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    #117162 - 11/29/11 09:07 AM There IS hope
    ABQMom Offline

    Registered: 08/25/10
    Posts: 868
    This thread is simply to reassure parents who are dealing with under-achieving gifted kids.

    After graduating from high school with a stellar 2.5 GPA, my high gifted son informed me this morning that he is on track to earn a 4.0 for his first semester in college. This despite a very full load of 17 hours including two sciences and two math courses towards his mechanical engineering degree.

    After a plethora of emails, phone calls and conferences with teachers and counselors over the past 12 years just to keep my son on track, I really worried whether he'd ever get self-motivated and stay on task.

    So if you have an under-achiever, don't lose hope. When they care about the outcome, our kiddos CAN put the effort into their work.

    #117179 - 11/29/11 12:38 PM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    Kate Offline

    Registered: 02/24/10
    Posts: 462
    Loc: Florida
    Congrats to your son and what a relief for you!!

    #117186 - 11/29/11 01:07 PM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    Madoosa Offline

    Registered: 02/20/11
    Posts: 710
    Loc: South Africa
    what awesome news! congrats to him on finding the inner desire to do this. YAY for you, you must be feeling such a sense of relief.
    Mom to 3 gorgeous boys: Aiden (8), Nathan (7) and Dylan (4)

    #117199 - 11/29/11 02:06 PM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    Kvmum Offline

    Registered: 02/13/10
    Posts: 80
    Loc: Australia
    Congratulations and thanks for letting us know - that does make me feel a little better smile

    #117256 - 11/30/11 07:09 AM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    Speechie Offline

    Registered: 07/08/09
    Posts: 128
    That's super!!
    I don't know what changed for your son, but I can share that for me, I did my best work towards the end of undergrad and into grad school when my classes were superfocused on MY interests and finally I got into the meat of things...

    #117266 - 11/30/11 07:31 AM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    herenow Offline

    Registered: 02/12/11
    Posts: 433
    Loc: on the learning curve
    That's great news!!!! Does he have any comment on this change?

    #117271 - 11/30/11 09:09 AM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    ABQMom Offline

    Registered: 08/25/10
    Posts: 868
    Yes, he does, herenow. He says that for the first time he sees what he is learning as something he has chosen for a goal he has for his own future. Before it was mandatory, easy, and mostly annoying.

    #117281 - 11/30/11 11:35 AM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    M&Ms Mom Offline
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    Registered: 04/11/11
    Posts: 38
    Loc: NV
    Congrats! Your news is exactly what I needed to hear today.

    #117286 - 11/30/11 12:33 PM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    ABQMom Offline

    Registered: 08/25/10
    Posts: 868
    Thanks, M&M. I was hoping this would not come off as bragging, because I sincerely meant it as a straw of hope for those who may be struggling with an underachiever. I know I really, really worried some days about what his future would hold if he didn't get motivated and develop a work ethic.

    #117351 - 12/01/11 06:35 AM Re: There IS hope [Re: ABQMom]
    2giftgirls Offline

    Registered: 09/26/11
    Posts: 342
    Loc: So Cal
    that is great! you must feel so happy!

    I can echo that's probably better that I didn't know how high school and college would be because I would have been trying to skip all of HS and go straight to college! lol!
    I get excited when the library lets me know my books are ready for pickup...


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