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Questions … and more questions.

On Friday, I discovered that I was placed on the Wait List at the University of Chicago. I wasn’t especially worried or bothered by this; I was previously accepted to McGill University, my top choice, so I have known for a while now that I would be going to the school I wanted to go to. However, more troubling is that all six of the students from my school who applied were placed on the W.L. We are all students who would be highly attractive to schools, with wide-ranging interests and activities. However, we were all placed on the list—whilst five students from a school in the suburbs were accepted. Now, what is more interesting is, in many ways, our school is superior, and constantly shows as such in competition. Instead, there seems (at least to us) to be a systemic bias … it is entirely as though our school has been blackballed for some reason. One of the possible reasons that has been floated is that there are economic considerations: statistically, students from an inner-city high school (like ours) are more likely to require financial aid. Then again, unless the need-blind policy has changed, that shouldn’t even be a consideration. All we are left with is seething resentment.

Maybe I’ll ask my counsellor, and see what I can dig up.

My, how time goes by.

I have spent an unfortunate amount of time consumed with the finalisation of my Extended Essay and other work, so I have not posted for a while. Life continues in a normal fashion, with grades having been finalised recently and me getting ready to ship off first semester final notes to colleges. This week I’ll be missing three days in a row, for no particular reason other than there being a trip to the Zoo (yay, fun!) a day I simply won’t be about, and a concert downtown the next day. Remember what I said about second semester being calmer ? I lie through my teeth sometimes, and this was one of them. Continue reading


How does the song go? “‘Tis the season to file papers, falalalalaa, la la la la …” Hmm, maybe not. At least, that’s how I felt recently. Continue reading