Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Standardized tests and racial profiling

and now I want to write johnlock again

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10 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes until November 1st.

Not that I’m paying attention or anything…

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I found my GMAT study guides from 2007/2008. At one point, I thought it would be a great idea to rush into grad school right after I earned my accounting degree.

Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking either.

When I did finally attempt to get my Master’s in accounting/finance, I went back to SNHU because, as a continuing student, I didn’t have to take the GMAT.

I don’t know why I’m so terrified of these big tests (I had to forfeit my entrance fee for the CMA exam because it was causing too much anxiety), but I am. Maybe it’s because my attempt at the LSAT a thousand years ago left a bad taste in my mouth. I studied so hard for that and barely got what I needed to get into the law schools of my choice. I was so disappointed - and suddenly disillusioned with being an attorney - that I didn’t even bother to apply. I did apply to UConn’s sports management graduate program and deferred my admission because I got a job in pro hockey that year. That admission also did not require a GMAT score.

So… with London as the goal, it’s time to put on my big girl panties, suck it up, and study the fuck out of those old guidebooks.

Somethings are worth the abject terror and anxiety.

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Still no word from the German Consulate, so after another careful perusal of their website, I think I’m going to send in my paperwork blind and see what happens.

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My friend, Jesse, the lead singer of The Ameros (another Albany band - big surprise there) is running for mayor of Albany. This kid has a great head on his shoulders. I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.

They had a debate the other night and the topic of racial profiling came up. One of his competitors said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that people profile themselves by their actions. I’m not quite sure what that means, but Jesse’s response was basically profiling comes from fear and why are we still afraid of each other? ( Listen to it here.)

Screw racial profiling. It seems that fear informs every major political and societal decision, like gay marriage.

It is time to stop being afraid of each other.

I can’t say it enough… I’m lucky to have these kids - this ever expanding pool of Albanians - in my life.

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Sinus headache from hell is back. I suppose I should thank it for giving me yesterday off - I got a lot done in terms of both the job search and the grad school search.

I think that means it’s time for a nap.

Posted by Matty on 10/22 at 09:19 AM
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