Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Quote Game

It’s been a while. Mostly because I’ve been busy, but also because my blog is heading in a different direction than I thought and I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s become less of my media interests and short stories, and more of my views and small interest pieces. I’m more interested in talking about people, responses, and society.

I’m not sure what to attribute this change to, but it is happening, and that means a change is in order.

The title.

Any suggestions, please leave a comment!



PS. I want to try something new and fun. I’m going to leave a quote at the bottom of each post, and see if someone can guess where it comes from. It can be a tv show, book, movie, or person.

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”


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CommonApp.Org – Part 3

In the last post, we worked our way through all the sub-headings of The Common Application, ending with the signature and sending off our application. Figuratively speaking.

Now, we’re moving on to the Supplements and Payments sections.

1) Supplements. Not all colleges will use this section, but if they do, it will have either something simple like the CommonApp for you to fill out, or a number of essays. For example, Miami University did not have essays, but they had something for me to fill out which asked which deadline I was applying for, if I had any relatives that had attended Miami, and if I was intending on applying for the Honors program. These are all very simple and do not take a lot of time.

However, the second type of Supplement is the essay. I suggest you look into this very early on because each essay should take at least a few hours of your time. For Kenyon, I have to give them my name, if I’ve visited their college, three essays, and more. The hardest part of this type of supplement is obviously the essays, and you should be making first drafts of these essays as soon as you see them. They need special attention and if you have many, you’ll need to work ahead to stay on track with whatever deadline you’ve chosen. Make sure to get at least three people to edit!

2) The Payments section is simple. All you need is your parent, a credit card (or if you want to do the e-check, that’s fine too) and five minutes. If you or your parent has┬áever ordered anything online, then you will be fine.

I know that this is a short entry, but that does not mean that your movement through these steps will be similar. Your essays will take up the majority of the time you spend applying, and they will wear you out. But that’s how you’ll know you’ve done it right. So, good luck – I hope you do well on your supplement essays. ­čśë

The last installment of the CommonApp series will be the School Forms section. Feel free to leave a question or comment below!




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I Don’t Like the Way You React

Let me show you a scenario. A girl is talking with an acquaintance or loose friend. They are walking, and the topic of the deaf is raised.

“Yeah, my parents are deaf.”

“Wow! Really? That’s so cool! So, do you like, know Sign Language?”

“Yep, it’s not a big deal.”

“Cool! Can you sign something to me?”

I am tired of people who think that learning sign language would be cool. I am tired of people who use sign language to showcase themselves. I am tired of people who don’t want to learn sign language for the right reasons.

Today has been Let-Me-Show-You-How-Cool/Unique-I-Am-Because-I-Know-Sign-Language Day. Honestly, you would not believe how much Sign Language was thrown in my face. It was┬áin a song at my district’s middle school play. It was┬áin a cartoon commercial between a son and mother – when neither are deaf.

And it was in a video at our school Veteran’s Day program. A bunch of students got asked to say thank you to the Veterans in Sign Language. What really bugged me is that it wasn’t even done correctly. Instead, they had the students start with their hands on their heart and then move outward, when the sign actually starts from the chin. However, I did realize it might be specifically for the Veterans…so, I looked it up and found:

“´╗┐´╗┐He thought of the sign language sign for ‘Thank You,’ which starts at the chin, but was afraid it might be misconstrued by someone unfamiliar with its meaning as a sign-language sign. Starting with your hand over your heart, as if you’re about to say the Pledge of Allegiance, should make it easier to understand that the message is from the heart, even if the person doesn’t know exactly what the sign means.”

I’m angry. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: “What’s the big deal?”

My response: What is the point in warping Sign Language to make a unique message for Veterans?

How is this even okay? Sign Language was a language made for those who can’t hear, and therefore cannot speak as clearly as the hearing (which hinders the communication process). Sign Language was not made for Veterans who don’t know Sign Language.

So why is it okay to warp the language that the deaf use to communicate? Doing this completely undermines the seriousness of the language and ruins its purpose. It drives me crazy that the majority of the hearing population believes this to be acceptable!

But then again, those are the same people who are only learning Sign Language because they think it’s cool – that it makes them unique.

You know who you are. You are the ones who say, “Wow, that’s so cool!” when you hear I have deaf parents. You are the ones who ask me to sign to you just so you can goggle at me like I’m some animal in a zoo.

You are not the ones who want to learn it to speak to that deaf aunt/cousin/uncle you always brag about having. You are not the ones who want to learn it to help the deaf integrate more with the hearing community.

And…I don’t hate you personally. I just hate how you respond. Partially, it’s my fault. I never told you off or made you think about your reaction. But that’s what this post is. I am telling you now. I don’t like the way you react.



PS. I should let everyone know that I have no negative thoughts or feelings to the Veterans. They should obviously be thanked and celebrated for because of how hard they’ve worked and what they’ve gone through for all Americans. However, I just don’t agree with the use of Sign Language to thank them. Unless, of course, there is a signing deaf Veteran in the auditorium. In that case, thank you for acknowledging the need to properly communicate with him or her.

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CommonApp.Org – Part 2

Finally! I’m here to update the CommonApp series. Where we last left off, I had the Future Plans section filled out. Now, we are going to work on the rest of the sub-headings.

1) Fill out Applicant-Academics. This section is fairly self-explanatory. The information is everything within your reach – whether you go through your parents, your school, the SAT/ACT websites, or already have it. These sections are just about taking the time out of your jam-packed senior schedule to fill┬áthem out.

2) The activities sub-heading is tougher. You’re going to have to set up all of your activities in order from most important to least, and┬áthen evaluate┬áwhether you should even put it on the application. If you’ve done a lot of activities, those that you haven’t largely invested in shouldn’t be put down. It’s all about priorities in this one. If you need to, make a list of your activities and ask your school counselor for advice.

3) The writing section. Here, you will have to write a brief summary on a school activity, while also writing an essay on a topic of your choice (which is shown in the “Personal Essay” box). Essays should almost never be longer than 650 words. Those who are reading your essay are going through hundreds, if not thousands. They do not want to read a long-winded essay.┬á┬áIt’s up to you which is the best way to approach your essays, but make sure that you get around 1-3 people to look it over. It’s important to get opinions other than your own!

4) Finally, the “Signature” sub-heading. This is where you will learn if you’ve properly filled out your application. This will either tell you the things you’ve missed, or ask for your signature so you can finally send it off. But wait! Before sending your application off, be sure to click the “preview button” in the top right-hand corner of one of the sub-headings. You’ll want to look over your application in the format the college will see it in and make sure you’ve made no mistakes. Once you’ve looked it over multiple times, and am sure of its completion, type your name and send it off. Best wishes, I hope you got in!

Important: Some colleges require more than just the CommonApp, though. This obviously means you won’t be done and will have to check in here again to fill out the Supplements and Payments section. Stay posted for more from The College Chronicles! Feel free to leave a question or comment below!



PS. Here is my list of colleges and deadlines:

  • Kenyon – Jan 15, RD
  • Denison – Jan 15, RD
  • Miami University, Oxford – Feb 1, RD
  • Butler – Feb 15, RD
  • Ohio Wesleyan – Mar 1, RD
  • Hanover – Mar 1, RD
  • Dayton University – Mar 1, RD

*I have taken out both University of Pittsburgh, and University of Cincinnati. I know I wouldn’t attend, even if I got in, and in that case there’s no point in applying. Also, I changed from Early Action to Regular Decision for all my colleges because I didn’t want the colleges to think that I rated them highly on my list. It was better to avoid confusion. Kenyon is no longer Early Decision because I need flexibility within the next 7 months due to my family situation. It’s unfortunate, but it’s okay to change your deadlines as long as you haven’t sent anything in that has stated a deadline!


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Harry Potter and the War of Research Topics

All right, I am going to have many questions for you today, so buckle yourselves in.

1) I can’t decide between two topics for my Harry Potter-based paper. Literature vs. Fiction or HP’s Affect on Society? Please leave a comment!

2) I have a few survey questions for you to answer, if you would be oh-so-kind. ­čÖé They are 7 simple questions, plus one extended response. They will help me decide, along with a comment responding to the first question in this post, as to which prompt I should pick for my topic.

Thank you so much!



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I Want to Try a Japanese Toilet

So, I just finished a book a few seconds ago. It’s something my grandmother gave me, and honestly, I never would’ve picked it up if it wasn’t for that fact. I can pretty much guarantee that the majority of people who look over this post will not read this book either. It’s a book about human waste. And not so much about the human waste that is thrown in garbage cans, but the┬áhuman waste that comes out of us.

Yes. I know. I was very against reading it when I first received it from my grandma. ┬áIt sat in my to-read pile for months. However, I recently was looking for a bit of a different read…And it wasn’t bad. In fact, I enjoyed it.

First of all, it’s not about the process of our bodies. This book is about waste in relation to human psychology, human society, and the future of humanity. Normally, I wouldn’t even write a post on a book like this, but the last point has struck a chord with me – and I’m sure it will with anyone else who will read this book. Overall, this book isn’t going to preach to you – it’s not going to tell you to definitely change your habits and so on. In fact, the author even says how her habits have changed, sometimes for the worse, since she began her novel.

But I want to recommend this book because it is the beginning of a change that will have to happen, whether we like it or not. The end of the book mentioned an estimated fact – that by 2050 most countries will not have enough water to live with. Two percent of water on Earth is fresh, and it’s all the same water that dinosaurs used to drink. So…it’s limited. It’s not a new concept, but this book has really changed my viewpoint on how I use water. I never drink it, but I waste it.

And honestly, I’ll be alive in 2050. I’ll be 67. It may be selfish, but I don’t want to be alive in a world that has a low source of water for the projected 8.9 billion people who will be there. I want water for everyone, but definitely for myself. Now, you can say that I’m a horrible person – I know there’ll be someone – but the fact of the matter is that you’ll probably be there too. Do you want to live in a world without fresh water?

Read it, or don’t. Although, I hope you do. Even if you don’t want the message, the facts are interesting. Who wouldn’t want to read about Japanese toilets and how they came to be?

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George.



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