Holland
Well, we could write
Fri May 18, 2018 16:30
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Rose suddenly hugged them, which startled Holland for the first second—Rose was the second-least physically affectionate member of the group, behind them—but then they relaxed. “We did it!” They had both gotten into their top choices of schools. They were both going to go to the college they really wanted. Holland couldn’t wait to tell their parents, and Danny. They’d wanted to open letters with Rose because she got it—none of their other friends did—but Danny was the person with whom they most wanted to celebrate.

“None taken,” Holland dismissed. Of course they would find Tifts problematic if the institution defined girlhood by genitalia, but ultimately it was nothing to them whether Rose chose an all-girls college. It obviously wasn’t the kind of environment Holland would like, but they could see the appeal for Rose.

“I’m leaning towards MIT,” Holland said. The House system had worked out for them pretty well at RMI, so that wasn’t an issue, but MIT had stood out to Holland since they had started looking into technical schools. “I don’t mind the House system at CalTech, but MIT’s humanities program is stronger, and I’m really interested in the anthropological side of cursebreaking as well as the technical aspects. Plus the curriculum schedule makes it easier for cursebreaking students to take courses in other departments, which I’d like to do.” With a seven-subject courseload—more than any of the other sixth and seventh years—it was clear that Holland had never been able to stick to one narrow field of interest. Even with something that captured their attention as much as cursebreaking, they’d want to branch out.

“It’ll probably come down to financial aid,” they added. They’d apply for on-campus jobs, and maybe see if they could work somewhere else part-time too. Housing was another factor, slightly related to the bill. They’d have to live on campus at CalTech, at least for freshman year, which for Holland might mean arguing with residence life until they got a single. “And the housing situation. Marissa got into Adams, so if she goes there and I’m at MIT… and-or if you’re at Harvard…” They trailed off suggestively and shrugged. “I’m not looking to live with a random roommate, you know? An apartment would be better for me.”

  • What else can we do? - Rose, Fri May 18 15:53
    Rose squeaked again. It was a sound that she had always made when she was particularly excited about something, but Rose didn’t do overwhelming enthusiasm with great frequency. She was the sort of... more
    • Well, we could write - Holland, Fri May 18 16:30
      • Nah that seems silly - Rose, Fri May 18 20:25
        Of course Holland wanted to go to the school that would let them take more classes. Rose was entirely unsurprised. Although she did a lot of things, her course schedule was relatively light,... more
        • No silliness allowed - Holland, Fri May 18 21:37
          “That’s awesome,” Holland affirmed. They didn’t think they’d get anywhere near as good offers from CalTech or MIT, but they were bigger schools than Tifts, and Rose had incredible grades. Holland’s... more
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