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2/5/2015 2:51:21 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Today we have with us one of the youngest members of the site. He's a prolific poster and a modest psychic. He has a lot to say, so this will cover two posts. Please don't post until I've posted twice.

Thett the mighty: Okay, first question: How'd you discover DDO and what was your first impression of the site? What got you hooked?

That's so RevNge: I had a school assignment to write an argument for a particular issue. Just for fun, I typed in "debate.com" in the URL. When that was useless, I tried putting ".org", and there it was--the website that I would eventually come to spend/waste four months of my life on.

I was impressed at first, at least judging from the description of the site. I thought this actually was an intelligent site. Then I debated max.wallace. Self-explanatory story.

I still hung around, though, but grew weary of debating since Purple Circles kept accepting my debates and made lousy arguments, and more often than not, forfeited. I didn't have any DDO friends then, so I migrated over to the forums. Ever since then, I spammed the crap out of the forums with dozens of posts every day until now. This inevitably led to some members who thought I was annoying, but the friends (who am I kidding? T_T) I made were more than enough compensation for me to stick around for a good while.

Thett the mighty: You've mentioned before that your parents aren't really fans of this site...what don't they like about it, and how do you manage to spend so much time on it despite their disapproval?

That's so RevNge: First of all, it is extremely time-consuming. I can't argue with that one. The part where they really got mad, though, was when I left one of my DDO fanfics open in a Word document and someone else's (can't remember now) just to compare the word count. Naturally, my mom snooped around and found those. She was pissed and said these were a waste of time and, if I recall correctly, called them trash. That hurt, but then again, she said one of my essays were "poorly written" and I'd need to do them again. My English II teacher gave me the highest markings possible. FML.

That's not the end, though--I left a link to DDO in that Word Document, and she clicked on it. From there, although she couldn't log on, she found all records of my account and was furious that I wasted so much time on this site and made 616 posts (can you believe what her reaction would be if she saw that I now have over 6k posts? ._.). It wasn't very pleasant, especially after she woke me up at about one in the morning to yell at me.

So yeah, call me insane for taking such a huge risk to continue spending so much time on DDO, but I prefer it here so much more than the real world. Both have their flaws, but I've always felt more comfortable online (SAO would be perfect for me lol). Even my few friends pale in comparison to some people here.

As for avoiding detection: Incognito is a must, but that alone won't protect you from my parents looking into my room (the doors to my room must be opened constantly and they're right behind me...go figure). My main route is to go on Incognito, immediately type "debate.org", then immediately zoom in to 200% so that the banner would disappear (seriously, that thing is like a giant sign screaming "DEBATE.ORG"! >.>). Log on, and I set my account so that the banner wouldn't be attached to the window. Just in case, though, I always leave it at 200%. ALT + TAB makes for the quickest escapes as well. :P

Thett the mighty: That's pretty crazy, dude. That also segways perfectly into my next two questions. First, what happened with your DDO fanfic? Are the rumors true that my character was going to be a part of it?

That's so RevNge: I'm undergoing severe writer's block at the moment. I literally have no ounce of creativity, maybe because I've had it all crushed out due to the work I had to do recently and the enormous amount that's ahead of me. I might even have to deactivate, but I'm hoping I can manage my time (yeah right, I'll probably have to deactivate) and balance DDO with studying...

Thett the mighty: You're a pretty smart kid. How do you balance your time on DDO with your studies in..what grade are you in?

That's so RevNge: I skipped 8th grade, so I'm a freshman (the stereotypes are true; seniors are d1cks D:>). School-wise, I have no trouble at all...or would have no trouble at all if I spent more time on it. I still get A's on everything I do, but occasionally I forget to do my homework due to DDO, which led to severe procrastination. I suck at time management. T_T

Aside from school, though, I seriously need a scholarship to a good college for my future. I'm trying to get into a college specializing in mathematics such as MIT, but those places take a hell of a lot of money to go to, one that my dad isn't willing to pay, so either I get a full scholarship or I get a part scholarship and raise money on my own, but I'm not sure how can a thirteen-year old raise thousands and thousands of dollars in two and a half years while spending several hours a day in front of a computer. This will probably result in me leaving DDO next year until college, which I'm hoping won't take too long.

Thett the mighty: I'm sorry to hear that about college--it really is an ungodly amount of money /:. Here's to hoping your parents change their mind! Yeah, focusing is a problem I have too. I bet a lot of DDO members could help you somewhat with your time management. With that said, who do you look up to most on DDO and why?

That's so RevNge: Am I allowed to list banned members?

In all seriousness, though, probably Bsh1 or Endark. Bsh was my first friend on DDO, and introduced me to Mafia (which I still suck at, believe me). I would list all of his numerous traits, but I don't think I can find anything that YYW has already stated. :P I also enjoy counting how many posts he and YYW can have a conversation together before it becomes sexual roleplay.

I hate to stroke Endark's ego even more, but the dude can write like a god, even though he apparently is god in OUAD. He has a sarcastic sense of humor that he often uses to torment me but really turns my day around on some occasions. I can't really say anything bad about him on here or Annie will have my balls and I will drown in soap. That being said, if you're reading this, Endark, you're still a gaysexual Jew (in the well). <3

Thett the mighty: So...like, 3 posts? :P and yeah, Endark is a god. Speaking of the one true God, you're one of a handful of active members who identify with the protestant tradition. What role does faith/God play in your life?

That's so RevNge: I might have overestimated it, but who knows? :P

I've read many arguments (some of which are actually convincing) about how God isn't real, but I still believe in him due to other theories and personal reasons as well (I'm not saying I have a direct connection with him, lol). I attend church weekly and pray about three times a day (haters gonna hate), but I tend to interpret the Bible very liberally (for instance, I don't take the Old Testament very seriously, and neither would many Christians if they read some of which would be considered far obsolete today), such as supporting gay rights and that homosexuality isn't a sin (cheers, BYours). Religion hardly takes up any time in my life, though, which I sometimes feel guilty for.
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2/5/2015 2:53:27 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Thett the mighty: I think arguments for/against God tend to be pretty bad. We humans just know so little, and I tend to view arguments about the divine as philosophical toys at best. I wouldn't worry too much about not devoting your life to religion if that's not what calls to you. God speaks to us all in his own ways, after all.

That was a pretty sophisticated answer for a 13 year old. How does it feel to be interacting with a community of people who are typically much older than you? Do you feel an age gap on DDO or is it indeed but a number?

That's so RevNge: Is it odd that I already thought of this question? XD

I would never be able to talk to adults IRL like I do on DDO, and I'm sure they'd take me even less seriously than they do here. As for the age gap, it's there, but nothing too bad. The condescension is occasionally noticeable from some members and entirely noticeable from others (*cough*you*cough*), and while I do find people like Kitty entertaining, it gets annoying as well, but I have to also point out it's inevitable. I'm only 13, and mostly everyone else on the site have seen so much more of the world than I have and can attest to how real life actually works. It doesn't nettle me too much, though, since I can laugh at them about how they have to work all the time. :P

Thett the mighty: Haha that's understandable. Being young on the internet--or anywhere--can be tough sometimes because people just love lording it over you, as if nothing you have to say is valid because you didn't witness WWII or something.

Where do you find yourself on the political scale? You claim to be a liberal democrat, but is it more complex than that?

That's so RevNge: Anyway, for the record, I have little interest in politics. I've never stepped foot into the Politics forum on DDO, and aside from some big issues, I don't really want to be involved in it mainly because I find it boring (I mean, Rev being interested in politics? lol) and I wouldn't know what good it would do for someone my age. I probably wouldn't find the time aside from studies and DDO, anyway.

To answer the question though, I took a political compass test just now for fun. My compass is (-0.75, -3.38), but I rushed the test, so who knows if it's accurate. According to the compass, though, I apparently have a bit of commie inside me.

Wat.

Thett the mighty: Final question: What do you think is the best debate on the site, and why?

That's so RevNge: I would say that it's a tie between the Death Penalty debate (http://www.debate.org......) and Poop has DNA (http://www.debate.org......). The reasons for the latter are obviously self-explanatory.
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2/5/2015 3:37:54 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 2:51:21 PM, thett3 wrote:
Today we have with us one of the youngest members of the site. He's a prolific poster and a modest psychic. He has a lot to say, so this will cover two posts. Please don't post until I've posted twice.

Thett the mighty: Okay, first question: How'd you discover DDO and what was your first impression of the site? What got you hooked?

That's so RevNge: I was looking for kinky porn with some interesting themes to it and I came across thett3's profile.
That's an interesting response, Rev.

I was impressed and aroused at first, at least judging from the description of the site. I thought this actually was an intelligent site. Then I debated max.wallace. Self-explanatory story.

I still hung around, though, but grew weary of debating since Purple Circles kept accepting my debates and made lousy arguments, and more often than not, forfeited. I didn't have any DDO friends then, so I migrated over to the forums. Ever since then, I spammed the crap out of the forums with dozens of posts every day until now. This inevitably led to some members who thought I was annoying, but the friends (who am I kidding? T_T) I made were more than enough compensation for me to stick around for a good while.
but I like you because you're annoying

Thett the mighty: You've mentioned before that your parents aren't really fans of this site...what don't they like about it, and how do you manage to spend so much time on it despite their disapproval?

That's so RevNge: First of all, it is extremely time-consuming. I can't argue with that one. The part where they really got mad, though, was when I left one of my DDO fanfics open in a Word document and someone else's (can't remember now) just to compare the word count. Naturally, my mom snooped around and found those. She was pissed and said these were a waste of time and, if I recall correctly, called them trash. That hurt, but then again, she said one of my essays were "poorly written" and I'd need to do them again. My English II teacher gave me the highest markings possible. FML.

That's not the end, though--I left a link to DDO in that Word Document, and she clicked on it. From there, although she couldn't log on, she found all records of my account and was furious that I wasted so much time on this site and made 616 posts (can you believe what her reaction would be if she saw that I now have over 6k posts? ._.). It wasn't very pleasant, especially after she woke me up at about one in the morning to yell at me.

So yeah, call me insane for taking such a huge risk to continue spending so much time on DDO, but I prefer it here so much more than the real world. Both have their flaws, but I've always felt more comfortable online (SAO would be perfect for me lol). Even my few friends pale in comparison to some people here.

As for avoiding detection: Incognito is a must,
For pornography
but that alone won't protect you from my parents looking into my room (the doors to my room must be opened constantly and they're right behind me...go figure). My main route is to go on Incognito, immediately type "debate.org",
like that's the only thing you do incognito bruh
then immediately zoom in to 200% so that the banner would disappear (seriously, that thing is like a giant sign screaming "DEBATE.ORG"! >.>). Log on, and I set my account so that the banner wouldn't be attached to the window. Just in case, though, I always leave it at 200%. ALT + TAB makes for the quickest escapes as well. :P
are you this careful with porn

Thett the mighty: That's pretty crazy, dude. That also segways perfectly into my next two questions. First, what happened with your DDO fanfic? Are the rumors true that my character was going to be a part of it?

That's so RevNge: I'm undergoing severe writer's block at the moment. I literally have no ounce of creativity, maybe because I've had it all crushed out due to the work I had to do recently and the enormous amount that's ahead of me. I might even have to deactivate, but I'm hoping I can manage my time (yeah right, I'll probably have to deactivate) and balance DDO with studying...
You can try, but DDO is like a drug. >:)

Thett the mighty: You're a pretty smart kid. How do you balance your time on DDO with your studies in..what grade are you in?

That's so RevNge: I skipped 8th grade, so I'm a freshman (the stereotypes are true; seniors are d1cks D:>). School-wise, I have no trouble at all...or would have no trouble at all if I spent more time on it. I still get A's on everything I do, but occasionally I forget to do my homework due to DDO, which led to severe procrastination. I suck at time management. T_T
You skipped a grade and dislike groups of people because of traditionalist stereotypes? FOS Rev; multi of Zarroette
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2/5/2015 3:38:02 PM
Posted: 1 year ago

Aside from school, though, I seriously need a scholarship to a good college for my future. I'm trying to get into a college specializing in mathematics such as MIT, but those places take a hell of a lot of money to go to, one that my dad isn't willing to pay, so either I get a full scholarship or I get a part scholarship and raise money on my own, but I'm not sure how can a thirteen-year old raise thousands and thousands of dollars in two and a half years while spending several hours a day in front of a computer. This will probably result in me leaving DDO next year until college, which I'm hoping won't take too long.
Meanwhile in Quebec, tuition at our best universities costs like $2000.. #McGill
Thett the mighty: I'm sorry to hear that about college--it really is an ungodly amount of money /:. Here's to hoping your parents change their mind! Yeah, focusing is a problem I have too. I bet a lot of DDO members could help you somewhat with your time management. With that said, who do you look up to most on DDO and why?


That's so RevNge: Am I allowed to list banned members?

In all seriousness, though, probably Bsh1 or Endark. Bsh was my first friend on DDO, and introduced me to Mafia (which I still suck at, believe me). I would list all of his numerous traits, but I don't think I can find anything that YYW has already stated. :P I also enjoy counting how many posts he and YYW can have a conversation together before it becomes sexual roleplay.
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I hate to stroke Endark's ego even more, but the dude can write like a god, even though he apparently is god in OUAD. He has a sarcastic sense of humor that he often uses to torment me but really turns my day around on some occasions. I can't really say anything bad about him on here or Annie will have my balls and I will drown in soap. That being said, if you're reading this, Endark, you're still a gaysexual Jew (in the well). <3

Thett the mighty: So...like, 3 posts? :P and yeah, Endark is a god. Speaking of the one true God, you're one of a handful of active members who identify with the protestant tradition. What role does faith/God play in your life?

That's so RevNge: I might have overestimated it, but who knows? :P

I've read many arguments (some of which are actually convincing) about how God isn't real, but I still believe in him due to other theories and personal reasons as well (I'm not saying I have a direct connection with him, lol). I attend church weekly and pray about three times a day (haters gonna hate), but I tend to interpret the Bible very liberally (for instance, I don't take the Old Testament very seriously, and neither would many Christians if they read some of which would be considered far obsolete today), such as supporting gay rights and that homosexuality isn't a sin (cheers, BYours). Religion hardly takes up any time in my life, though, which I sometimes feel guilty for.
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2/5/2015 5:53:23 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 2:53:27 PM, thett3 wrote:

Thett the mighty: Final question: What do you think is the best debate on the site, and why?

That's so RevNge: I would say that it's a tie between the Death Penalty debate (http://www.debate.org......) and Poop has DNA (http://www.debate.org......). The reasons for the latter are obviously self-explanatory.


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2/5/2015 6:10:06 PM
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Very interesting. I can't wait to hear from others.
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2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?
This made my day. Thanks, Rev.

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2/5/2015 11:09:27 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?

In my heart.
This made my day. Thanks, Rev.

No problem. <3
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2/5/2015 11:14:19 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 11:09:27 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?

In my heart.

Is that even possible?
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2/5/2015 11:15:22 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 11:14:19 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:09:27 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?

In my heart.

Is that even possible?

Anything is possible if you just believe.
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2/5/2015 11:16:36 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 11:15:22 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:14:19 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:09:27 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?

In my heart.

Is that even possible?

Anything is possible if you just believe.

http://cleo.uwindsor.ca...
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2/5/2015 11:18:42 PM
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At 2/5/2015 11:16:36 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:15:22 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:14:19 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:09:27 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 2/5/2015 11:08:09 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 2/5/2015 10:46:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm legitimately touched (in a good way).

Where did it touch you?

In my heart.

Is that even possible?

Anything is possible if you just believe.

http://cleo.uwindsor.ca...

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2/14/2015 4:29:03 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/5/2015 2:51:21 PM, thett3 wrote:
Today we have with us one of the youngest members of the site. He's a prolific poster and a modest psychic. He has a lot to say, so this will cover two posts. Please don't post until I've posted twice.

Thett the mighty: Okay, first question: How'd you discover DDO and what was your first impression of the site? What got you hooked?

That's so RevNge: I had a school assignment to write an argument for a particular issue. Just for fun, I typed in "debate.com" in the URL. When that was useless, I tried putting ".org", and there it was--the website that I would eventually come to spend/waste four months of my life on.

I was impressed at first, at least judging from the description of the site. I thought this actually was an intelligent site. Then I debated max.wallace. Self-explanatory story.

I still hung around, though, but grew weary of debating since Purple Circles kept accepting my debates and made lousy arguments, and more often than not, forfeited. I didn't have any DDO friends then, so I migrated over to the forums. Ever since then, I spammed the crap out of the forums with dozens of posts every day until now. This inevitably led to some members who thought I was annoying, but the friends (who am I kidding? T_T) I made were more than enough compensation for me to stick around for a good while.

Thett the mighty: You've mentioned before that your parents aren't really fans of this site...what don't they like about it, and how do you manage to spend so much time on it despite their disapproval?

That's so RevNge: First of all, it is extremely time-consuming. I can't argue with that one. The part where they really got mad, though, was when I left one of my DDO fanfics open in a Word document and someone else's (can't remember now) just to compare the word count. Naturally, my mom snooped around and found those. She was pissed and said these were a waste of time and, if I recall correctly, called them trash. That hurt, but then again, she said one of my essays were "poorly written" and I'd need to do them again. My English II teacher gave me the highest markings possible. FML.

That's not the end, though--I left a link to DDO in that Word Document, and she clicked on it. From there, although she couldn't log on, she found all records of my account and was furious that I wasted so much time on this site and made 616 posts (can you believe what her reaction would be if she saw that I now have over 6k posts? ._.). It wasn't very pleasant, especially after she woke me up at about one in the morning to yell at me.

So yeah, call me insane for taking such a huge risk to continue spending so much time on DDO, but I prefer it here so much more than the real world. Both have their flaws, but I've always felt more comfortable online (SAO would be perfect for me lol). Even my few friends pale in comparison to some people here.

As for avoiding detection: Incognito is a must, but that alone won't protect you from my parents looking into my room (the doors to my room must be opened constantly and they're right behind me...go figure). My main route is to go on Incognito, immediately type "debate.org", then immediately zoom in to 200% so that the banner would disappear (seriously, that thing is like a giant sign screaming "DEBATE.ORG"! >.>). Log on, and I set my account so that the banner wouldn't be attached to the window. Just in case, though, I always leave it at 200%. ALT + TAB makes for the quickest escapes as well. :P

Thett the mighty: That's pretty crazy, dude. That also segways perfectly into my next two questions. First, what happened with your DDO fanfic? Are the rumors true that my character was going to be a part of it?

That's so RevNge: I'm undergoing severe writer's block at the moment. I literally have no ounce of creativity, maybe because I've had it all crushed out due to the work I had to do recently and the enormous amount that's ahead of me. I might even have to deactivate, but I'm hoping I can manage my time (yeah right, I'll probably have to deactivate) and balance DDO with studying...

Thett the mighty: You're a pretty smart kid. How do you balance your time on DDO with your studies in..what grade are you in?

That's so RevNge: I skipped 8th grade, so I'm a freshman (the stereotypes are true; seniors are d1cks D:>). School-wise, I have no trouble at all...or would have no trouble at all if I spent more time on it. I still get A's on everything I do, but occasionally I forget to do my homework due to DDO, which led to severe procrastination. I suck at time management. T_T

Aside from school, though, I seriously need a scholarship to a good college for my future. I'm trying to get into a college specializing in mathematics such as MIT, but those places take a hell of a lot of money to go to, one that my dad isn't willing to pay, so either I get a full scholarship or I get a part scholarship and raise money on my own, but I'm not sure how can a thirteen-year old raise thousands and thousands of dollars in two and a half years while spending several hours a day in front of a computer. This will probably result in me leaving DDO next year until college, which I'm hoping won't take too long.

Thett the mighty: I'm sorry to hear that about college--it really is an ungodly amount of money /:. Here's to hoping your parents change their mind! Yeah, focusing is a problem I have too. I bet a lot of DDO members could help you somewhat with your time management. With that said, who do you look up to most on DDO and why?


That's so RevNge: Am I allowed to list banned members?

In all seriousness, though, probably Bsh1 or Endark. Bsh was my first friend on DDO, and introduced me to Mafia (which I still suck at, believe me). I would list all of his numerous traits, but I don't think I can find anything that YYW has already stated. :P I also enjoy counting how many posts he and YYW can have a conversation together before it becomes sexual roleplay.

I hate to stroke Endark's ego even more, but the dude can write like a god, even though he apparently is god in OUAD. He has a sarcastic sense of humor that he often uses to torment me but really turns my day around on some occasions. I can't really say anything bad about him on here or Annie will have my balls and I will drown in soap. That being said, if you're reading this, Endark, you're still a gaysexual Jew (in the well). <3

Thett the mighty: So...like, 3 posts? :P and yeah, Endark is a god. Speaking of the one true God, you're one of a handful of active members who identify with the protestant tradition. What role does faith/God play in your life?

That's so RevNge: I might have overestimated it, but who knows? :P

I've read many arguments (some of which are actually convincing) about how God isn't real, but I still believe in him due to other theories and personal reasons as well (I'm not saying I have a direct connection with him, lol). I attend church weekly and pray about three times a day (haters gonna hate), but I tend to interpret the Bible very liberally (for instance, I don't take the Old Testament very seriously, and neither would many Christians if they read some of which would be considered far obsolete today), such as supporting gay rights and that homosexuality isn't a sin (cheers, BYours). Religion hardly takes up any time in my life, though, which I sometimes feel guilty for.

The parents though! REK EM REV REK EM!
I WILL DECIDE WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT. I AM SPIRITUAL, NOT RELIGIOYUS. YOU DONT HAVE TO BE RELIGIOUS TO BELIEVE IN GOD, AND YOU DO WORSHIP MONEY IF YOU CARE MORE ABOUT YOUR WALLET THAAN YOU DO THE POOR. YOU ARE A TROLL THAT IS OUT FOR ATTENTUION."- SitaraMusica
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2/14/2015 2:25:05 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Rev I was in the same boat as you in terms of getting into college. My parents said they couldn't afford to pay for it so I was on my own. I was able to get a free ride at a couple of universities so I was able to pick one and get my degree. Here's my advice to you:

First and most importantly, keep getting straight As. You're in high school, so this shouldn't be a problem. Show up to class, do the work on time, and have a pair of brain cells and you'll be fine. You don't need a 100 average, so don't waste time studying for hours on end. Just make sure you make straight As.

Next, take practice PSATs and SATs whenever you can. They're not difficult either, you just need to get really familiar with them. With enough practice you can get into the 2200s and higher. If you think you're good enough, shoot for higher. If you can get above a 2300, that's a huge bonus.

Next, find one or two extracurriculars that you like doing and stick with them all through HS. For example, Do you play an instrument well? If so, hype that on your resume. Go to competitions, recitals, etc. Do you like theater? Audition for all your school plays, if you don't get a part, crew the show. You get the picture. Basically just pick a couple of things you like and are decent at and focus on them. You can do other stuff too if you have time, but colleges love seeing someone who has a "passion" for something.

Lastly, community service. This isn't a requirement, but it can really be the cherry on top of your application. If you find a way to integrate it with one of your extracurriculars, even better. For example, if you play an instrument, try asking your church choir if you can play with them. Minimal time commitment, (2-3 hrs a week) looks awesome on your resume. Schools think, wow this kid has a talent and is sharing it with his community for free. Or go to nursing homes and ask them if you can play there once a month. Generally the staff love it because they always need to plan activities for the residents so they don't get too bored. Colleges eat that stuff up, plus it gives you great essay material for when you're a senior and applying.

Obviously your essays will be important too, so just keep trying to improve your writin skills throughout HS. I can't really offer any specific help on this, except tell you that colleges read a ton of essays talking about why the student wants to go there because it's a great fit, blah blah. What they really want to see is an essay that stands out from the rest. What you choose as your topic is mostly inconsequential: just make sure your essay is memorable (in a good way obviously)

You seem like a bright kid, so I'm sure you will be fine. When it comes time to apply, make sure you apply to at least 3-4 schools that offer a full merit scholarship that you are confident you can get. Those are your safety schools. The rest you can apply to Ivies and whatnot, but keep in mind they only give out need based financial aid. I did extracurriculars, straight As, and some light community service, and had on average about 3 free hours a night during the week, and then weekends were mostly free. It's not a huge crushing load if you play your cards right. First semester senior year is probably the worst, since you add on the stress of actually applying, but second semester pays off because you don't have to do anything anymore and you just wait for all your acceptances and scholarships to roll in.

Good luck and if you have other questions, feel free to ask me. I hope this is helpful to you, because I know what it's like to be stressed about paying for college.
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2/14/2015 2:28:59 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/14/2015 2:25:55 PM, YYW wrote:
When does the next one of these come out?

Soon!
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: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right
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2/14/2015 2:29:49 PM
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At 2/14/2015 2:28:59 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 2/14/2015 2:25:55 PM, YYW wrote:
When does the next one of these come out?

Soon!

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2/14/2015 2:31:56 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/14/2015 2:25:05 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Rev I was in the same boat as you in terms of getting into college. My parents said they couldn't afford to pay for it so I was on my own. I was able to get a free ride at a couple of universities so I was able to pick one and get my degree. Here's my advice to you:

First and most importantly, keep getting straight As. You're in high school, so this shouldn't be a problem. Show up to class, do the work on time, and have a pair of brain cells and you'll be fine. You don't need a 100 average, so don't waste time studying for hours on end. Just make sure you make straight As.

Next, take practice PSATs and SATs whenever you can. They're not difficult either, you just need to get really familiar with them. With enough practice you can get into the 2200s and higher. If you think you're good enough, shoot for higher. If you can get above a 2300, that's a huge bonus.

Next, find one or two extracurriculars that you like doing and stick with them all through HS. For example, Do you play an instrument well? If so, hype that on your resume. Go to competitions, recitals, etc. Do you like theater? Audition for all your school plays, if you don't get a part, crew the show. You get the picture. Basically just pick a couple of things you like and are decent at and focus on them. You can do other stuff too if you have time, but colleges love seeing someone who has a "passion" for something.

Lastly, community service. This isn't a requirement, but it can really be the cherry on top of your application. If you find a way to integrate it with one of your extracurriculars, even better. For example, if you play an instrument, try asking your church choir if you can play with them. Minimal time commitment, (2-3 hrs a week) looks awesome on your resume. Schools think, wow this kid has a talent and is sharing it with his community for free. Or go to nursing homes and ask them if you can play there once a month. Generally the staff love it because they always need to plan activities for the residents so they don't get too bored. Colleges eat that stuff up, plus it gives you great essay material for when you're a senior and applying.

Obviously your essays will be important too, so just keep trying to improve your writin skills throughout HS. I can't really offer any specific help on this, except tell you that colleges read a ton of essays talking about why the student wants to go there because it's a great fit, blah blah. What they really want to see is an essay that stands out from the rest. What you choose as your topic is mostly inconsequential: just make sure your essay is memorable (in a good way obviously)

You seem like a bright kid, so I'm sure you will be fine. When it comes time to apply, make sure you apply to at least 3-4 schools that offer a full merit scholarship that you are confident you can get. Those are your safety schools. The rest you can apply to Ivies and whatnot, but keep in mind they only give out need based financial aid. I did extracurriculars, straight As, and some light community service, and had on average about 3 free hours a night during the week, and then weekends were mostly free. It's not a huge crushing load if you play your cards right. First semester senior year is probably the worst, since you add on the stress of actually applying, but second semester pays off because you don't have to do anything anymore and you just wait for all your acceptances and scholarships to roll in.

Good luck and if you have other questions, feel free to ask me. I hope this is helpful to you, because I know what it's like to be stressed about paying for college.

This is good advice.

What I told Rev and didn't post on here is that he's going to college, it's just a matter of where. He's a really smart kid with excellent grades and a very talented musician, even if his parents actually would not pay, he would still be able to get into a decent college on a scholarship for sure.
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"Don't quote me, ever." -Max

"My name is max. I'm not a big fan of slacks"- Max rapping

"Walmart should have the opportunity to bribe a politician to it's agenda" -Max

"Thett, you're really good at convincing people you're a decent person"-tulle

"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right