Ohh my gawwdd what the hail, my school just sent me their financial aid package, and it looks like I actually got a $100,000 scholarship, what the hecckkk I did not know about thissss ohh myy goshhhhhh fjkeajgwiojlksdjfhifoeafkle wait what
I recently remembered my wordpress password and found all the Spanish stories I used to write for class/for shits & giggles. Came across this one, which is about my friend “Chester” (I was eating a bag of hot cheetos when I wrote this) who decided to marry the love of his life, a video game (World of Warcraft). After reading the ending, it looks like I wrote the plot line for the movie “Her” before it even came out. HAHA, I should demand my share of royalties. Repost below:
Yo recuerdo el día cuando mi mejor amigo se casó con sus videojuegos como fuera ayer. Ah, por supuesto, fue un poco…diferente, pero todavía fue especial. Los periodistas escribieron sobre ese evento en los períodicos también.
Mi amigo, “Chester“ conoció al videojuego “El Mundo de Warcraft“ cuando él tenía diecisiete años. Inmediatamente, le gustó ella mucho y habló o jugó con ella cada día y noche. Él quería nadie más que ella – Sin duda, se enormaron.
Un día, yo fui a la casa de Chester y empecé a hablar con él. Dijo “Yenny, por favor, ¿puedo preguntarte algo?”, Yo respondí “Por supuesto. ¿Qué necesitas?“ El Sonrió y gritó “¡Pido que seas una madrina para mi boda! ¡Voy a casar con “El Mundo de Warcraft!”
Yo tenía mucho horror, pero no dije nada. Contesté, “Me encantaría ayudarte“ y ayudé a él con las preparativos para su boda. Eso fue en Enero.
En Junio, después de las clases terminaran, el día magnífico de Chester había llegado. No había ningun problemas, y todos estaban contentos y felices para él. Además, yo compré una computadora nueva para él porque la necesitaba si quería estar con ella más. Los otros regalos fueron creativos. Por ejemplo, una carta se leía “¡Busca un trabajo! No Juegues demasiado videojuegos! Dios mío.”
Los padres de Chester lloraron por la noche pero la boda fue increíble. La comida… ¡Oh, la comida! Nunca comí langosta tanta sabrosa.
Después de la boda y fiesta, los dos viajaron a Hawaii para la luna de miel, y volvieron en diciembre. Pero, algo era muy…extraño.
Yo estaba esperando al aeropuerto a los dos, pero cuando vi Chester, solamente vi él. Yo pregunté “¿Donde está “WoW”?” Pero él no dijo nada.
En el coche, él empezó a llorar y gritó, “¡Ella está con otro hombres! No tengo dinero porque ella me cobró diez dolares cada mes si quiero verla! ¡Soy un tonto!”
Porque eso, no quiero casar con nadie. No sé que es “el amor,” pero siempre hay problemas si los dos no se quieren. Si quieres un matrimonio feliz, tengo dos recomendaciones. La primera es: Te recomiendo que no salgas con un videojuego. ¿El Otro? Te aconsejo que esperes hasta que tengas por lo menos veinticinco años porque necesitarás un trabajo para vivir en comodo y con tranquilidad. ¡Sea normal! ¡Usa el cerebro!
Even though I’m working 3 part-time jobs and only volunteering during the remaining few weeks I have left before I move out to Wisconsin, it’s a lot more exhausting than I thought it’d be. With the commute and number of different material/responsibilities I have to keep track of, the 35 hour work week feels a lot like 55, and leaves me with little room for much else. I haven’t “really” gone out in months, and (yet again) have been neglecting both my piano and gym days. Most importantly, I’ve been slacking with updating my posts and writing/reading!
This past week, I spent half a week in Madison, Wisconsin with a small group of potential classmates for next year. I think it’s amazing how the right setting and right group of people can make 3 days feel like we’ve already known each other for a year.
Having spent my four years in undergrad pretty much only heavily involved in the Southeast Asian communities on campus, it’s sort of refreshing getting to take a step away from it and reshift my focus on other important issues that I also care about. That’s not to say that my seemingly natural tendency to gravitate towards other Southeast Asians doesn’t apply though! Of course out of the 15 people in our group, I would end up spending the most time with the 2 other Vietnamese people LOL
Overall, it was really nice being able to just hang out and do random things without worrying about work, things I still need to do, and so forth. It helps with the burnout I’m feeling from work, haha.
Anyway, I’ll just leave with this before I head out to work :D. Go Badgers!
Since it’s relevant to recent asks -
"It is tempting to think that Asian-American success depends only on our efforts. As a graduate of UCLA and Yale, I can explain my own educational trajectory with reference to my grandparents’ sacrifices and their deep belief in the value of education. After immigrating from China, my grandfather worked as a janitor and my grandmother worked in a garment factory. My father attended a segregated Chinatown school but eventually graduated from San Francisco State.
But this “hardworking immigrants” narrative is only a small part of the story. The opportunities my parents and I had were only possible because of the long fight for civil rights and political recognition led by black Americans. The university doors that I so easily walked through in 1995 were opened by civil rights activists who demanded access for all Americans, not just their own group. Yet many of the anti-affirmative action activists in the Asian-American community seem to have forgotten this important history.”
Anonymous asked: Even if you home in only on EAST Asians as being disproportionately successful, the argument still holds. It isn't White Privilege that gets East Asians into med school, it's a strong cultural commitment to playing the academic game for the win. I want the cultures of URMs to adopt that same winning strategy. That's a MUCH better long-term fix than "affirmatively" lowering the bar so the culturally unprepared can get over it too.
Studies have repeatedly shown that standardized tests are poor predictors of individual student success in the undergraduate and graduate/professional school sense. They supposedly test a student’s intellectual capabilities, but the subjects across all these tests are often general, or too specific/non-applicable to any major. However, it is the only objective measure we can use to assume if a student will do well, but it says nothing about their self-determination, study habits, or whether or not they will seek out the support resources to help them get those As. The high test scores caters to students who go to much better schools and/or can afford to put extra money into the prep programs that will essentially guarantee their high scores.
Even the test makers recognize this, which is why the SATs, MCATs, etc. are undergoing so much rewriting within the next few years. This is why there has been a larger push to view applicants more holistically (taking into account the multiple factors, such as GPA/test scores, how race + socioeconomic class, demonstrated leadership, interests, etc) to get a better picture of whether a group of admissions folk think the student would thrive and do well at their school.
You’re looking at these “affirmative action” policies as unqualified students taking away seats from “well-deserving” and more qualified applicants. This is the basis for a lot of those “reverse-racism” lawsuits that have become heavily publicized recently (like that girl who sued a texas university because she claims that she was rejected only because she was white). As I previously already said, this isn’t about using race as the only factor to better understand an applicant. It’s to take it into consideration with the other factors we already consider for school applications to paint a better picture of what kind of environment or struggles some applicants have overcome.
The way I see it is that if we actually increase access to students who previously would never have had a chance at admission in this regard and created programs that helped students continue to thrive as they encountered obstacles/challenged, many more would graduate on time and do well in school. It is one of the many steps we need to take to actually create a positive change - obviously this isn’t the solution, but creating that “door” could be a new incentive to motivate said applicants and push mentors/parents to fostering the culture of valuing education that you talk about (along with undoing the centuries of discrimination and indirect racism today). When we, as a community, think big, our constituents are able to dream even bigger, right? Heh.
The physician who interviewed me back in September for Wisconsin called to check in and congratulate me on the acceptance. Apparently the school only just told him yesterday that I was pretty much deciding on this school! :)
Was a very nice touch getting to catch up with him and hear what he “really thought about me” on the interview day. I’m really liking the sound of “top notch interviewer and fantastic fit for the school!”
Gawsh, you all don’t need to keep spoiling me by boosting my ego and showering me with $$, I’m already yours <3
luckycharn asked: hi again! i hope you've been doing well :) i wanted to ask you a couple of questions. im not sure if i remember correctly, but i think you said you had done average on your mcat. when you were applying to medical schools did you already know your mcat score? which schools do you recommend applying to that really look at the person holistically? what part of your application did you find that carried the most weight? please let me know. thank you!
Hey hey! Glad to see that you’re still asking the right questions!
Yes, I did do average on my MCATs (below 30 - yikes!), and I took my MCAT in May, so when I applied in June, I already had my score going into the application cycle.
I would say the MCAT/GPA combo hold (probably) the highest amount of weight in your application, followed by your ECs, and then your letters of Recommendation + personal statement. If you have a terrible MCAT, no amount of ECs will save you. Similarly, a great personal statement but lack of ECs will not get you looked at by schools.
As for “holistic” schools, I would recommend that you buy the MSAR and play around with it - it is electronic and costs about $30. The MSAR provides information on all the medical schools in the nation, lists their average MCAT/GPA, as well as provides additional information such as demographic breakdown, the number of out of state/in state applicants they interview relative to the applicant ratio (which would indicate if they mostly favor in state applicants). These factors are important to know about before you apply, because you don’t to waste money applying to schools you never had a chance at - for example, University of New Mexico, University of Hawai’i, University of Kansas, and University of Arkansas are a few schools that accept over 80-90% of their incoming class ONLY from their in state applicants. Unless you have strong ties (or a very strong reason for wanting to attend), it is definitely not worth your money to even apply.
As for holistic schools, I would say University of Colorado and University of Iowa are up there, as they tend to look at the entire application to make their decisions. For me, University of Wisconsin was very holistic (average MCAT is 32, yet they accepted me), but the caveat to that is that they only interview about 100 out of state applicants every year out of 4000 who apply.
You can look at Drexel, Tulane, Loyola, Rosalind Franklin, University of Arizona, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Boston University, Oakland, Medical College Wisconsin, University of Central Florida, Eastern Virgina, University of Maryland, University of Virginia (maybe), New York Medical College, Cooper, the list could go on. A lot of this you will learn as you look through the MSAR and consider their MCAT averages!
Unless you are African American/Black, you will make sure you want to not apply to the HBCU, or historically black medical schools, such as Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, etc. as they mostly only look at minority applicants to make their incoming class (and you would be at an disadvantage if you are not within these racial/ethnic categories).
Anonymous asked: I was trying to keep it light, not pick a fight. Your "diversity quota" post suggested that US culture unfairly steers opportunity toward whites. But Asian success falsifies the hypothesis that URMs are UR simply because Whitey is hogging the college slots. If Asians can get in in such disproportionate numbers, White Privilege isn't what's keeping URMs out. Bill Cosby suggested as much in 2004. The grievance-mongers crucified him for it.
Super late response since I have 3 jobs now (lol, I don’t know why I do this to myself) and have been volunteering as a PS reader/editor for Pre-Med people lately.
Anyway, your question still reiterates a point I made in the previous ask. White privilege is a concept that applies on a societal level, not a single arena. It describes how a system that exists to indirectly (or directly) benefit White people in social, political, economic (and so on) spaces. This is both on the national and community scale, as well as more “individualized” in the sense of workplace (earning discrepancies, hiring discrimination, promotions, etc.).
Because it is such an abstract idea, you can’t exactly pinpoint any single “thing” as an example of an advantage for white people, as it isn’t always as clean-cut as overt racism/bias/prejudice. However, when you look at things like how not too long ago, policies existed to make it illegal for people of color to interact, marry, or participate in things (e.g. voting) that were deemed exclusive rights for white people, it becomes more apparent how society is established/maintain by the majority in power, which is largely a white narrative/perspective. And because all of this happened less than 100 years ago, I can confidently say that a lot of people who shared those sentiments during that time very likely STILL have that perspective or have continued to pass it on to their children/families. Racial tension and inequality between Whites/PoCs is more easily recognized in areas most heavily affected like the South, as well as in severely impoverished/gentrified spaces.
And other recent policies that keep passing to further discriminate against various groups of historically already marginalized people. Policies that cut welfare for low income families, anti-immigration policies, I think you get the idea.
In light of East/South Asian success in the US economically/educationally, I would be very careful about using them as the model minorities to compare them against other historically marginalized groups. These people, although they did face their own discrimination, (1800s with the Chinese, WWII era with Japanese), do not share the same struggles as Hispanic/Blacks/Native Americans, as they do not necessarily share the same extensive history of discrimination (Slavery, anti-immigration, Genocide). Although the Southeast Asian diaspora/migration into the US is still fairly recent, the circumstances of their arrival is on a more positive note than the arrival/treatment of any other minority group as well. The US was basically like, “damn, we fucked up about the Vietnam War. Let’s pass this policy that will help the Vietnamese and others affected by the war come to the US as refugees.” Compare that to the, “We were here first, this is our land” or the “Black people shouldn’t count as a whole person because they’re only good as slaves.”
On a societal level, you can see how Asians are more readily accepted and expected to succeed among numerous groups, including Whites - just try to think of all the negative stereotypes. Crime, drugs, and an “inferior IQ” are not associated with Asians. As such, you can expect that it’d be easier to foster the supposed cultural attitude that many Asians family have in dumping all the money they have into all these college prep programs (etc) that will help their child succeed in school/life. After all, everyone else already assumes that it’s the norm, so there’s the added pressure of actually living up to that. The obstacles the URMs face are very different, and require a different solution. Sure, a “let’s encourage them all to value education as a culture and pass it on to their children” mentality may help somewhat, but there are other issues at play on the individual, community, and society level that we cannot directly influence with just that perspective.
We can teach all the Black youth that school is important and that parents should work hard to make this happen, but when you look at the disproportionate number of Blacks getting incarcerated for small crimes, countless others who are treated as if they are criminals before they even have a chance, and the impoverished areas in where a large population of Blacks live in, the issue is obviously way more complex. White privilege is not having to wake up and be racially profiled, followed in a store and assumed to be a criminal, being expected to graduate high school and go to college, and so much more. So yes, in a sense, White privilege is a system that is perpetuating the discrimination and indirect marginalization of other people of color. As a result, it is maintaining the status quo we see today and ensuring that (indirectly) representation in higher ed across URMs remains low. I’m tired, and I may be rambling, I’ll probably edit this later for clarity.
Anonymous asked: African-Americans and Hispanics are Under-Represented Minorities. Asians are Over-Represented Minorities. Everyone knows whites protect White Privilege, so why are they letting Asians take all those college slots? Why aren't they systematically oppressing People of Color like my Ethnic Studies prof says? Something doesn't add up here. What am I missing?
Your first statement is somewhat misleading and incorrect. Not all Asians are overrepresented in academia, especially if you recognize the fact that East Asians/South Asians have a very different history from a lot of Vietnamese, Cambodian (Khmer), Lao, Burmese, Hmong, Mienh, Indonesian, and just about any other Southeast Asian you can think of.
Similarly, many groups that are considered White under the census are obviously not treated as such in the US - just look at Arabs and many other Middle Eastern folks, who statistically experience violence and discrimination at a disproportionately larger rate than nearly any other ethnic minority in the US.
The idea of White Privilege is systemic and not held to a single tier or level of society. Just because you see a slightly disproportionate representation of Asians in one field does not make it a universal fact across every field, especially once you take into account average household income, educational attainment beyond a BS/BA, and percentage of people of color in high “positions of power.” Positions of power include areas like politics, tenured positions at research institutions, those in the medical/law field, folks who are the heads of their fields, and so forth.
I also hope you realize that the number of Asians in California schools do not reflect the number of Asians in schools across the US (there are very few to none throughout most of the midwest/south). For example, at my medical school, over 80% of the incoming class identifies as “Caucasian,” which is close to 150/180 of the TOTAL students starting in the fall. There are a lot of reasons behind this, and a lot of it involves the idea of privilege and indirect exclusion of (a lot of) people, which starts way further down the chain.
The rest of your questions seem intentionally inflammatory and an attempt to fuel some kind of hostile debate with me, so I’m not going to address it until you think of a better way to ask your question.