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On March 28th, otherwise known as “Ivy Day”, where Ivy League schools send out acceptance or rejection letters, I was at a Chinese restaurant with my family. With only 13% charge on my phone I excused myself and fervently tried logging into the respective college and university sites, but my shaking fingers and clouded brain only allowed me entry after more than a few mistaken attempts. After getting rejected by a few schools, I didn’t even attempt to login into my Princeton account. It wasn’t until after midnight that I logged in to find that I had just been accepted to a school I only had dreamed about.

When I told my parents they didn’t have to worry about paying for college, they were grateful but not surprised. As a low-income family with only my dad making less than $20,000 a year, even my brother received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. The amount of money I had to pay for student contribution. . . Read More

We live in a time characterized by the exponential growth of technology and information systems, societal reform, and core economic change. Due to this rapid and extensive transformation, the industries that the next generation will work in most likely have not even been invented yet. How can an education system prepare this generation for such an unclear future? What exactly are the goals of a general public education?

The CollegeBoard recently announced major changes to the SAT college admissions test. Some of these changes include the removal of questions based on "archaic" word definitions in favor of words that are "more common in college courses," the removal of a mandatory essay section in place of an optional critical reading essay, as well as a revamping of the points system -- no more penalties for "guessing" the solution and a top score of 1600 (instead of 2400) with a separate score. . . Read More

At this time last year, I remember staring at a computer screen, anxiously waiting for the clock to strike five. It felt like one of the longest days of my life. I couldn’t focus on anything, because I knew that the admissions decisions I would soon receive would determine what school I ended up studying at next year. As I am sure everyone does, I had a strategy in checking my decisions. I begin checking my second choice and worked my way down, but I saved Penn, my first choice, for last. After having been rejected and wait-listed to every Ivy I had applied to, it was time to check Penn’s decision.

As I waited for the page to load, I had the craziest butterflies in my stomach. And when it finally did, the music began playing, and the only words I read were “Hurrah, Hurrah, Pennsylvania!” I started crying tears of joy, and it was the only time I have ever done that. I ran in the other room to see my mom, shouting, “I got. . . Read More

Up until senior year I had spent so much time worrying about applying to college and getting the results that it never actually occurred to me that decision making took time. So once I had finally hit submit on all (16!!) of my applications, I clenched my fists in anticipation, crossed fingers for good luck, and went to check my email.

My inbox was now full of confirmation emails. Which was great for letting me know that the colleges had indeed received my applications, but...when would I get my decision? Not a single email gave me a date, or even a week for when I should expect to receive a result. So all I could do was wait.

And wait.

And wait.

I had been on autopilot when it came to filling out college applications. By that, I mean I had forcibly shut out any doubts I had in myself and was thinking as positively as possible, even while applying to the top universities in the nation.

After I'd applied, though, there was. . . Read More

The Cast of Hydrogen Jukebox

"All we do for this frightened thing we call love, want and lack..." - Allen Ginsberg, Wichita Sutra Vortex

The very first person I met at Brown would become my partner in the longest journey I have ever taken. Working with him as the stage director, we put on Brown's Spring Opera with the help of the cast, crew, and Brown Opera Productions board. It is something I will never EVER forget.

Life is only what we can perceive of it; only what we can experience or believe to be true. Life is non-linear; nobody's story has a true "plot" in the literary sense of the word. We aren't all characters in some master book, following a simple pattern to a simple ending. The human condition is distinguished by an interconnected web of people, beliefs, intents, and actions that produces a seemingly random course of events that make up our lives and determine how we socialize. Traditional stories as portrayed. . . Read More

There’s this myth about college.

Whenever I meet fellow students at UVA, I’m usually asked what I want do after I graduate. My response is usually to the effect of “I want to work in business.”

The other student then usually asks if I’m in McIntire, UVA’s undergraduate commerce school. I usually respond with, “No, I’m in the College.”

The other student is then either mystified or understanding.

College myth busted: You don’t have to major in a particular discipline in order to pursue a career in that discipline.

I present myself as a case study. I’m interested in working in business -– particularly in advertising, branding, and/or consulting. I plan on majoring in Media Studies and minoring in English in the College of Arts and Sciences. Although I believe the McIntire has an excellent curriculum, knowledgeable professors, and offers superior networking opportunities, I’m just not interested in enrolling there.

Media Studies. . . Read More

Sophomore year at Haverford comes with many new privileges and responsibilities, including being able to participate in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Externship Program, a unique opportunity for non freshmen to shadow an alumnus/a in his/her workplace. Students select alumni they would like to shadow, send in an application, and get matched to an externship sponsor. The purpose of this program is for students to gain exposure to a field of work that interests them.

Theory and practice connected beautifully for me because I had an amazing experience during my externship. My sponsor was a Bryn Mawr graduate and worked in higher education administration.

My externship sponsor and I

Despite being from different colleges, the strong bi-college relationship between Haverford and Bryn Mawr fostered many car rides full of conversation between my sponsor and I. During my week with her I got to see what it was like to work in a university as well as hold informational. . . Read More

When I was young and slightly more mischievous than I am today, I rummaged through my father's various bags and suitcases for trinkets, writing materials, and lost memories. One of these adventures lead me to a stash of post-cards, photos, and souvenirs from an unknown place: San Francisco, California. The beauty of the photos, and the look of delight in stark contrast to his usual broody demeanor, have resonated with me since then. I had to visit this city at some point in my life.

View of the city from Twin Peaks

Last year, these dreams came true. The Quest Scholars Network graciously offered us an all day trip to San Francisco on the last day of the National Liaison Leadership Conference. Perhaps my most memorable experience of an eventful trip was walking through the Golden Gate Bridge, beaten down by the heavy wind and chilly summer fog, but captivated by the two vistas on either side. A shroud of mystery illuminated by crepuscular rays, and the. . . Read More