bitchenwitch said:

I go to the school the girl sued for affirmative action ACTUALLY sued over was an applications process that requires our admissions office to take into account that personal suffering has a negative effect on grades. And when her case was dismissed because she had absolutely no leg to stand on, her supporters began to call for the elimination of our ethnic studies departments which are some of the best in the country. It was never about fairness, it was about fucking over students of color.

Oh, and the “proof” she provided? She claimed her classmates were “stupider” than her and got in because they were of color, but they got in because they had better SAT scores, better TAKS scores (which is the standardized tests Texas used at the time), better entrance essays, better extracurriculars, and better volunteer work than she did. She just couldn’t fathom the idea that a person of color could do better than her.

White supremacy means even when you’re NOT better than a POC you still assume you are because the alternative is unfathomable. That’s why so many people ALWAYS assume affirmative action means the more qualified person isn’t getting the job. Surely the white person is more qualified! That’s why they’re more represented in these jobs and schools to begin with right???
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Intern Blog: Abby Thelen


As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am majoring in Psychology here at Ripon College. This semester I have one class focused on psychology and I also have three other classes in various disciplines. Those three other classes are philosophy, consumer culture and biology. As the semester carries on, my homework load continues to grow and grow. Because of this, I am very thankful for the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). The CLC is a place where anyone on campus can take their papers here and the student mentors who work there will help you through the writing process and make suggestions to improve your paper. Along with them helping you with your paper, the CLC is a comfortable and convenient place to get homework done. This week has been stressful because there are midterms and exams but then we all get a nice week-long vacation from school! Fall break is a time that all students look forward to and it marks the halfway point of the semester. While it will be nice to have a break, this year it will be a short three days at home for me due to my internship with the football team. For this internship I film all of their practices and games. While I enjoy it, this time of the year gets quite chilly to be out there filming! Along with the football internship, I am here in the admission office as a counselor’s intern and I also work in the gym here at Ripon. I really enjoy being so involved around this campus and I really recommend getting involved on campus to incoming students! My friendships with everyone grow every day!

News! CIM Names Lynn Johnson as New Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Following a nationwide search, the Cleveland Institute of Music is pleased to name Lynn Johnson as the new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management.

CIM Staff: Lynn Johnson, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

“I’m delighted to welcome Lynn Johnson to join our team in Admissions and Enrollment as we move through the current admission cycle and plan for the future,” said Conservatory Dean Adrian Daly. “Lynn is a truly seasoned music admissions professional who is well known and well respected in the field. She will direct and coordinate all operational activities and strategic initiatives in support of admission to the Conservatory and the Young Artist Program, contributing to the mission, educational goals and objectives of CIM.”

To learn more about CIM’s newest staff member, visit

Intern Blog: Sierra Landholm



(From left to right: Hannah, Sierra, and Allison)

     Hello! My name is Sierra Landholm and I’m from Tacoma, Washington. I’m a sophomore Politics & Government major and a Law & Society minor. When I finish school here, I hope to go onto law school somewhere on the east coast and when I graduate from there I eventually hope to become a lawyer or judge in Connecticut, New York, or Washington D.C.

     As a student at Ripon College, I am involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus. This is my second year on the Red Hawk Swim Team. I swim anything and everything longer than a 500, so basically the 1000 yard freestyle and the mile. I have been swimming for about seven years now and have travelled all over the country. Swimming at Ripon is a lot of work but also a ton of fun! Besides swimming, I am a member of Greek life, the Pre-Law Society, I am secretary of the Judiciary Board, and an intern in the Office of Admission. I love Ripon because I can be so involved on campus and still have time to study and hang out with friends.  Deciding to attend Ripon was a completely new experience for me because I moved half-way across the country to a place I had never visited or had seen in person; at first it was almost like learning to adapt to another culture. It was thrilling and nerve-wracking all at the same time. I found my home here and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come! 


(Sierra and the R.C. Swim Team!)

  • Admission Officer:Is says that you wrote 'stories' while you were in High school?
  • Me:Yes sir.
  • Admission Officer:Well may I take a sample of what you have written?
  • Me:Well, I have some Jeanmarco fanfiction if you're into that, or maybe some Eremin will tickle your fancy?
  • Admission Officer:...
  • Me:...
  • ...
  • Me:Angst? Smut? Or are you a insert reader type of one-shot person, eh?

anonymous said:

This is a direct quote from Laura's canon Tumblr: Q: "What country is Silas in? Because the best-known Styria is the region of Austria, but it seems that all of you speak English. Is it an area somewhere else named after the Austrian Styria? A: We’re totally in Austria, but through some fluke of the admissions office, most of the students are international - and even the Austrian students here aren’t from the area."

Here’s my thoughts on that: 


Everything about the show indicates that during the development process they envisioned Silas University as a Canadian college. If they had any inclination of making it an Austrian university, they skipped the research phase because it was too much work. 

When Laura introduces her college as located in “picturesque Styria”, she used language to imply that it was a city or town, not a region of 6000 square miles. 

When Carmilla talks about her place of birth, she introduces it like it’s a foreign location: “I was born in Styria, a duchy of Austria.” 

How the hell does this university in Austria attract so many talented North American students if so many of them end up missing or dead? Why does the Summer Society have an English name instead of a German one? Why is there a Greek fraternity, an organization that does not exist outside of the U.S. and Canada? Why are there English Lit courses using English and American books taught in English? Why are all the posters in the dorm in English? Why are the PSA’s? 

Why does Carmilla, a centuries-long Austrian resident going to an Austrian school, speak with a Canadian accent in English using Canadian/American idioms? 

Why does the Dean of Students of an Austrian university hold school-wide town hall meetings in English, and even talk to Austrian-native students like Carmilla in English? 

I refuse to feed into anyone’s delusions, and that includes the creators of the damn show. Until they give me sufficient evidence otherwise, the school is located in the Toronto area. 

Intern Blog: Elizabeth Silva



So far this semester has been quite a busy one for me. My days consist of either running to class, showing up for work, attending a campus event or a club meeting. My schedule is quite full but I still manage to have fun and enjoy as much as I can in my last year here at Ripon. The past week was very exciting as one group I am involved with, the Black Student Union (BSU), hosted soul weekend. Soul weekend was a weekend of full appreciation of our past, the past of America. It is also a weekend of enrichment and learning in all forms, as well as a bonding experience for the group. The weekend started with a movie night on Thursday, on Friday we hosted a 70’s dance pub party, and on Saturday we had a brunch for any student to attend. During the brunch we had a motivational speaker discuss the purpose of education, which I enjoyed a lot.  Another fun aspect of the brunch was that some of the UW-Whitewater members of BSU traveled to Ripon to join us for it. Saturday night we hosted Aleysha Wise, at poet from Los Angeles, and I have to say she is very talented and inspiring! On Sunday, we had our annual Soul Food dinner. Soul Food is an event that welcomes the whole campus to eat food that is made by the BSU members and other students that wish to cook for the event. Over 200 students attended! That is my week experience in a nutshell. So far, everything is going well and I hope that is the same for you!

Corenthal Report dated 12-14-1971

Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Area of Ohio The Office of Dr. James Corenthal — Fairmount Children’s Home
6774 Union Street NE, Alliance, OH 44601
(330) ###-#### ext. 4352

December 14, 1971

Doctor Roberts and FCH Evaluations and Discharge
Fairmount Children’s Home Admissions Office
6774 Union Street NE, Alliance, OH 44601

Dear Doctor Roberts and FCH Evaluations Dept.,

RE: Patient JEFFREY [REDACTED] and the “Mining Town Four”

Roberts, you know I am the first to admit when I have done wrong and this is just such an occasion. I must apologize for my prior hesitation concerning the admissions from the Pennsylvania fires. Last month, I provided a brief report on another patient that you and I each know very well, Evan, and I must say that the progress shown has been consistent with the amount of contact he has held with the other children from his hometown. Although I expressed doubts concerning his overall health and still do not think it would be wise to fully discharge any of these children, their relationship and various friendships have been incredibly beneficial to their eventual rehabilitation.

However, one of the children in my care, Jeffrey [REDACTED], is having a particularly difficult time acclimating to the home’s routine schedule and cannot break himself from this dream that we have discussed a few times since his admission. It is quite apparent that these night-terrors are stemming from a traumatic incident and, when he describes the dream, it is quite clear that it has to do with the very violent fate that the rest of his family met back in Pennsylvania.

TRANSCRIPT (December 12th, 1971):

"I’m sorry to bother you again, Doctor. I wouldn’t want to worry you, but they said I had to talk to you because of my screaming. Yeah, when we were sleeping. Vinnie and Stephie tried to help me when I woke up, but the others weren’t happy. They were yelling and cursing at us. Evan eventually woke up too. They called us all bad names, Doctor. … … Oh, the dream? yeah, it was about Mommie and Ellie again … … Okay, Doctor. Oh, yeah. daddy was there, too. I remember going to his funeral, Doctor; why was he in my dream? I have a little rose blossom from his funeral wreath. It’s in my old room. … … [His family’s house was lost in the town’s fires, he obviously doesn’t recall or blocks it out.] Never mind. Yes, the dream. You probably remember how it goes. It was last Christmas, again, and we were siting in the living room. Ellie’s only… or was, only a few years old [sic] than me. I wanted to be just like her, Doctor. She was so smart. She was going to go to college one day. [I mentioned a few possible fields that she may have wanted to go into.] No, I don’t think she wanted to be a nurse. I don’t really remember. She was good at everything in school. She was writing something in a diary that Grandma had sent her for the holidays. No, Grandma wasn’t there. She lived far away so she mailed us our gifts every year. She was awesome though, Doctor. She sent me a little red truck. I was picking up deliveries near the fireplace and the bed of the truck popped off. I was trying to click it back together when I heard the kitchen door open. Mom stood up, she was sitting with Ellie, looking at her writing. They were smiling and Ellie was describing something. Mommy wasn’t smiling anymore. She goes away from us. In the kitchen, I hear this horribly loud BANG. Something fell on the floor. Daddy comes into the living room and looks at the Christmas tree, then at me and Ellie. He’s smiling. he was just hunting, because he has this shotgun and is covered in chunks of some dead animal [The blood of his mother, Roberts.] He tells us "Merry Christmas, lovies," and puts the barrel of his gun to the back of Ellie’s head. Before she can say anything he pulls the trigger. He walks over to me and kneels down to my face. He clicks the bed of the truck back together and hands it to me. "I love you, Jeffrey," he whispers and kisses my forehead. I take my truck and place it on the ledge of the fireplace. "Daddy… why did you do that to Ellie?" I pointed to the hole in Ellie’s face. Daddy walked over to the Christmas tree and touched my favorite ornament, a little toy wooden soldier that he and I made over the summer. He taught me how to carve figures using his old knife and I was so excited that he let me use a small piece of firewood we had collected for the winter to make a soldier for this year’s tree. He bought some paints at the store in town and we painted it together. … … … (I asked the boy, "Jeffrey, what happened next? You stopped telling me about the dream.") … … Oh, yeah. Yeah, Doctor. He stopped looking at the ornament and looked back at me. "Son… the Man made me do it." He put the shotgun’s tip into his mouth and I hear the BANG again. I wake up and everyone’s telling me to stop screaming. Vinnie and Stephie were holding my hand. They weren’t telling me to stop. They were trying to help me."

These night terrors have fortunately cut down to about twice a week at this point, Roberts. This is much better news than when the boy first had arrived (and wasn’t that a most splendid week?). Obviously, these relationships that he has developed within the hospital have been serving to help speed up his recovery. I have put in a request to move the children from their standard sleeping accommodations in the common hall to a new partitioned area. I want to try something, Roberts. They are each lacking a true parental figure at this point; I think that may be all they may need.



Dr. James Corenthal, MD


i need a nap or a direct line of coffee into my body 

Intern Blog: Jason Winkelmann


     Now that the semester is almost half over, we are really getting into the swing of things.  Our first acceptance letters have been going out, which is an exciting time of the year and is keeping me very busy in the office in my role as an admission intern.  Aside from that, classes are taking all of my attention.  Three labs a week is a tough load to balance but this is the last semester of labs for me which is something to look forward to!  My senior thesis project is starting to pick up momentum.  The chemistry and biology departments just acquired a new liquid chromatography mass spectrometer through a $237,383 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant that is finally set up so I am in the process of learning how to use that.  Before I know it I’ll know what happens to the lipid content of Rotifers during periods of starvation!  Midterms are next week and then students get to enjoy a week off for Fall Break!

anonymous said:

Hi! I was just wondering, based on your knowledge, if UChicago really does use a holistic admissions process? According to your FAQ I know you might not know, but I was just curious (because some institutions claim they do but don't).

I worked as a student in the admissions office and I can tell you, yes, absolutely.

Of course, UChicago has become a much more competitive school to get into but at the heart of our admissions is finding students who are right for UChicago. And those students? They have some roughness around the edges, their interests are diverse, their accomplishments (academic or not) impressive or unusual. They’re looking for a UChicago-an, not a perfect applicant.

Building Your Resume for Medical School

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Remember how I was so bummed about not being able to make the reed trip? Well, I decided to do something about it. I called the admissions office and explained the conflict, and asked if there would be any way for them to fly me up a different weekend. She said probably not, but that she’d ask the director of the program. I was disappointed, but at least they’d know that I was still very interested, right?

EXCEPT THEN SHE CALLED ME BACK THREE HOURS LATER. I was on the way to six flags with my friends (time difference!) but I decided to answer anyway. AND SHE TOLD ME THEYRE FLYING ME UP!!!!!!!! They don’t know when yet, but they’ll email me later this week. I am so excited I might scream. I basically babbled at the admissions officer in excitement.

And six flags was fun! All in all a great evening :)

Columbia School Visit

Yesterday, a Columbia admissions officer came to my school and I have a few tidbits that I learned:

  • Why Columbia essay:  it’s okay to talk about New York City, since that’s an integral part of the Columbia experience, but since there are so many schools in New York, be specific about what about Columbia makes the New York experience special
  • Emma Sulkowicz:  our admissions officer was a ‘14 graduate and I could tell that she had her personal opinions as a student and then what she was allowed to say as an admissions officer.  basically, she said that Columbia is proud that one of its students is attracting national attention to this important issue (!!) and was honest about student anger towards the administration.  however, she couldn’t talk about what the administration was doing about sexual assault policy
  • lots of student activism 
  • admissions officers really can’t say any other college names.  she just repeated “peer institutions” over and over again haha.
  • Core Curriculum:  shared intellectual experience/knowledge allows for better discussion, more exploration etc.  I think either you’re either pro or anti Core and it just depends on your own learning objectives.
  • she said there was no advantage for ED, even though I still think there is