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August 19, 2013

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The Long Answer

I work as an admissions ambassador. Nine and a half times out of ten, when I talk to a student, parent, or any person who wants to understand Clark University, they ask me “why did you choose Clark?”

To be honest, I’ve developed a rehearsed answer to this question, complete with dramatic pauses, clever turns of phrase, and a touching ending that has definitely elicited at least one “aww.”

The problem with this answer is that it’s incomplete. When someone asks me this question, what they’re actually asking is why they or their intrepid high schooler should attend this school. That’s hard to do though, because the real answer to the”why Clark?” question is that mine and Clark’s personalities are compatible.

It’s then very difficult to answer that question for that other student because I’m not them and I don’t know them very well and don’t know what they need in a college education. The best I can do is show them Clark as accurately as possible and let them decide if it will be compatible with them, too.

There are loads of great colleges in the world where I would be miserable. There are loads of great students that would be miserable at Clark. The point of this blog (and the other magical blogs on this page) is to show how Clark can be right for certain people. If you continue to read (which I recommend), then you’ll get to know me and/or the other diarists. Then, you’ll begin to have a little bit of the real and important answer to the question of why I came to Clark. Sounds interesting, yes? Let’s hop to it, then.

So here’s me!

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I figured that I should get my guiding political ideology (peace, love, ice cream) out on the table before we get this show on the road.

I’m an English major and a political science minor. So I do this a lot:

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And this:

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In terms of extra-curriculars, I’m Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper, The ScarletI play upright bass in Sinfonia, Clark Musical Theatre, and Clark Concert Band, and I play Seeker and Keeper on Clark’s Quidditch team.

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This summer, though, I didn’t do any of these things. I was at a summer camp in the Berkshires, the camp I’ve attended since age ten. I worked with fifteen year-old boys, bringing them activities, setting good examples, and trying to make their summer the most fun that it could possibly be. I also spent a lot of my time as a songleader, so basically I walked around and played the guitar and sang and made funny faces at kids for eight weeks.

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So this is a smattering of the stuff that I do. I’m sure that you will learn more fun things about me and about Clark as the year progresses. If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s that college throws surprises at you. I didn’t come to Clark expecting to work on the newspaper or with musical theatre or play on the Quidditch team. I’m not sure what’s going to happen this year, but I’m sure it’ll be a great ride.

I’m excited to go back. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had a good summer. But I’m excited to get back to Worcester, see my friends, and push myself. Some mind-bending experiences and brilliant people have walked into my life since I came to Clark two years ago, and I can’t wait to see what else the school has in store for me.

And I’m going to share all of it with you. Here we go!

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