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  1. On 1/12/2021 at 10:45 AM, dancer said:

    Question on this process. Some schools conduct interviews with applicants, either with current students or alumni doing the interviews (over zoom these days). Obviously it would make sense for the applicant to send a timely "thank you" after these interviews.

    The question is - if the applicant didn't know to do this, and just now realized they never sent a "thank you" email to the alumni who interviewed them 13 days ago - is it better/worse to send a "thank you" now or just forget it? Could sending a thank you this late be worse than doing nothing, as it might call more attention to the tardiness?

    I’m going to say this and i mean it in the kindest way.


    Your kid should write the thank you note.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do.  The lesson of sending the thank you note is important.  And late is better than never.  Also, I don’t think it will harm them.....but if it does, I’d vouch the lesson is more important.  

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  2. On 1/9/2021 at 6:14 PM, scorchy said:

    Definitely folks here with a lot more expertise than me, but as long as the actual classes are comparable, whether a high school weights its students' GPAs shouldn't matter.   Most colleges take whatever transcript is sent by the HS and do their own weighting.  

    My son goes to a pretty well-respected private school and they not only don't weight grades, they don't even offer official AP classes.  Plenty of kids still take AP tests after finishing a particular class and tend to do well, but there won't be a "Joe had a 4.8 GPA and took 12 AP classes" anywhere on the transcript.  None of this appears to have hurt the students as admissions officers tend to get a feel for particular high schools based on previous experiences.  I'm sure that the student profile and academic reputation of most NYC public schools is pretty well known, at least among competitive colleges.

    This is accurate.  Choose the best HS for him.   HS grading scales are all over the map.  There is no advantage or disadvantage of one grading scale over another so it shouldn’t drive where you rank the schools.

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  3. 1 minute ago, gianmarco said:

    With the board change and looking around a bit, I realized how awesome this thread is.  How much many of us mostly post here.  And while I know there are obviously plenty of runners amongst the rest of FBG folks that post around here, I also just love this group here.  I'm sure it would still be awesome, but not sure it would be the same if there were 100+ regulars here.  The group of 25ish who regularly take part in this thread make it really special.  Not sure I'd bother spending any time around here anymore if not for this thread and you guys.

    Agree.   I used to come around for 10K, yoga pants and Who's Hottest. 


    Now, its just 10K left standing.

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  4. On 1/7/2021 at 2:44 PM, SFBayDuck said:


    It does, a bit, and thanks to all that weighed in.   The wording on their website makes it sound optional

    My ex filled out the FAFSA since she's remarried and her stepson is at a JC, so it cuts the EFC in half as long as he's enrolled.  From what you and others are saying it sounds like the CSS might dig into my finances as well, which we were able to leave out of the FAFSA, and would then likely raise our EFC for Santa Clara. But it might also open up other financial aid opportunities.  So I'm still not clear if it would be beneficial or actually a negative to have her fill it out.

    Yes, fill the CSS out.


    At Santa Clara -- they will use FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal grants and loans.  What the CSS determines will have no impact on federal eligibility.


    The CSS will impact your eligibility for Santa Clara money which will be your more likely range to get money.  And it is unlikely the FAFSA will impact your eligibility for SC money.

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  5. 32 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

    Amy ideas how to manually edit the route already run on Strava?

    It cheated me out of a couple miles by going as the crow flies when the phone shut off. Cherry on top of the frozen sundae.

    When it does that to me on the treadmill, I just add another workout and put in whatever is missing. 


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  6. 51 minutes ago, Juxtatarot said:

    For the races that happen this spring, what will be the social distancing etiquette? Don’t run in packs and try to stay 6 feet apart when passing?


    Yes and likely staggered starts, water bottles (or bring your own), no post race party.

  7. 16 hours ago, SFBayDuck said:

    Anybody have experience with the CSS Profile for Financial Aid?  We already filled out the FAFSA, but I just came across this and it turns out one of my daughter's choices indicates on their financial aid page that "First-year students should complete the CSS PROFILE in order to be considered for the full range of Santa Clara University scholarships and grants."  Googling isn't giving me much info, other than some indication that it may particularly benefit lower-income applicants. 

    Any thoughts?

    CSS Profile is used by some private schools.  I don't think any publics require it.


    It digs deeper into your home equity, business (if you own one), divorce (if you are) among other items.


    The FAFSA and CSS Profile each put out an EFC (Expected Family Contribution).  Schools that require both forms will typically take the higher EFC and develop their financial aid package off that number. 


    Hope that helps.

  8. @SayWhat? - ugh.  So tough right now.  Long term thoughts often dominate in times like these. Your ability to workout together may look different but you can still share that experience.


    In the immediate, celebrate the tiny wins as the happen in the coming days, weeks and months. The ankle is tough because of limited blood flow in that area.  

    It sucks that this is all from a sledding accident. Be thankful it was her ankle and not her head/neck.  

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  9. 41 minutes ago, SayWhat? said:

    Well was pretty pumped to put 2020 in the rear view, just as I’m sure many were.  Just got back from a run to find out my wife was taken to the ER.  Sledding accident that resulted in a dislocated ankle and tibia/fibula fractures.  ####### ugh.  :kicksrock:

    Oh damn.  I had a spiral fracture of my fibula which required two surgeries.  Old ice hockey injury.


    i hope she heals up quicker than i did.  Sending good thoughts her way.  

  10. 3 hours ago, -OZ- said:


    I remember a few of you doing this last year. Somehow I doubt @gruecd is up for it again (although he won't be getting more than 4 hours of sleep)

    Anyone else? 

    I’ll do this.  I may not officially sign up but I’ll do it.   Not sure when but count me in.


    @gruecd and I did the same thing at the same time.  It was helpful to text someone at 3 am and get a response knowing they were right there with me.  NTTAWWT

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  11. 9 hours ago, krista4 said:

    This, along with the Otis thread, is the most supportive and positive thread 'round here.  So while I'm not a regular (since I'm not a runner!), I want to thank you all for your endless kindness and good cheer.

    Ummmmm.  You did a run/walk of 50 miles, didn’t you?  WTF?  

    You ARE a runner....and a crazy one! 👍 

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  12. Merry Christmas all! I hope it’s a great day for each of you.  

    I took my family to Aruba as we all desperately needed to get away after this year. Heading out to run when the dew point is mid 70’s. @gruecd should never ever come here.


    I’m thankful for all of you and this thread. It’s helped me more than you’ll ever know.  

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