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Congrats!  Man, how time flies! It seems so long ago to my son got accepted to UT engineering. 4 years later almost it's like another life for him now as he's thinking of graduation. I can't tell you how much of a life changer his UT experience has been.Lots of kids go through, it does some good, others not so well, but a few it really changes their lives. He's one of them. It just happened to be exactly what he needed.

Soak it up, there's no better feeling as a parent. I'll never forget the day the day he found out he got in.

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Our eldest announced she absolutely had to move out of state for her college years. We dropped her off in Ft Collins a year ago August. She loved the town, (there is a taqueria/Mercado half a mile from her old dorm,) loved her friends, liked CSU, and hated the cold. Finished one semester, gave away her bike, boxed her dorm room up and shipped it here, and was on the earliest flight she could find back to Austin.

She is a sophomore at UT now. Natural Sciences.

Hook ‘Em!

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2 hours ago, Lobo said:

Well, not sure what that cost you.  But congrats on having her at UT!  

 She had earned academic scholarships from CSU, so our costs have gone up. 

3 hours ago, Lobo said:

 

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It seems asshole is my default setting.

Thanks Lobo! 
 

Cooter, that decision was informed by Mack Brown’s early mistake, coaching VY. At least that’s what I told myself. Support your hard working, incredibly talented kid. I am so proud of her. That was my message to her.

I use “willful” to describe myself here. I   got nothing on my eldest in that regard.

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Tidying up

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On 5/1/2020 at 11:14 AM, Lobo said:

But we had more declines than I can ever remember.

With you as the face of the University most would choose to go elsewhere- what a fucking beating. 

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Sorry for talking scholarships and admits on a thread about scholarships and admits.   Won’t happen again dicknose

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5 hours ago, CooterBrown said:

I would’ve made her stay through the spring before making a decision.

sometimes you know... the fit ain't right.  Maybe the conversation was, "I love school, but I hate it here."

For her to be continuing her school and (evidently) thriving is better than sticking it out and burning through the wick, no?

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12 hours ago, Irwin F Fletcher said:
17 hours ago, orange dream said:
That's great.  Is she a January 2021 entry or an auto admit for Fall 2021?  I didn't think they were "accepting" Fall 2021 yet.
Either way congrats!!

Fall of 2021.

Congrats.  That is real early.  My oldest is applying for the fall of 2021 and has yet to do it.  Guess she had better get it together.

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3 hours ago, slorch said:

sometimes you know... the fit ain't right.  Maybe the conversation was, "I love school, but I hate it here."

For her to be continuing her school and (evidently) thriving is better than sticking it out and burning through the wick, no?

My opinion is pretty influenced by knowing several students that were homesick my first semester of college and looked for any excuse to go home.  Heck, I was homesick a bit and I hated my hometown. At least for me, that 2nd semester did wonders.   From what he wrote, the only issue was the cold. Tough shit buttercup, if that's your biggest complaint, you ain't got a legitimate complaint.  Here's a North Face gift card.

 

 

 

 

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Congrats.  That is real early.  My oldest is applying for the fall of 2021 and has yet to do it.  Guess she had better get it together.
Application for fall 2021 opened up back in Aug 1st. My daughter is top 5% in her class so she was pretty confident she'd automatically get accepted. Getting accepted now let's her get a jump on housing choices on campus.

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21 hours ago, Irwin F Fletcher said:

Thanks! Her plan is to graduate with a BS in Environmental Science. 

Congrats! EVS is a very difficult major to get into. I think they only accept 50 per year.

My daughter is a sophomore in the EVS program. She loves it. Has your daughter applied for Dean's Scholar? I would highly recommend it as well. 

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On 9/16/2020 at 7:34 PM, phdhorn said:

Congrats!  Man, how time flies! It seems so long ago to my son got accepted to UT engineering. 4 years later almost it's like another life for him now as he's thinking of graduation. I can't tell you how much of a life changer his UT experience has been.Lots of kids go through, it does some good, others not so well, but a few it really changes their lives. He's one of them. It just happened to be exactly what he needed.

Soak it up, there's no better feeling as a parent. I'll never forget the day the day he found out he got in.


sr year of chemical engineering (not ut) was a grind 

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10 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:


sr year of chemical engineering (not ut) was a grind 

He's doing residential real estate (residential investment, i.e apartments) during this year to boot (he is going to do this as a career, already working on his first big deal with partners).  He has one more kinda tough semester (this one, two tougher courses but he's done pretty well so far) but he says it's not bad and as a senior he pretty much knows the ropes.  Next semester is mostly senior project, then he'll walk in May (hopefully) but finish in the summer.

The way this specific university has catapulted this specific kid into a different, confident person has been remarkable.  Like I said, for most of us UT was a great place, some ups and downs, but we liked it (and most of us change as well in 4 - or 5 - or 6 - or.. lol!) years anyway.  But for some kids, it's a life-changer.  This is him.  Amazing how good UT has been for him.

 

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7 minutes ago, phdhorn said:

He's doing residential real estate (residential investment, i.e apartments) during this year to boot (he is going to do this as a career, already working on his first big deal with partners).  He has one more kinda tough semester (this one, two tougher courses but he's done pretty well so far) but he says it's not bad and as a senior he pretty much knows the ropes.  Next semester is mostly senior project, then he'll walk in May (hopefully) but finish in the summer.

The way this specific university has catapulted this specific kid into a different, confident person has been remarkable.  Like I said, for most of us UT was a great place, some ups and downs, but we liked it (and most of us change as well in 4 - or 5 - or 6 - or.. lol!) years anyway.  But for some kids, it's a life-changer.  This is him.  Amazing how good UT has been for him.

 

Mechanical?  

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4 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Mechanical?  

No, she uses an electri... er, yeah, Mechanical.  He's deciding whether to do the real estate corp stuff full-time or take a engineering job offer as well.  He'll probably do the latter at least to start, but not sure yet.  

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25 minutes ago, phdhorn said:

He's doing residential real estate (residential investment, i.e apartments) during this year to boot (he is going to do this as a career, already working on his first big deal with partners).  He has one more kinda tough semester (this one, two tougher courses but he's done pretty well so far) but he says it's not bad and as a senior he pretty much knows the ropes.  Next semester is mostly senior project, then he'll walk in May (hopefully) but finish in the summer.

The way this specific university has catapulted this specific kid into a different, confident person has been remarkable.  Like I said, for most of us UT was a great place, some ups and downs, but we liked it (and most of us change as well in 4 - or 5 - or 6 - or.. lol!) years anyway.  But for some kids, it's a life-changer.  This is him.  Amazing how good UT has been for him.

 

Has he gotten involved in REFIC (Real Estate Finance & Investment Center)...now called just Texas Real Estate Center?  I mention that given the proclivity he has that you mentioned above.  I was not a direct major in that way either, but it is a particularly powerful for non-finance students to get engaged in the real estate space while still doing other things in their major.  Between that exposure and his engineering background, could be a very powerful mix.  I'm no longer allowed to discuss UT advice on this thread since it hurts people's feelings, but bullshit aside-have him reach out to Texas Real Estate Center.   I'd be happy to help connect him with the right staff/alumni there since you keep my lawn fed with rain.  

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Oldest finished up his application for UT last night.  I'm 50/50 on him attending UT.  Good student, great kid but I could see UT swallowing him up (like it did me...I was done after 1 semester, couldnt handle the freedom).  I have taken him to a bunch of games and he is infatuated with UT but we havent done a "real" campus visit.  He also applied to ou...that was crushing for me.  

 

BTW, dont we have a "applying for college is a fucking beating, please help" thread?  I would rather go through 10 mortgage applications vs one college app...beat down!  He used CommonAp for some schools but UT didnt accept it so had to do another one from scratch.

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On 9/17/2020 at 8:17 AM, CooterBrown said:

My opinion is pretty influenced by knowing several students that were homesick my first semester of college and looked for any excuse to go home.  Heck, I was homesick a bit and I hated my hometown. At least for me, that 2nd semester did wonders.   From what he wrote, the only issue was the cold. Tough shit buttercup, if that's your biggest complaint, you ain't got a legitimate complaint.  Here's a North Face gift card.

 

 

 

 

We had discussed the second semester payoff, because it is a fact. It’s funny you think she and Mrs Horn hadn’t over-outfitted her before we left the state. A couple of times, on my request, friends who know give her tips on keeping the body’s heat trapped in layers before stepping out the door. She hated the cold.
  
Maintaining a 4.0, with a course load that included CSU’s 808A equivalent (and which UT credited) earns respect in this household. As does lifting the worry that your investment  will yield half-assed returns.

She told me, when she was accepted, that she knew I had always hoped she would go to UT. She was right, and I acknowledge that played a part. 
 

 

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12 minutes ago, chesthair said:

Oldest finished up his application for UT last night.  I'm 50/50 on him attending UT.  Good student, great kid but I could see UT swallowing him up (like it did me...I was done after 1 semester, couldnt handle the freedom).  I have taken him to a bunch of games and he is infatuated with UT but we havent done a "real" campus visit.  He also applied to ou...that was crushing for me.  

 

BTW, dont we have a "applying for college is a fucking beating, please help" thread?  I would rather go through 10 mortgage applications vs one college app...beat down!  He used CommonAp for some schools but UT didnt accept it so had to do another one from scratch.

Our daughter wouldn’t let us anywhere near her applications, except the parts we were required to address.

I can imagine the frustration, filling out the sign up here made me surly. Best of luck to your son.

 

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