Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mid-week review

I have finished undergraduate teaching for a few weeks and enjoying the comparative freedom of doing my own research.

I hope you too had a good week. How's life treating you?

As usual too I welcome your comments on my blog.


Not my real name said...

Well, the end of your teaching marks the beginning of our exams :) Other than that, life is good!

conrad said...

I have thought of a good way for you to stay fit that should be an easy routine.

There is a bicycle track that goes from close to Ivanhoe (Merri Creek track) all the way to La Trobe. It gets a bit hard to find at one stage where you need to turn off onto another track. This means you could ride from home to work and back without having to go on the street (perhaps 45 minutes -- try doing it on the weekend to find out). Just leave a pile of clothes at work.

hc said...

nmrn. you have my sympathies. I always dreaded exams.

conrad, I walk a fair bit of that at each end. I walk from LTU down to about the end of that large grassland area and from Eaglemont to Dan Murphies to Darebin St. I've got a bike so will give it a go. Some of Merri Creek not very aesthetic - plastic bags, garbage, bad drain smells.

civitas said...

Just spent a week in Napa Valley, ahhhhhh, what a marvelous place. Toured the campus at Stanford with my oldest daughter. Lovely place, $45,000 a year, room and board inlcuded. What a bargain, eh?

hc said...

civitas, I spent some time in Napa Valley years ago - agree a great place and good red wines - when in Boston last year drank a range of chardonnays from NV also very good.

With $45,000 a year (I assume dad pays?) you might need to tighten your belt. Much cheaper in Australia - but not Stanford.

civitas said...

"With $45,000 a year (I assume dad pays?)"

Amazingly, no. Not all of it, unless you can actually afford to pay the fullf reight and no doubt some people can. During the financial aid discussion part of the tour, the admission counselor indicated that there is no merit based scholarship at Stanford (as everyone there would obviously qualify for it since they got IN to Stanford to begin with). It's all need based. They take your FAFSA form, your families financial form that discloses what you make, what you owe, etc., then they consider what your family has the ability to pay based on that form, how many kids they have, when they're going to college, etc. Then they make up the rest. Stanford is apparently so well endowed they can actually afford to do this. No student is turned away for lack of finances. If you get accepted, you're in and they figure out how to pay for you. So for us, with several daughters who will be in college at the same time, we'd be expected to pay less than someone with only one child, or someone who makes more. Pretty great, eh?