2.03.2007

more about applications...

I really am hoping that Bucolic Campus School accepts A.

The school is laid back, seems ready to accept a homeschooler, the students there seem great (albeit a couple of the parents and students I've met are admittedly, erm, interesting) and A could continue living his quasi-bohemian life here in NYC. A life that includes my friends (e.g., Mr. Anti-Hollywood and his wife), photography, his love of blues guitar, plus local fencing, rowing, and playwriting and eating Indian almost every other night.

Today I am seeing the fruits of my relationship with The Placement Agency. We received a letter from a boarding school which was very personalized. It reads,

"Dear A,

Thank you for submitting your portions of the application to BLANK School...

Your essay, in particular, was quite interesting. I can just imagine how tired you must have been after all those 300s! Pacing yourself in order to get so many negative splits in a row must have taken a lot of practice, but it sounds like it was all well worth it in the end! BLANK School, as you may have found out...has a long history of rowing...Our teams routinely compete in the Henley Royal Regatta in England - our boys' first boat and Third Form four went just last summer..."

They go to Henley, too? I thought only BTBSA goes to Henley. I guess I was wrong. The letter was personally signed by someone on their admissions committee who shares my father's Scandinavian heritage. I've noticed that whenever I interact with people from my father's tribe, usually because we radar in on the similarities of our last names, that we then get special attention.

I also noticed that the second in line to the throne of Sweden, as well as the creator of TV hit "Family Guy," were students at the BLANK school.

We also received a letter from Big Time Boarding School B: It was a boilerplate letter, with no reference to my son's essay, and the signature was photocopied.

They have no rowing and no fencing, so I guess they knew not to bother. Unless it's a full scholarship, I will not consider that school.

So I will send in the financial aid form to the BLANK school as requested, and hope that we will have some school choices in about a month.

7 comments:

Princess Ennui said...

I remember the days when I was making my applications. It was all so exciting...terrifying for my mother...but thrilling for me.

I'd do it all again in a heartbeat (ok, well, I wouldn't go back to high school...EVER, but you know what I mean).

I'm so excited for A during his time of pins and needles. I'm sure no matter what you guys choose, it will be something memorable at the very least :D

-PE

Manda said...

Wow, how nice to get a personal note like that! I'm excited to see how all this turns out.

la Maitresse said...

Princess! So nice to see you!

The personal note was very cool, Manda, and A responded by saying that we should interview with them for their trouble.

I booked a Saturday trip this time.

Megan said...

Nothing to do with the post, just wanted to de-lurk as I have spent the past few days lurking! I love everything I have read so far...funny because I am a teacher (in the Bahamas, not too shabby)! Still, I would like to homeschool my kids someday (first I need to meet a guy, settle down, all that, ha ha!)
Best of luck with the applications and please keep the archives up for at least 20 more years!

la Maitresse said...

Welcome, Megan! There are a lot of lurkers here and sometimes I want to out all of you by geographical location!

It's freezing here in NYC and you're in the sunny Bahamas? Erm...could we please switch? I'll throw in some Broadway tickets...

Anonymous said...

Wow, hopefully you'll get enough financial aid to amke it feasible.

Rebel

la Maitresse said...

You are correct, Rebel: No financial aid, no feasibility. We are considering full scholarship offers only.