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More fun with education: Classes

Published January 31, 2013 by Britt

Apologies for the lack of posting the past few days. I’ve lacked the motivation/time/inspiration/Wi-Fi to do, well, anything on my blog the past week or so. I’m actually typing on my phone now, and tried screwing around with the Widgets, and good GOD that is a pain. I couldn’t sleep last night because I had way too many topic ideas, so I ended up creating a storyboard type thing where I queued up a bunch of stuff to last me until Thursday or Friday of next week. Woo!!!

Anyway, before I begin, let me explain my education the past 10 years or so. First grade I was enrolled in a program where I learned Math and Science in Spanish. I kept learning Spanish through middle school, where they switched Math and Science to History, and Spanish I, II, and III. Sadly, that runs out in high school, and so I left everyone and went to a law academy where I continue to learn Spanish IV and AP Spanish, which is highly uncommon for sophomores. AP Spanish is the last course in Spanish that exists, and that means I’ve exhausted all of my Spanish and it’s kind of sad.

Then there’s the fact we’re rearranging the schedule in my city and this opens up a new block I never had.

And also, I don’t have to take PE anymore. I’m very excited and glad. You have no idea.

So there’s three empty blocks in my schedule. I had no idea what to fill them with and had a midlife crisis pondering over what I was going to take the next two years. There were so many options and I liked so many of them.

And finally, I went to my guidance counselor a couple weeks before we picked classes. It was nice because it was super quick and easy, she pulled up my schedule and grades and went over everything, and I ended up with four AP classes, the requires law class, and Economics/Finance (It’s required), Journalism, and Theater. I went wild with my schedule this year, didn’t I?

For the Advanced Diploma I’m being forced to have, I had to have Economics and a Fine Art, and then everything else is covered Senior Year with two excused blocks so hopefully I can leave early. I cannot wait until then because that’s going to be the fun year.

God, high school has gone by so fast.


Colleges are filling my inbox.

Published January 23, 2013 by Britt


I think I’m going to start adding pictures at the top. Pictures are cool.

College. Most every person in high school wants to go there, or at least the people I know. Then again, these people are learning LAW for crying out loud, so we aren’t really the high school dropout type anyway.

In October I took the PSAT and I made the mistake (I think) of writing my email down in the box. And the colleges won’t shut up. I’ve deleted most of them, but recently I gave up and just glance at who and where it is.

But before I go into what I rule out and what are actually possibilities, let’s look at what I want in a college:

  • Driving distance from home. I don’t want to commute, but I want to be able to go home for the weekend if I want. And I don’t want my parents visiting me all the time.
  • Not huge, but not tiny either. If it has a famous football team, I don’t want it. But I don’t want to go to the tiny college my parents went to. Not that I’m going anyway, since it’s across the city
  • And this one is weird, but I want it to be historical. I’m a huge history nut, and I want it to be well maintained, but with historical value in it.

So basically, as I get these emails, I glance at them and check to see where they are because frequently they leave a nice return address. Some are more vague than others, such as Elon University in North Carolina (I don’t know where Elon is), but most are pretty clear. University of Denver has been bugging me, but Colorado scares me, and Florida as well. There’s something in the water there, I swear. I’ve also ruled out the Virginia Military Institute, mainly because I do NOT want to join the military. I would die. Drexel has bugged me a lot as well, but they just seem mediocre.

All girls schools have been immediately ruled out. Mainly because I fear I’ll be driven nuts by all of the drama. Don’t go saying that’s a stereotype, because ALL girls have drama. ALL OF THEM.

University of Georgia has been recently coming after me, but honestly it’s too big. And as I typed this, University of Delaware came in my email as well. Also too big.

Major contenders have been Gettysburg College, William and Mary, and Washington and Lee. Tulane is a huge maybe, mainly due to distance. William and Mary I’ve seen before, and it is GORGEOUS. And I only found out about Gettysburg last night and I was drooling a little. I’m terrible.

Anyway, readers, you all are quiet. I want to hear comments. What did/do you all look for in a college? What college did you end up picking? What’s your dream school? Leave it in the comments, I’m genuinely curious to know. I’m probably going to do this more often too. Make stuff interesting.

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