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The SAT

My school invites college counseling representatives to come and talk to interested students, saving some time with the entire college visiting process. One of them, Smith, an all women’s college with a liberal arts curriculum, informed me that they now consider the SATs optional.

Which is all well and great, but they’re a liberal artsy fartsy New Age hippie school. What a preposterous idea, getting rid of the SATs! How else will the colleges be able to rank us at a single glance? How else will we judge our own academic standing and measure our self-worth?

William Fitzsimmons was quoted saying:

“Society likes to think that the SAT measures people’s ability or merit. But no one in college admissions who visits the range of secondary schools we visit, and goes to the communities we visit – where you see the contrast between opportunities and fancy suburbs and some of the high schools that aren’t so fancy – can come away thinking that standardized tests can be a measure of someone’s true worth or ability.” [Source]

William Fitzsimmons? Who’s THAT? Some guy who has no idea about how the college admissios process REALLY works?

Well, for one thing, he’s the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University.

Food for thought, right?

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Here’s a tip! If you’re writing your college application essay, don’t go somewhere – well, distracting.

A friend and I decided to meet up at the library to work on our essays and supplements and try to get ahead on the nightmare that is the Common App. Then we noticed the beautiful park that the library sits next to, and ended up wandering out to the fountain and sitting on a bench. The grass was green, the sky was blue, the sun was warm. Across the pond was another pair of girls, talking and laughing. Tranquil, peaceful, and just the right kind of atmosphere to work, right?

Then the first pigeon landed. My friend’s immediate response was to curl up into a ball shrieking while I clutched her shoulder and attempted not to spit water all over her as I struggled to restrain my laughter.

But then another pigeon landed. And another. And then about forty pigeons came at us at once, milling at our feet and bobbing their heads, their beady eyes expectant. Clearly they had been classically conditioned to expect food (see, Dr Schatz? I DO know the material!) when people sat down at the park benches.

Well, aside from the teeming avian pit of disease at our feet, things were going great. We were booting up our laptops and trying to avoid meeting each other’s eyes for fear of laughing again, determined to get our essays at least started.

And then the ducks arrived.

A little threesome waddled out of the water. The female dove straight into the crowd of pigeons, emerging triumphantly with a crumb in her bill. The two males followed her, quacking at any pigeon who might dare attack their lady love. At one point, the female duck snatched a crumb straight out of a pigeon’s beak, and chased it for about ten feet, herding it towards the water.

At this point, my friend and I just about lost it. Holding each other up, we laughed for about ten minutes until the pigeons and ducks realized no more food would be arrived and sulked away. Then, clutching our ribs, we walked back to the library, realizing that no more work could be done out here.

Moral of the story? Stay away from birds.

I forgot to mention this last night, but Students 2.0 is a place everyone should check out. The blurb on their About Us says: We are students: the ones who come to school every day, raise our hands with safe questions, and keep our heads down. Except, now we have a voice—a strong voice—to share our ideas through a global network. What they really do is talk about being a student in today’s high-pressure culture, the good and bad about the American education system, and raise issues both in and outside of school that they feel should be addressed. Worth a check out at the very least; there are some fabulous writers on the blog.

Mucho ♥,
your friendly neighborhood supergoddess

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Blogs to keep an eye on!

  • Between the Line: Comic Book Fashions For Ordinary Girls – A great blog, recently started, that takes comic book fashions and, well, adapts them for ordinary girls like us. Because we’re not all big-boobed tiny-waisted Amazon princesses, yeah?
  • Tweenage Wasteland – A blog that keeps track of and usually mocks all those silly little Disney Channel shows, with maybe some Nickelodeon thrown in every once in a while.
  • Miss Couturable – This belongs to a girl who I go to school with. Cute and upbeat, and better than you’d think.

Time wasters

  • Marry Me – A comic about a frustrated pop singer who marries a random fan. Very, very silly, and very cute.

Books to read!

And finally, just plain interesting

  • The Sum of Your Facial Parts – An article @ NY Times about a new software that edits photos to make them more average – that is to say, more beautiful, though how well that works, you can judge for yourself over here. James Franco is perfect – who knew? But most of the other celebrities, well, I don’t much like their new upgraded selves.

Really though – I started this blog not just because other people were, but also because I am now a senior in my high school (I’ll insert a cheer here later) and, well, it’d be nice to remember this year as something other than one long fest of frustration and college apping! Not that there won’t be plenty of both, just not on this blog.

Tomorrow is the Panic at the Disco / Dashboard Confessional / Plain White T’s concert @ the San Jose Convention Center. I plan to have so much fun I’ll be grinning for another week, at least.

Remember, no matter if you’re ten, sixty, or anything in between, don’t play it too safe! If you’re bored, you’re doing something wrong.

Mucho ♥,
your friendly neighborhood supergoddess

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