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bigbottom last won the day on April 29 2018

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  1. Appreciate the update and I hope you have a good time on your brunch!
  2. Yeah, you need to check the online admissions portals as schools will often post that they need your first semester transcript without emailing you about it.
  3. Regarding the schools with rolling admissions, the College Confidential forum for those schools will likely provide you with some insight as to when batches of decisions are made, who is receiving decisions (often it’s by major, or out of state vs. in state). But ultimately, you just have to be patient. Before my son was accepted to Texas, there were a bunch of acceptances that went out to a variety of other applicants. We just remained patient. Anxious, but patient.
  4. Exactly. Check out the College Confidential boards for the respective schools.
  5. Not at BU. And if you've been calling them repeatedly to ask when you will be hearing from them: (1) I wouldn't rely on any estimate that they provide that is any earlier than their stated response date; and (2) you may not be hurting your son's prospect of acceptance, but you're certainly not helping.
  6. This is so odd. My son applied to 10 schools and not a single one has missed any notification deadline on any matter. He's received responses from 7 of them, 2 of which were early application responses where he was deferred to regular decision. So he's still waiting to hear from 5 schools, all of which promise responses ranging from mid-March to early April. One of those is Boston University (an overlap with one of the schools your son applied to), and their stated response time is late March/early April. Getting decisions from schools in March is pretty standard for a lot of schools and I can't imagine pressing them to provide a response. We've obviously had a different experience than you have, but we haven't once contacted a school's admission's office, left a message, or emailed asking for an update. At the very least, I hope you haven't been calling Boston University pressing them for an indication of whether your son will be accepted or rejected. That would be bad form and likely not helpful in my opinion. Edit to add: I see all of this has already been covered. Never mind.
  7. Sneaking suspicion? I mentioned upthread it was painfully obvious to me when he was on the Bachelorette. The dude is a total player.
  8. Not sure that I posted in that thread, but that’s a darn good list.
  9. Yeah, this one is borderline (and like I said, I’m much more zen these days). But really it had to do more with people taking forever and being wholly inefficient. I always plan out exactly what I need to do when I get to the checkpoint so that I can get through it as quickly and efficiently as possible. For example, I always take everything out of my pockets and put it in a section of my carry-on long before I get to the checkpoint. I realize that most don’t do this. But it seems like almost every time I travel there is a person who still has stuff in their pockets when they are ready to go through the scanner, and when they are asked “do you have anything in your pockets?”, they have to go back to the belt to take stuff out and put it through using the scanner. And sure, if you need another bin for your winter jacket, have at it. My issue wasn’t with people using multiple bins if they need them, it was with people unnecessarily using a whole bunch of bins because they’re not efficiently combining items. That clogs up the scanner and delays everyone behind them.
  10. I posted a list of air travel pet peeves a long time ago (it’s since been purged), and that one definitely made the list. Interestingly, people reclining their seats was not on the list. I’ve become more zen in my later years, so I try not to let this stuff bug me anymore. A few off the top of my head were as follows: 1) When the person behind you has to grab the top of your seat to haul themselves out of their own seat (i.e., the one you mention). 2) People who have to grab every seat as they walk down the aisle during the flight, even if there is no turbulence. Surely these people can walk in open space when not on a plane. 3) People at the back of the plane who put their luggage in the first open bin at the front so they don’t have to carry it all the way to the back of the plane. Way to completely jack everything up for everyone! 4) People who aren’t ready when they get to the security checkpoint and then take forever to get situated. You’ve been standing in line for 40 minutes. You could have already taken the stuff out of your pockets and put it in your bag for example. Also, people that use 15 bins to get their stuff through security. Bin for shoes. Bin for jacket. Bin for purse. Bin for belt. Your laptop and/or iPad needs its own bin. The other stuff can be combined. 5) People who, as soon as the seat belt sign goes off after landing, grab their stuff and actually try to jump ahead a couple rows, rather than waiting for the folks in front of them to exit. Exception allowed if you’re trying to catch a connecting flight. 6) People who bring smelly food on the flight. 7) People who take off their shoes and/or socks during the flight.
  11. I’m curious, has anyone ever reclined when you got up to go to the bathroom or stretch your legs? If so, what happened when you returned to your seat?
  12. Even if you personally don’t think it’s a big deal, when you recline, you should do so knowing that you may be inconveniencing the person behind you (who feels differently than you do). That’s all I’m saying.
  13. Well, I’m normal height and weight and listed above the various ways in which a reclining person inconveniences me, none of which has anything to do with my BMI. But again, as I’ve stated, the seats are designed to recline, so we really have no basis to object if the person in front of us does so.
  14. I specifically mentioned children and said that it is generally not a choice someone makes simply to accommodate themselves at the expense of others. Heck, the parent is inconvenienced most of all.