By: Sean Massa
Parlez-vous français? ¿Hablas español? Well, why not?
Most high schools and some junior high schools today require students to take foreign language classes. When I was at Valley Christian, I studied Spanish for four years: from the simple “Hola. Cómo estás?” of Spanish 1 to the more tricky conversations discussing films and narratives in AP Spanish Language. I feel that I have gained an invaluable tool from those years, and I even took Spanish courses in college for fun. Yet, I am certain that if I were to call any one of my friends from my high school, only a handful would be able to speak the foreign languages they learned today. Even fewer would practice it frequently.
The course was an introduction to analyzing human social organization and alteration of the Earth. Over weeks of new chapter readings and class discussions, I began to see my eyes open to possibilities: I was given tools by which I could understand the world around me.
To be honest, at the time I didn't even know what the “Ivy League” was. Now looking back having graduated about a year ago from Penn (or UPenn as some people also refer to it), I have a lot more perspective on those Ivy League dreams I once had. Here are some Ivy League myths worth debunking: