Oh the irony of college applications. They say they want to assess how well you'll do in a university setting by examining your grades, scores, work, etc. etc. etc....so I did my 22 credits required for graduation, volunteered wherever I could, studied my butt off to get good scores on the SAT, and got straight A's in challenging courses at a university. The last article alone should reveal that I work hard and will do well at a college. I've done everything you're supposed to do: the letters of recommendation in SEALED envelopes with the senders signature across the top, the transcripts, the scores, the hundreds of dollars in application fees, the hours and hours and hours of typing social security numbers, phone numbers, CEEB codes, resumes- the whole kit and kaboodle. And now the schools are emailing me: "We're confused...Are you going to graduate from high school?"
First of all, the official transcripts from an accredited private high school that practically spell out THIS PERSON IS A SENIOR IN HIGHSCHOOL along with the intended graduation date should be enough to inform them that, yes, I am planning on graduating. They're just confused because my school has the inconvenient name of Seton Home Study School (it's a correspondance school) and the fact that I'm taking courses at a university. But what really irks me is this: does it really matter? Haven't I proven myself capable of highschool material by doing twenty-two credits of highschool work and another twenty four of university work? Do A's in CHEM211 and MATH151 at a university mean nothing? Why does a little scrap of paper that says NATASHA MARSALLI GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL have more weight than that? I don't get it.
On top of that, because some schools don't accept "dual-enrollment" (i.e. I can't take university courses and have them count for both high school AND college), I decided to use my college credits for this year as just that: college credits. I have the required amount of science, math, english, and theology credits to graduate without them. But NO. There's a minimum of so many credit hours for senior year of high school. Why the heck? If I get all of the credit hours done early, why can't I use my senior year to do other things. I.e. violin and college applications and auditions and stuff. So I have to use my hard earned Intensive Elementary Latin and Calculus I as high school credits. GAH! There go my dreams of having my masters by 21. I knew it was too good to be true.
But on a better note, besides a lost transcript and a lot of minor headaches, the college process is going well. So far, I have official dates set for CIM/Case Western, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie-Mellon. I also auditioned at FGCU and got into the music school, although I have yet to hear back from the university itself (I had to iron out the graduation thing with them...). I had a really good concert with the Naples Philharmonic, my last performance with them as a soloist. Unforunately, I missed a kinda important run and screwed up some minor things, but I'm pleased overall. It won't let me upload the sound file for some reason...but pictures are here:
Okay. My lunch break is over and I need to go work harder so I can...do something...
This little sucker (or rather, one like it) was in our classroom yesterday. Not during my lecture, thank goodness, but it was either in our classroom or the one next door when someone in Lit100 said, "Hey wait a minute...is that a SNAKE?!"
This is the third "encounter" with wildlife we've dealt with here, not including the mice infesting the library or the herds of wild boars that roam the campus. Since our new campus is, let's face it, in the middle of nowhere in SW Florida, critters have been creeping in to avoid the cold. Mr. Rattler here caused the most commotion, but the black and brown widow spiders and the baby black racer under the rug caused some shivers too. Luckily, the biology teachers find it all fascinating and have thus far been able to safely remove all animals from the buildings (actually, they secretly take them up to the aquariums on the third floor, but we try to forget that). Nevertheless, everyone's being a bit more on the cautious side now; shaking out shoes, backpacks, etc. before use and such.
In any event, things are certainly a little on the jittery side here...
On top of taking Calculus and Intensive Elementary Latin at the university, I've been going insane trying to keep up with my high school studies and college stuff. My room looks like a secretarial bomb went off- papers, calendars, lists, pens, staplers, manila folders, and letters of recommendation are EVERYWHERE. And every piece of information has been written down, cross-referenced, backed up on my hard-drive, filed carefully in meticulously labled folders, marked on the calendar, reviewed by Mr. Neal, and copied two or three times. Just to add to the confusion.
I'm applying to nine universities:
Florida Gulf Coast University
Cleveland Institute of Music
University of Texas at Austin
Case Western Reserve University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
All in all, a very difficult list of schools to get into. But I'm still young and can dream frivolously, leaving my parents with hundreds of dollars in application fees, plane tickets, and processing fees to pay. Right?
I've already auditioned at FGCU this past weekend. It didn't go as well as I wanted; my Lalo was out of tune and the Paganini was very messy. Although I think I did very well on teh sight-reading and fairly on the theory exam (considering I've never had theory before). But I have three months or so until my next auditions, so I have lots of time to perfect things.
On top of this, as I said, I'm performing the Symphonie Espagnol, Mov. I with the Naples Philharmonic on the 18th. I had my first rehearsal with them yesterday and that went very well. I'm so excited! There's nothing better than having eighty people backing you up while you play the Lalo.
Now, because I obviously have so much spare time on my hands, I've also been trying out violins for college, with Mr. Neal's help. I'm becoming quite attached to a Cornellisen (I hope I spelt that right) right now, but it's not definitive yet, especially since it's a tad out of our price range. But maybe we can finagle the price down a little bit.
So that's about what I've been up to. Now I must away to Calculus. Joy.
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