My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.
“Frolicking in the snow at Camp Shanks are a group of Wacs, members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, who were redeployed from France to this country, and landed in New York City. / In the picture are Technical Sergeant Lillian Butterfield of Bayonne, New Jersey; Technician Fifth Grade Bernice F. Lewis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Private First Class Hester Givens of Linden, New Jersey; Private First Class Benita F. Schuster of Manhattan, New York; Private First Class Genevieve Marshall of Washington, D.C.; Sergeant Mary E. Walker of New York City; Technician Fifth Grade Bernice Axam of Passaic, New Jersey; Private First Class Mary Young of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Private First Class Katherine Metoyer of Columbus, Ohio; Priviate First Class Dolly Hall of New York City; Technician Fifth Grade Beulah Patten of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Technician Fifth Grade Dorothy E. Lounds of Tuckahoe, New York and Private First Class Isofine Jacobs of Chester, Pennsylvania. 1-3-46.”
University of Pennsylvania (as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar)
UC Berkeley (early)
USC (full-ride finalist)
University of Washington Seattle
University of Oregon (Honors College, full-ride finalist, $15k/yr scholarship)
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
I will be attending MIT’s CPW April 7-10 and UPenn’s Quaker Days April 11-13 so if you’re going to either, let me know and we can meet up! I’ll be committing sometime in mid- to late April.
I’m staying on Harvard’s waitlist but I searched up the statistics and apparently the acceptance rate is less than 3% so I’m not going to keep my hopes up.
In all honesty, MIT and UPenn were my second and third choices. I don’t say that just because they were the schools I got into, but because I visited both and loved the spirit there (I was trying to look for the post I made a few months ago stating this, but the closest I could find was this).
I wanted to get into Harvard/Princeton for prestige.
And the truth is, maybe I shouldn’t have gotten into Stanford/Harvard/Princeton. Because I didn’t work all that hard in high school. I took two free periods when all of my friends had none sophomore and junior year. I didn’t do the IB Diploma, which requires more work than I was willing. I didn’t study enough for standardized testing (and I don’t mean this in a humblebrag I got high scores without trying way but just as a statement). I turned in late assignments constantly, I didn’t go to class sometimes, and I wrote so many emails asking teachers to round me up a letter grade. I napped during lectures and discussions, I’m known as a slacker.
But that’s okay, because the Kelly Writers House at UPenn is badass. I always wanted to volunteer at the high school math tournaments if I ended up going to MIT. 34th Street is the coolest magazine. And can I go wrong with either Philly or Boston? I don’t think so :)
Plus, I mean, I got into MIT and UPenn. I am so, so lucky to have these options, and I can’t wait for college.
I subbed for a 2nd grade class today, and one of the things they did was write about why they would make a good President. And all of them wrote stuff like “I’d build houses for poor people,” or “I’d build roads in my community”, and “I’d let everyone come to Pennsylvania.”
A class of 7 year-olds would literally be better presidents than who was elected.
I went to elementary school in alabama and let’s just say shit was bad my teachers used to call the civil war the “war of northern aggression” and up until i took a history class in pennsylvania i thought malcolm x was a secret agent from a famous movie because no one told me otherwise