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Mon 8 Dec 08 #1 
Sammi
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Well the rest of my family knows so I figured I should keep you all posted too:

So far I've been accepted to two colleges:
Elizabethtown in Elizabethtown, PA
Mercyhurst in Erie, PA

Neither of them are really on the top of my list but applied to both of them because the apps were free. But I digress....

Now they are offering me money:
Elizabethtown--$13,500 per year for 4 years
Mercyhurst--$12,000 per year for 4 years

Yay!


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #2 
kevg
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They are paying you to go to college ???? Where do I sign up ???

Congratulations Sammi !!!!!


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #3 
Java
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Congrats Sammi.

Yes, kev they will pay for a person to go to college. But it excludes you.


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #4 
Lucy
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Yea Sammi!!!


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #5 
kevg
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story of my life !!!


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #6 
Sammi
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Lol. Thanks guys.

Yeah, they're paying me, but each one is still only offering me about 1/3 of the full cost. I'm still greatful, though...that's still a huge amount of money :-)

And these are colleges I just applied to on a lark, you know? I can't wait to see if I get accepted to the ones I really really like.


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #7 
kevg
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oo just realised , you gotta pay for college. that is why they pay(help) with the cost. My mistake, good luck darling, hope you get the one you want.


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #8 
Sammi
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Oh yeah! I forgot that some countries don't make you pay for college. Bah humbug.....Oh well...lol Thanks kev <3


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Mon 8 Dec 08 #9 
USS Palladin
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Nice!
Hold out for what you want though.
So just out of curiosity, what college can afford to allow you to apply for free?
I just found that interesting.


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #10 
Sammi
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Mostly rich private schools. A lot of them send out free apps to the higher students....also many are doing it that if you apply online ("going green") then it's free. But yeah, mostly private schools with huge endowments. None of the state schools offer free apps. I was really glad though, I mean applications can be like 25 to 50 dollars each....That's about two hundred dollars just to even apply to college. I only paid for the two state schools so I totaled in at $60 ($25 and $35). Oh! Also a lot of schools waive fees if you visit the school....shows interest, you know?


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #11 
JMK
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Well done Sammi, keep us posted.


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #12 
USS Palladin
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Ah thanks for sharing Sammi.
As my son gets closer to college age this info could come in handy.
What state schools did you apply to?


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #13 
Kristian
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Thanks for the info Sammi.
Make sure that you pick the best one.

I'm still indecisive about weather I stay in Macedonia, or study abroad.
There are good State Universities here for Computer Science - which are credited all across the world (only the diploma from the Technical Universities are accepted abroad).

There's a chance that the government will open another State University for Computer Science which will be completely in English language.

The fees per semester are 200 Euro. So that's 400 Euro per year, of course not including the food, housing and book fees. And to get a bachelor degree you need 4 years, and plus one to get a master degree.


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #14 
Sammi
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Pall--State schools? California University of PA and Kutztown University but I visited a lot of others like West Chester, Indiana University of PA, E Stroudsberg U and a few others. I'm lucky because while most states have only one or two state colleges, PA has like 15. They also have a lot of quasi-state schools like Temple in Philly.
My tip for you and your son: Get everything done as soon as humanly possible. Start visiting schools the summer before junior year and apply as soo as you can because once you're under the gun to get it all done, it's much easier if you know exaclty which schools your're applying to and just do them right away and then it's done and you don't have the added pressure of a deadline. Also, make sure if he knows what he wants to do, tell him to email the heads of the department he'll go into to ask questions and see what it's really like. By doing that I actually got to take a special tour of one of the college's TV Stations and talk to that professor face-to-face. It's good to know exaclty what the program's like and not just what the website or list of classes tells you.
And one other thing; my mom let me stay home from school one day to finish my essay and send out all my apps. It was greatbecause I didn't ahev to take time from the weekend to do it (when I'm usually busy with work, church, etc, anyway) and I didn't have to do it a little bit at a time after school and in between work and practices. I finished the essay (one I could use for every school, too, which made things easy) and did my apps and I think I did probably more work than I would have done in school all day anyway. Just a suggestion for you when that time comes around.

K- STUDY HERE!!! You should go to school where I go! It would be awesome! I'm sur you could get scholarships, too, because you're smart and your English is good. Oh my gosh! Wow....I need to take a hype lozenge....

Also Pall, while I'm thinking of it--
Hope that your son gets the preffered apps (that's what the schools called those free ones like they sent me) because on some of them, not only was it free, but you didn't need an essay (or it was just optional) or a teacher recommendation (or optional again). Also on some of them, if you were in the top 10% of your class you didn't have to submit SAT scores. I submitted all of that to most of my schools anyway because my scores were good, my teachers like me and I'm good with essays but for some people like my one friend for whom English is a second language so his SAT's weren't so hot, it was a grat thing for them to be optional. Oh! and some of the schools said it could be either an essay or a graded piece of writing you'd done for a class already.


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Tue 9 Dec 08 #15 
kevg
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Good Grief Sammi, I can go off people quick !!!
Hideously prepared, look out World , here she comes . Excellent advice, now about my toenails ???


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #16 
USS Palladin
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Don't mind kev, he still subscribes to the notion that ignorance is bliss. :-)

Anyway, thanks, lots of good info. Fortunately for me I got into a Guaranteed State Tuition program after he was born so tuition costs are covered for 4 years in a state school. Just getting him into a very crowded higher educational system is the key issue now.
I am not sure he knows what he wants to do yet but he has some time. Interestingly enough I too stayed home one day to write that all important essay and I too spent a day when I was a soph. in high school with the professors in the dept. in which I wanted to major. Sound advice never changes. :-).


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #17 
Sammi
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kev--huh?

Pall--no prob! Do you mind my asking what state you're in?
Crowding is a problem definitely--especially in technical fields like I'm going into where you need the hands on experience. My major is so crowded that most schools won't even let you into a TV studio till sophomore or Junior year which stinks since I'ma already learning what sophomores and juniors are learning. Plus I would miss being out of the studio so long. But there are just so many people that they can't do it any other way. That's why I'm going to a school that's good for what I'm majoring in but not so good it's crowded--Liek I would love to go to Syracuse but why would I want to wait 2 years to actually do something just so the school's name is on my resume?


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #18 
USS Palladin
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I'm in Washington State.
Most of the students that want to major in your field end up going to Washington State U over in Pullman.
I guess they have a very large school of broadcast journalism there. I don't know how long it takes to get into the studio though. I do notice that a lot of the on air broadcasters in this state are alumni of that program.
Smart move on your part to go to a school that will give you hands on experience right away. The classroom is good but practical applicatiion keeps it fresh and relevant.


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #19 
Sammi
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Right and in television it's all about experience--you can't get a job if all you've ever done is read a book about using a camera.


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #20 
USS Palladin
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Well, I know you are a smart person so just don't become a talking head...lol.
And I don't mean to sound bad but I loose a lot of respect for some TV news people because that is all they seem to be. No depth.
College is a fun, fun time and a serious time. These days with so much specialization and demands on time it is sad that a lot of the college experience can be missed because of the demands that school and life make. Yet, I would encourage you take as many different classes outside your major as you can. There is just so much out there, and yeah that art appreciation class may be hard to fit in, yet I always found those classes such a welcome break from all the science and math classes I had to take for my major.


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Wed 10 Dec 08 #21 
TeaBag
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Very proud of you! Well done!


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Thu 11 Dec 08 #22 
Sammi
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Oh I definitely will, Pall. I love almost every subject in school so I'll be happy to take just about any course (The only one I wouldn't would be an anatomy class because I have this thing with, like, innards.) Oh, and never fear--no talking head here. I'm more of a behind the scenes person, running cameras, directing, editing, and the like. I am the host of one show on our school's cable channel, but I'm not just reading news from a prompter, we talk and have fun and introduce interviews and segments. I LOVE it. <3

Thanks, TeaBag!


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #23 
Sammi
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So another acceptance rolled on in today: Hofstra!

Yay!


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #24 
USS Palladin
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Ah nice, very nice. Chance to explore the Big Apple!


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #25 
wabzy

Hofstra is a school with a good reputation, Sammi. I am really proud of you! Congratulations! If you go to Hofstra I will be able to visit you easily.


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #26 
kevg
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Now that's worth thinking about Sammi !!!


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #27 
wabzy

Beautiful avatar, Pall!

Yes, Sammi, Hofstra is a top knotch school, too. Think about the proximity to NYC, the ocean, all good stuff. I think the buzz of Long Island would suit you!


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #28 
kevg
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I must admit I was more worried about you visiting the poor lamb


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #29 
Sammi
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Lol. Thanks for lookin' out, kev ;)

Yeah though I'm really excited about Hofstra. The only problem is that they haven't offered me money yet and they won't until after I fill out the FAFSA next month. So unfortunatley the others are looking better on the financial level as of right now.


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Tue 16 Dec 08 #30 
wabzy

Good luck with that, Sammi!


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Wed 17 Dec 08 #31 
TeaBag
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Choices, choices. Just remember, if you get to one and you don't like the lecturers etc, you can opt out after the first year ... maybe and change to another school, provided your grades are good ... I guess.


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Wed 17 Dec 08 #32 
wabzy

The thing I hated the most about my choice was the location and the climate. I went to SUNY Binghamton, Sammi, and it was a terrific school academically, but it was all under construction and it rained or blew all the time so we either had mud or dust. It was horrible. It was absolutely frigid walking around the campus. I just didn't like that. The classes were great , but large, at first. Looking back I would have made an entirely different choice of schools. I would have liked a smaller school with only women.


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Thu 18 Dec 08 #33 
Sammi
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ANOTHER ACCEPTANCE!!
Fordham in the Bronx. Beautiful campus--you don't even feel like you're in the city. One of my top choices but the most expensive of my choices. And they're not offering money yet, either.... *pouts* But this is great, they just keep rollin on in. Yay!


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #34 
kevg
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We can auction you off next year ??


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #35 
Sammi
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Lol. :( you wanna get rid of me?


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #36 
wabzy

You are getting accepted at some great schools! Ever hear of student loans! Hee hee! My cousin's son just graduated from Fordham Law and got a job, straight out, earning $160.000 with a top law firm. Not bad for a new graduate. (Of course he does have a Ph. D. also)


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #37 
Sammi
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Lol. Facy-pants PhD. Yeah yeah, loans...I'd still rather have the least amount of debt for the education I got, you know? And Fordham's program isn't one of the best, in fact the thing that puts it in as my second choice is location which is much better than my #1 in york, PA, outside of Lancaster. not the best location for someone who wants to go in to TV. But York has a great Comm program and is about half the cost of Fordham, and it's closer to home, and it's near the Bickles facotry (they make delicious potato chips mmm). FOrdham is an amazing place, but I don't really know if it's me, you know? A little to polished for a middle class girl from outside Philly. I mean the girl who gave the tour and another girl walked up to me to introduce themselves and all I could think was "These are not my people" which shouldn't stop me, I know, but it'd be a lto easier to move away from home for the first time and not have to worry about being out of place. Also: No scholarships yet from Fordham. I know I'll get one from York. Soon as my latest SATs come back (Dec 25 ftw!) I'm sending them to York and Fordham and Hofstra and hopefully there will be some lightbulbs flickering saying, yo, we want this chick. Lol.


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #38 
USS Palladin
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Get the education you want and need for a career that you will love.
Work isn't work when you are doing what you love to do.
Location options can come later when they are banging at you door because they have never seen a more accomplished student....just my 2cents.


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Fri 19 Dec 08 #39 
wabzy

You are absolutely correct, Pall.


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Sat 20 Dec 08 #40 
scratch
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One valuable thing about college isn't so much that the education is better - that part is mostly up to you - it's the people you meet there. It will be the start of your professional network. For example, if you want to work in film, go to USC. Even Cal Arts. Or NYU. Or Columbia in Chicago. Not Harvard. Know what I mean? If you want a good gov't job these days, Harvard might be good, however.


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Sun 21 Dec 08 #41 
wabzy

I wish I could write for the Family Guy. That is a great show!


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Sun 21 Dec 08 #42 
Sammi
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You're right scratch--That's why even though I got accepted to places like Hofstra and Fordham, my top is still York, a small state school outside of Lancaster. It's problem is that it isn't in a huge TV city like NYC, Philly, or any other big city, but the ahve a good program and they're near enough to Harrisburg that a lot of students go there for internships, plus the local news station is a short walk from the campus. PLus you can get into the studio and start working--even have your own show-- in freshman year.


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Sun 21 Dec 08 #43 
Sammi
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And wabz--What?! Lol...


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Sun 28 Dec 08 #44 
wabzy

Oh! Yes, Sammi, I think that is a great show! And I can't watch it without laughing throughout the whole show. I think they must all have so much fun when they are making those shows that I wish I could be a part of it! i think I would love it!


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #45 
Sammi
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Yay! Hofstra is offering the moolah now! $16,500 per year bringing the cost down to about 17K. Nice! I have to say that I am very excited about this one. Good school, I have a relative who went (more scholarship money), they're offering about a 50% scholarship, and they ahve a good program. I'm going to visit it this month or early next.

Other than that it's been a pretty craptastic week, however since I've now failed my driving learner's permit test twice.....and my poor compy broke....


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #46 
wabzy

That is wonderful news, Sammi! Good for you. I am glad to hear the good news!


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #47 
Sammi
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Thanks, wabz....I think i may have passed out for a few seconds when I read the letter, lol. I was reading it an drinking and all of the sudden i guess I stopped with the glass at my mouth and just sat there for a while in shock till my sister was like "Sam what are you doing?" Lol.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #48 
Kristian
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Great news Sammi.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #49 
JMK
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Well done Sammi.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #50 
kevg
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Never mind the College, what's up with your driving kid ?? Need a hand ??


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #51 
Possum
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Congrats Sammi!


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #52 
Tushers
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Kris, €400 a year??? for college????? god you dont want to study in Ireland... its €4,000 a year. this does not include books or anything else.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #53 
Kristian
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That's a lot of money.

I think I'll stay in Macedonia for college. :)
The technical University is world-wide recognized.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #54 
Sammi
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Lol, kev. No. I need a new brain. I just can't visualize things that well and I happened to get all the questions about turning and if you're in this lane turning into this lane and the signal says this and there's a this sign you need to what?
Lol. that probably sounds weird but I just have trouble with things like that. i know if I was on the road in that situation I would be able to do what it says safely, but I can't picture it in my head. Oh well. The Dept of Motor Vehicles is open again tomorrow, so I can try again. Doesn't cost anything to try, thank God.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #55 
wabzy

Sammi, if you go to Hofstra and plan to drive on Long Island in Nassau County you really had better know how to drive. It is insane! If you aren't ready for this hair-raising experience I hope you will leave the car home! It's dangerous out there! And , please, stay off the tennis courts if you can't visualize! LOL


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #56 
Sammi
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Don't have a car anyways---check.
Don't play tennis---check.

Don't worry, I'm good. Lol.


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Mon 5 Jan 09 #57 
wabzy

LOL! Glad to hear it, Sammi!


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