wow that 2007 program does not even look like the same skater.
A 2010 Olympian, Flatt, 18, will take a family vacation to Hawaii over the summer, work on her triple axel at the University of Delaware’s high performance center, participate in a freshman orientation at Stanford and look for a new coach in the Bay Area. Her parents have put their Springs home up for sale, with intentions of moving back to San Diego.
Flatt aims for a full load of courses in chemical engineering her initial quarter at Stanford, and she plans on competing in the Grand Prix series that runs from October to December. She also has circled the U.S. Championships in January in San Jose, Calif., a qualifier for the Four Continents Championships in February at World Arena and worlds in March in Nice, France. The next Winter Olympics are in February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Last edited by Iceman; 05-10-2011 at 08:33 PM. Reason: Rachael's plans for the coming year
It is possible - not definite, but possible - that she is in for a very rude shock about the difference between high school courses (even AP) and a full load of college engineering courses.
Last edited by dewey; 05-10-2011 at 09:39 PM.
Meh. I found college way easier than high school AP classes.
Of course it was not Stanford, but I had no trouble with my freshman classes in college (also in chem e), but needed to work 2-3x as hard starting in my sophomore year. It takes a lot of discipline and asking for help when needed, but that sounds like Rachael. I predict that she'll be okay, whether she stays in engineering or changes her major along the way.
At Stanford you have to live in the dorms the first year, and you are not allowed to have a car..................which makes it difficult to get to the rink. They want you to absorb and be part of the culture. Don't know about exceptions....and of course, they say no exceptions.
DH - and that's just my opinion
I agree, I went to a school with a well ranked engineering program (top ranked for petroleum engineering, which was my major at the time) and the kids with aptitude for it just breezed through freshman year. I could see from my friends that it got harder as it went along, but many of them barely studied that first year.
I on the other hand worked my ass of to earn my failing, or barely passing grades, and quickly switched my major to what I wanted it to be rather than what my Mom wanted it to be. Then I graduated with honors, despite having to pick up from a grade point that put me on probation.
Rachael has an aptitude for science, she'll be busy, but I bet she'll do fine. Skating might even force her to be more organized with her time, so she may even fare better than those who find their schedules wide open. Being disciplined with your time is one of the most difficult things about college.