Both boys are trying to decide what fields they pursue once they get into college. For now Channing is thinking some kind of Bio-Med or Genetics program.
Mackinley is trying to choose between game design (computer engineering) and Materials Engineering.
Beside the benefits of exploring the subjects that interest them.
Brown will do other things for the boys: It will put them in contact with other high achieving students. Living in a small community the options for interaction with peers who want to go beyond the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary. The friendships they make now will help them continue now and in the future.
Beyond that a summer course at Brown may help them get accepted into college later on.
If the boys follow the path their sister took, then the next step will be taking an internship between their junior and senior years in high school. This is the last summer for them to attend this type of program, although we could always switch things up.
It's been nine days since we've had any contributors and it seems like we are stalled. If you have any ideas for getting the word out we'd sure appreciate it. It's time for brainstorming. (I love that word - brainstorm. Unfortunately when I have storms in my head they don't have the desired affect...)
Someone asked "What are the boys doing to earn money toward their tuition?"
As they are only fundraising for half their tuition and the rest is being paid by their parents we are setting up a schedule of yard and garden work for them. They will work off a significant part of their tuition at $5.00 and hour each. Does that seem like too little to you guys? It's under minimum wage.
Channing and Mackinley are also working on additional fundraisers that they will run. We are discussing a raffle of some kind, a Tea for the Twins with an author or other local celebrity.
They are open to ideas so if you have a great fundraising idea feel free to pass it along.
If I'm going to mention rocky starts then I have to talk about Channing and Hydrocephalus. Shortly after The boys recovered from RSV Channing was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus - which is a medical condition whereby instead of circulating, spinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain. This is a problem because eventually the empty spaces are all taken up and the fluid begins pressing on the brain and will eventually cause brain damage.
Luckily, Channing's doctor discovered the problem and Channing had his first surgery before his fontanel (the soft spot on a baby's head) had closed. So no brain damage, thank the powers that be. In fact he's turned out to be pretty smart. I won't go into gory details, and I've lost count of the number of surgeries he's had to endure. I clearly remember the first two at seven months, and twenty-two months. There have been two or three surgeries to correct problems with the shunt that was put in, and one horrific surgery when he was in fourth or fifth grade.
Perhaps the worst part is knowing that the system can fail at any time and send us running for the Emergency Room.
Ask if you have questions - I'm fine with answering what I can
What do I mean by a rocky start? At five months old both Channing and Mackinley were diagnosed with RSV - a badass respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. It is especially debilitating for infants and seniors. Channing was admitted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for five days while Mackinley slugged it out at home.
Personally, I think both boys should have been in the hospital. While Channing suffered mild asthma for a few years, Mackinley had asthma attacks for the next ten years and we had to have a nebulizer to treat him at home. Luckily, they both eventually outgrew the asthma and have gone on to become athletes.
Our next update will be about Channing and his struggle with hydrocephalus.
After a bit of a rocky start in life, the George Twins have thrived and are now doing great in academics, sports, theater and music. They've been accepted into Brown University's Pre-College Summer Program. Financial Aid has been maxed for this program so now we need to find the funds. Will you help? The combined tuition for the Brown Summer Program is nearly $10,000 and we are asking for your help with half of that.