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    #202359 - 09/30/14 12:56 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Congratulations to all three DDs - swimmer, musician and computer scientist!
    Edited to ask HK - did you reveal the college she ended up at somewhere or is it too identifying? Would love to know where a pg kid like her fits right in...


    Edited by Tigerle (09/30/14 12:58 AM)

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    #202362 - 09/30/14 03:21 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    I can't believe her college is starting so late...when does she take final exams for the semester?

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    #202364 - 09/30/14 04:30 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    HK awesome! Glad your dd's college career is off to a great start. I love hearing updates!

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    #202376 - 09/30/14 07:05 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Thanks, everyone. smile Yeah-- it's pretty identifying (but wherever she is would be, outside of a few places, since she's still so young, and female, and in CS)-- but I think that is the key. This is probably NOT a place (even in STEM, which is its specialty, more or less) which would still be a good fit for an 18yo PG student. At 14-15, though, sure. As long as she isn't living in the dorms, and as long as she's in the Honors College (smaller classes, higher level instruction, a bit more pampering/interaction with faculty).


    At 18, however, she's going to be looking to do something like head to a major research center for a graduate program, or spend a year abroad, so this is fine. I seldom see her these days because she is both busy and spending a lot of time with her friends. She has good friends who are also living at home and 2e, and we have an excellent transit system-- which also makes a huge difference.

    College quarters often start toward the end of September, but yes, it's a pretty late start. Finals aren't until the third week of December, usually.

    This is a public state school identified on several engineering school lists, and on a few "best buy" ones, too. I would not pick this school for a child with interest in the humanities.
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    #204113 - 10/23/14 07:39 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DD9 wasn't trying to brag when she mentioned this, it was just a "This is weird," kind of thing for her, because she's the one in the GT classes who has also been grade-skipped, so she's among gifted peers and a year younger to boot. Anyway, apparently her classmates are telling her, "You're the smartest one in class," based on what they're seeing on each others' graded papers.

    DD later mentioned that she's the only one who passed gifted screening on her first try.

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    #204125 - 10/23/14 11:24 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma

    This is a public state school identified on several engineering school lists, and on a few "best buy" ones, too. I would not pick this school for a child with interest in the humanities.


    I was wondering how the term was going. Glad to know that things are working out for her and that she is doing great.
    Is she doing a comp science major (of course, please disregard if the answer would be too revealing of her identity)?


    Edited by ashley (10/23/14 11:27 AM)

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    #204139 - 10/23/14 03:07 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    She's doing a double major-- and effectively, it's a triple major since the honors baccalaureate includes things that no other major does (research/service learning/language requirements, etc.).

    Math/CompSci.

    I'm also really pleased that we pushed for her to take the major's Honors Gen Chem in spite of her lack of high school chemistry. It is pushing her to develop study skills that are weak (memorization based anything, notetaking, and just the grind of needing to look at something more than once to "get it" forever), and also pushing hard on her perfectionism-- that is, she's having to face the fact that her "best" might not be THE best.

    I don't think that anyone has even noticed her age, however, for which she has been extremely grateful. She's apparently THE top student in two of her classes (including the large lecture section in her major) and in the top 10th of the class in the other two.

    Feels just a bit uncomfortable to her, which (to us) feels exactly right.

    This relates to Dude's post above, which we've also lived through.

    Her CompSci professor and TA's expect her to be the first one done now in labs-- and have NO idea that she's not only never done any real programming before this, but is also 3 years younger than anyone else in the room.

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    #204142 - 10/23/14 03:19 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    She is just amazing and I am so glad you have these forums to shout out how special she really truly is! You must be so proud. I don't know her, but I am proud of her. Very happy to hear that she hasn't been called out as the youngest person or being treated like "the baby" of the group.

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    #204150 - 10/23/14 05:11 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Me, too!

    Apparently, (though he's not done it in front of her, thank goodness)-- her boyfriend's dad (himself quite a bright person and a topnotch specialist) brags on her SHAMELESSLY with their friends and family. His mom was pretty amused when I provided him with some additional fodder after laughing about that the other day;

    "So-- she has two publications already, too, you know-- and the first one when she had just turned 14." grin
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    #204151 - 10/23/14 05:12 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Dude]
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    Originally Posted By: Dude
    DD9 wasn't trying to brag when she mentioned this, it was just a "This is weird," kind of thing for her, because she's the one in the GT classes who has also been grade-skipped, so she's among gifted peers and a year younger to boot. Anyway, apparently her classmates are telling her, "You're the smartest one in class," based on what they're seeing on each others' graded papers.

    DD later mentioned that she's the only one who passed gifted screening on her first try.


    It's kind of strange when they realize that they're still the youngest among a peer group AND the top of the performance curve. I know what you mean-- it's more bemused than arrogant, when they mention it. smile
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