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    That might be interesting!!

    I have a friend who probably is a little more aware of that than most.  She  home schooled and had her kids taking part in many math, science, and history competitions--sometimes they did really well, too!  They were in athletic activities as runners, they were in 4-H, and they also did a lot of community service.

    Her oldest son was really smart, but he got into MIT based a lot on his "portfolio" that showed he was a very well rounded young man.

    I'm guessing that is what you mean.  Her kids are so used to being a part of the larger world, of following their own paths, but working very hard and doing the best they can. It used to be just test scores...I'm kind of relieved it isn't that way anymore.

    My son is pretty dyslexic, and would like to go to Georgia Tech (they love people who think "outside the box" from what I've heard)   I'll look at the press release from Brown, and see if we can't get a little more creative regarding college.  He already has a professor at Georgia Tech who has asked him to call on him when he is ready...

    Thank you for helping me to think big.  Have you done a diary on this that I could look at?

    If you starve the middle class, whose gonna pay for your crap?

    by rosabw on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:03:24 PM PDT

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    •  The 'role model' that inspired me, in part, to go (0+ / 0-)

      Yale was also dyslexic--a classmate & family friend, three years older, who I'd grown up with. He had a blast there, and told me I would, too.

      The reading load was EXTREMELY heavy there--so heavy in subjects like history that even super-fast readers (like me) could never really make it through every assigned word. [You learn how to prioritize, and divided and conquer with your classmates!] Colleges have become SO much more aware of learning disabilities these days, and I think EVERY college has an office dedicated to students with special needs.

      It's an excellent idea to get to know or work with a professor when you're still in high school. [Is there a class your son could take with him, or an independent study project they could devise together?] You never know: That prof could certainly write a key letter of recommendation for college--something that counts VERY highly in admissions--and even specifically advocate for your child if he seeks admission at that prof's university.

      Well-rounded, creative kids are EXACTLY what schools seek. I haven't diaried on any of this because it's not my direct area of expertise per se. But this is the world I grew up in, worked in and still know intimately and directly. Trust me when I say: Go for it, rosabw! Don't be discouraged! All the things that feel like disadvantages--dire finances, minority status, learning challenges--can all be turned into opportunities. Even being a boy is a plus these days: Girls make up the stronger applicant pool today, so qualified boys are slightly harder to find.

      Of course you don't have to tell your son the fact that women are smarter is gonna help him get into a better college! ;-)

      Good luck to your family!

      Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

      by earicicle on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 07:29:18 PM PDT

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