<p>OK..so i'm a junior, finishing up the school year. I thought it was a good idea to enroll in college math to look good for Umich and Cornell in the fall.</p>
<p>So I took the placement test at my local community college, and scored an 80 on the college math exam(96th%ile). so the admissions counselor tells me that the highest math I can start with is COLLEGE ALGEBRA.</p>
<p>I tell him no way, i'm already up to pre-cal in HS..we argued for AN HOUR. here's what it sounded like:</p>
<p>ME: so..is there any way I can get into Applied Calculus 1 for the summer?
HIM: you need an 87 on the placement test. (98th%)
ME: but..I got an 80. that's close.
HIM: no, you gotta have an 87
ME: well is there any one I can talk to, i'm positive I can hang with the Applied Calculus kids.
HIM: well..i'm going on lunch break, but you can ask the math department..they'll just say no though.
ME: so I can ask them?
HIM: yeah, but they'll say no. you should've scored 87.
ME: well...i'll go ask them.</p>
<p>And I was like, this is BS, I mean, even as a Black Male, i'm gonna need something to stand out on my college application. So I took a snack break, and decided to camp out at the Admissions office. below, our second meeting:</p>
<p>HIM: oh, it's you again.
ME: yeah, the math department says I should go for Accelerated Precal.
HIM: well, no. you need an 87.
ME: WHAT?!? FOR PRECAL?
HIM: yeah. it's the same.
HIM: look, I know you're taking AP Calculus BC in school next year. You're a smart kid, you'll get into Cornell.
ME: well...can I talk to the math department about Precal?
HIM: yeah...but they'll say no.</p>
<p>SO, to make a long story short, I spent 5 HOURS at my local community college arguing with these people (I literally got kicked out)</p>
<p>so we made a deal: I'll take Accelerated College Algebra for 4 weeks, then go to Applied Calculus 1 for 4 weeks, then advance to Applied Calculus 2 for 10 weeks. And if Umich or Cornell defers me, I'll take Applied Calculus 3 for 10 more weeks. Admissions people are so tough to cope with...yet they hold god-like power over where you'll spend the next 4 years...</p>