As the seasons pass and I keep racking up A’s in school my college search has evolved somewhat. It is not just a collection of schools I wish I could go to but a realistic look at where I can reasonably expect to go. That is an evolution of sorts.
Earlier this summer I did some research on several universities I may or may not apply to for the Spring term 2018. The biggest factor is, you guessed it! money. Who will give me the most money to attend their university. I have started the paperwork with Mass Rehab (from now on just MRC) but, I won’t hear anything until 9/14 at the earliest. In the meantime, I can apply to the Honors society at Quincy College – now that my GPA is finally up to 3.55 (it was 1.96 at this time last year!)
I am ahead,
I am a man,
I am the first mammal to wear pants.
It’s Evolution, baby!
I am ahead,
I am advanced,
I am the first mammal to make plans.
It’s Evolution, baby!
I have basically narrowed my choices down to these three and even with financial aid it looks like I really only have two candidates (I can always include UMASS Boston but, I really want to put some distance between my past and my future):
- Bridgewater State University – $24,203
- UMASS Amherst – $28,074
- University of Vermont – $52.588
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of students at two-year colleges. To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout their enrollment at Quincy College.
Gamma Beta Phi
Gamma Beta Phi is a service organization for honor students at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Eligibility is limited to students who have earned 12 or more credits toward a degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
I have been updating all of the information contained in the Common Application which I can use for the UMASS campuses, UVM and Lesley. Bridgewater State is separate for whatever reason. I really hope that I can get the application fee waived due to financial reasons because otherwise, at $75 per school, I have to become very selective.
I have been rewriting my essays and comparing them with the sentiments in the earlier versions. I am surprised at the mixture of pride and optimism that shines through – I certainly didn’t feel that way when writing them. I have to be careful. It is one thing to write casually and without much thought about the form here but for a College transfer essay that is far too informal.
I’ll upload some here for your reading pleasure, but they go something like this:
The things we laid do not amount to much
Made up of thought balloons and cotton swabs
When present tense gets strangled in the woes
Made of our future foe scenarios
What’s happening now
Life at the house just keeps going on. People keep coming and leaving, someone is always mad about something and somebody is still getting high. It’s strange that I have no sympathy for those who don’t understand how this works. It took me a long time to figure things out – years really, so I don’t know why I’m so hard on them. I’m sure my therapist will tell me.
This revolution, baby
Proves who you work for maybe
Who do you work for, baby?
And does it work for you lately
I’m just going to keep doing things the way I’ve been going – it seems to be working. I will continue to take on too much but, this is intentional. I am learning my limitations, how to show restraint, how to budget time, work with others and, in other words, be efficacious. I am learning awareness and how to set realistic, achievable goals for myself.
Learning extends way beyond the classroom. That is the theme of one of my essays – life experiences make me a better student, better teacher, and better scientist. Is it possible for me to resume evolving after a steady de-evolution, a return from the primordial miasma into which I had been sinking?
I’m really not sure. I need to find out:
- Who at school will be my advisor?
- How to get Application fee waivers?
- Can I get my old SAT scores?
- Do I need them?
In Quanta magazine, a creative Fringe Science blog, I read an intriguing article about evolution. Specifically, it was about the rates of mutation of viruses under stressful conditions. The interesting part was that the scientists studying this phenomenon were unable to discern whether the mutations were caused by the stressors or whether there is a natural mechanism to begin producing more variations in an effort to survive.
I feel that the stressful situations that I have come through have each caused changes in me – an evolution of the spiritual and psychical sort. The evolutionary question here is not whether or not natural selection played a role (there does not seem to be any genetic basis for my survival) but, whether or not behavioral and psychological evolution can be treated the same as a biological mutation. A lot of evidence is beginning to emerge (or rather, re-emerge) that points to behavior being as hereditary as lactose tolerance or skin color.
De-evolution and dunce patois (next post)
There will surely be more written by me on this subject as I shed my summer layers of fringe thinking in favor of the rational and linear thinking necessary to succeed in college. Until then here’s a scary picture from a book with really frightening scenarios.