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It was almost 60 degrees today in Massachusetts. It was sunny, it was warm, and it was wonderful. We can feel spring coming.
With the good weather, my friends and I finally got to discuss our plans for next year happily--everyone has been accepted to colleges, even if not everyone knows where they’re going. As I was accepted in December, I often forgot about the stress and limbo of having submitted applications and awaiting a response. I’ve been completely spoiled.
Now, I see a new kind of stress that’s cropping up--stress about where to go from here. If you’re looking at this website, there’s a really good chance that you’re either a junior who’s looking at Tufts for next year, or a senior who’s trying to decide between Tufts and another school. If this decision is tearing you up right now, I urge you to remind yourself . . .
This is the best kind of stress.
If you are so fortunate to be choosing between esteemed universities and colleges, then pat yourself on the back and appreciate…
When I started looking at colleges, I didn’t know what I wanted. The only things I really knew were that I wanted to have a radio show and that I wanted to study abroad. The radio has totally lived up to the expectations I had for it in high school. However, after a few years of taking for granted that I would study in a different country, I decided that I would rather stay on campus for all four years.This is in no way an argument against going abroad in general – all the upperclassmen I’ve spoken to who went abroad absolutely loved it. In fact, the only regret I’ve heard reported is from people who went for only one semester and wished they had stayed for a whole year. Nevertheless, it’s no longer an experience I feel the need to have. Here’s why:1. The only Tufts programs I was considering were Tufts in Madrid and Tufts in Chile (having taken Spanish since the 6th grade, I wanted to finally become fluent). While planning my abroad application, I looked through the courses offered at…
An open letter to the applicants, regardless of decision.
Whether you’re elated or disappointed or heartbroken, whether you’ve read everything I’ve ever written or have never heard of this pretentious Joe Singh with a dorky shirt who’s telling you to read what he writes, this is intended for you. As always, it is written with honesty and what I hope is integrity and placed before you because I really hope it will matter.
So you’ve gotten your decisions back from Tufts, and I imagine other schools as well. The wait is over, and if you were anything like me in the months spanning endlessly from January to April, that was the hardest part. Now I need you to do me a favor. Trust me, okay? This is important.
First, read this: http://admissions.tufts.edu/blogs/jumbo-talk/post/to-the-brave2/
Hi again! See that little 2 in the URL? That’s there because this was posted a second time. I first wrote that when decisions were released during my freshman year at Tufts, way back in March 2012. The admissions process…
I’ve spent the last two months in Hong Kong. Wow. That’s hard for me to say. Everything has gone by in such a blur, it seems like I’ve barely had any time to explore the city. My experiences playing pickup basketball with the mainland Chinese, having dinners at Mr. Wongs (international student hangout), and taking HKU classes (psssh, classes?) are all flying by.
However, I’ve been outside of the city so much, I guess it’s only right that I feel like I’ve barely spent any time here. In the past two months I’ve made weeklong trips to Taiwan and Malaysia in addition to a short weekend hop over to Singapore. These trips included hot springs, massive gorges, altitude sickness, snorkeling with turtles, the discovery of my new favorite food, dancing to Adventure Club, and meeting with a Malaysian baby jumbo!
Numbers are fun. Quantification is the quintessential human method of progress, whether it’s the number of Facebook friends, stars on Yelp, revenue this quarter, stock prices, or touchdowns scored. Even better, we’re surrounded by databases of numbers describing everything around us. As a person with analytical tendencies, I get excited about doing this with these numbers, and as a computer science major, I want to automate that process. At the past hackathons I’ve been to, when I wasn’t working on my official project, I figured I’d try to interpret some of these numbers.
The first weekend of February was the Tufts Hackathon, which I co-organized with my friend Will. As a result, I spent most of the event moving chairs, feeding people, passing out swag, and tweeting. Now, I’ve always noticed a casual correlation between my attendance at hackathons and the frequency of tweets that I send out. Sitting on a computer all night can inspire you to broadcast more of your 140-character thoughts…