'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ to Be Enshrined in Harvard University’s Library
Producer 9th Wonder
has been tapped to curate Harvard University’s We Are the Breaks
project, which will archive 200 hip-hop albums that are a “standard of
the culture” to their esteemed library.
The first four albums that 9th picked to be enshrined in the library are A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory, Nas’ Illmatic, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Each album will be archived with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the original production.
Wonder went on his Instagram account to formally announce his four
distinguished honorees to start with for the Harvard Library. He wrote:
do you have any advice for applying to college in general and/or for specifically applying to ivy league colleges? thank you!
Okay, here’s the thing about applying to any college, but especially a highly selective college like an Ivy: it’s all a numbers game. Literally, the admissions office will boil everything you’ve spent the last few years working your ass of for down to a handful of numbers and it sucks, but that’s how it is.
At an Ivy, everyone is going to have your test scores, your grades, and a bunch of extra curriculars. Not that you have to give up hope, hope is good, but it’s something to keep in mind. Still, there are things you can do and some things you can’t control.
Some things you just can’t control: race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, your school and state, your parents’ education level. Schools are trying to build a diverse coalition of students from different races, income levels, and parts of the world and being “different” from their normal (read: rich white male and probably northeastern) can help.
Don’t lie about this stuff, obviously but if you do have something that makes you more diverse, share a bit about that if you feel comfortable. (My Common App essay was about how my ethnic identity was tied into my inability to speak Spanish, for example.) This especially helps if your school puts special emphasis on their diverse population (*cough*Columbia*cough*)
Get good letters of rec. Remember all letters are going to recommend you go this school so pick teachers who know you well enough to help you stand out. Ask teachers who you have more of a personal relationship with. who liked you and had you for multiple years, if possible. If you can, ask teachers in the field of study you would like to pursue, as long as they’re a core class (English, math, history, science, language, etc.)
If you have an arts or music teacher, coach or gifted teacher who knows you very well and can add a more personal touch to your application, submit something from them as a supplemental second or third letter: most schools allow for this. Don’t send more than one though. Two to three letters is enough.
If you have one class that’s a little bit more rough than the others (@AP Calc for me this year) try to work for an upward trend in that grade to show you’re dedicated to improving in the places where you struggle. Yeah, you have to have good grades for an Ivy, but they know you aren’t perfect. They just want to see you’re trying.
Take advantage of alumni or campus interviews and use them to make yourself seem more human. My Harvard interview was actually a lot of fun: we talked about fake news, fanfiction, being LGBT at Harvard, and a bunch of other stuff. These people see a lot of rote answers that are just people reciting their resumes for an hour. Be polite and polished, don’t be a afraid to brag a little, but be yourself.
Also, if you have gaps in your application (example: I couldn’t afford subject tests, which Harvard recommends) this is often your place to explain those. Take advantage of that.
Don’t load up on extra curriculars. It’s stressful as hell (speaking from experience here). Instead pick a handful and show dedication to them. Stay with them throughout your high school career and take on leadership roles where you can.
If you have more specific questions, let me know! Hopefully this is a start though.
An Excerpt From River Cuomo’s Harvard Application Essay
Fans ask me all the time what it is like to be a rock star. I can tell they are dreaming, as I dreamed, when I was a kid, of someday ruling the world with a rock band. I tell them the same thing I would tell any young rock-star-to-be. Be prepared for a lot of Taco Bell. Be prepared for a lot of Subway. Mylanta figures big in your future. Buy a walkmen to block out the nonsensical ramblings of your brain-dead band-mates and advise them to do the same. Get used to writing letters from the road because only the biggest stars can afford all the calls you make when you get lonely. And you will get lonely. You will meet two-hundred people every night, but each conversation will generally last approximately thirty seconds, and consist of you trying to convince them that no, you don’t want their underwear. Then you will be alone again, in your motel room. Or you will be on your bus, in your little space, trying to kill the nine hours it takes to get to the next city, whichever city it is. This is the life of a rock star.
Dame Judi Dench is a celebrated actress who has garnered wide popular
and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances
in both classical and contemporary roles.
Over her 60-year career, she has been revered for her work in
television, film, and on stage. Dench gained international recognition
for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films.
won numerous major awards, including an Academy Award, 10 BAFTA Awards,
eight Laurence Olivier Awards, and a Tony Award for Best Actress. In
recognition of her many achievements she received an OBE (Order of the
British Empire) in 1970, became a Dame of the British Empire in 1988,
and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.
A few caps from the Commencement Morning Exercises. I managed to snag them while at work. Better ones to follow later.
Thank you, thank you everyone who had supported me throughout these 6 years after being diagnosed and working towards university. Through the Grace of God I was able to to get in and I cannot be more happy or grateful. I am so, so humbled to be given this opportunity of a lifetime.
This truly is a chance for me to go to school in a way I can actually afford and work to make a difference for the lives of those with disabilities. For those of you who have come to me and shared how I have inspired you I hope that this amazing thing that has happened to me continues to inspire you. Never forget that even if you are disadvantaged in any way, through illness, disability, financial situation, etc. know that there are always opportunities for you to succeed. I was rejected from 3 schools before this (Oxford, Stanford, and Princeton) and this was my absolute last school that I had applied to.
I buckled down and prayed and trusted in God, that if this was the path for me that I would be given a chance. If it wasn’t then rejection would not have been a failure, it would have been enough that I tried and worked to overcome my limitations in life. If I hadn’t gotten in I would have no home next year, no money, and no plan of what to do next. This was a huge leap of faith! And while in hindsight I definitely recommend having more back-ups than I did, know that it is okay to believe and have Faith that things will turn out well!
Good things can happen, and just as I am blessed I pray with all my heart that you too will find happiness. Thank you all <3 much love and God bless!