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A COOL NOTE ON COLLEGE, FOR THE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

I know a lot of people are getting their college acceptance letters right now, and how exciting and nerve-wracking it can be!! But I also know that sometimes you don’t get into your first-choice school, and it can be a really unsettling experience for your life goals and perceptions of yourself, especially if you’re an intense overachiever and life-planner.

So, as a friendly note that you can either take or leave, I’m gonna tell you why the school you get into doesn’t matter. Because I, too, was one of the high-strung, Ivies-or-die, “I don’t care if I hate the school, I’m going there to prove to myself that I am worthy” trash heaps. I’d had my entire life planned out since 7th grade, and the first step in that plan was to go to Princeton, get a Ph.D. in some haughty nuance of American history, and validate everything my obsessive-compulsive self had bled, sweated, and cried for since the day I refused to hand in a kindergarten assignment without white-outing a tiny smudge.

I applied to five schools, almost entirely tiny liberal arts colleges, two of them already written off because their acceptance rate was higher than 30%, and I didn’t get into either of my first choices. And I’m not ashamed to tell you, comrades, that I absolutely //lost it.// I spent months berating myself, questioning my future, running circles in my mind like a RAVING LUNATIC, because I thought I’d ruined everything. I more or less dreaded telling people I was going to Gettysburg, because in my stupid, narrow little mind, Gettysburg was a mark of my failure.

But last August comes around, and September, October, on and on, and I’m living out here in Pennsyltucky, and…I love it? I love this town with my entire heart–I love watching the sunsets on the battlefield; I love singing?? Civil War songs?? With one of my history professors?? when he plays them before class; I love looking at Penn Hall in the evening light; I love that people walk around Servo in forage caps; and I love the history community here, even if it’s so hardcore it does intimidate the hell out of me sometimes.

I might not get the Ivy League bragging rights, but I get to screech over the episode of The Office where DM does GB. I get to eat my Dan Sickles burger at The Blue and Grey, have semi-religious moments of enlightenment at the Peace Light, and reassure myself that whenever something is lurking in the shadows, it’s probably just another statue of Abraham goshdarned Lincoln. I gave up black and orange for blue and orange, but I found a new spirituality, purpose, and sense of place here at Gettysburg.

So maybe you didn’t get into the school you thought you wanted to go to, but maybe you’re gonna go to the school you needed to go to. Maybe you’ll find a new passion or a new meaning in life. Maybe you’ll find people that force you to assert your own belief in yourself, or you’ll be thrown for a loop that’ll make you stronger in the long run. Maybe you’ll end up at your Gettysburg, and you’ll realize that everything is falling into place, even if you didn’t control it. But just…give it a chance.

Buck up and pack your bags, because the world’s happening, you’re getting swept along, and sometimes, it’ll take you to places better than the ones you’d hoped and planned for. Just give it a chance.

College Apps Gothic

The emails begin in sophomore year. The mailings follow shortly after. You do not know when the sense of creeping dread began. Maybe it has always been there.

The void of despair opens August 1st.

They track demonstrated interest. They track undemonstrated interest. They are always watching. When you open their email, the rustling in your walls gets louder, closer. They are here.

The brochure tells you that this college requires the SAT or ACT, two SAT subject tests, and the trial of darkness. Your GPA dictates the number of weapons you are allowed to bring with you. They only tell you the survival rate is better than Harvard’s.

You wake up one morning to a pile of college mail stacked neatly outside your door. You have not given your address to any college. How do they know where you sleep? How do they–

You may apply to this university under single choice early action, binding. The form smells like sulfur and your signature is red, too red. They do not tell you what you are bound to.

On your campus visit, you look around at the other visiting students. They stare back with lifeless eyes, deep shadows beneath their dead gazes. You see the same when you look into a mirror. You have not slept through the night for four years.

The tour guide’s smile is too wide, her teeth too sharp. You swear you hear her laugh grating an octave too low as she goes over the meal plans. She avoids the sun and when the light hits her eyes just right, you can see a glint of yellow.

Numbers haunt your dreams until you shiver awake, visions of SAT bubbles swimming before you. You do not know why you are required to fill them in with blood, or what machine they are sacrificed to.

No one you know has been accepted as an engineering major. No one, in fact, has ever been accepted as an engineering major. Still, thousands apply every year and are consumed by the void.

Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, arcane worship of the underworld,  fulfillment of pacts with elder gods, eternal screaming, and other pursuits. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?

You are no longer a name, only an AP number. The test proctor warns you that without these eight digits, you cannot access the rest of your existence.

The multiple choice answers are all option D.

The common app now has a supplemental option in which you may submit your soul. Applicants are reminded that they may select up to three colleges under this action, only one of which may be early decision.

Please describe your life to date, complete with documentation. You have 650 words.

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Okay, let’s clear some stuff up:

  1. AP scores do not factor into college admissions.
  2. You are not required to submit AP scores in your college apps.
  3. If you do choose to submit AP scores as supplemental material, they are self-reported, meaning you can choose to submit only your best scores.
  4. AP scores have ONE main purpose: to get you college credit. College credit won’t be calculated until after you’ve already been admitted and made your final decision, which leads us back to…
  5. AP scores do not factor into college admissions.
Uber may be forced to add one of Lyft's best features

(The Uber app.AP/Diane Bondareff)
New York City has taken the first steps to require Uber to add a tipping feature to its app.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission announced a proposal Monday that would require car services like Uber that accept only credit or debit cards for payment to add a way for passengers to tip using a card.

The TLC will propose the rule by July, then there will be a public hearing before the commission’s board votes on it. However, if the proposal becomes a rule and Uber is required to add the feature, other cities might demand the same from Uber.

The ride-hailing service Lyft also operates in New York City, but it wouldn’t be affected because it already offers a tipping feature within its app.

Uber has said that it doesn’t allow tipping because tips could create bias among riders and drivers and could lead to drivers spending most of their time in wealthier neighborhoods where fares are likely to be higher.

In a statement, Uber said it had not yet seen the proposal but looked forward to reviewing it.

“Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers, and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience,” it said. “That’s why, in New York City, we partnered with the Machinists Union to make sure current and future Uber NYC drivers have a stronger voice and launched a series of new tools and support policies for drivers.”

The push to add the tipping option in New York City stemmed from a petition organized by the Independent Drivers Guild that received more than 11,000 signatures.

The guild said in a press statement that a tipping feature would mean an extra $300 million a year for New York City drivers.

“Drivers have long been denied access to the kinds of benefits and labor protections many workers take for granted, such as paid sick leave or the minimum wage,” Jim Conigliaro Jr., a founder of the IDG, said in a statement. “As a result, New York City’s professional drivers have traditionally depended on gratuities for a substantial portion of their income. Cuts to driver pay across the ride-hail industry has made tipping income more important than ever.

"The exploitation of ride-hail drivers must end, and this is an important first step.”

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Yay!!! Can’t wait!! :) I’m also an art student so it makes me even more excited for this to come out!!

phangirldil2022  asked:

Drabble 7 and 9 with Mulligan, please?

7. “I almost lost you.”

9. “Don’t you ever do that again!”

With no other option, you dragged your daughter along to the market with you. She was on her best behavior so far, with a promise you would stop at the sweet shop at the end of the day if she was polite.

As you compared a few onions, you felt the usual grip she had on the skirt of your dress was gone. You scanned the market, panic slowly boiling in your stomach. You tried to think before you went into full hysteria. Where would she go?

You began scanning through the shop windows, before settling on a tailor shop, where elegant gowns were on display in the window. You dropped your basket, practically sprinting to the shop.

You ripped the door open, the bell ringing loudly in your ears. You were met by your daughter’s giggles.

She sat upon a man’s lap, happily fiddling with beads much too expensive for her to be playing with. She looked up when you came in, noticing the stern look on your face.

“Mommy?” She asked, pushing herself off the man’s lap, and walking to ball a bit of your skirt in her hands.

“You can’t go running off in public, honey. I almost lost you, please don’t ever do that again, okay?” You knelt at her side, stroking her face gently to prove you weren’t mad.

Okay, I promise.” She mumbled, before glancing back up at the man, “He said he would watch me while I waited for you. He said he’s an ap-app-apprentor?”

“Apprentice.” He politely corrected, “I’m sorry, I assumed she was lost and didn’t want to send her back out into the busy market. Thought she would be safer here.” His soft voice stuck you a moment, especially considering just how much he towered over you.

You were surprised your daughter was so comfortable with him, she never relaxed around men.

“Thank you.” You managed to get out, “Tell the nice man thank you.” You coaxed your daughter.

“Thank you Mr. Apprentor! Mommy, I told him we’re looking for a new daddy-” You covered her mouth before she could get more out. She always did this, tried setting you up. You tried to get out, as you knew she was dearly missing a father figure in her life, but she took up so much of your time.

“I’m sorry.” You said, which we waved off.

“I’ve never been a Dad before.” He knelt, somehow shrinking his massive form to look more in line with a teddy bear than a literal one, “I’m sure I could give it a try, though.” He teased, throwing a glance at you, which immediately had you blushing despite your usual poise at simple pick-up lines.

After three dates, your daughter was already calling him ‘Dad’.

Prompt requested from the Drabble Game!

BEWARE: Common App + AP scores

This year, one of my senior friends was filling out the common app and there’s a section for reporting your AP test scores. It says “optional” or something, but if you have taken AP tests and it is on your transcript, you MUST fill this out. Otherwise, colleges will assume that you have failed the test. My friend did not, and when she found out, she had to call every college she applied to to clarify.


EDIT: I’m so so sorry if this has caused panic. I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily have to report! DON’T REPORT SCORES YOU DON’T WANT TO REPORT.