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08:39pm 29/06/2005
mood: amused
How ironic--Richard Shaw, the dean of admissions at Yale, is leaving New Haven to become the dean of admissions at Stanford! Will it end the hex on Venice? On the one hand, I guess this happened a year too late for me. On the other, Yale's pretty cool. Not only can I say that I've gone to the same college as our illustrious Presidente, I'm in the same college as that clan--DAVENPORT. It's not Berkeley's organic food (anyone in Berkeley will become a great friend at dinner!), but it's not Stiles. Christine, you'll manage--from what I've heard, Morse is proof that appearances are deceiving.
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05:37pm 16/06/2005
mood: bemused and befuddled
Aside from the fact that neither Science Bowl nor Academic Decathlon was listed in the yearbook, it wasn't bad. I guess I should be thankful they spelled my name right this time.
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11:02pm 12/06/2005

My bad. Let's see if this works.

The obligatory prom picCollapse )

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07:25pm 10/05/2005
  Where did that 5% percent come from? This test forced me to oversimplify my views, but it's still telling.

Your Political Profile

Overall: 5% Conservative, 95% Liberal

Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

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12:49pm 06/05/2005
mood: distressed
Why do 17-year-old kids die?
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06:42pm 27/04/2005
mood: aggravated
It really is amazing that a college with so much money has the audacity to admit people who have dreamed about going there for years only to give them such crappy scholarships that they aren't able to enroll. I'm not getting any money from Yale, which is one small part of my rant, but when it really comes down to paying for it I know that my family will be able to make something work. I'm talking about people who have wanted to go to Yale more than anywhere else but for want of a better financial aid package have to go to other schools.

I'll echo whatever someone said on the community--organic brownies do NOT take precedence over realistic financial aid!

In 24 hours, I will be 2400 miles away. I hope I meet Shriya--even though she was one of the Yale defectees. Are there any other Yalies in Science Bowl?

Enough for now.
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01:26pm 17/04/2005
mood: content
Notes of Day One:

Great view of Chicago out the plane window, and the first time I've ever seen both shores of Lake Michigan at once.

New Jersey looks very different when it's not in a downpour--I know it's not all as decrepit as its reputation, but now I can understand where it comes from.

Took the E train on accident, turned around, then realized that the C train was closed. Oh well--I had no choice but to "Take the A Train" up to the Upper West Side.

So much fun last night walking around Soho/Little Italy/Astor with Nadja, Alex, Chris, and Will. I don't know if I could live in Manhattan--both for the constant hubbub and the prices--but what a fascinating place to walk around. New York pizza--excellent. I find it amusing that of all the places to get dessert, we went to Coldstone (!) and ate at Starbucks, but it speaks to how essentially similar we all are. The only difference, of course, being that everything in the New York store is at least A DOLLAR more expensive than West L.A. I always thought of Los Angeles as an expensive city, and compared to Houston, I'm sure it is. But it's ridiculous how much money you can spend in Manhattan doing the most mundane things. At least New Haven is cheaper.

Can't wait to get to Yale! Now for another train.
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11:22pm 04/04/2005
  Meh, at least now that I didn't get into Stanford, I can get really excited about Yale.  
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12:25pm 02/04/2005
  I'm still waiting for Stanford, but I got into Duke!  
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09:49pm 01/04/2005
  W00t, Rice!  
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03:15pm 11/02/2005
mood: satisfied
Math: Gold (yay!)
Music: Silver (yay!)
Language & Lit: Bronze (what the heeeellllllll?!)
Interview: Bronze (well, good!)
Speech: Bronze (ditto)
Art: Honorable Mention (43>27)
Econ: Honorable Mention (how did I get a medal in LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE but not here? hmmm.)

All last week, I was at peace with the notion that we wouldn't make it to state--no more cramming a million subjects at once, or memorizing my speech, and especially no more tragedies. Having said that, I feel so happy for everyone else on the team that we will be able to eat at Chinois or Matsuhisa on the district, and that we will embark on this journey to...the LAX Marriott and Beverly Hills High!
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03:47pm 09/02/2005
mood: elated
Woohoo! 90 percent in English!
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11:07pm 01/02/2005
mood: hopeful
Now that English is over, all I can do is cross my fingers...and study Deca like crazy for the next three days (and there are many worse things than a B in AP English). Even though art isn't my particular strength, I really need to get better than a 27 out of 50! Since all my other grades are set, I have no excuse for not reading like mad for 3 more days (other than this website, of course). But after THAT's over--SECOND SEMESTER OF SENIOR YEAR! I have no idea how much I'll actually stick to this, but I'm actually going to try to do my work on time next semester. It will be damn hard to work hard in this semester of purgatory, but I'm trying to think of it as preparation for next year.
Oh, and who wants to go to Europe this summer/backpacking at some point next semester? I'm going to start looking into logistical stuff next week, but there's got to be somebody else who wants to travel before we go our separate ways to college!
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09:21pm 17/01/2005
mood: swamped
I don't know when I'm ever going to approach writing the right way. I tell myself that I'm going to be more careful and systematic next semester. Then I tell myself I'm going to be a second semester senior. Ah, the joys of going to college next year--if I don't know how to write now, I'm sure as hell about to embark on a roller coaster in a few months...

I really should have done this Votto work a long time ago.
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09:08pm 10/01/2005
mood: rained out

College apps--DONE!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally. Many people have asked me why I didn't stop when I got into Yale, but in all honesty, I'm not sure it's where I want to go (but it's up there!). It did save me at least 4 college applications, though--Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Northwestern, and Wash U. All of those schools have their appeal, but Carnegie Mellon seemed too focused on a few strengths (and the deadline for music was six weeks ago), Wash U had a ridiculously long app for merit scholarships, and Georgetown and Northwestern had unique applications AND didn't give merit aid.  Yet even without those four, I still applied to twelve schools.  And I'm finally done!

For the time being, this is my hierarchy (but change is a given):

1.  Yale

2.  Swarthmore a quarter of a notch below Yale

3.  Stanford a quarter of a notch below Swarthmore (it might be too similar to L.A.--but I'm holding off on this judgment unless I get in)

4.  MIT a bit below Stanford

5.  Chicago (I want to become more socially active, not just more focused on academics--and I don't want to follow in the footsteps of the rest of my extended family)

6.  Rice (until/unless I visit, its location might be an unconquerable downside)

7.  Duke (if I'm in the running for a scholarship, this could change significantly)

8.  Hopkins (I'm less and less sure that I want to be a doctor, and I had a really strong reaction to Baltimore)

9.  Berkeley (I might put this ahead of Hopkins--huge, California-dominated student body notwithstanding, it seems amazing)

10.  UCSD

11.  UCSB

12.  UCSC (should I cancel my application?)

If only I were in college already. It doesn't matter too much where--I'm just sick of waking up at 7 o'clock and thinking about how far away June 24 is. At least I turn 18 on Friday. What should I do to celebrate?  Maybe I can convince Votto to...ahem...postpone my reading quiz.  Hmmm...

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04:32pm 09/01/2005
  Hmmm, should I apply to Northwestern?  
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08:04pm 04/01/2005
mood: harried
Reading Peggy's entry prompted me to make my own list of to-do's. Unlike Peggy's, though, most of the stuff on my list falls into the "haven't started, and you'll be sorry" category. Behold.

Done (It's a pretty short list):
College Apps: Yale, Stanford, Swarthmore, MIT, Duke, UC's, UofC, Hopkins
Things Fall Apart

To Do:
College Apps: Rice supplement
Heart of Darkness
A Thousand Acres (and write essay)
Antigone essay (due December 7, 2004!)
Tragedies reading quiz essay
Deca studying
Write Deca speech!
Spanish reading, assignments
Music Theory
Stanford audition
Find scholarships

Ahhhh!!!!!!!! Two weeks of comparative indolence (hah!) have not helped me. Scheiss.

Oh, and does anybody have the vocab for Heart of Darkness, the essay prompt for A Thousand Acres, and/or the reading quiz question for these two books? Thanks.
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Maroon '05 is causing me severe mental anguish   
02:30pm 30/12/2004
mood: aggravated
"Start with the peculiarities of your own language...and tell us how your language makes you unique"--Kimberly Traube, La Jolla, CA

Ahhhh!!!! The University of Chicago (team name Maroons, which explains the title of this post) comes across much better in person than from far away. I don't have a choice about applying there, and I actually liked the school when I visited, but these essay topics are absolutely from hell. After like 10 drafts, I'm still no closer than when I started.

It's one thing to simply not accept the Common App. When a school goes to great lengths to tout its "Uncommon App," it's just plain infuriating. Ahhhh!!!!! Why can't I get any money from Yale? Oh well. I guess everything has some cosmic purpose.
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maelstrom of assignments   
06:41pm 29/12/2004
mood: working
Almost done with college apps! Now all I have left to do before I go back to school is work for English (3 essays, 3 books); Spanish (at least 3 long homework assignments, 50-page short story); government essay. Oh, and I have to read all the Deca stuff-and write a speech, too. Now that I've gotten into Yale, my workload has increased exponentially (more like, I've pushed myself into a corner and I now have to extricate myself). Oh well. Regardless of where I end up, it's a preview of next year, I guess.

Not that today was all bad. Deca went reasonably well (excellent magic squares, Peggy!), the Apple Pan was an institution--and I saw Courtney Wilk today! It's been so long--memories of middle school...
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10:18pm 11/11/2004
mood: indifferent


My life up to nowCollapse )

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