Time for a change... I think this sums me up pretty well:
Things tend to turn out well when you worry, so that's probably good. - EmP
I still <333 wolves, though.
Title: Tch... Figures. Posted: January 27, 2009 (06:41 PM)
I tried applying for RA for next semester. For those of you who don't know, an RA is someone who basically monitors the floor of a resident hall and is the "go-to" guy for anyone that needs help. This would've been a great way to build leadership experience; it'd look good on a resume; and it'd pay for my room-and-board.
But, as is typical of anything I seem to do in life, I couldn't even get to the second round of interviews.
I don't know why they didn't take me. You'd think that with a GPA of 3.957 out of 4, they'd look for someone who's academically astute. But I also know that's not all they're looking for, and I know I have almost nothing else to show as far as college leadership and extracurricular experiences go. Having to rely on high school isn't good - and I can't do that after my sophomore year anymore, anyway. Never having a job doesn't help either, I guess. All I really have is academics. Like I'm useless anywhere else.
I bet my personal essays or whatever sucked, too, because while I can write decent reviews and A-grade papers, I can't write about myself in a decently coherent fashion without sounding like a 13-year old.
And hey, why would they accept someone with almost a 4.0 GPA when they can accept someone with almost a 4.0 GPA, has had a job (or jobs) in the past, and who is more active outside school? Makes sense to me!
Oh, well. I guess I'll just resign myself to the fact that the $11k I'm going to end up taking out on this dump isn't going to be worth it because I'm absolutely inept at anything else besides academics. Damn grades... what good are they if they can't get me anything?
User: Halon Title: Posted: January 27, 2009 (11:02 PM)
You're a sophomore, right? Don't worry too much about it.
I would just focus on academics for now and either get a part time job or join an organization, preferably the latter unless you need money. Since your GPA is high maybe something academic, such as newspaper or honors society. If you don't have anything to do this summer it would be wise to start working on your resume and maybe look for an internship (they go fast, so the sooner the better). You definitely want to shoot for one after your junior year so it's best to start preparing now. I'm sure your school has some type of career services department and it's a good time to start meeting with guidance counselors to find out how to build up your resume.
Studying abroad could also be a great experience and generally looks good on resumes. Maybe a semester abroad junior year?
User: wolfqueen001 Title: Posted: January 27, 2009 (11:17 PM)
I'm already thinking about studying abroad. I've been trying to get in this summer - to Spain - but my appointments keep getting canceled.
There are some internships I'm thinking about... but I'm not sure I want to do them this summer - maybe next semester or sometime after. There's one in the State Department thatl looked cool.
I also saw a study abroad internship thing for a semester or the summer, but I already want to go to Spain... If I can do that one, too, though, that'd be cool. But the ones I saw were all in England, which is cool, but I really want to build my Spanish up first.
We'll just see how things go, I guess. =/ Part of me worries that I won't get into any of these that I want to because of what happened here... but that doesn't mean I won't try if given the chance.
User: JANUS2 Title: Posted: January 28, 2009 (07:31 AM)
Come to England! We have... um, rain. And a Queen!
User: EmP Title: Posted: January 28, 2009 (09:13 AM)
And killer inflation!
User: wolfqueen001 Title: Posted: January 28, 2009 (12:30 PM)
Haha. I love you, janus.
You guys also have EmP, and that's more than enough reason for me! =D
User: EmP Title: Posted: January 29, 2009 (08:07 AM)
I'm the reason for 56% of the UK's tourist trade.
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