A certain formula? I just speak to as many people as I can each week.
And consistency works well. I don't know that I have a formula, but I've
paid attention to the movements of others that I can tell on a weekly
basis who has or hasn't voted for me! Weird, right!? Once I find out
somebody hasn't voted for me, I'll be sure to go and reply to another
one of their forums before the voting period is out. But this is after
I've already spoken to everyone else. If you speak to as many people as
you can each week (they can only vote for you once), cast your two votes
(four on Wednesday), and post 5 times per day, I think you'll be just
Harish: Thanks, buddy! I've seen the consistency in you as well. It
won't be long before you're maxing out, too! The "graduate"
status comes after you have reached $10,000 in CNet funds. I'm not sure
where to find it, but there is a cap. The status is updated by somebody
behind the scenes, though... bc if I could, I'd keep participating! My
previous student debt is massive, and I haven't even began to scratch
the surface! I will be completing my degree with the last sum I receive
from CNet. I have to fund the entire summer, so I'll need every dollar
I've earned... Lol Good luck, sir!
Jessica: I know how you feel. I've felt that way when other people have
graduated. I even feel concerned when people just stop participating.
Like you said, we begin to grow slight relationships with people here
and I wonder if they're okay when I haven't seen them in a while. I hope
all is well with the ones who've fallen off! At this point in my son's
life, he can take care of himself. I've been working for 8 years to
create his independence, so I don't have to micromanage him when we're
at home. He asks for help when he needs it. We sit down at mealtimes and
discuss our days, plans, and new discoveries. About an hour before
bedtime, I put my life on hold to attend to his. We read, I check
homework, get school clothes, play video games, etc. That's just part of
it. I spend an hour loving on him and then I pick my life back up when
he's in bed. I complete as much school work as I possibly can, as early
in the semester as I can, so that I do have a bit of time to treat my
son on a date here and there. But he likes to be alone, so I don't think
he suffers too badly by not annoying him all the time! Lol Good luck to you!
Mary: I don't have much of a social life anyway, so I don't have that
problem. Lol Fortunately, I go to school online, so my instructors
release the content of the course in the beginning. A lot of it, I can
complete at my own pace, so what I'll do is work really hard to get as
far ahead as I possibly can. That way, I AM able to take a step back and
treat my son to a date at the movies and/or arcade. He's being such a
trooper. My work schedule is consistent and that keeps my sanity intact.
I know what to expect on a weekly basis, so I'm not constantly having to
rearrange my schedule. I've been at the same job for four years, was
promoted this week, and will keep the same schedule. At this point in
my son's life, he can take care of himself. I've been working for 8
years to create his independence, so I don't have to micromanage him
when we're at home. He asks for help when he needs it. We sit down at
mealtimes and discuss our days, plans, and new discoveries. About an
hour before bedtime, I put my life on hold to attend to his. We read, I
check homework, get school clothes, play video games, etc. That's just
part of it. I spend an hour loving on him and then I pick my life back
up when he's in bed. I've saved your email and will be reaching out to
see how things are going.
Emilie: :-) Thank you for the kind words, queen. You have my number and
are welcome to use it at any time.
Kyle: It's definitely bitter sweet! While I appreciate the experience
(and money), I wish I could continue on. If I had the funds, I would go
to school as long as they would allow me! I love to learn!
Elisa and Yamona: Staying positive is a necessity. That which you invest
your energy will grow, so if you focus on the negative, it will appear
that things will never get better. As far as school goes, I have a
homework chart. I just created a simple chart in excel that lists my
classes and when I have something due. As the weeks go along, I check
off the completed assignments. It's so easy to get lost in the chaos of
it all that it's nice to have a reminder of just how far I've come! This
time last year, going back to school was BARELY an interest. My first
semester back was summer '16. Less than a year later, I'll have my
Master's degree! With so many things designed for me to fail, I continue
to do MY part in my story and success has simply complemented my work.
Good luck to you both!
Sarah: You've been here a short time, but I've enjoyed your company!
You'll do well. My apologies, but I don't know much about the
reimbursements. Do you mean for paying off student loans? I've only ever
used them to pay for current schooling. After faxing in the enrollment
form that CNet sends you to complete, the funds take about 3 weeks to
reach your school, depending on your location. THIS period, however,
took way longer... I'm not sure why, but I assume it was just a fluke.
Mistervancleef: My favorite topics on CNet (and in life) are the ones
that ignite a dialogue. I like conversation. Learning is one of my
favorite things, so if somebody can offer me a different perspective and
we can go back and forth about it, I'm intrigued. I love smart people!
Sammy: One of the coolest people here! I'm sure I'll pop up every now
and again to create some posts and reply to others. The thing about CNet
is that most people here are in school, so we're like-minded in the idea
that we actually want to learn. Good luck!
Honestly, the only thing I did differently than other people is to never
be more than the second person to reply to a post. You just never know
how many times the person who posted the forum will return to it to read
their replies. But, they have two votes a day, and (if they're anything
like me) those votes most likely come from the replies on their forums.
It's very rare that I reply after that. If it's a good topic, I'll just
vote for the OP and move on. On Wednesdays, if my position in the
ratings is close enough to number 1, I don't post until after the voting
period closes. That way, any votes that I get that day will count for
the new voting period.
The other thing is that I try VERY hard not to talk to the same person
more than once in a week. Each person can only vote for you once, right?
If you go back through my posts, you'll see that I don't repeat a
dialogue with any of the people I've already talked to in that voting
period until about Sunday. If there are enough people participating, I
can go until Monday without having to repeat conversations. That's at
least 25 people different people I speak to each week.
Unless they change the rules, I will be maxing out on funds tomorrow. I
certainly appreciate the opportunity to win the money and to converse
with you all.
In honor of that, I'm going to use the rest of my posts (the last 7) to
answer any questions you all might have. It could be about anything from
jelly beans to my religious beliefs. You can ask any of my secrets
including strategies to win on here... how I balance work, life, school,
kid, etc... so go ahead.. Ask away!
During the semester, I like being alone... in fact, most times I like
being alone... it's free and I can wear what I want (that includes
nothing at all). When I begin to hang out with my friends, less homework
gets done. Like last night, for example, I went out to eat with a friend
for her daughter's birthday. I love that kid and we had fun! She turned
the big 16!!! But then I had to go home and tend to the homework I'd
neglected for the past week. I had to watch an hour long video before I
could complete the assignment, so I got to bed pretty late. I finished
it, but it wasn't my best work. I just couldn't seem to effectively
gather my thoughts. I did a lot of rambling. Blah..
Anyway, I love my friends and I don't mind hanging out, but those times
are few and far between. I don't like spending money, either. So my
favorite "hanging out" consists of going over somebody's house
and having takeout and drinks. I don't drink much, but I just like to
chill at the house. I'm such an intimate person.
I understand how serious and sad this is, but it depends on the
situation. I've seen warnings about a little kid crying on the side of
the road, asking for a ride home. Then when you get to his
"home," members of his family/gang rob you and take your car.
People love to use children in their schemes because others are more
likely to have sympathy and intervene to protect the child. The same
goes for people who have been in a wreck. I've seen the situation in
which a person saw a car flipped over in the ditch, so pulled over to
see if anyone needed help. When she got out of her car, someone pulled
up and hopped out of the passenger side of a passing vehicle. Her baby
was in the backseat.
If I don't actively see the incident, I can call 9-1-1. And that's about
it. Now, I don't know how willing I am to put myself in danger if I saw
a child being attacked/abused or something like that. If there are
plenty of others around, I am actually more likely to jump in and help
right away. That way, the bystanders have eyes on the entire situation
and I'm LESS likely to be hurt or taken advantage of.