HS junior excited for DS

<p>i'm a junior eager to apply to Deep Springs, anyone else like me out there?</p>

<p>You are not alone, sir! I have perused the "Any Deep Springs Applicants?" thread many a time and will admit what I have seen from simply the <em>prospective</em> students is nothing less than enthralling!
So what books do you like reading, man? Favorite movies? How'd you hear about DS?</p>

<p>i haven't had much time to do any pleasure reading during the school year due to sat's, NHS and school work, but i've picked out a couple for this summer including Gore Vidal's Julian, Bob Spitz's the Beatles & excerpts from Tocqueville's democracy in america. you?
how do you think the will incorporate the applications of females? a larger student body perhaps?</p>

<p>I'm a junior... I'm thinking about applying. And I'm a girl aha. But I'm not sure how the whole coed thing will go.</p>

<p>I don't think they'll increase the student population for coed since they still want that small tight-knit community, so admissions might be more selective.
In the meantime, some good reading I've gotten over the school year are Pedagogy of the Oppressed (old...read my teacher's copy but still fascinating), Moonwalking with Einstein (will make you massage your temples) and How to Build a Dinosaur (a really light but interesting read on advances and changes in the field of dino-paleontology)</p>

<p>hminot: I don't think the coed transition will necessarily be realized during the year of our application. They're having trouble with the legalities of the whole endeavor, at the moment, according to the website's coed news tab. I've also heard from an alumnus that the likelihood of the transition's success in any context is doubtful for the near future.
Anyway, in terms of what I'm reading:
I'm doing MIT's OpenCourseWare Calculus course, and that's taking up a lot of my time outside of school, but I'm making good headway in a few books, right now, and finished three very recently.
I completed my second readthrough of Godel, Escher, Bach last month, and it was as rewarding as the first time, though now that I've read a bit more of the philosophy of logic and reasoning (mostly from the Oxford Handbook), it feels somewhat "poppy".
I read Galbraith's "The Anatomy of Power" just three weeks ago. I was on Spring Break, so it went very quickly. I admire Galbraith greatly, and "Power" dealt in themes and subjects which he is not known for addressing. His concept and interpretation of condign power was especially lovely. A great read, though I'm not normally one for political science.
Just day before yesterday I completed "Me Grandad 'Ad An Elephant!", which is a collection of three stories all dealing with the Muslim experience in South India, written by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. India's Islamic culture is one of great interest to me, and Islam has had a far, far stronger presence in South India than most people realize. Basheer's prose is starkly reminiscent of Kerala's simple backwaters and studious populace, illustrating a convincing, believable landscape the detail of which within Indian literature is probably only matched by R.K. Narayan's Malgudi.
As for what I'm reading now? Well, I'm writing a screenplay, and whenever I do, I like to read plays for inspiration. This time I'm reading Addison's "Cato", and a few essays he wrote. It's downright rapturous, though it has very little to do with the themes I deal with in my screenplay. Addison's play seems to uncannily foreshadow the American and French revolutions that came just a bit over a half a decade later. Its unintentional prophecy and wonderfully quotable one-liners make it off the proverbial chain (or hook, or what have you).
I'm working through Roberto Bolano's "The Savage Detectives", and making surprisingly good headway. I'm reading it in its native Spanish, and am really appreciating how great Natasha Wimmer's translations really are. Bolano's Bunuel-esque, ever-sinister world of darkly surreal creatives is realized even more vividly in Spanish, and it really reinforces my sentiment that Bolano was born about 50 years too late. He's both a surrealist and a "boom" author displaced in time! A gloriously anachronistic visionary.
Finally, I'm going through A Critique of Pure Reason, again. Honestly, it was absolute hell to go through when I read it two years ago, since I had very little experience in philosophy, but now I'm returning to it after reading three or so dozen more books on philosophy (primary and secondary (Will Durant's "A Story of Philosophy" is the best introduction to philosophy ever written, by the way!)) and am having very little trouble this time, thankfully.
Wow. That's a lot of writing. If you read this, kudos. Let's discuss.
Oh, wait! I read Bob Spitz's "The Beatles"! A few years ago the simplistic cover art and the sheer size of the thing caught my eye in a Singaporean bookstore (which, by the way, often tend to have a disgustingly narrow selection).
I used to be much more of a Beatles fan, but now I feel like a human encyclopedia whenever someone brings them up in a conversation. If you're a fan, or just want to sound smart when you're talking about the Beatles (unfortunately, the book provides very little detail regarding the rich, lovely history of European psychedelic Rock from the 1960s) it's a good read. If you want to listen to some psychedelic rock from the era (a lot of which the Beatles shamelessly copied), you should check out the compilation "Nuggets". Give it a listen, we'll have a lot to talk about.</p>

<p>Oh, one more thing. I obviously have a pronounced tendency toward the verbose. Please don't be scared or annoyed by my enormous responses. It is simply in my nature. :)</p>

<p>Oh, wow, I hope I didn't kill this thread.
Someone, please respond!</p>

<p>Sorry, I've been crazy busy with AP exams! I'll have to read your post more thoroughly after they're over tomorrow. </p>

<p>I was reading those articles about whether DS will admit females next year earlier - everything seems so up in the air. I hope I'm allowed to apply, but I don't want it to be grudgingly.</p>

<p>Oh, it certainly won't be grudgingly. It's only two trustees who are against the coed transition. I'm sure it'll all work out.
APs, huh? Good luck with those! My school (small, competitive, private)'s classes are all AP-equivalent, but we don't take the tests. <strong>shrugs</strong>
Yeah, on the testing front, I have my World History and Literature Subject Tests coming up, soon. In June. Those are probably two of my three strongest subject tests, (the third is Math II, which I've already taken), so I'm not really worried about it.</p>

<p>I heard about this college from my friends a while ago, but they never knew the name. It wasn't until today I discovered the name of this college. </p>

<p>I would really like to attend and I too, am a junior in high school. My only flaw is my grades; they're not horrible, but I feel as if it isn't up to par with the "requirements" with DS. My grades have been a constant upward trend, junior year being significantly higher.</p>

<p>I will still apply though. I really want to undergo an experience like the one DS provides so I can better myself. :)</p>

<p>DS seems to emphasize the essay very strongly. If you feel articulation is a particular strength of yours, rest easy, friend!
With a fantastic 3000-word essay supplementing your stats, I think your "good-but-not-great" grades can be overlooked -- especially if you've been filling your time with other worthwhile pursuits.</p>

<p>I'm a girl too! Thinking of applying for 2013 entry. International :)</p>

<p>I am also a girl! What other schools are you considering?</p>

<p>I have taken Latin all through highschool, and I am hoping to major in classics. Any of yall take Latin?</p>

<p>I know Latin, but a class has never been offered to me. I only learned it to read Boethius, but realized a few weeks in that Consolatio Philosophiae was probably a bit difficult to start with. Instead, I worked my way through the Aeneid and returned to Boethius afterward, and, unfortunately, that's as far as I've gotten with my Latin reading.
Classics? That's cool. Certainly a very romantic major. I personally hope to major in either Philosophy or Mathematics. Most likely the former. Those two subjects form the basis of all knowledge! Why would I ever want to major in anything else?</p>

<p>As for other schools I'm considering? I have quite a long list, which I ought to at some point pruned down a bit. Tentatively, it consists of, in order of preference:
Deep Springs
University of Southern California (Interactive Media)
Reed College
Princeton University
University of Chicago
Amherst College
St. John's College (Santa Fe)
Harvey Mudd College
Georgetown University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oberlin College
UC Berkeley
University of Washington (Preferably Honors College)</p>

<p>I took mandarin but Latin has always been somewhat of an interest... I'm pretty excited for the application as well, Im almost 100% sure the first round essay never changes and is the same from previous years, however the second round essays usually get mixed up. They say the application for this year will be released in June so I'm hoping its out soon!</p>

<p>Also in response to the Co-Ed issue, even before the new filings by the trustees attempting to block the change the school never released when they would go Co-ed and said that they would announce when they would begin accepting female applicants this June. However with the college being in the midst of a legal battle I'm going to guess they will push back the change, at least for this year.</p>

<p>Tomorrow is June! I can't wait for the application!</p>

<p>^ ditto. all the best everyone (:</p>

<p>I'm also planning on applying for 2013.<br>
It's June 3rd and not up yet! Can't wait to start working on the application.</p>