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by Outis
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Legacy: a thread
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Re: Legacy: a thread

In principle, meritocracy is nice, and I don't see how the college one's parents attended has anything to do with a student's own merit. In practice, I am grateful to have received a need-based scholarship that more than covers my tuition, and realize that this may not have been possible if colleges...
by Outis
Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2011 Acceptance Rates: F U Harvard
Replies: 76
Views: 9371

Re: 2011 Acceptance Rates: F U Harvard

I'm curious to know to what specific decisions you're alluding. Examples? Well, they make tens of thousands of controversial decisions every March (both the rejections and the acceptances). :P Well, of course there are some people I wish were accepted who were not (and the reverse). It would also b...
by Outis
Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2011 Acceptance Rates: F U Harvard
Replies: 76
Views: 9371

Re: 2011 Acceptance Rates: F U Harvard

I disagree with a lot of the decisions which the Harvard admissions office has made, but I wouldn't rush to be so cynical in this particular case. Harvard, like any other school, wants to be able to pick the best class it can, however it decides what the "best" would be. And if more people...
by Outis
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hardest Piano Piece
Replies: 48
Views: 45878

Re: Hardest Piano Piece

It seems to me that if a piece throws "a pianist for a loop with a beat that's much harder to pick out," that's a perfectly valid way for a piece to be more difficult; difficulty isn't only derived from being "fast with huge chords and the like." Rhythmic or tonal complexity--whi...
by Outis
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hardest Piano Piece
Replies: 48
Views: 45878

Re: Hardest Piano Piece

I would definitely say a contemporary piano piece--Rachmaninoff and the others are hard, but certainly not unplayable for a typical concert pianist.

Perhaps something by Xenakis, Boulez, or Stockhausen?
by Outis
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extracurriculars related to math/science?
Replies: 14
Views: 2238

Re: Extracurriculars related to math/science?

@delfts: Would you mind saying which NYC high school you go to? Or, if you would prefer not to, give some hint so that someone pretty familiar with that school could identify it? (The name of the math team coach, for instance, would do nicely.) I might be able to give you some more specific advice. ...
by Outis
Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 39004

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

How can intelligence be a curse? It seems to me like how hard you work is something you can change without too much trouble, while intelligence is not. The examples people have given about coasting through high school would suggest that intelligence is very powerful in that it can allow you to accom...
by Outis
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The most versatile undergraduate major
Replies: 18
Views: 3357

Re: The most versatile undergraduate major

I'd definitely say that math is the most versatile undergraduate major, especially if you plan to go to grad school. If you're a math major, it's very easy to jump into science research (both theoretical and applied), but if you're doing science research it's virtually impossible to go back to math....
by Outis
Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 163406

Re: Your Schedule

Aodhan wrote:At my uni in Australia, Calculus and Linear Algebra are combined into the one subject.


That's more or less the same as my (American) University - I'll be taking "Honors Linear Algebra and Real Analysis" next year.
by Outis
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things for College
Replies: 12
Views: 2405

Re: Things for College

In my own experience of college admissions, it is possible to create the illusion of being extremely involved in your community by being able to talk about a few minor activities that you have done and describe in great detail that activities' (possibly very slight) impacts on you. Remember that ad...
by Outis
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...
Replies: 49
Views: 9030

Re: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...

Ah yes, I guess it just depends on what you're going into. From his original post, it seems that what squareroot is going into at the moment is high school. So while he probably has no idea (and probably shouldn't have any idea) what field he's going into in his life or in higher education, it make...
by Outis
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...
Replies: 49
Views: 9030

Re: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...

I highly, highly recommend the TI-89 - it doesn't cost that much more, but it can quickly and efficiently do a lot of algebra and calculus for you: Solving equations (including finding imaginary or complex roots), factoring and expanding polynomials (as well as factoring integers), derivatives, defi...
by Outis
Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things for College
Replies: 12
Views: 2405

Re: Things for College

I think the most important thing is that you do something that you're genuinely interested in and want to spend a lot of time doing. Thousands of kids probably feel the exact same way as they start to think about the college process, so adding one more line to your application isn't what will make y...
by Outis
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Computer Science Colleges
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: Computer Science Colleges

In my experience the "top" schools offer the best financial aid by far -- true, they don't give out merit scholarships, but in almost all cases the need-based aid more than makes up for it. So don't skip out on applying to somewhere like MIT or Stanford just because you think you can't aff...
by Outis
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotypes
Replies: 44
Views: 7907

Re: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotyp

Congratulations - you got me to stop lurking and sign up for this forum so I could post a reply, so here goes: In response to the questions posed by OP: In short, is sacrificing your youth in for future success worth it? Short answer: No. I don't think that seeing things as a means to an end is a sa...

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