Not the answer you were expecting, right?
I applied to Tufts five years ago. When I found out I was accepted, I knew I had a tough choice ahead of me. The month of April was pretty stressful – after months of visiting campuses, stressing over tests and editing essays, I thought I had reached the easy part. I didn’t realize that I would have about 30 days to come to the decision that would (at least according to every adult in my life) basically decide how the next four years of my life would go.
This past weekend both wrapped up Division III week and celebrated the Tufts Marathon Team at the most recent Fan the Fire event, a beautiful day of cheering on the Jumbos with friends all the while supporting a great cause. This year my freshman year roommate will be running the Marathon and I'll be in my second year of volunteering it (there might even be a blog post about it!), so this is a cause near and dear to my heart. Hope you enjoy the photos, and as always, go 'bos!
I have beautiful stationery. I mean seriously beautiful stationery. I asked for it as a gift a few years ago. My name is letter pressed across the top of card stock of a color that would be called steamed milk or marshmallow were it a paint swatch. It’s hand edged in red ink that calls to mind fire engines and lipstick. The paper is so thick I have to be careful which pen I use so that the ink doesn’t spider away from my words, muddling my correspondence.
I use this stationery to write thank you notes- thank yous for gifts, for favors, for help. While it does feel like the hand-written letter is dead, I like to try to keep the age-old thank you note on life support.
Now, I have a favor to ask of you, the newest veterans of the college admissions process: write a few thank you notes. Find some paper (or note cards or post cards or, fine, your computer) and write. Take the time to thank those who have supported you through your college search, your high school career, your life. The college…
Dear Tufts Class of 2018, you are incredibly cool. In our blog posts we talk about connecting with students across the country and the world. Sometimes the students we connect with are accepted and other times they’re not. Well, one of the students accepted to Tufts in Early Decision to the School of Engineering has done incredible things with Lego. Ben, from Lancaster, PA, built a scale model of his high school…out of Lego. Check out these pictures:
Ben’s creativity and passion for building things with Lego came through in so many parts of his application. He found an engaging community at Tufts where he believed he could explore his passions. I truly believe that Ben - and all of our accepted students – will do amazing things at Tufts.
To juniors reading this blog, don’t feel like you need to jump on the “Lego Train” – the point of this blog is not to show you that if you start building things with Lego you’ll get into the school you want. My hope is to show you that Ben from Pennsylvania…
I vividly remember the day I dropped my big sister, Bea, off at college. It was an August day in 2000, and it involved a teary goodbye from my dad and a six-hour long, girls-only car ride in a white Volvo station wagon. I sat in the back, next to (and by next to I mean under) bags and bags of clothes, bedding, and other miscellany that Bea somehow expected to cram into a standard college dorm room. As we left our hometown behind on our way to Philadelphia, my mom announced that she had “discovered” a new song and wanted to play it. It was Christina Aguilera’s Come On Over (I wish I was kidding), and my mom loved it so much that she played it on repeat for the entire six hour ride, Romy and Michele style, as I sat plastered against the back window ironically buried under binders full of my sister’s CDs. I suppose I could have passed one up to the front as a not-so-subtle suggestion, but I was quite aware that this was one of the harder days of my mom’s life, and I didn’t really want to push…