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Blue Jay!

It’s official!

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It’s Johns Hopkins!!!

It’s a blue jay!!

The following video nearly made me cry…tears of happiness!!! ; )

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Start of Something New

It’s official! The 2008-2009 school year has begun, meaning among other things less time for blogging. That’s an opportunity cost right there. ^ ^

I can already tell that senior year will be way more difficult than junior year. But what’s amazing is that I’m actually extremely interested in every single subject I’m taking this year…probably because I got to choose all of them in the first place. Yay!

And of course, the college application process isn’t far from my mind. I’ve still got a couple of school-specific essays to write and my very first interview next weekend!

Lastly, a landmark for this blog: 9,999 total views! One of my favorite numbers. ; )

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Aimless Rambling

I’m feeling positively giddy so I decided that I should post and preserve this moment. 😀 😀 😀 See what I mean? And since I don’t have anything in particular to say, I’ll just ramble for a while.

Well, a few days ago, I was flipping through the August 2008 edition of Reader’s Digest when I came across this Q&A session with Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat.  This of course reminded me of my old response to that book.  Haha, fun memories.

As for colleges, I narrowed down my list to twelve (a major feat) and finished a single essay (even larger feat)! Of course, it’ll have to go under some brutal editing in the next few weeks…but at the moment, I quite like it. : D One piece of advice I can give at this point is that you shouldn’t be afraid to delete large portions or even restart an essay. At one point, I ended up deleting two thirds of mine because those parts didn’t develop the image I wanted.

On another note, the Olympics are coming up in only 4 days!!! Go international cooperation!!!!!! ^ ^

Let’s end with an economics joke!

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The interviewer asks “Four, exactly?” The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says “Yes, four, exactly.”

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The accountant says “On average, four – give or take ten percent, but on average, four.”

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says, “What do you want it to equal”?


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I haven’t posted in a while so I’m hoping that this slightly longer-than-usual post makes up for it!

Anyways, besides reading Crime and Punishment (stimulating the intellect), working (gaining valuable field experiences), lounging around (pursuing alternative options with an open mind), and watching slasher films (viewing art?), I’ve been researching the college process.  No sarcasm involved at all.

I haven’t finalized my college list yet but I do have about twenty favorites. : ) Of course, that’s way too many so I’ll eventually narrow that down to eight or so.  A program of great interest to me is Northwestern’s HPME, basically a 7-year accelerated medical program.  Too bad it’s about as selective as an Ivy.  There’s sure to be plenty of competition this year because of all those baby boomers’ kids.  Here’s a modest proposal for the government: let’s create a quota of how many human births are allowed per year.  It could supplement all that No Child Left Behind legislation.  I mean, to think that I was once worried about getting into Iolani or Punahou.   I try telling myself that med school acceptance rates are even lower…strangely enough, that’s not very comforting.

Along the way, I also discovered the College Confidential Forums.  Good side: There’s a plethora of helpful information on that site and you’ll find plenty of other 09ers there also getting ready to fill out those college apps.  ; ) Bad side: Supposedly it’s quite the addictive drug and there are members with literally thousands of posts (…) and the easily intimidated might find themselves overwhelmed by the high concentration of “perfect” 4.0/2400/Intel ISEF winner/research publisher/team captain/valedictorian candidates.  But I suppose it’s expected when you have the top students of every high school in the nation (actually, in the world) congregating.  That’s about as bad as a malaria breeding ground.

Anyways, on to the only aspect we really still have control over at this point in time…the essays!  How to appear brilliant, humble, focused, well-rounded, humorous, unique, diverse, saintly, and quirky all at once?  Which life-changing experience should you write about?  How about the one where you were working with disadvantaged orphans in Naquilovaki?  Where you expanded your horizons, gained a new appreciation for life, and realized that everyone is really the same deep deep down…

Ok, so I’ve also been surfing through scholarship sites.  My parents would probably be oh so very proud.  A good one that I’ll ever so graciously share with my fellow classmates (j/k ^ ^) is FastWeb.  This site has you fill out some information, allowing you to custom-tailor scholarship searches.  There are also some rather weird scholarships including ones for those with the last name Zolp (legal name change, anyone?), for the lefties, the asthma-ridden, the duck callers, and the junior chefs.  What annoys me is that while I’m nowhere near tall enough for tall people scholarships (obviously…), I’m also not short enough for the short people ones (amazingly.)  : (  Where’s the middling love?

I’d love to be able to share mind-blowing secret get-into-the-college-of-your-dreams insider tricks with all of you. But since I don’t have those, we’ll have to make do with the priceless companionship during these next few months of trials and suffering. ^ ^

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