“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kid, that's everyone's solid resume. You have to have more than that to stand out, sorry to tell you. Everyone at Northwestern has those standard achievements under your belt. The ones who get admitted also have a special spark that sets them apart from the applicant pool.
I hear you. But what exactly is that “spark”? I mean, is it voice in your essay? Or unique extra-curriculars? Or a good backstory? I don’t know. I’m just bummed and making angry tumblr posts about it. =/
“Movement 1” - Steve Reich - The Hunger Games Score
Not to be a hipster music snob, but I’m going to be a hipster music snob for a second. I actually recognized this piece in the film from Steve Reich’s “Music For Eighteen Musicians”, and I was very excited and very pleased with myself.
I think my favorite part about going to see a midnight premier of a movie based on a book is the inside jokes shared between the audience. We, as a crowd, always laugh at things that aren’t overtly funny, but since we all know the characters and plot, the smallest details become hilarious. It’s wonderful.
"The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”