investigating internships & job opportunities... Last week we moved dd out of her apartment and back home.  We're turning around mid-august and moving her into her new place.  Luckily we only live 25 min or so from campus and it's not a day's haul w/ all her crapola!  LOL!

My 9 year old has had a relatively "boring" summer.  Dad's been out of work, so she's spent her days hanging out with dear old dad.  In the beginning of the summer (when dh was still pulling severence pay) dd did a couple weeks at day camp.  She's has a couple afternoons each week at "Camp Grandma."  She loves going to visit her grandparent's house because a bunch of dd's friends live in their neighborhood.  It's been a hot summer, the pool in the backyard has seen a lot of use.  She's been taking piano lessons all summer (our neighbor is a piano teacher & gives dd her lessons for free, we have to buy the piano books).  She's been playing softball.  I took a 2 week vacation and we spent a week camping .  Why does she think this is a boring summer? It sounds pretty fun to me!  :smileyhappy:

17yo niece came from behind & graduated HS in May with her class.  She was the star pupil at the alternative school, gave the commencement speech, and even won the school's $1000 scholarship.  She's going to be starting at the community college this fall.  She appealed the college's financial aid department to consider her application independent of her parents' information.  It may be a long shot, but she has ligitimate grounds for the appeal.  We haven't yet receive an award determination.  Whatever the outcome, we will find a way to get this bright young lady started in college.  When she first started considering college, she was thinking of going into History.  Recently she's been saying she'd like to do the Hospitality Management program (leading to culinary arts).  She's 17, I'm sure she'll change her a mind a few times before figuring things out. 

DH starts a new job August 13.  After a 2 week vacation, I'm back to work tomorrow.   

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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:50pm
Hopefully your niece's CC has a good hospitality/culinary program - ours does; actually quite a bit better reputation than a newer (5-10 years) culinary-exclusive school in the metro area and obviously a whole lot less $$$. Good luck to her!
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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 8:06am

Welcome Kathy!  It does sound like that long title of your dd's major is preparing her for an HR or labor relations job.  How convenient it is for her, having her parents' home so close to campus that she doesn't have to worry about subletting for the summers. 

That's a big spread between your daughters; it'll keep you young while the rest of us age!  Nice of you to "adopt" your 17yo niece.  How did your DH manage with four females in the house over summer, and three since fall? 

We left the Kzoo area of MI 5-6 yrs ago (DH moved in 2006, I in 2007) and soon after we heard of so many layoffs among our friends and co-workers.  Fortunately, most are back at work now, but one had to move to IN and another moved first to Detroit, then to Toronto.  I hope your DH enjoys his new job.