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08:53pm 01/12/2003
  I would like to collect the memoirs of the elderly members of my family, and the recollections of those that have deceased by those still living, both in English and in Russian, so that I may one day publish them, along with the memoirs of the middle-aged generation and the comments of the younger. Not so that they might be sold and read by stupid people who would fawn over them because of my status in the world at the time (which will hopefully be great), but because they mean a lot to me, and I would like to have them. My family is comprised of amazing individuals, all of whom have overcome great obstacles and gone on to become great men and women. My family is so many hard-working, intelligent individuals that have always been the top of whatever they undertook.

I don't know. It would just mean a lot to me to have something like this that I could read and reflect upon. I don't think I'll ever be as great a person as some of those in my family, simply because I have not had to face the same challenges that they have - I haven't had people trying to take advantage of me, I haven't been held back because I was Jewish.. In one sense, I'm thankful for that, but in another, I think that the ease of life in the United States has caused me to develop into much less of a person than I might otherwise be. Had things been different, I might have been as great as my grandfather was and my father is, but I don't think I'll ever rise to their greatness.
 
   
 
   
09:58pm 01/12/2003
 
mood: awed
Wow. MIT is harsh. If I go, I'm gonna come in with like.. no credits. I don't even know why I'm taking APs. o_o

edit:

KylariStar: they said at the informational meeting that they're only taking chemistry and some other AP test...
KylariStar: i went to MIT this summer
KylariStar: and the meeting for people who want to apply
KylariStar: at one of those, they said that MIT is accepting less AP tests for credits
KylariStar: because the classes are so geared toward the department


Fnuck. I'll pretty much be starting from scratch at MIT. Well damn. I was not expecting that.

::scratches head:: Guess it's worth it, though.. but damn. I'm rather disappointed. Guess I can decide later on, once I figure out where I'm going to go to college, if I'm going to take the APs. I'm probably going to take them regardless because I'm a curious sort, but this really puts a damper on the year.
 
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