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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx
    How does one major in a color?

    Imagine being an employer and seeing her resume.
    no fucking idea. but she did it.

    like I said, though, there are a lot of drugs at evergreen.
    Seriously, this canít turn into yet another ON3P thread....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iggyskier
    no fucking idea. but she did it.

    like I said, though, there are a lot of drugs at evergreen.

    I'm not surprised at either fact. Evergreen doesn't grade you, you have conferences with your professor at the end of the quarter and they determine... whether you passed I guess. Like I said, super-progressive liberal arts school.

    The drugs... well according to the Princeton Review its top 10 in the nation in the "reefer madness" category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatecow45
    Today was the big day for the acceptances/ rejections. Damn, I thought I would have done better. But, fuck those we rejected me. I went 4/7

    Got into:

    U Puget Sound (Tacoma, Washington)
    UVM (Burlington, Vermont)
    CU Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
    UMASS, Commonwealth College, BIOTAP Program (Amherst, Mass)

    The rejections:

    McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
    Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
    Tufts University (Medford, Mass)

    Well, that sums it up. I don't know what my final decision is yet. Any thoughts?
    Just wait until you start applying for medical school.

    want to see my list, this is terrifying


    Accepted -

    Nowhere yet


    Likely Accepted -

    University of Pittsburgh - Interviewed 3/24 and waiting for decision


    Possibly Accepted -

    Vanderbilt - Interviewed and Waitlisted
    University of Rochester - Interviewed and Waitlisted


    Denied -
    University of Colorado - Interviewed and rejected outright (one of my interviewers was a dick, so I knew this was coming.)

    20other miscelanious schools: rejected without interview.


    so 7000$+ later (for AMCAS application fees/secondary application fees/airline tickets/hotels/rental cars/and a suit) the only thing I have is my dick in my hand and the hope that Pitt will let me in outright or i'll get in off a waitlist. All this with a 33R on the stupid fucking MCAT.

    To put this is perspective, that's the equivalent of a set of dp lotus 120's, dynastar legend pro's, K2 pontoon's, kingswood fat's, head M103's, Stormrider DP's, AK swallow tail's, and the 7 FKS 185's to mount them all. Or I could have just purchased every single Iggy model unmounted, or gone heliskiing for a week.

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    but seriously, undergrad is a blast and you have some great choices. Good Luck man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belgian
    Accepted to:

    The Evergreen State College. Olympia, WA

    Pacific University. Forest Grove, WA

    both schools are small (5500 and 1200 respectively) and I'm kinda leaning toward the smaller one (Pacific). Evergreen is an ultra-progressive liberal arts school FULL of hippies, Pacific is just... tiny.

    I'm going to be studying film whereever I go.

    Any input anyone has would be well received.
    For what it's worth, I'd pick the Evergreen State College. Contrary to popular belief, they actually offer a good education to those who seek it. And it's in an interesting location. You could do worse than to explore the Olypmic Mountains, the Pennisula rivers, and the south Puget Sound, too. Crystal Mountain and Mt. Rainier are a little far, but still entirely doable from Evergreen. If you don't have a car, other students certainly will. Provide your share of the gas money, and you'll be on your way.

    I took linear algebra and abstract algebra there. Initially, I signed up for the classes because I was working near there and wanted access to a pool for swimming laps. Taking some classes was cheaper for me than a gym membership. In the end, I was delighted with the quality of the classes I took. I give Evergreen a definite thumbs up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx
    TUCB and Caltech were pretty much guaranteed to reject me. But I'm quite excited about UCSD, their controls group is strong, and I think I'd enjoy it there.
    Caltech rejected me, too. And I worked there for two years.

    Lemme know If you decide on UCSD and come for an interview. I did grad school at UCSD and recently moved back to San Diego.
    °”rale, vato!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenWA
    I can't imagine going to a school that small (no offense to iggy).
    no offense taken. I wanted a smaller school, thus I choose UPS.

    Smaller schools aren't for everybody. Some people would find them just too small. I'm happy with the size.

    I have a very close group of friends and when I go out I know a lot of people at parties. If you don't like the kids...then it will kind of suck because you generally run into the same few hundred kids at parties.

    honestly - ive very happy with the size. I think I wouldn't be as happy at a school of 30,000.

    but to each his own, no?
    Seriously, this canít turn into yet another ON3P thread....

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    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.

    yale's always been my first choice, though I hear from 12 other places in the next week I'm pretty much set and incredibly stoked (they deferred me from early) to be going where I want to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldon
    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.

    yale's always been my first choice, though I hear from 12 other places in the next week I'm pretty much set and incredibly stoked (they deferred me from early) to be going where I want to go.
    Congrats man, that's one hell of a list. I don't imagine that the remaining 12 letters will be dissapointing given the caliber of the schools you've already been accepted to.
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    Accepted -
    University of Denver
    University of Vermont
    St. Mike's

    Then again that was all back in December, I was lucky enough to not have to apply anywhere regular decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldon
    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.

    yale's always been my first choice, though I hear from 12 other places in the next week I'm pretty much set and incredibly stoked (they deferred me from early) to be going where I want to go.
    Damn, you must be one of those minority eagle scout straight a students.

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    Going back a few pages....
    If your girl doesn't want the best for you (going to the school of your choice), then drop her.

    More to now....
    The SUNY schools are great for a bunch of different stuff.... skiing isn't one of them. I got close to 60 days a year going to a SUNY school at the 'Cuse, but thats 'cause I was racing.

    If you haven't visited most of those campus' yet, its time for a roadtrip.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva
    Caltech rejected me, too. And I worked there for two years.

    Lemme know If you decide on UCSD and come for an interview. I did grad school at UCSD and recently moved back to San Diego.
    The controls group invited me to visit on their tab - so of course I did. And rather liked it.

    What field were you in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier
    Going back a few pages....
    If your girl doesn't want the best for you (going to the school of your choice), then drop her.
    Others in this thread have commented as to this as well, and I could not agree more. Without waxing philosophical, everyone I know (without exception) that has made long term academic decisions based on relationship factors has come to deeply regret it. Especially if you are looking at the medical school route (see above rant about med school admissions) you have a very long road ahead of you and decisions you make now will establish the direction of that path without you even knowing it. As also mentioned above, the likelyhood of you sticking with the major you start in is probably very low. For reference, I started in petroleum engineering and finished with a bs in vertebrate zoology (4.5 yrs w/ english lit minor). Choosing a school that is strong in a multitude of fields can be very important, especially if you change degrees. This may not be too relevant if you choose a different major in the same department, but if you make a radical shift one school may not be able to provide a degree that is as well respected in certain fields if it is highly specialized. If you're serious about medical school, instutions that have programs to promote and encourage undergraduate research will also serve you very well. Medical school admissions have become so uber-competitive that a strong background in laboratory research has almost become a requirement.

    Anyway, good luck with the decision, and have a kick ass time. College rules.
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    DO go to a college in a COLLEGE TOWN! Commuter schools suck, trying to live at home and commute to school sucks worse and is not worth the money you save in rent.

    DO NOT let a HS girlfriend have any influence on your decision. All really good advice from everyone here on that point.

    DO take college seriously! It's all fun for us to post on the TGR forum and weigh the pros and cons of the nearby mountains, but if you don't graduate and get a real job eventually you will be screwed, and not in a good way. The mountains will always be there and they'll be much easier to get to if you're pulling in serious bank. If it takes sacrificing your college years worth of ski seasons, DO IT!

    DON'T do anything stupid like knock someone up or get married while in college. You'll have enough to worry about.

    My experience, FWIW, I left my GF of +2 years to go to a real university in a real college town, based entirley on blind faith that my parents were right. We stuck it out until about spring break when she called it quits. I was devistated, then got over it and chose not to go anywhere near my home town the next summer. I got heavily into surfing instead and never regretted it. I got married and learned to snowboard a few years after graduating and have since travelled just about everywhere I've ever dreamed of...then I had kids.

    Bottom line, there's a time and a place for everything in your life. If you screw it up you'll miss out on something great and really be sorry. Do what's best for you and you'll never regret it.

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    who else wishes they had a forum of already-been-through-its when they made their college decision?

    y'all are friggin lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good4nothing
    Just wait until you start applying for medical school.

    want to see my list, this is terrifying


    Accepted -

    Nowhere yet


    Likely Accepted -

    University of Pittsburgh - Interviewed 3/24 and waiting for decision


    Possibly Accepted -

    Vanderbilt - Interviewed and Waitlisted
    University of Rochester - Interviewed and Waitlisted


    Denied -
    University of Colorado - Interviewed and rejected outright (one of my interviewers was a dick, so I knew this was coming.)

    20other miscelanious schools: rejected without interview.


    so 7000$+ later (for AMCAS application fees/secondary application fees/airline tickets/hotels/rental cars/and a suit) the only thing I have is my dick in my hand and the hope that Pitt will let me in outright or i'll get in off a waitlist. All this with a 33R on the stupid fucking MCAT.

    To put this is perspective, that's the equivalent of a set of dp lotus 120's, dynastar legend pro's, K2 pontoon's, kingswood fat's, head M103's, Stormrider DP's, AK swallow tail's, and the 7 FKS 185's to mount them all. Or I could have just purchased every single Iggy model unmounted, or gone heliskiing for a week.

    JESUSFUCKINGMOTHERFUCKING
    GODDAMNCHRISTTTTTTTT!!!!


    but seriously, undergrad is a blast and you have some great choices. Good Luck man.
    can hope and pittsburgh really be used in the same sentence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seldon
    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.
    you smart or somefing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stupendous man
    who else wishes they had a forum of already-been-through-its when they made their college decision?

    y'all are friggin lucky.
    I woulda gone to Colorado College instead of Haverford College. So, um, yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldon
    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.

    yale's always been my first choice, though I hear from 12 other places in the next week I'm pretty much set and incredibly stoked (they deferred me from early) to be going where I want to go.
    why on earth did you apply to almost 20 schools when you have the credentials to get into those schools???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_gyptian
    can hope and pittsburgh really be used in the same sentence?
    Pitt's got a solid med school and the biomed research there is also strong. Anywho, when you're in grad or med school, is doesn't matter if the city sucks. Does Pittsburgh suck?
    °”rale, vato!

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    To all those med and pre-medies:
    THINK HARD ABOUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO.
    And realize it doesn't really jibe with a lot of time for skiing.

    When I applied to med school my only criteria was that it had to be somewhere within a 2 hour drive to skiing, and I through in a couple of eh... for backup. So of course the only places I got accepted were St. Louis University, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern and wait listed/rejected elsewhere (Colorado, Utah-really hard unless you live there, UW,Vermont etc).
    I was an "above average" (3.83, 35 MCAT) white male candidate with a good research background, but put what I enjoyed(skiing, biking, hiking, etc) ahead of preparing for the "intangibles" of med school admissions.

    Then I thought about it, my #1 priority? nothing to do with school quality etc and everything to do with how much skiing I'd be able to do. I decided not to go and got my PhD instead (Molec. and Cell. Biol). I got into a lab where the PI liked to ski and averaged ~70 days season each year and graduated with no debt. 10 years later it was definitely the right choice for me. (Ok, that and I really don't like the sight of blood, or sick/dieing people for that matter, my father is pyhsician)

    Guess my overstated point is to make sure you end up doing something you love to do and are committed to. If its medicine, don't make your choice based on skiing. And if it's skiing, well... go git sum!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seldon
    Got into (so far):
    -yale
    -brown
    -dartmouth

    rejected:
    -swarthmore

    waitlisted:
    -harvard.

    Nice, Seldon. I'd go with Yale, personally. I like both the university and the town of New Haven. Do you have a field of study yet?
    °”rale, vato!

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    For anyone looking for the small college ski town experience don't forget the "harvard on the Hill". Fort Lewis in Durango is a sweet little school. Has the rep of a party school, but the academics and profs are top notch. Like anywhere, if you apply yourself you can get a great education and do some great skiing/boarding in the process.
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    This is kinda my bag (advising the youngsters) so I'm gonna weight in.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatecow45
    Got into:
    U Puget Sound (Tacoma, Washington)
    Nice place. Small, so if that becomes a priority along with a desire to move xcountry (a good idea while you're young and can do it) a fine choice this would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatecow45
    UVM (Burlington, Vermont)
    A lot of people around here can speak with more authority about this spot, but I will say its a very good school, has fine bio/science resources, is in a pristine college town, will have you stoned for four years, and among some of the better young skiiers in the country. It is, however, just a stone's throw from your home state, and might thus not be much of an adventure for you. Still, a good place with good science and a killer snow-sports community.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatecow45
    CU Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
    Take UVM, quadruple it in size, funding, D1 sports prowess, and add the CO rockies. Definitely the likeliest place to lose one's focus (mmm, drugs everywhere), but also a HUGE budget for biomed research so a lot of opportunity for you there. Often considered the coolest college town in America.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatecow45
    UMASS, Commonwealth College, BIOTAP Program (Amherst, Mass)
    While likely the least glamorous of the bunch, academically the honors program (that's what the Comm. College is right?) could be the best of this list. Having said that, Amherst is nice town, but nowhere near as fun as Burlington, Boulder, or Seattle. It would also leave you not too far from home (good or bad? Your call). The sciences there are on the up and up- the new dean (Dr. George Langford) is a pimp [first black scince prof. to get a chair at Dartmouth, generally cool guy], and in an honors program you'd liley have some cool opportunities. Finally, you'll be close to 91, and thus an easy drive from pretty much all of Southern and Central VT and not much more than a couple hours from N. VT to boot.

    Whatever you choose, those are all fine schools in good places with skiing not too far away (Boulder and Seattle have decidedy better skiing of course). You won't go wrong at any of these schools. Time of your life, kid, time of your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva
    I like . . . the town of New Haven.

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