I have numerous choices when it comes to colleges.
I asked the girl to prom. The result was strange. I am in a sense still waiting on an answer. I was surprised this happened. The circumstances are strange. When it finalizes, I’ll give details. CLIFF HANGER
Anyways, some updates.
1) Waitlisted at Irvine. I certainly wasn’t expecting this, but somehow I got waitlisted. In any case, it wasn’t really on top of my list to begin with, but it was odd.
2) REJECTED from Rice. Although it’s an excellent school, I wasn’t terribly enthused about heading to Texas for college. Plus, my Bs and a C in math just don’t cut it there.
3) REJECTED from UCLA. Considering I have friends with 4.6 GPA, good extracurrics, and 2100+ SAT who also got rejected from engineering, I don’t feel too awful bad. Sort of sucks I didn’t get in, because I probably could have for letters and sciences, but unfortunately I didn’t get in as it is. I still have other options on the table…
Namely, these options are…
1) Attend UCSB. A small engineering program for a UC, the student to faculty ratio is excellent. A bit of a party school, but certainly on my list.
2) Attend UCSD. A much larger program, with significantly more prestige. Has reputation of being antisocial and “super srs” which seems to be somewhat deserved. I’m in revelle, which has negatives, and a few positives. Costs a bit less than UCSB. (lolwtf @ UCSB cost of living)
3) Attend Northeastern. It would be around 22-25k per year. It isn’t a terribly rigorous degree: I really would be weighing co-op and private school experience in Boston vs. academics elsewhere.
4) Attend full ride institution. ASU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Idaho, Alabama, etc, all offer full rides (board and tuition, sometimes a stipend) for national merit finalists. Although none of them are quite on the level of UCSD, it would save around 120-130k. I could potentially get a masters with saved money.
5) Get into Stanford or Princeton, and lol heartily. Then attend.
I’ll be visiting the UCSD admitted student day on April 7. If anybody wants to talk, especially Revellians (or however you say that) it might be appreciated. Especially if you’re engineering major. Or CS
I’m still debating about UCSB. Many pros, many cons. Blargh. Anybody in engineering there?
I ordered a 550d with a stock lens, and some random rather useless accessories. It cost $500 used, from a reputable resaler. (KEH) It was in “excellent” condition. The 550d/t2i isn’t a bad camera, and I’d like to start doing some more serious photography. What should I start with, and are there any good “guides” per se. Also, any other rather cheap but good class I should invest in. Would a 50mm F1.8 be worthwhile?
The camera should arrive Tuesday. Expect many pictures :D
Finally, I’d just like to state that as college admissions come to a close many people tend to assess the success of an individual based on their placement in college. I would contest that although this is a reasonable indicator, what happens from now on is way more important. While I have generally not worked hard throughout school, and my grades have suffered as a result of my relative apathy, I am in a reasonable position. While I have received criticism from my parents for my poor performance relative to my peers (those being who I associate with, two of them who got into Caltech…) I still maintain that I will receive a high quality education no matter where I go. From this point onwards how well I do can be entirely defined by my effort in class, in the real world, and my genuine enthusiasm for the material. College admissions cannot be changed, and cannot be revised, but my future is in no way determined by what I do at this stage.