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  •  Brings back memories (10+ / 0-)

    I applied to college in the early 60's, from a middle-class family without the means to pay for a high-status college. I had grown up in Ct, but moved to northern Minnesota in my senior year. So for the heck of it, in addition to applying to the state college, I applied to Radcliffe. Had to travel by bus to Minneapolis (hours-long trip) to meet with an alumna for the interview. I did get in, and did get a nearly full scholarship, much to my amazement. I'm not sure I would have gotten in if I had applied from Ct, but in those days they were looking for geographic diversity and I'm sure they didn't get all that many applications from Minnesota.

    So what happened to you? Did you apply to Radcliffe or somewhere else? And how did it work out?

    •  Wait-listed at Radcliffe (9+ / 0-)

      Went to Mount Holyoke. I had an interview with alumnae as you did, for both colleges. MHC after the interview really came acourting ... I think for the reason you cite: geographic diversity, which the college has always gone out of its way to trumpet. I was from California -- the boonies out in Riverside County.

      •  Geographic diversity was HUGE (4+ / 0-)

        when I was in college in the 60s. My freshman "sister" when I was a sophomore was from Wyoming — and she was way over her head socially and academically compared to all the girls from prep schools in Connecticut and New York.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:25:51 AM PDT

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        •  that reminds me... the STAR of our little HS in (3+ / 0-)

          the cohort ahead of me got into Harvard, I think... I remember hearing (would have been 8th-hand or so, 8-)) that he said something about roommates reading Classics, for pleasure, in Greek & Roman! not something our little logging town had given even him much preparation for! I have no recollection of how he eventually made out...

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 10:37:13 AM PDT

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          •  Many years ago, I was assigned as a roommate (5+ / 0-)

            THE Presidential Scholar from one of the mountain states. He was an obnoxious arrogant little ... fellow ... and I was delighted to discover that his SATs were lower than those of another friend of mine who wasn't in the top 10 in his high school in California (a nice unassuming guy).

            There's a lot of variation around the country.

            Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

            by Clem Yeobright on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 10:43:59 AM PDT

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            •  well, there sure was in my case, I don't even (2+ / 0-)
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              quite remember the guy's name without looking in my yearbooks, 8-) but this was from "Philthy-mouth" OR to Harvard in about 1962? I think I was a Freshman when he was a Senior... He seemed to have been a pretty nice guy, well-off family for the area, had been Mr Everything-that-came-along during most of his HS years...

              "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

              by chimene on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:17:02 AM PDT

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          •  Sounds like some posturing going on there (1+ / 0-)
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            From the people claiming to read the classics in original Greek for "pleasure". (or ws there a Greek edition of Playboy back then?)

            "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

            by Catte Nappe on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:42:24 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, I know "over her head" (1+ / 0-)
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          I had some problems of that sort, as well. The first year was pretty difficult and I was ready to drop out. But my parents encouraged me to keep at it, and in the end I managed to get through it, with the help of a few close friends who gave me a lot of support.

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