aaw Tim, that must have been a very difficult situation for you indeed, my condolences 🙁 I am in a slightly similar situation right now with my granddad. it’s not because of illness, but just due to advanced age. but he is also starting to have slight dementia, and on top of that he was never very good in communication (he let my grandma do all the talking). so now I have the problem that I am not sure what his intentions are. when he says “no” to the nurse, is it because he doesn’t understand what is happening, or is it because he doesn’t want to go on anymore? it’s a tough situation, and that’s what prompted my text above. I actually wrote that piece all in one go, barely edited a few words and sentence structure, but it felt good to put this down on paper
I am only at Tip #2 and can already feel my “inner writer” coming back to life. I’ve been torturing myself for so long — many new ideas and perspectives to share and nothing but dread at the thought of the actual writing. I was always such a “good student”, and by the time I finished grad school I no longer enjoyed either reading or writing. Pretty sad statement, even sadder that the ill effects have lasted three decades.
The only writing advice I’ve read so far basically boils down to: it’s work, you just have to do it, set aside a specific time and force yourself…. all about as appealing as my mother’s shoe leather lamb chops. I can’t thank you enough for your approach. I think it’s going to work for me, and just know I am immensely grateful beyond what words can express. Yes!
Congratulations on fabulous scores! I don’t believe in giving out probabilities for admission decisions, because there are too many factors involved. There are sites that will give you a sense of where you stack up, but take those with a huge grain of salt. I can say confidently that you have nothing to worry about on the testing front (Harvard generally likes Subject Tests, but I’m guessing that you’ve got good scores there, too). The thing about test scores is that they start meaning less and less as they get higher and higher. What I mean is that it is unlikely that Harvard will make a decision because one student is a 1600 and one student is a 1570. It will boil down to what an admission officer thinks about the student as a whole and how he or she fits into the class. I’m glad to hear that you are considering Early Action to Harvard. Best of luck.