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Julia F. P. Ostmann

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J-Term Journal: The Ring

My grandmother lost her ring on the dog path yesterday, which is why I’m ferreting through bushes, poking with a stick through dog poop and bits of plastic and one empty condom packet. (Public sex among the retired must be on the rise.)

Summer Postcards 2014

I Met a British Spy

I met a British spy on the train.

A World Cup Malcontent
Summer Postcards 2014

A World Cup Malcontent

A World Cup Malcontent
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A World Cup Malcontent

Brazil, I’ve got some griping to do, and you’re the arbitrary target.

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J-Term Journal: My Sun-Drenched Frozen Heart

I’m kind of addicted to sadness. Just the other day I was staring at the Pacific Ocean’s dirty-window sheen, discussing the futility of marriage and ambling down a beach strewn with scrappy shrubs and barely-clothed people. (No matter the weather, no matter the Ugg boots, Southern Californians always seem a little bit naked.)

Admissions

Common App Does Some Soul-Searching

After running aground on technological glitches and dissent this fall, the new flagship Common App hopes to repair damage, reclaim its former glory, and rule the seas of college applications once again.

Admissions

Weekly News Round-up: Lies, Scandals, Wars, and Batman

We're back! The College Admissions News Weekly News Round-up returns for 2014, and boy, has the news poured in. This week, we've got an excoriating take on the myth of "holistic" college admissions, signs of duplicity in college brochure diversity, and the demise of fuddy-duddy words ("excoriating" and "duplicity," perhaps?) from the SAT vocab section.

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Weekly New Round-up: Gay Applicants, Debt Discrepancies, and Twitter Makeovers

Apologies for the brief hiatus, but your trusty college admissions Weekly News Round-up team is back for two more weeks of juicy news. This week, we tackle SAT scandals and staying out of debt.

Fifteen Most Interesting

Roland Yang

Every other Friday night, Roland Yang ’14 hosts what he calls “a post-dinner, not a pre-game.” He gathers his close friends, serving them wine and freshly-baked cake in a room decorated with flags: Nigerian, French, Chinese, Indian, Kuwaiti, and rainbow.

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Same Story, New Book: Repackaging Humanities at Harvard

Recently, national news outlets have declared a crisis of the humanities. But at Harvard, the plot gets more complicated. The challenges facing Harvard's humanities necessitate changes to course offerings far more than the core of the humanistic enterprise.

Admissions

Weekly News Round-Up: Common App Crisis! (And Why Money Matters in Admission)

Today might as well be Halloween, because we've got some scary facts coming your way about the Common App, family income's role in admission, and more. The treat to those tricks? College is cheaper than you think!

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Weekly News Round-Up: Nude Selfies, SAT Essay Blues, and The British Invasion 2.0

This week in college admissions news, The Atlantic ponders the meaning of happiness (and asks why colleges care), the SAT essay section weathers a critique, and the Common App gets clarified.

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The Worst Best Party Ever

Shakespeare himself couldn’t have given words to the mix of fear and despair that coursed toxic through my body at this announcement. I was addicted to planning parties.