Elite is a test prep company. It’s a business just like any other. It produces significant improvement and progress on most exams, yet some students say “it sucks and was a waste of time”.
I don’t understand this; Does it suck to do better on the SAT? Does it suck to know that your parents are in the financial position to put you in such a rigorous and helpful class? Or does it suck that you’re just getting a lot of practice before a test that largely determines the colleges that will choose you?
Sure, I get that it’s summer and you’d like to hang out with your friends more. But are you honestly telling me that you are ALL smart enough to get 2300+ on your first try? Those kinds of people are rare. Are you sad that you are all alone at Elite and that none of your friends are there? Chances are that your friends are there as well, because their parents made them come along as well. And on the off chance that your friends aren’t there, make some new ones. You’re not one of the catty people who only hangs out with your “Exclusive” circle of friends, are you?
Now I’m not making the argument that Elite’s goal is pure in trying to make everyone of its students better than those who are so economically disadvantaged that they cannot afford the course. It’s not the best mission.
But at the same time, I cannot stand by as so many students criticize it because it takes summertime away from them.
I went to Elite. They did what they said they would do. They helped me boost my score on the SAT and it’s one of the many reasons that Cal accepted me.
I thank Elite for what they’ve done for me, and for those who still dislike Elite, when college decisions come out, you might change your mind about that “stupid class that was a waste of time.”
“As Harry Potter was the only other thing I was passionate about, the doctors gave consent for me to leave the hospital and collect the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, from the local book shop. I was so ecstatic to have the book and excited to begin reading it, but there was never any hint of your imminent arrival and the way you would change my life so drastically. Luna, you instantly captivated me. I didn’t know why but there was something about you with your upside-down magazine, straggly blonde hair, and the honest, abashed way you stared at people without blinking that fascinated and perplexed me at once. You laughed hysterically at one of Ron’s quips and didn’t stop to excuse yourself and feel ashamed when it became clear that everyone found you strange. Throughout the book, I found myself waiting for your brief appearances and wanting to know more about you and why you were the way you were. You baffled me, not because you were odd (though indeed you were), but because you were… perfect. But it was a different kind of perfect to the perfectly thin, smiling magazine girls I simultaneously idolised and reviled. It was the way you carried your oddness like it was the most natural thing in the world. You didn’t market your oddness as your defining feature the way some insecure teenagers do, in guise of confidence and security. And nor were you oblivious to the awkward and uncomfortable feelings your oddness provoked in others. When, unable to comprehend how you wore your oddness so honestly and unashamedly, your peers reverted to mockery and bullying, you recognised this as a reflection of their own deep-seated insecurity and calmly let them carry on, quite above your head. You weren’t trying hard to present a certain aspect of yourself that would boldly identify you in the world. And that’s when it occurred to me how bizarre and positively ridiculous it was to apply the word “weird” to describe you, when you represented the most natural and unpretentious state possible to be; you were yourself.”—Evanna Lynch, in part of her Dear Mr. Potter letter, where she describes first reading about Luna while in a recovery programme for anorexia. (via yerawizardharry)
“I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”—Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)
“If the person who killed 70+ people in Norway was a Muslim, the Press would have declared him as terrorist. For now though,Anders Breivik is just an ‘Assailant ‘, ‘Attacker’ (Reuters), ‘Gunman’ (BBC, CNN & Al Jazeera). Looks like ‘Terrorist’ is a name reserved for Muslims? The US Dept of State calls it an ‘Act of Violence’, Not an ‘Act of Terrorism’. Reblog and let the world know, hypocrisy is leading us all astray.”—Hypocrisy is this world’s democracy, and I witnessed this last Monday. It’s the sad truth of the world. (via torevolution)
“I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”—Emma Watson (via longlivethequeen)
I seriously don’t like the saying, “everything happens for a reason.” Yeah the reason might show up years later in the future, but during the moment something bad happens, all I wanna know is why is this happening. What’s the reason. And if there really is one, then it sure as hell better be a damn good reason.
Is it asking if I like hanging out with boys or girls more, or what kind of guys I like? Well if it’s the first, I don’t have a preference. If it’s the second, I really value intelligence and individuality, as well as loyalty.
F: Tom Felton or Matthew Lewis
Tom Felton. I know everyone’s into Matthew Lewis right now and I think he’s adorable, but I’ve always loved Tom Felton for his sense of humor and how much he cares for his fans. He makes me laugh in every single interview I watch of him and he seems so grounded, despite everything. I sound like such a loser omg.
O - If I like my school.
I loved Torrance High! I wouldn’t choose to have gone anywhere else; I love how diverse our student body was, and for the most part I think everyone was really nice and tolerant. Seriously, I know my high school experience wouldn’t have been so great had I gone to a different school.
As for Berkeley, so far I am LOVING it :)
P - What kind of music I like.
Queen, Metric, Priscilla Ahn, Jimi Hendrix, and Tegan and Sara are some of my favorites.
U - favorite actor/actress
Edward Norton and Meryl Streep.
V - 3 big dreams
Don’t laugh but I’ve had these for a few years now
Write a memoir
Do advertising for Disney
Become editor-in-chief of a magazine (used to be Newsweek).