Application: Round Two

<p>I was reading over the instructions for the second part of the application, and I was stricken by how poorly written it seemed. One of the prompts simply said "if we allow that human life can be governed by reason, the possibility of life is annihilated". No question, just this statement.
Additionally, there are no instructions on how to submit official score reports, and the SAT online option doesn't list DS.</p>

<p>I think its awesome that they just give you the quotation no questions asked. </p>

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<p>Hm, you can start with "This is correct" or "This is incorrect" or "This is correct x% of the time." It didn't strike me as poorly written--just very open-ended, which is sort of lovely.</p>

<p>Also, College Board does list it: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The code is 4281.</p>

<p>I guess it isn't poorly written, just not what I'm used to. But then again, that's what Deep Springs is all about. Epiphany
And thanks for the college board information. I had checked a couple months back, but I guess something got updated.</p>

<p>These are very, very interesting prompts. I enjoy these much more than the ones from Round 1. Also, the third prompt (or quote, rather) has inspired me to start reading War and Peace. Maybe that will give me some good insight on how to answer that haha</p>

<p>Interesting article about coeducation
Deep</a> Springs College: the school for cowboys gets ready for cowgirls | World news | The Guardian</p>

<p>not a DS applicant here, but the prompt style is pretty similar to those of Amherst (which can have even longer quotes - all interesting if you wanna check 'em out)</p>

<p>I agree Amherst College has some of the best thought provoking prompts. As for Deep Springs prompt its really broad, which I absolutely love. Just by looking at it you can tie in social contract theory
--It is only within the context of the social contract that we can become beneficent beings, because the contract creates the conditions under which we can afford to care about others
or--state of nature = state of war
or--to give something up in order to gain something from a greater power than yourself… </p>

<p>Here's a pretty dense reading from the leviathan to give you some ideas.
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<p>However, there are so many routes you can take this. Goodluck.</p>

<p>Something a bit more consumable, if you want resources for the contractarian route: Contractarianism</a> (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)</p>

<p>Enlightenment Contractarianism is a bit bankrupt, though, in my humble opinion. If any of you are especially interested in anything you read in that succulent morsel of Hobbes linked by Geology, I would (obviously) advise checking Rawls' "Justice as Fairness", and Nozicks' "Anarchy, State and Utopia" out. The latter is a riveting read, and the former is, while dull, highly insightful. I'm personally partial to G.A. Cohen's Analytical Marxism, as expressed in "Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality" (being a self-described "Oxford man", you'll notice the aforementioned institution's eponymous comma's presence in the title of Cohen's book, and its absence in Nozick (a Harvard man)'s title. A delightful conflict!)
A lovely debate. Analytic political philosophy is, if not as "out there" as dialectical Marxism, probably more lucidly-reasoned. Interesting stuff.</p>

<p>What was your take on what we're supposed to do for q1? Transcript it? Summarize? Just tell why?</p>

<p>Summarize and explain the purpose and significance? That's what I'll probably do if I get into round two</p>

<p>Getting awfully close to mid-January!
Anyone got any news? I would assume not, but you know.
How are you guys? How'd your break go?
I'm constantly frayed, personally! I'm so afraid!
Hopefully y'all are faring more well!</p>

<p>Did anyone else get a letter from Deep Springs in the past two weeks?</p>

<p>I haven't, it must be a good sign for you though.</p>

<p>What did it say oak tree?!?!?!? what did it say!!!</p>

<p>^cool your jets brah</p>

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<p>Oh, God, so cryptic!!!</p>

<p>It seems awful to leave you guys in suspense.</p>

<p>There was a letter sent out - I don't have it with me right now so I can't reproduce the language - but it apologized for the notification delay and said that ApCom was particularly interested in my application. It then said that they hoped that I would still be excited to go interview when notifications were released in mid-January.</p>

<p>I assume this letter was sent to warn me to start work on the second round essays. I also assume this letter was only sent to female applicants, because it seems cruel to send it to male applicants some of whom will not be included in the second round if women are invited. That's all that I know.</p>

<p>Oh, wow, I hope to God you're right!
I'm seriously trembling with fear. I need to know, as soon as possible!
Oh, man, oh, man, oh, man!</p>

<p>I suppose if Oaktree is male, we would know if they sent it to male applicants.
Could Oaktree possibly enlighten us as to his/her gender? That is, if it wouldn't totally compromise their standards of anonymity.
Several people just like me are waiting, tremulous. It certainly wouldn't go unappreciated!</p>