NEXT WEEK IN NEWSWEEK: A COURAGEOUS YOUNG MAN OVERCOMES PERFECT PITCH TO EARN A SPOT IN THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

Newsweek's "My Turn" column is the space where readers just like you and us can share their stories of obstacles overcome and life lessons learned. This week, for example, we meet Summer Banks, a young woman who was accepted to New York University but realized early in her freshman year that, gosh, everyone there was so distracted by the bright lights of the big city that no one had the time to just sit down in the dining hall and debate the pros and cons of Locke and Blake. So she set a goal of transferring to Yale, and, although she eventually succeeded where 97% of transfer applicants fail, her journey was not without pitfalls:

When I got home to southern California after final exams, I found two large packets awaiting me. I had been accepted at Brown and Yale, and soon learned that Harvard had accepted me, too. The only catch was the deadline. The Yale letter said that I had to reply by the next day.

I had momentary second thoughts. New York had been absolutely amazing, and I was reluctant to leave all my friends. But as the hours ticked away, I decided I was going to Yale. I’d get to live the college life with all its inherent idealism—and New York would still be there when I finished. I called Yale the next day to reserve my spot.

With that, we're proud to announce a new FD.com Reader Contest: A free year's subscription to the first reader who can tell us which top Newsweek editor is Summer's uncle.

IF THE PROGRAM IS DEEMED A SUCCESS, THE SCHOOL PLANS TO LAUNCH TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PINBOYS AND STENOGRAPHERS

Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx is planning to boost its students' financial literacy this fall by allowing North Fork Bank to open up a branch in the school lobby, where students from the building's Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology will act as tellers for their classmates during lunch three days a week. The students told the New York Times that they plan to promote accounts at the bank to their peers, so the bank's getting what it wants, and the department of ed is busy negotiating security and other issues with the bank, so that's time well spent away from academic issues.

One thing that's already been decided is that the branch will have no ATMs, "to make sure that students do the work." Because you don't want the other students just using an ATM when the tellers are right there, because then the student tellers wouldn't get the experience to work in an actual bank branch. . . where everyone prefers using the ATMs.

MEANWHILE, INSIDE THE WOMB

B00004ud5u01lzzzzzzzSmall Fellow 2.0 has been keeping everyone up at night - at least, everyone who's carrying him - with his highly unusual gymnastic feats. The boy has been in breach, out of breach, back in breach, and out of breach again in the last four weeks alone. His mother is threatening to call him Flip.

We'll keep you posted.

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