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Old 03-28-2019, 09:03 AM
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Just a couple updates.

Dasha visited Harvard and very much liked it. But she was unable to tour the fencing facilities. The coach and the team were, if I understood correctly, not on campus and the facility was closed. Photo below is at Harvard.

She played telephone tag with the fencing coach from M.I.T. but never got to actually meet with the coach. She did get to tour the M.I.T. fencing facility.

Tuesday evening they traveled from Boston southwest to New Haven, Conn and then toured Yale on Wednesday. Dasha was not impressed with their engineering or their computer science offerings. Looks like Yale has been crossed off the list of schools she will consider. She and her mom check in/update me daily and send me a picture with Dasha in front of some building or sign from the campus. Didn't even bother to send a photo from Yale so that says something about Dasha's feelings about Yale.

Wednesday evening she arrived in New York City. Today & Friday she will visit Columbia & NYU. Emails have previously been dispatched to the fencing coaches at both schools, hopefully she can see the NYU fencing facilities. If I understand it correctly, there are no large centralized fencing facility at Columbia, rather they utilize a couple local fencing clubs for their training facilities so not sure how to advise Dasha, but she will at, very least, try to meet up with the Columbia coaches.
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So the lovely Mrs Bob and I have things 98% confirmed for travel plans for this month with Dasha our near Olympic level fencing student.

100% confirmed: Melen, the lovely Mrs_Bob, Dasha & myself are flying to San Francisco with Dasha on March 12, staying in that area until March 16. While we are there we will visit Stanford University to tour the campus and meet the saber coach for their division 1 team. We plan to be there for 3 full days, 2 of which are just 'tourist' days to see the San Fran area as its an area that my family has never visited so Dasha gets to travel with us ... whether she wants to or not!

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One of the reasons that Melen went on the SanFrancisco trip with us is because she received a job offer from CISCO Systems, which is headquartered just a few miles south of San Francisco and adjacent to Stanford's campus.

This morning Melen accepted the job offer with CISCO

To be honest, CISCO was her 2nd choice job. She was hoping for Cummins Diesel. They have not gotten back to her and time is running out on her ability to reply to CISCO so she gave up on Cummins and accepted CISCO.

In my humble opinion, given the very specific type of law that Melen wants to practice, the CISCO job is probably the better job for her to take. So professionally I believe this is the right choice. Emotionally I'm not happy with her being so far away from us again and neither is the lovely Mrs_Bob. So its a mixed bag with this job. Good for her, not so great for us?
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Going to visit NOTRE DAME with Dasha but date is not set. Possibly April 16???

We are trying to find a date that will work but the available dates are filling up pretty quickly and our time is running out before finals and standardized testing is scheduled for some weekends. The school also, being Catholic, limits tours due to Palm Sunday, Easter weekend, etc.

Notre Dame has one of the best teams in the nation. ACC Championships. Several individual NCAA champions. Several Olympians. So it would be good to get her there. Might have to pull her out of school mid-week some week to make the trip?



We also are hoping to get the DUKE and University of N.C. Chapel Hill. Both have pretty strong fencing teams, both have good computer science programs and pretty good engineering. So she should visit both of those schools too. Unfortunately the lovely Mrs_Bob and I have travel plans with Melen to move her to California so that will eat up a couple weeks in May. Dasha will be moving to Boston in early June? June might be the only practical time to try to get in a North Carolina trip ... not sure if she would be able to fly in from Boston to meet us in Raleigh and pull off a N.C. 2 college visit.

Running out of time with our 'adopted' daughter!
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Just a follow up.

Notre Dame University tomorrow. Probably pictures tomorrow too?

We have a meeting set up with the #1 fencing coach of the #1 women's fencing team, and ACC and NCAA #1 overall fencing team in the USA tomorrow at NOON. After the meeting we take a campus tour at 2pm. After the campus tour we visit Admissions and Financial Aid. After that we go back to meet the fencing team, watch their practice, etc.


Still trying to figure out a visit to UNC-Chapel Hill and DUKE universities. Not sure that is going to happen.
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Congrats to Mel Sounds like you will getting more frequent flyer miles.
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Congrats to Mel Sounds like you will getting more frequent flyer miles.
Actually we have been USING them to fly for free/cheap
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Notre Dame University visit today. Nearly 3 hours with the coach, follow up meeting at Summer Nationals, and she got invited back for a 2 day visit as soon as the school year starts so she can attend classes and visit with the team. Coach told her he will basically get her into the school, wants her on the team, but didn't promise any scholarship. We also went to the orientation, campus tour, ate at one of the dining halls, etc etc... Great day for her.

Notre Dame was her first choice school when she arrived in the US, then it completely fell off her list of choices. Now after visiting a bunch of schools, and spending the day on campus today, it seems to have elevated into the top 5 choices.
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Looks like Notre Dame likes Dasha... at least the head coach does.

He is looking for some scholarship $$$

This arrived last evening!
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Shes is really lucky you've chosen to take her under your wing. I full well know that my parents could't have helped me financially as far as your help has allowed her to go.

But I've a question on sports such as this sport. Where is the money and the financial rewards for their dedication to the sport. In ordinary sports a person could turn pro but fencing, swimming and some others where do the rewards kick in to feed and cloth yourself and keep a roof over your head.

Or is all the effort and training come to nothing in the end?
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Just my opinion but I think all sports help us develop and grow in ways we would not have otherwise. No financial benefit. Like many others, I played baseball and basketball when I was young. I rowed on my HS crew team for four years. Got to travel and see things that I otherwise wouldn't have. I learned teamwork and comradery. Baseball skills transferred into adult softball and helped me make friendships at work and in community. I've also coached baseball, girls softball and youth basketball to help share my skills with young teams when my kids were growing up.

I feel there are and were many rewards for me because of sports, but none of them fed me or clothed me or put a roof over my head.

If Dasha's skills help pay for her college education that in itself is a huge financial benefit, besides the other benefits she will get from excelling in her sport.
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Scholarships, which are rare and limited by NCAA rules, are likely the biggest financial reward. A few are under contract to NIKE yo endorse their shoes but I doubt it pays much. Mostly it costs money.
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Today is the day we send Dasha away to Boston.

We've been spending a lot of time with her these last 3 weeks of school. She's been spending as many nights at our home as possible. Taking her to family events, attempting to teach her how to play Putt Putt Golf, visiting some of Chicago's less seen sights and various local neighborhoods and haunts.

Dasha gets on an airplane today at 2pm to fly off to Boston.

Her next coach is someone I'm in pretty close contact with and he is aware of her current fencing issues that need some extra attention. His club can provide what my club cannot. He has several high level fencers who can challenge Dasha and his club is open 7 days per week for this month as his fencers train to attend the National Championships. He even arranged for her to live with a family that is within walking distance to the school she will attend and the fencing club.

The lovely Mrs_Bob and I will see her again in 1 month when we pick her up at the airport and take her to the National Championships. I expect that her fencing will be better 30 days from today than it is today because I've seen her skills drop due to lack of local competition.

After the competition she will return to Boston, then to Moscow and Kiev to renew her visas. She will return to Boston in August to start her senior year of high school. We will see her at some tournaments, and she may "come home" for some of the holidays? It feels like we are sending our "daughter" off to a distant college.

Pictures from the past couple of weeks. The guy in the photos with close cut black hair & beard is my friend Charlie Rohrlack, he has helped immensely with her coaching. He is a top US saber fencer, has been ranked as high as 13th in the US, has fenced internationally with the US National Team, earned a medal at every North American Cup event he entered and is a solid tactics coach. I owe him a great deal of gratitude for his assistance.
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Best of luck to Dasha!
At this point she could write a book about her travels and experience in America.
I hope she keeps a journal.


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