I still sort of can't believe how seriously people take the SATs. All my teachers said, this is the kind of test you can't study for, and I believed them. Didn't the College Board send a practice test when you registered? I think I did that the night before I took the test for real (I also took it in 7th grade, though). Times I have been asked my score which left me kind of dumbfounded: 1. at the cocktail event for a finalist interview weekend for a scholarship. this kid literally walked up, stuck his hand out, and said, "hi, my name's sean, i got a 1480 on the sat. how about you?" 2. on a grad school application. GRE scores and SAT scores. i mean, seriously. the class issue is real, though there is still variation among the scores of students in every income band. i think the real problem is the belief that differences of 10 points precisely measure differences in ability. talking about how you chose your schools and what you knew about what you could afford reminds me of the how readers paid for their college education series. what a time in life! before we really knew anything about the wider world, faced with so many decisions with long-term impact.
I want to add one more to the huge crowd of people asking that the 1 Thing feature stay. I like it for so many reasons. I mean, yes, there are things that I put off doing forever. I don't know that I could explain to Mike Dang why I put them off. Sometimes I only remember them outside of the 8am to 5pm EST hours when I could take care of them. Sometimes they seem like they'll be unpleasant. Sometimes they're lower priority until they're not. So it is great to have a workday nudge telling me, maybe it won't be that bad, maybe it won't take that long, I will feel so much better when they're done, along with the accountability and supportive comments from everyone here. But I also really like when this site's editors and journalists relate their financial reporting to their own life. Love Meaghan's posts on stock options, health insurance for her pregnancy and delivery, and approaching her landlord about a refrigerator which is a clone of one in an old apartment of mine. I like the continuity of the voices, which the personal essays from contributors don't really provide, and I like the less newsy, more personal touch. So please keep it!
I have a kind of weird affection for Hartford and environs, which I only visited on vacations from grad school while my now-husband worked as a clerk for a judge for a year. I like Josh Michtom's writing a lot and his longer-running rental history (compared to those of people graduating college in, like, 2010) is funny, genuine, and personal.
Tangentially related awkward anecdote! Nate Silver was in my local coffeeshop (I live in LA) just before the 538 move announcement was made. A flurry of text messages with my husband and another good friend and fan resulted in the gauntlet, basically, "pics or it didn't happen." So I took one creepshot with his face mostly blocked by the person sitting next to him who moved at just the wrong time. I'm certain he heard the phone shutter go off, because he kind of weirdly hung around when I went to refill my water glass and I said absolutely nothing! What was I going to do, be like, I would give my grad school statistical analysis up in a heartbeat to do your polling stuff, make the NYT hire me?
And it mentions "In A World...," Lake Bell's Sundance-financed first film all about the voiceover industry! I loved that movie.
When I see pieces like this, I would like to know the other side of what happens to that debt. Yes, the students (and sometimes their parents) who pay astronomical tuitions have traded off their college education for other spending down the line. But the colleges get the money. So to balance the equation, I'd like to know about colleges spending. Whether administrative positions, the regular trend of increasing cost of health coverage, new construction and amenities, I want to know where that money is going. Because money that's being taken out of the economy has to be going somewhere.
What a fantastic project. I am also from east Tennessee. The public schools in my hometown started a Spanish language immersion program in 1987, in part as a response to the growing resident Hispanic population. So media representations aside I'm not sure that Tennessean residents are unaware that the Hispanic presence is made up of not migrant workers but settled families.
Friday: we were both home so late from work it was all we could do to eat our leftover soup and finish watching Top of the Lake (so good!) ($0). Saturday: food truck bibimbap ($22 w/tip), LACMA visit to Alexander Calder and the Vernon family photography collection ($0), cleaning supplies from Target ($40) Sunday: groceries ($110 + $10 for flowers!), meds for our neverending colds ($30), new Beck, St. Vincent, and Hooray for Riff Raff albums ($30), and a champagne split for watching the Oscars ($12). Watching Lupita's speech and Steve McQueen jumping up and down, zero dollars and also amazing. Total: $254 Estimate: $200
Friday: so behind in prestige shows, my husband and I are going to finish Top of the Lake tonight. Also eating chicken tortilla soup that's already made, so $0. We both have to work a ton for the rest of the days this weekend, but I hope we can do just a couple of relaxing things. Saturday: planning to go to the Calder exhibit at LACMA, but we're members so $0. Possibly food truck bibimbap, $20. If we make it to pub trivia, another $40, but otherwise, just food at home. Sunday: breakfast sandwiches, $20, grocery shop, $100, a run, $0, and then Oscar viewing, probably will get $20 of wine for this. Total: $200