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Winter break is almost over
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Sun, 01-15-2012 - 4:29pm

DS will go back to college in a week.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 10:54am
creaturemom wrote:

Yes, she can give us quite a bit to boast about. Yes, we can frequently win any "my kid is busier" competition. BUT, I think this kid pushes herself way too hard, past the point of a healthy drive. Anything I've ever done to try to slow her down has failed. Seems to be just who she is. I do have a second D who can enjoy being a slug, though.



We call our middle child "the slug" because she really likes slugging around the house, but in reality she loves to be superbusy on things she likes.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 8:49am

mahopac, she's changed majors, and I suspect might change again. It wouldn't surprise me to if she wound up taking pre-med courses but majoring in something else and then looking at med school.

Yes, she has a ferocious drive. She'll complete 37 hours this year (one short of overload), sings in two college chiors, has a lead in the opera next month, and is a flyer on the cheer squad. That last one just bought her an achilles tendon injury, so she may be done for the season. We didn't let her take a car to school because we didn't wnat her packing in a lot of work hours off campus, too. But, at sememster, because she had to get to PT for an old sports injury, we sent wheels. She immediately called her old boss and picked up work hours.

Yes, she can give us quite a bit to boast about. Yes, we can frequently win any "my kid is busier" competition. BUT, I think this kid pushes herself way too hard, past the point of a healthy drive. Anything I've ever done to try to slow her down has failed. Seems to be just who she is. I do have a second D who can enjoy being a slug, though.

And, to add to the other discussion, I agree. STEM is not the holy grail of "hard" college classes. There are many challenging fields. I'd have to agree with bunny about music. So many hours - rehearsal, performance - in addition to classes. The profs here (my employer) really try to give students a realistic picture of what it takes to make it in the business. And it is a brutal business.

The other major that really pushes kids in terms of load is the BSN program. (Yeah, I'd say that one is in STEM) The focus isn't just on passing boards and becoming a nurse but on leadership roles and grad school prep. Those kids work like dogs, too.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:33pm

My son is interested in historic building preservation, not fine art preservation or museum curation.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 6:07pm
yeah, with both of us with multiple techy degrees, it's odd to see how different the curriculum is. I'd say same level of demands, hour-wise, but so very different. (I was one of the oddballs who took 20-22 (quarter) hours at a time to double major)
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 4:55pm
Wow, an art major. I cannot begin to explain how much I respect artists. I am just in awe. I so wish I had some artistic ability. It just seems as if it would make life so much more interesting.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 4:10pm

I was thinking of you, and Suzy's son, as I wrote that.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 3:47pm

A historic preservation program is going to be in an Art History MFA/PhD program.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 3:12pm

I totally agree!!

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 12:31pm
Yep, ds19 is that art major with all the hours of creation - he's always working on his creations, but loves it. He's considering teaching; we'll see.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 11:25am

Thanks for the links, Sam!

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