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Only the Prestige Matters

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, with an actual turkey or without, and sorry for not posting for the last month, between work and an annoying knack of forgetting my blog topics.

Yesterday, my family paired up with my cousins’ and a stray aunt to go visit a several colleges on the way down to San Diego and back up. I warned my mom it was going to rain that day, but she didn’t heed the obvious foreshadowing.

Things got off to an ugly start, with our van’s tire pressure acting suspicious, and my uncle going deciding that we would need ice on the trip in this wintry weather, and was prepared for everything except a detailed plan and a refuel.

This is what I don’t get about college visits. We look to see if we “like the environment.” It seems to be a contest among colleges to have the most semi-modern and therefore semi-ugly buildings. It’s not like any of us are going to be architecture majors anyways. At any rate, being too lazy to get out of our cars to be able to examine the artistic merits of the buildings more closely, we resorted to driving around in circles (literally “didn’t we see this before?”) into “service parking” cul-de-sacs as my brother calls them, and having to endure of parents say “it’s your favorite” at every edifice that sported the term “science” or “medical.”

Going back to the “like the environment” thing, it’s more or less irrelevant at this point. If we’re accepted, we’ll adapt if we have to. Besides, only the prestige matters.

From what I do remember when I wasn’t sleeping, reading And Another Thing (book six of three of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, a must read), or being annoyed by my brother’s huffing and puffing pneumatics, here’s my general opinion of things. UCSD was nice, if a bit smelly from all the eucalyptus trees and a bit confusing with its “six colleges” or whatever. But while there’s a pretty beach, at the time, it seemed only good to look at, with majestic crashing waves that make it impossible to swim in (although I did see some people trying to suicide themselves).

CalState San Diego was cramped, a bit dull, and I have to stay hopefully not a last resort because of the prefix.

UC Irvine was pretty and huge. I really like the dorms, but with names like “Harvard Court,” “Cornell Court,” and streets named “Stanford,” it has a rather sadistic habit of lowering your self-esteem by reminding you that you’re still not at top no matter where you are on campus.

November 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM 1 comment


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