“Difficult as it is to believe, not everyone loves cats. Genghis Kahn was a famous cat-hater and so were Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. It may be that men with dreams to dominate the world can’t get used to the idea that cats won’t submit to them. The same streak of ailurophobia (cat hate) affected the personalities of Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, and Adolph Hitler.”—
“SIR – I must object in the strongest terms to the use of the oxymoronic neologism, “bottomless shallows”, in a Banyan column. Please inform your Mr Banyan that oxymorons must be stamped out wherever found, and are particularly galling in a newspaper of your standing and heritage. I am certain that Messrs Samuel Johnson, Walter Bagehot and Henry Watson Fowler are all spinning in their respective graves at this slight, albeit at different speeds. You know well how lapses like this affect school truancy, foment social disorder and encourage a preference for margarine on one’s scones. Sin not again.”—
An Economist reader reminds us of our responsibilities. And rightly so. (via theeconomist)
this is why the economist is pretty much the best publication ever.
A new study suggests that money and a student’s ability to pay full tuition is becoming an increasingly more important factor in the decision-making process of college admissions directors, said Inside Higher Ed.
More than half of public university admissions officials, and more than a third of private institutions, responded that they are working harder to attract full-paying international students or higher-tuition out-of-state students, said Inside Higher Ed.
The report also found that on average full-paying students had lower grades and test scores compared to other students.
this is heartbreaking. i was so lucky to go to a need-blind school (a college that doesn’t consider ability to pay when making admissions decisions). duke also meets 100% of students’ financial need, which is even better.
The main problem with this is that I think people take this shyness as really being bitchiness. That I’m doing it on purpose or that I don’t want to communicate with them. But… I’m not doing it on purpose and I really do want to talk with them - I just sometimes am so wracked with fear, nothing intelligent-sounding comes out.
I sometimes wonder how it’s so possible for me to have complete confidence when walking into job interviews or many other things job-related, but the thought of walking into a party where I know only two or three people paralyzes me with fear. I worry that I’ll say something stupid or will ramble or will just overall be weird.
TOTALLY me. i’m good at interviews, but i cannot handle small talk. i think it’s really hard for extroverts to understand introverts. like, i’m not a snob, i promise. i’m friendly and i like you. i’m just quiet, and i prefer not to say anything unless i have something real to say.