Day 59: Dani, 12th Grader

[ By on December 11, 2012 ]

“And blessed are those whose blood and judgment are so well commeddled that they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger to sound what stop she please. Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, I, in my heart of heart” (Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2).

For most people December is a time of Christmas carols, wreaths, and holiday shopping. But for seniors December means college decisions. Understandably, this has put our grade in a frenzied state. When will X College send me their result? Will they send me an email or hard copy? How many other supplement essays do I have left?

So…what does Hamlet have to do with any of this?

In Act 3 of Hamlet, Hamlet compliments his friend Horatio (quoted above). Mr. Wellington, my Shakespeare teacher, told our class to analyze Hamlet’s words.  Like most conversations in Shakespeare, everyone had a different interpretation. After much deliberation, the class came to a consensus: Horatio is able to balance his passion with reason to control his own fate instead of being a “pipe for Fortune’s finger.”  Mr. Wellington reminded us of something that’s sometimes hard to convince ourselves during this stressful period—The college we attend ultimately does not matter. It’s how we’re going to blend our “blood and judgment” to create our own four-year adventure.

Dani is a senior. She loves going on road trips with friends, eating Indian food, hanging out in the darkroom, and hiking and camping whenever she gets the chance.

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