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The Aftermath

Full Disclosure: I cannot vote. I can almost vote, but I had to pass the polls regretfully five times yesterday.

The work of many Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents all came down to yesterday. And there is still much work to be done – like in Alaska, with 40.2% of the vote consisting of write ins. Overall, the election is a mixed bag – the Democrats will keep control of the Senate, but will lose the House. However, I still think the President can and should work with the Republicans – the losses in the midterms reflect both bad public relations and weak bipartisanship.

One of the greatest losses in this election, I believe, is Senator Blanche Lincoln. More and more, both Democrats and Republicans tend to go to the extremes of their party: case in point, Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle (the Republicans more so… I can’t think of an extreme Democrat.) The moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats are disappearing – fast. Senator Lincoln was a valuable asset in the Senate for us fiscally conservative and socially liberal voters. Alongside Senators Snowe, Collins, and Specter, she was a voice of reason between two sides of vacillating power. I regret her loss.

Surprisingly, I’m not that downtrodden. My school levy passed, and I believe local politics are just as critical as national politics. I’m excited for the time when I can vote. If elections are this exciting when I can’t vote, what will they be like when I can?

Submitting Applications

I just submitted two applications. I’m very confident about my essay, and I read my application over probably twenty times. Still, I’m nervous about what I wrote. I, of course, had to read it again AFTER I pressed “Send.” I found a mistake. Not an egregious mistake, and college admissions officers probably won’t even notice. I accidentally put “schoolyear” instead of “school year.”

Sigh. Three applications down – Big State U, Ivy League 1, LAC. I find it amusing that the three I’ve submitted are all SO different. Well, the Ivy is practically a LAC, so I guess just the first. Still have ten or eleven left. Now, I’m going to go write that supplement for my FAVORITE LAC.

College applications are so much work!

The Explosionist

This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I had been trying to get ahold of this book for a long time – I had heard the buzz when it was released. But I just read it this week, and honestly, I’m glad I waited. Because if I had read it when it was released, the wait for the sequel would terrible.

The description from Amazon, which doesn’t do The Explosionist any justice:

A series of mysteries.

An explosion of truths.

The Explosionist: Someone sets off a bomb outside fifteen-year-old Sophie’s boarding school, but no one can figure out who.

The Medium: Soothsayers and séance leaders are regular guests at her great-aunt’s house in Scotland, but only one delivers a terrifying prophecy, directed at Sophie herself.

The Murder: When the medium is found dead, Sophie and her friend Mikael know they must get to the bottom of these three mysteries in order to save themselves—even as the fate of all Europe hangs in the balance.

Set in a time of subversive politics, homegrown terrorism, and rapidly changing alliances, The Explosionist is an extraordinarily accomplished debut novel for teens that delivers a glimpse of the world as it might have been—had one moment in history been altered.

Alarmingly similar to modern day technology and politics, the setting of the The Explosionist will haunt you. Honestly, I did not have time to read this book. I’m leaving for three weeks, and I should have been packing. But just like Interface, this book can’t be stopped half way through. I need the sequel NOW, and since it comes out around my birthday, it will be number one on my wishlist. I highly recommend The Explosionist. If you read nothing else this summer, just read this one book.

A Jam Packed Summer

This summer has been downright crazy, but I love it. I went to Girls State, a meditation retreat, Old Sturbridge Village, and FDR’s home. I’m just about to leave to take a course at a college. In between trips, I have been doing my summer work: read art history textbook, do summer packet. Read Hamlet, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Awakening, Wuthering Heights, do reading logs. Self study anatomy.

And then comes college essays! The common app and supplements don’t go online until August 1st. However, the prompts for the common app stay the same most years and Harvard sent me the 2010-2011 version of the Common App. So, I’ve started on essays and I’ve completed my list of colleges that I’m applying to. I’m applying to three ivies, four top LACs, four mid level LACs, and a public state flagship. Twelve colleges, twelve supplements.

And I’ve done some of my own summer reading. Currently, I’m reading The Explosionist.

I’ll blog more soon!

Life After by Sarah Darer Littman

I have not reviewed a book in a very long time. Two days ago, coming back from a retreat, I found a review book in my mailbox. I rarely receive them anymore, and even more rarely review them. However, this book impressed me because it stood out.

by Sarah Darer Littman

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Girls State

I just got back from Girls State recently, which was seriously the most rigorous experience of my life. Five to six hours of sleep a night, with a jam packed schedule of campaigning and caucuses the next day. I got elected to a state position. I am sad it is over, because I met people that I became good friends with.

I wish I could have gone to Girls Nation. I was nominated, but chose not to interview. I hope this is not a big mistake. I think what I’m doing instead will be much better.

Anyway, I’m leaving again this week. I’m considering shutting down this blog, but I would like to record my feelings about the college admissions process later. So for now, posting is still active.

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