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Title: Great news...
Post by: K_F on January 06, 2017, 06:57:27 AM
My youngest 'protege' has got his matric results.
B+ (75-80)average in all science subjects, Maths is down (C+) but he wants to redo it  :t (reasons below) and less important subjects like Languages/LO..ect (C-s).
We've got six months to finalise Uni applications for AeroNautical Engineering and by that time he will have redone his Maths.

He had a serious 'unknown' illness for 12 months, spanning grade-10&11, which had him absent for 75% of classes, setting him back so badly that he barely scraped through grade 10&11.
Going into Matric (Grade12) we were faced with a serious, fundamental basics problem in all Science subjects. For the 12 months leading up to June 2016, I 'rewrote' my school years with him and from April to June last year I had to let him go, as he gained speed... The year mark was always going to 'average' but he was improving in leaps and bounds and dedicated himself to the task. Maths was always a worry but he got at least a B/B+ for the final exam.. but his year mark, sadly, pulled him down.

Mannn.. I'm so happy with these two new gentlemen Mom and I are giving to the world.
(and they take no sh...t too  :biggrin: )
 :t

Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on January 19, 2017, 09:11:08 AM
Van,

Always good to hear a proud father in action.  :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on January 20, 2017, 05:45:59 AM
 :t Thank you..

We're all good to go with 3 sets of applications this weekend - each application with 2 or 3 options selected.
The 2nd/3rd options still allowing him to get back to the 1st option after the 1st year, and transferring nearly all the credits.

All 3 Uni's have not rejected us outright, so we take this as a good chance in getting accepted.
Being a foreign application and with our exchange rate in the gutter, it is going to cost an arm-and-a-leg... but nothing like best education in the world.
The Boy will also learn assembler, courtesy of this olde git  :lol:

 ;)
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on February 10, 2017, 06:28:47 AM
Just won a month long fight with bureaucracy  :t

In order to improve his application chances we asked for exam remarks (applications went well), and a rewrite of the two maths papers.
We immediately hit a bureaucrat, or someone of very limited intelligence.
One requirement for a rewrite was a preliminary acceptance letter from a Uni, which of course we did not have.

I explained that there was a 9 month time difference between Southern and Northern hemisphere academic years and Northern hemisphere applications only begin after our southern hemisphere supplementary exams are long gone. This did not make much difference to 'suzi' behind that desk.

Fark this imbecile, I sent my next email to the DA political party's head of education.. they passed the buck  :shock: well I be dammed.
Fark them too, next email to the Provincial(state) head of education... They accepted and passed the buck to a person who did reply promptly so I resent the application (it's now 2 weeks past the application date deadline). No reply.. a week later I sent another email... no reply.

I then promptly blew my top on Sunday, sending the state education department a scathing email.
They replied they have no received my emails, yet they have replied to all of them (except saying yes/no to our application) - Mannnn this lot are stupid.

Anyway one guy.. had the guts to phone me this morning, and said that everything was arranged and in good order.
I courteously thanked him for the prompt reply and helping so quickly (since I blew my lid).  :badgrin:

He did mention that his assistant had not seen my emails... yeah right !
I can tell exactly what happened ...  ;)
Sometimes you have to poke the pig with a hot poker  :lol:

Anyway the kid is studying on track for an A+ for maths (Hopefully  :bgrin:)
Exams start on the 20th Feb
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on February 10, 2017, 12:10:53 PM
 :biggrin:

Van,

And worse than this, the whole world is run this way.  :P
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on February 24, 2017, 07:06:56 AM
No.. It's worse than that with these idiots..

They said that they'll sms the exam details to my phone.... :icon13: before the exam - tomorrow.
I find this lot are all big on verbal promises where there is no actual evidence to fall back on, like emails  ;)

I never trusted them (Well you'd be a fool to do so  :t) and contacted the big guns this morning who I'd knew would needle them.
The exam venue had changed....  :icon_eek: and a lot of people would have gone to the wrong place, and would have been too late for the exams.

I realise that this sound silly.. but the education in this place is sabotaging itself with their ineptitude.
I'm not surprised that New Zealand is not recognising any SA degrees, post 2011.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on February 24, 2017, 09:24:47 AM
I get what you mean, saying that it was run like a house of ill repute would be an insult to the oldest profession.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on February 25, 2017, 07:20:53 PM
First Maths paper done.. annnnnd, looking very good (on first analysis).

One examiner had an off attitude.. We all have bad days - don't bring it to work, or find another career.
 :biggrin:

Final exam done... it seems we can expect a big improvement in Maths (Here's hoping  :t)
3 Uni applications done... now to dredge up some more places to study. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on March 02, 2017, 05:02:08 AM
Remarks are in.. a little improvement but every point counts  :icon14:

All we need is a 4% increase in Maths... and we're on target  :bgrin:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 10, 2017, 02:56:44 AM
Maths results are in... A whopping 79%, averaged with his end of year results - which means he averaged at least 93% for these supp exams.
Corrected - the 79% is the maximum of the two exams.
 :eusa_boohoo: :eusa_boohoo: :eusa_boohoo: :eusa_boohoo: :eusa_boohoo:

A busy week-end this week end
 :bgrin:
 :t :t :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on May 10, 2017, 01:55:08 PM
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: LordAdef on May 10, 2017, 06:30:48 PM
Hi K_F,

Good luck there and congratulations. I hope everything gets sorted it out as expected. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: Magnum on May 11, 2017, 07:54:18 AM
My youngest 'protege' has got his matric results.
B+ (75-80)average in all science subjects, Maths is down (C+) but he wants to redo it  :t (reasons below) and less important subjects like Languages/LO..ect (C-s).
We've got six months to finalise Uni applications for AeroNautical Engineering and by that time he will have redone his Maths.

He had a serious 'unknown' illness for 12 months, spanning grade-10&11, which had him absent for 75% of classes, setting him back so badly that he barely scraped through grade 10&11.
Going into Matric (Grade12) we were faced with a serious, fundamental basics problem in all Science subjects. For the 12 months leading up to June 2016, I 'rewrote' my school years with him and from April to June last year I had to let him go, as he gained speed... The year mark was always going to 'average' but he was improving in leaps and bounds and dedicated himself to the task. Maths was always a worry but he got at least a B/B+ for the final exam.. but his year mark, sadly, pulled him down.

Mannn.. I'm so happy with these two new gentlemen Mom and I are giving to the world.
(and they take no sh...t too  :biggrin: )
 :t

Great job. :-)

I had trouble with math too.

Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: LordAdef on May 11, 2017, 09:29:03 PM
I'm surrounded by mathematicians, father-in-law and brother-in-law.

Not surprisingly, I had a bit of a hard time to be accepted in the clan.... 
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: Siekmanski on May 11, 2017, 11:27:18 PM
Congratulations to your smart son.  :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 12, 2017, 01:52:43 AM
Thanks.. a great relief  for us all.

A slight correction from the school.. the report has the maximum of the two marks, so he got an average of 79% for the two exams he wrote.
Still great stuff.
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: caballero on May 12, 2017, 02:17:26 AM
Well, you'll invite us to something. A round of beer :biggrin: :lol:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 15, 2017, 05:02:37 AM
Unbelievable ... I spent from 07:30 to 18:00 today doing 7 Uni applications  :shock:
And to get Mr Smartass/Know-it-all to write those covering letters in an appropriate way.. jeezus.

It's like Dude... I like to be rebellious and smart so I can write what I want.

Well Dumbo.. people my age will be reading that, and they think like I do... you put smart-alec stuff in there and you're out..pronto.
Argue .. argue.. fffing argue.. then he writes some mind blowing stufff.

That little (Well.. he's bigger than me  :lol:) twerp knows how to wind me up.
 8)
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 21, 2017, 01:13:47 AM
One application rejection - Limerick. Rejection purely that he had not written exams in the UK. I think this is purely administrative as according to international conversion standards, he's way above the A-Level acceptance minimum.  :shock:

Trinity College (Dublin) have accepted with an unconditional offer  :t :t  within 2 days of application..  :icon_eek: WOW :icon_eek:.. that was fast.
We have two weeks to compare other results... before accepting.

Mom and I were crying with joy.. but the boy deserves it - he's worked like a dog - it's been a long 1.5 years
 :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:

Edt: Are there any Irish folk here that have any thoughts/knowledge on Trinity. It looks good on the web ?
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 23, 2017, 03:24:25 AM
.. Annnd another offer,... Maynooth.

Hell's, this throws the cat amongst the pidgeons !!
We'll have to do some fast thinking.

If this is the going rate, I expect all our apllications to go through.
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 27, 2017, 05:58:52 AM
Cork is expected any moment (Comms/emails on the go)... hopefully the price is right as this is the one we want  :t

 :biggrin: 8) :icon_eek: :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on May 30, 2017, 09:59:45 AM
This is funny.. like you're waiting with 'baited breath' - sh1t I hope you don't smell like fish  :badgrin: :badgrin:

Anyway.. we're into the last 24 hour stretch -->> It looks like Cork and Dublin are slow (Pity) so we have to go with the other two, as the first deadline is 1June.
That's fine as they're all are of a similar standard.... the home run!!
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on May 30, 2017, 05:52:04 PM
If your young bloke studies in Ireland, by the time he comes back you will hear "To be sure, to be sure".  :P
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 01, 2017, 03:36:17 AM
 :biggrin:  :biggrin:  True.

Maynooth it is.  :t :t

Cork came in positive an hour ago, but Trinity and Cork are just out of our reach with ZA's economic junk status (thanks to those who can't count  ::) ).
He can look at postgrad at those others.

Well!, this is a relief... we're on our way.
 8)
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on June 01, 2017, 05:27:24 AM
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 08, 2017, 01:15:31 AM
Maigh Nuad confirmed, signed and sealed... now to empty my bank account  :icon_eek:

 :t :eusa_boohoo: :icon14: :icon14: :biggrin:  :idea:

University College Dublin has also just come in positive.. all too expensive though.
But it's nice to know he made the grade with definite confirmations.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on June 08, 2017, 01:36:27 AM
We don't have a "sobbing" smiley so the  :eusa_boohoo: will have to do with the soon to be depleted bank account.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 08, 2017, 01:59:12 AM
Some advice for other Masm parents here wrt to the path we've gone with these applications.

Ireland caters for a percentage of foreign students, it looks like it's around 10%.
As the wife's Irish colleague at work says, they do this to supplement their income as the EU students get in cheaply, whereas foreigners pay the full price (+- 24,000.00 Euros, before accommodation and food)).

As a prospective foreigner, or EU student, there is the Central Applications Office that you can apply to, and they place you.
I don't like 3rd party's, so we applied direct to each Uni faculty, which redirected us to their International Admissions Office (IAO).
Most IAO's are very helpful, and it's so far been around 80 emails flying back and forth, plus a few phone calls.

Out of 7 applications:
- I didn't bother with Galway, as they wanted Ye Olde postal service - I think the internet avoided them, or visa versa.. so comms would be difficult.
- Limerick rejected outright on grounds that A had not done UK/Irish A-Levels, although his results were above min requirements.
- Trinity College came in first. Looked good but we were apprehensive about academic prices and cost of city living.
- Maynooth came in 2nd with a much lower price. I was dumbstruck with the prices and after inquiries all was confirmed. We now waited before confirmation.
- Cork came in next, but prices were the same as Trinity. We had already accepted Maynooth's deadline.
- UCD came in now, but the same as Cork and Trinity.
- DCU (Dublin City University) we had no response at all.

The first result in, Limerick rejection, was 'devastating' for A, but I encouraged him to hang on, and with the following positive results pouring in the boy was toi-toi'ing around the house.

After fighting with our local educational system, I can say Ireland's been a breeze.
Go the individual uni application route with your kids. Remember education is a 'business' and you're looking for the best bang for your buck (that you can afford), so don't be shy.
It's been 7 months on this particular journey, 2.5 years in total to bring the boy up to speed. I'm sure he's richer for the experience.
 :t


Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: Rockphorr on June 10, 2017, 08:59:26 PM
Are you solve something like this when you get ready ?
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: Siekmanski on June 10, 2017, 09:19:55 PM
42  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 11, 2017, 04:17:01 AM
42  :biggrin:
You joke .. but I saw something mathematical (IIRC) recently, but for the fark I cannot remember where, and 42 was the solution to a big equation/'or thing'.
I say thing cause it struck me that 42 was it... as dilly as it sounds.  :redface:

It'll come back sometime.. and I post again
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 27, 2017, 05:31:47 AM
All payments done... Dah boy iz n space-cadet student  :icon_mrgreen:
Flight bookings tomorrow night... and we're orffffff  :t

I suppose in a way it's a pity he couldn't study locally... Well.. he could have but the standards have fallen through the floor over here.
There are one or two places that might still be 'ok', but on the international charts... they just don't feature.

Good Education costs... free education is worth peanuts
 ;)


Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: aw27 on June 27, 2017, 06:33:35 AM
Dah boy iz n space-cadet student[/i]  :icon_mrgreen:

All the best for your son and for you.  :t
I had not the same success with mine despite all my efforts.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on June 28, 2017, 03:51:17 AM
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on July 19, 2017, 07:24:43 AM
All is complete.... Mission accomplished for the younger.
The elder has just signed a big contract.. which is par for his course plan.

Good news all around.
:t




Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on August 18, 2017, 07:35:00 AM
Two weeks to go... All bookings and goodies.. all done... all set to go.  :eusa_boohoo:

If there's any type of problem.. it's dealing with a Uni's bureaucracy... the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and visa-versa.
Countless emails (and a few phone calls) confirming the obvious and making sure each department knows what's going on... what a headache  :icon_exclaim:
And in between the mess, one or two shining individuals that pull the the whole Uni admin together - they need a raise  :t

Anyone like to see the trip photos ?
 :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: mineiro on August 18, 2017, 08:35:47 AM
congratulations sir K_F;
You're being a good father, mine was like you but leave me early.
Well, prices so much expansive on your place but each cent have their value.  :t
Keep us informed, I'm following the topic.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: caballero on August 18, 2017, 05:50:04 PM
Anyone like to see the trip photos ?
It would be nice, maybe as links to external sites to avoid occupy space here.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on August 19, 2017, 03:07:39 AM
You're being a good father, mine was like you but leave me early.
My parents got divorced when I was 10, and I probably saw him 4 times in 35 years thereafter - the last stretch was 15 years.
We were down in the ditch and my mother held 2(3) jobs simultaneously to keep us (3 kids) afloat.
You learn fight and never give up, but most of all be truthful to yourself and others.  ;)

I only contacted him again because my kids were asking after him. I thought it about time he saw what he had missed.
He was older and more humble, and a very good grandfather to the kids - I was happy I had contacted him.
He died 4 years later after that 'reunion'.

My step mother said he changed after that meeting, and my wife said that I was less aggressive and happier.
I suppose we just want to give our kids the opportunities we never had, the household/family life that we could only have dreamt about.
 :t

Quote
It would be nice, maybe as links to external sites to avoid occupy space here
Imgur would be a good place  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on September 06, 2017, 04:03:32 AM
We have arrived.... :biggrin:

https://m.imgur.com/qx80Yc2
https://m.imgur.com/teAqonR
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: caballero on September 06, 2017, 05:00:46 AM
nice shots :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on September 11, 2017, 11:19:10 AM
 :biggrin:

Van,

So this is what a chip off the old block looks like. Like the 2nd photo as well, nice looking old building.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on September 15, 2017, 05:57:57 AM
Getting around..
Galarus Oratory..
https://imgur.com/a/kJvX4 (https://imgur.com/a/kJvX4)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallarus_Oratory (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallarus_Oratory)

BallyDavid..  remote areas on the west coast
https://imgur.com/a/RRdjb (https://imgur.com/a/RRdjb)
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on September 15, 2017, 09:19:42 AM
 :biggrin:

Van, now I know why you have your young fella studying overseas, an excuse for a holiday as a tourist.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on September 17, 2017, 03:14:58 AM
It was, .. a good all in one package. :biggrin:
We haven't been on a holiday for yonks, and the wife always wanted to visit Ireland.
Her mother and grandmother originally come from there... visited the cousins ..etc.
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on September 20, 2017, 11:44:03 PM
Sitting in the middle of Penny's while the wife shops..
zzzzzz :lol:
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on September 21, 2017, 12:31:26 AM
 :biggrin:

You know how it is, you have to keep the girls happy.  :P
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on November 01, 2017, 07:23:54 AM
The boyz ripping along at 95%+ for theoretical physics after a few assignments  :shock:
Other subjects are running at upper 60's, lower 70's, but he says it's a learning curve wrt required assignment formats.
One good one out of 4, with the other 3 improving, is good... with only 1 month into uni.

Shyt I'm getting excited.. from planes to space planes.  :icon_mrgreen:
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on December 06, 2017, 08:12:06 AM
30th anni today..
Pilot done well with his penultimate airline exam, one more to go before he also moves abroad.
Rocket scientist really enjoying his uni maths... Fark.. this is such important news, you have no idea  :t :t

Lets hope no shyte happens anywhere.
 :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: Siekmanski on December 06, 2017, 09:30:00 AM
Congratulations.  :t
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on December 12, 2017, 09:07:47 AM
 :t
I think he's forming a chip off the old block..  :redface:

On numerous occasions in lectures they've been given options and have to explain their choices.
He says that when he explains his choices everyone else looks at him if he's nutz... but the lecturers say he is correct.  :shock:

I've always encouraged the kids to trust their instincts, no matter what the world thinks.. so maybe this is working for the greater good.
 :idea:


Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: hutch-- on December 12, 2017, 09:48:05 AM
Van,

Sounds like a smart kid, a lack of herd instinct is a true virtue. I would not encourage him to go to West New Guinea having watched a few docos on flying there, some of those airstrips on mountain tops would be hard for a helicopter pilot to land on let alone a conventional aircraft.
Title: Re: Great news...
Post by: K_F on December 16, 2017, 03:42:07 AM
I think it's a mixture of smart and hard work.

He looks very tired, but hammering away at his work.
We're bringing him home for a little break and home study time - A refresher of sorts.

He does sound a bit homesick, but this is natural for first time away, and we always knew he would have to come back for Xmas.
He'll go back 're-energised' for 1st semester exams.

Shame.. he's had to learn to cook, wash and clean, all the while studying in a high stress environment - looks like he's handling it well though.
 :t