Life of my mind
How do you guys personally feel about the less than 10% admissions rate at UChicago? Obviously, the school wants to keep their class sizes at a constant level and wants to select only the best students, but does it bother you, as alumni and students, that there are really talented and brilliant students being shut out because it's just gotten so competitive? Do you feel that the competitiveness of admissions has changed significantly since you applied?
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fyuchicago:

Honestly, before I can even think about all the talented and brilliant students who weren’t accepted due to our high selectivity, what’s more upsetting to me are all the messages we get from accepted students who tell us UChicago was their dream school, but even after all the blood, sweat, and tears to get in, they still won’t be able to come due to lack of financial aid.

It breaks my heart. And I have no words or comfort or advice for them. It’s a shitty reality and it happens to way more students than I care to admit.

And I, in good conscious as an adult with a certain amount of social responsibility, cannot tell students to just take out a bunch of loans to cover it. I did that, and now I’m drowning in debt. At 17, I was so hellbent on attending UChicago that I would have sold my soul if I had to. At 25, I wish I had understood better just what it means to be tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

I feel UChicago does a good job with financial aid, but we could be doing so much better. I have real concerns that by effectively turning away students who could really use the caliber and name-recognition of a UChicago education to catapult themselves out of their lower socioeconomic backgrounds, we do a disservice to evening the playing field for higher education.

I absolutely believe that the best and brightest are currently attending UChicago - but I also believe that if you can’t afford it, you’re being left out in the cold. And that’s not right.

-Ashley

Werd. Especially the sentiment that, as a teenager I had no grasp on the financial hardship I was placing on myself and parents for the next decade or more.

bookavore:

brienneoftarth:

"What does it feel like to be a tall actress?" - x

Jeez, even Brienne of Tarth can’t find pants?! I give up. Fuck pants.

silencewhippersnapper:

contrarylibrarian:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

I need one of those t-shirts in a ‘oh why isn’t there free shipping to the UK’ in a kind of way.

booooost

You know it!

You know it!

uchicagoadmissions:

Citing the current UChicago undergraduate program in Big Problems as “too vast”, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer has announced today that the program will be replaced by the interdisciplinary study of ‘Small Problems’, “so that we may more easily focus on issues that plague average…

This is why I love my school.

It was apparent from an early age that Cutter was destined for the library field. Not only was his aunt an employee of the regional library in Boston, but his rather frangible and gaunt anatomical structure in addition to his myopia offered him little interest in outdoor recreation yet allowed him to satiate himself in erudition

-Wikipedia Article on Charles Cutter.

Wikipedia, you’re killing me. 

-Signed, A myopic librarian.

(via lie-brary)

thebrainscoop:

panicakesz:

Quote from Emily Graslie

#1 best piece of advice my Mom ever gave me

thebrainscoop:

panicakesz:

Quote from Emily Graslie

#1 best piece of advice my Mom ever gave me

libraryjournal:

Be seduced!

I knew I liked you, Mr. Fry.

She read about people she could never be, on adventures she would never have.

We are alike, lonely tourist Charlotte Charles.

library-lessons:

brycedontplay:

Details on our stealth program here.

Such a good idea. I’m gonna try this.

library-lessons:

brycedontplay:

Details on our stealth program here.

Such a good idea. I’m gonna try this.