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    Adam B, VClib

    I got into all the other Ivies where I applied. Which, of course, did not include that inferior school in Cambridge. Princeton was my second choice.

    Ironically, Yale was the first school crossed off my list when I first started thinking about college. I was such a rebel without a clue--so oppositional defiant--that I didn't want anything to do with a school I associated w/my parents. Living 5000 miles away, we didn't have the $$ to do any college visits. But admissions officers from around the country came to my school. And I asked a lot of questions, especially of the older kids who went to all the different East Coast schools.

    I chose Yale b/c of the residential college system. It seemed like a good fit for a Hawaiian kid who wanted to experience a big cultural change, and a large-ish school, but stay rooted in a connected social environment.

    It was fucking perfect. So excuse me for being a little defensive. I was a naive, middle class girl from suburban Honolulu, and I had a damn good time. The LAST factor--the ANTI-factor--in my decision to go there was being a 'legacy' admit. The fact that I graduated top of my class at one of the top private schools in the country probably had more to do with it. You know...that Honolulu school where me and the POTUS were both scholarship students.

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:45:10 AM PST

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