A Change in Plans: My Truro Summer
by Deb Flohr
Where do you see yourself in two years? What is your five-year plan? Being asked these questions has always been the bane of my existence, considering I never know where I'll be in six months.
My life has always been a story under construction… written and rewritten more times than I can tell you.
At one point, I thought I had it figured out. I was working a lucrative job in financial sales. I owned a house in Vermont, and had an apartment in New York City. I dated a series of interesting men. I traveled extensively for work and took fabulous vacations all around the world.
Then 9/11 occurred, and New York City's financial sector didn't feel nearly as secure. A transfer to Boston only complicated things. My life needed a more fundamental change.
by Darlene Carucci
Lately I've been thinking about how "a rolling stone gathers no moss"…and feeling kind of mossy.
I think somewhere in my bloodline there must simmer a trickle of tinker. The only thing I wanted for my 16th birthday was matching luggage for destinations yet unknown. I enlisted and served in the United States Air Force right out of high school, volunteering exclusively overseas.
I was the kid who wanted to go to camp all summer and the Mom who decided on Labor Day weekend that since our cape house wasn't rented, perhaps we should just skip traffic, stay, and go to school here on Cape Cod…
Sometimes during the most inopportune moments, the clearest opportunities and possibilities can arise.
Living in my last-minute mindset, I booked and executed a five-day vacation to Puerto Vallarta.
Marcella Vokey (in red) with her friends at MIT
Five Secrets to College Life
by Marcella Vokey
I still remember the day I received the large tube in the mail containing, among confetti and a poster, my acceptance letter from MIT. Since then I have had many experiences as an undergraduate and now know the real questions an acceptee should be asking.
Here are five useful lessons that will help me through future applications to graduate school, and hopefully can benefit the next generation of potential collegians.
1. Colleges don't accept students incapable of handling the workload.
Freshman year was academically challenging, as anyone would expect when transitioning to higher education. My studies were the hardest they had ever been, but I learned to trust the admissions office and decided that these classes were still within my limits.
To me, this was a valuable realization…. Now, instead of dwelling on the seemingly impossible, this idea instills the necessary confidence for me to succeed.
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