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The worst case of Writer’s Block ever. February 28, 2007

Posted by sdpurtill in College.
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It’s been about 13 hours (started at 10am today) since I sat down to write this essay. And I still only have 4 sentences. I have never had this happen in my life, this has got to be a Writer’s Block record for me.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Applying to colleges takes soo much time December 13, 2006

Posted by sdpurtill in Books, College.
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I’ve redefined writer’s block: for the last three days, I have been trying to think of what to write for the Stanford 2007 Long Essay. It finally came to me tonight, so I am in the middle of writing a [hopefully] compelling enough piece of writing that an admissions officer who reads it will get tricked into thinking I’m smart and let me in :p. I don’t deserve to get into Stanford based off of my scholastic achievements, so my essays are extra important.

Ah, yes, the title of my post: not that the actualy applying to college takes a lot of time, but the psychological trauma of the fear of not getting into any of the colleges I apply to is weighing heavily on my productivity these days.

Do they have therapy for post-application-depression? I’m going to need a good dose of it if they do… 😀

I caught up on a ton of reading in Tahoe: I finished Built to Last, and read Freakonomics in two days. Freakonomics is one of the funnest books I’ve ever read, I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to kill some time — it’s not that long, about 200 pages, and can be read through really fast.