It was the middle of my junior year. Watching the 1999 teen classic 10 Things I Hate About You, I heard the name Sarah Lawrence and decided that I wanted to know more about the college. I had this habit of looking up whatever college I heard in the attempt of finding the perfect one. Reading Sarah Lawrence’s Wikipedia page distracted me from the movie, which was a good sign. (It’s takes a lot to distract me from Joseph Gordon-Levitt when he’s speaking French.) It was the first college that I had ever heard of that didn’t take test scores as part the application. I liked that, a lot. As I looked deeper, I found out much more about this college, and I began to seriously consider it for my Early Decision choice. For me it wasn’t just the eschewing of test scores, but also the environment of the school.
A lot of my classmates think that because Sarah Lawrence doesn’t take the scores, it is easy to get into. This bothers me because I found the whole process to be nerve wracking. With the application, I could present myself the way I wanted to be without the addition of impersonal test scores, but that also meant that I couldn’t hide behind them, either. There is safety in SAT scores. Scoring well gave me the opportunity to apply and get into good schools, but I didn’t want to get into a school based on the test scores that I was morally opposed to.
After sending in my application I made the appointment for my interview with Nicole, a Sarah Lawrence alum. We met in a small coffee shop in Minneapolis; beforehand I nervously walked around the record store across the street (I got a copy of the new M83 album, in case anybody really cares about that). I was so nervous and I really wanted to impress her, but in the end it was much more casual than any other college interview my friends had. She even answered some questions that I had about SLC and her experience there. Through this experience, she reminded me why I chose to apply Early Decision. We were both so enthusiastic about Sarah Lawrence; we ended up talking for thirty minutes over the time of her average interview.
Not a lot of people know of Sarah Lawrence. Most of the time, SLC is mentioned in passing in movies or books, and most people don’t really take notice of it. But I think they should because there is a lot more to Sarah Lawrence College than you can get from a quick Google search or a brief mention in Gilmore Girls. I mean, all I had to do was read the Wikipedia page and harass talk to a few Sarah Lawrence students and I fell in love.
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