Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Alex's First Class At The University Of Nevada Reno



Song:  Feelin' Stronger Everyday

Group:  Chicago



Today...
Alex attended his first day of his Probability and Statistics course
at the University of Nevada Reno.

Although Alex is still 13 years old...
we have been keeping a portfolio of his achievements and test scores.  

He has been taking official College entrance exams since he was in the 6th grade.

Even in the 6th grade...
we could have had him enter a college had we really wanted to.

His SAT scores in the 6th grade were higher than the national average of 
college bound graduating High School Seniors...in all areas.

However, we are not parents who wish to rush things.

We knew that as an 11 year old... he was still immature in many areas.
Plus, as his performance in University is part of his permanent records...
we wanted to be sure he would EXCEL in his University courses...
and not merely pass them.

It was his scores in his last college entrance exam (in May) which told us he was 
ready to excel while taking University courses at an actual University
(vs just online).


As I had previously stated in an article on Alex's last ACT scores...
besides Alex getting a perfect score in the Math portion...
he had placed in the top 1% in the nation of all college bound 
graduating High School Seniors who had taken the ACT college entrance exam
in the overall score...including the essay portion.

Alex's ACT scores, while still in 8th grade...
was what had impressed the University so much as to allow him to take courses there...
and for a math professor to allow him to take higher math without the normal prerequisites.

At first, it took some doing to explain why Alex had no High School transcripts...
because Alex has yet to enter High School  :)

We were very fortunate to have had a University recruiter who had gotten his
Master's in education and had also specialized in 2E children.

He waived the admission fees and smoothed the way for Alex's admission
to the University.


It was but a short walk to his class from the parking garage.




This is a student lounge for between classes.


As we had arrived early...
after ensuring the location of the classroom...
Alex and I walked around some of the campus so I could take some photos.





This is where I will probably spend most of my time starting tomorrow...
while Alex is in his class.

There is plenty of shade...
it is very peaceful...
and I will have a good book to keep me company.

As we still had half an hour to kill before his class started...
we just lounged on the grass and talked of his future.

We talked of how this was the beginning of a great life for him...
of how education unlocks the doors to opportunity...
of how those opportunities directly translate to happiness in life...
not only because it would give him enough money to have a nice place to live...
to have enough to eat well and to travel the world later on
as well as having a great retirement...
I stressed that one of the keys to having a great life...
is enjoying what one does as a profession.

By enjoying everyday at work...
his truly lived life is actually longer than those who do not like their jobs...
as those hours spent on his job...feeling good about his life after his job...
and the time spent looking forward to going back to work...
all add up to living life to the fullest...all the time.




I told Alex that in the future...
should I not be at his class when it ended for the day...
to check here...
as I had probably fallen asleep in the shade  :)


This is the lounge I stayed in today...
as it was near Alex's classroom.

I had the receipt of payment for his course in my pocket...
just in case there was a problem somewhere between 
the admissions office...and the teacher's roll sheet.



This is Alex during his class...
sitting in the front...and in the center.

I had to snap this picture quickly as I must have looked strange hanging around the door
(and yes...I hovered outside the door and waited for the instructor 
to walk to the right of his classroom before I took this picture  :)

I had told Alex that he should always seek to sit front and center.

It not only shows respect to his teachers...
it shows them that he is there to learn...
that he is hungry for every bit of knowledge...
and so, that he wishes to see and hear everything.

Although the classrooms are set up so everyone may see and hear clearly...
it is not the actual physical act of sitting up front and in the center 
which determines much...
it does, however, matter psychologically.

To purposely sit in the back or on the sides usually means one of two things...
apathy or timidity.

Neither is good.

In a classroom...
Alex must have the spirit of a Tiger.

His prey is knowledge.

Everyday, he must prepare himself psychologically for his feast.

He must sit front and center with focused eyes and mind...
constantly scanning his surroundings for his prey...
ever ready to bare his fangs and claws...
ever ready to pounce and devour.





After Alex's class had finished...
we walked back to the car.





Alex feels proud to be walking amongst University students as a peer.



We are slightly altering Alex's schedule.

As he will be going to the University everyday...
as soon as he gets home...
he will review his notes for the day...until dinner
(after dinner he will have free time).

As soon as he wakes up the next day...
he will study for this class before he works on his other courses...
then at 3 PM...we will conduct his daily exercises...
he will then shower...
eat a light snack while he reviews his notes once again...
and we will then leave for the University.

Alex said there were approximately 30 students in his classroom...
 that there will be a daily test of the material covered during the previous day
(which will add up to be 25% of the grade)...
and that there will be three major exams which will each constitute 25% of the final grade.

Sometime soon...
I will be breaking down Alex's study time for this Summer...by subject.
I will also talk about some new leisure reading books my wife had ordered for Alex.

Right now...
it is midnight and I just had to have Alex wind down and get ready for bed.

During much of his free time...
he is often on his laptop...
 typing away on his latest novel.

Although he still must edit his first draft of his first novel...
he feels the need to work on new novels.

He wants to publish one of them sometime this Summer.

He just notified me that any royalties he makes from his novels...
we must report to the IRS  :)








2 comments:

  1. A great opportunity for Alex to get a taste of the college experience. I am sure he will enjoy it and do well.

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  2. Yes, he loves how everyone is so mature and is serious about studying :)

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