|The Brown cohort after we were presented to the board, me trying not to laugh at my mom struggling with the camera.|
I remembered Austin Long from last year's ILC meeting, where he gave a speech that left all of the adults in awe, not just the students. I also remember Austin from one of his previous blogs that Don has used as the gold standard in both this year's and last year's tutorial. Needless to say, Austin, a rising sophomore at Yale, gave yet another inspiring speech this year. His idea that the only barriers blocking my path to success are in my head really motivated me, and I just wish I could hop on that plane to Providence tonight.
My favorite part of the school board meeting was Terilyn Chen's speech however. I had the pleasure of going to Cornell with Terilyn last year, even though we were in different programs, and wasn't even the least bit surprised when I heard that she was going to Harvard next year. Her speech helped me relax somewhat about the college application process, as her story about her Harvard interview showed that a lot of these admissions officers and former alums really want you to go to their school, and aren't simply looking for reasons to reject you. I had absolutely no idea what a college interview would be like, but did somewhat expect it to be something like how hers started, with general questions about academics and extracurricular activities and so on. I did not expect the interviewer to ask about The Hunger Games or SpongeBob SquarePants, which apparently hers did. I found the whole event even better than last years, and look forward to next week's dinner for the Brown cohort, where I will have to make an attempt at public speaking with a three minute speech. Anyway, I'm off to watch a few hours of Dora the Explorer, to make sure I'm well prepared for my future college interviews.