January 2nd, 2005

College decisions

Okay, so I'm a Brit writing a novel concerning an American 18 year old boy and his peers (which consist of both girls and boys, if that needs to be known).

My problem is concerning colleges and such.

About when in the final year (I assume it's the final year in which American high-school students choose their colleges) do students begin deciding what colleges they'll be going to? Exactly how much will making decisions about the future/college dominate their lives, both in and outside of school? When do students have to make a final decision about their lives after highschool? What are the options if a student decides not to go to college? What sort of pressure would they receive from family, teachers etc in both cases (whether they decide to go to college or not)?

In short, I'm at a complete loss as to college decisions and whatnot, so any and every bit of information, personal experience and whatever else offered would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and if the information is needed, in the group of peers there is about four of them, and most probably, only the one will decide to go to college, but I'm not completely solid on whether or not that will be the case or not.

I apologise for the complete generalisation of this topic, but like I said, I know just about nothing concering the general of it, let alone the specific. :\

Thanks for anything in advance.

[Edit] Okay... thanks to everyone so far, I've got a small jist of things... but apparently a little more detail into characters is needed, so yeah...

The characters in question are generally party animals - out every weekend with a bottle in one hand and a cigarette in the other... that kinda thing. Character W comes from a considerably rich family (but due to the fact that he resents his family's wealth, was very reluctant to go to a private school like his parents insisted he did, and so, didn't), Character X from a fairly poor family (enough money to get by quite humbly, but nothing for the pleasures like vacations and whatnot else), and Characters Y and Z are between average and quite well off. All are of average intelligence (maybe slightly lower than, using evidence from their, what would be called, 'wild and careless' antics outside of school), though very apathetic about education (as in they only go to school because they have to).

Urm... I hope that's enough. If there's anymore detail that needs to be given, I will quite willingly give it. [/Edit]

Short time reader, first-time poster..

Hi! I'd just like to say, this is a fantastic community, and I consider myself lucky to have come across it. Looking at some past entries, you all seem to be a remarkably helpful lot, and I anticipate making good use of this place for some time to come, since I've got an annoying habit of being a perfectionist myself.

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I've heard of this superstition thing where if an eyelash falls out, you put it on the back of your left hand and blow on it and make a wish...If it stays, your wish will come true. If it gets blown away...it doesn't.

Is there any information on where this might've originated or if this is a valid, used superstition anywhere?

Thanks for your help~

xkuro

Edit: Thanks for all your answers, everyone :D Very informative and helpful. ^^ Is there anything this community doesn't know? XD
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Riots

I am totally blocked in the chapter I am currently revising of a historical novel set in Late Antiquity. The chapter is set in a large city in Gaul where there are a lot of students (historically accurate so far as it goes; I know the university came to an end sometime around the 5th cnetury but not exactly when). There are growing tensions between students and locals, partly the normal student/town thing one always gets, partly religious conflict (locals are so old-fashioned Christian that they view the Chi-Rho with suspicion - authentic fact; while most of the students etc are Christian, some are Neoplatonists).

It culminates in an arson attack on the building where the mathematicians are studying, but I want a build up of violence. So far there';s been a lot of name calling and throwing of various items; I need to fill in the gaps.

Any suggestions, either direct or where I could look?

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Hi. De-lurking, blah blah.

I'm writing a fic in which one of my characters is a single dad with a four-year-old son.

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So my current questions are roughly as follows:

1. What is an average day/week like for a single parent with a pretty well-behaved four-year-old?

2. How might that child react to his father dating for the first time, especially considering he'll be dating another man?


I'm sure I'll think of more questions, but that's it for the moment. I have limited experience with young children and, frankly, don't plan to have kids of my own. Ever. But my muse and my best friend insist that I must write this particular story. Any information will be appreciated.
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Postcards from Tokyo

How would a seven-year-old girl of African origin be treated growing up in Tokyo? Her parents are both university professors (for that matter, how feasable is that? One is culinary arts and the other is African History).

In the canon, there was recently a *HUGE* global event that made people come together on a world basis, but my fic is set about three years after that, so I would imagine that people would still hold onto their old ways a lot.

Prague questions?

Is anyone here familiar with the city of Prague? I'm researching actual buldings and tourist sites there as much as I can, and fortunately there's a great deal on the net. But I'm wondering what a tourist might think overall going through famous parts of the city or arriving in the downtown area. Are there many old buildings all together, or is it basically very modern? If you've been there, what was your general impression? This would be the current time. (This is a child from the U.S. who has never been outside the U.S., if that helps.)

I hope these questions aren't too vague, but I'm looking for a general idea of the place. I've never travelled in Europe at all.

Thanks so much for any help. I really appreciate it.
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German airports

Does anyone know of an airport in Germany that's near a large lake? It doesn't have to be right next to the lake, but it should at most be an hour's drive. Also, if you know of any sites that would have pictures of a German airport, it'll be greatly appreciated.

Actually, any information about German airports would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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On Sturdy Cars...

So, I know nothing about cars, except that I think most antique ones are beautiful. :-P

Background: My characters are driving down a country road that's very closed in by trees, and it's the middle of the night. They've just passed a car coming the opposite way, so they've got their dims on, and they're going about 40 miles an hour. All of a sudden a seven foot tall, 350 pound weretiger comes bounding out of the trees at the edge of their lights. (So maybe 30 feet in front? I dunno how far ahead the illumination from headlights on the dim setting would extend.) They slam on the brakes, but the weretiger freezes rather than keep running, so they hit it full on, flipping it over their hood--and maybe over the roof, I'm not sure.

Questions: What kind of car(s), if any, available in the U.S.--modern or not--would be able to take that kind of a hit and still be in driveable condition? How much damage would a hit like that cause to said vehicle, and what internal problems would be immediately noticable (rattling engine, etc)?

And no, a Mack truck isn't an option. ^.^

As always, many thanks in advance to those who can help.

ETA: I can change the details of the collision, if this scenerio is totally unfeasable. It's not chipped out in stone or anything, nor do I have my heart set on it happening exactly the way I described the set-up. So if there's no way in Hell this could happen, any and all suggestions as to how my characters could run down a weretiger but still drive away will be greatly appreciated.
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