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  • Re: How will I fit in in the South?

    MYOS1634 wrote:
    Friendliness and down to earth qualities are shared with the Midwest.

    Regarding the Midwest in comparison to the South, it is interesting that the South often gets the most flak for racism and segregation, but many of the most highly segregated cities and metro areas in the US are in the Midwest (Chicago being commonly cited as "the most segregated city"). Somehow, the Midwest escapes similar criticism compared to the South. Same with some places in other regions (e.g. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC).
  • Re: When people don't vaccinate their kids

    Andi75 wrote:
    The chance of a newborn getting Hepatitis B is remote at best (usually sexually transmitted or IV drug use) but they insist they are given this shot on the FIRST DAY OF LIFE>

    Newborns may be exposed to hepatitis B during childbirth from mothers with undiagnosed chronic hepatitis B infection. Newborns and infants who are infected with hepatitis B are 90% likely to become chronically infected (versus 4% of adults infected with hepatitis B). Such chronic infection greatly increases the risk of liver cancer.

    Post-exposure vaccination for hepatitis B for a newborn born to a chronically infected mother is 70+% effective at preventing infection of the newborn (higher if hepatitis B immune globulin is given as may be done when the mother is known to be infected).

  • Re: I know that I have Sephardic Jew in me, will I qualify for "Hispanic"?

    uskoolfish wrote:
    While I do not think the OP is Hispanic, your response does lead me to ask who sets the criteria for how we identify?

    For most part, it is on the honor system, although some specific programs (e.g. NHRP) have more detailed definitions.
    uskoolfish wrote:
    Must one be fluent in Spanish because they have a Hispanic background? Should they live in urban centers? Be poor? Is there one Latino or Hispanic experience that one should have experienced to be "honestly" Hispanic? Do others need to decide for us how we identify?

    The answers to all of these questions are "no".
  • Re: Why top college if you plan graduate school?

    That's exactly what I meant by "still decent". So, for example, if you are pretty set for Ph.D., would you recommend an academically strong enough for UC Berkeley student to aim for UC Santa Cruz, and not worry about those 14 holistic review points of UC Berkeley during high school? Especially if a student just want to take more community college math and science courses during Summer instead of internship, volunteer, art portfolio, etc, etc?

    UCSC uses a similar admissions review as UCB, but it sets the admission threshold lower. Indeed, at one time (possibly still), UCSC took the admissions reading scores from UCB and UCLA for students who applied to at least one of those other campuses.

    Whether UCSC is as suitable as (or more suitable than) UCB for preparation for PhD study depends on what particular subjects are of interest.

    That UCB and other UCs consider various factors in admissions readings does not mean that an applicant needs all of them to be admitted.
  • Re: I know that I have Sephardic Jew in me, will I qualify for "Hispanic"?

    Do you self-identify as Hispanic or Latino outside of college applications or similar check boxes?

    Do others commonly tend to identify you as Hispanic or Latino?

    If neither of the above answers is "yes", then it would not seem to be very "honest" to say that you are Hispanic or Latino.