By Isabelle Khoo Writing a letter to Santa is a beloved Christmas tradition, and every year the elves at Canada Post work hard to ensure every child gets a personal response from old Saint Nick. This year, however, Santa's helpers are making a slight change to their letter-writing programwhich means not every school kid will receive an individual response this holiday season. Now before you start getting out your pitchforks, Canada Post has a good reason for the change.
If you do what you do out of "love and enjoyment," you will have already succeeded in life beyond any institution's measure. In fact, as a student at a large public high school in the East Bay, as the son and grandson of alumni, and as a young person interested in politics, the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the few schools I knew.
I applied in November of my senior year of high school. That spring, I received a thin letter in the mail from the admissions office. I went to the garage to open it, to receive the good news.
Maybe the small letter would inform me that the fat packet of smiling faces of my future classmates was on its way or available online?
I decided to appeal the decision. I knew the odds were slim: Additionally, I was under the impression at the time that making an appeal was discouraged unless an applicant's GPA was miscalculated by a full letter grade or their SAT scores had risen significantly.
Neither of these applied in my case. According to one official, while "successful appeal applicants tend to provide new and compelling information Likely, a "holistic review that looks at each and every aspect of the student" was policy, despite my impression at the time otherwise.
I wrote the letter in one sitting. It took about four hours.
I read it over once, and printed four copies. I addressed one copy to the admissions office, another to a professor in the College of Letters and Science that I looked up online, and the other two to a dean and the chancellor.
Aside from my parents and the these recipients, I have not shared this letter with anyone. The letter is below, unedited: I am sure that thousands more throughout the state, throughout the country even, have laughed, cried, and yelled these words, being sure to diminish your institution with each remark.
Personally, I hold Berkeley in the highest regards as far as colleges go; having been a life long Bay Area resident, I have come to cherish the diverse atmosphere and thirst for knowledge in Berkeley and the surrounding area entropy.
It is in this high-esteem for the university and the community that I write this candid letter. When a school such as Berkeley is so inundated with qualified applicants desiring to go there, the job of an admissions officer can surely be frightful. Truthfully, I do not feel that UC Berkeley has necessarily made a mistake in its selection, for how can a school sift through the numerous outstanding individuals and select a class meager in proportion to the number of students who wish they could attend.
Yes, I write this letter as an appeal for my admissions decision for the Fall ofbut more so than that, I feel the need to give a dream school of mine at least one more shot.
Regardless of the consequent decision, which I fully realize is statistically to be against my desired response, I must write this letter. Having listened to my father speak of his college years at UC Berkeley and MIT, the two schools hold a certain mystical quality to me.
Knowing well that the type of education I would receive at MIT does not fit who I am and the dreams I strive for, Berkeley has long been the cynosure for my desired collegiate experience. As I recently toured the Berkeley campus, I thought of my dad and tried to picture him in a younger state, walking down the same stretch of Market and Telegraph en route to his favorite hot dog joint, Top Dog.
The stories of his time at UC Berkeley held me in awe. My father, a former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee, could relate first hand the type of people associated with Berkeley: Wherever I go, I know I will earn an outstanding education.
Further, I feel confident that my desire to succeed and do the best I possibly can will further guarantee a positive college experience. Since submitting my college applications in November, I have gained a better understanding of myself, and a better understanding of the surrounding world.
Through numerous event planning and participation in the Link Crew events, I realize how impressionable young minds are, and the importance of positive role-models. Thus, I have focused more of my energies into sharing personal ideologies as well as high school experiences with the lower classmen.
Currently I am organizing a Drug-Awareness assembly to take place prior to finals week. Politically, Berkeley is the place to be.Write to Santa Provided by: Canada Post.
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