Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Ide of March

I will be much happier once March 1 is past since I have about fifteen different deadlines for that date including getting all Mad Scientist's financial aid paperwork submitted—today, actually I think I finished with the last of it—submitting my own application to the University of Virginia for their RN-BSN program and all its attendant financial aid paperwork, plus submitting a proposal for a research project I'm supposed to complete as part of the Nurse Residency program I'm doing.

While that looks like just three deadlines and not fifteen, as stated, each of those tasks contains subsets of tasks such as all the essays I have to write for my application. Some are in the nature of, "Explain what the hell you've been doing with the last twenty years of your life that you're applying to college now," or "Why, exactly, do you want to want to become a BSN, when you will be doing exactly the same job and not even get a pay raise for your effort?" Then there are the fanciful essays, of which I must write one, chosen from a list of three questions.

Me, stressing out about my essays

(Actually, that was me at the moment when Jon told me he'd accidentally deleted a ton of my photos from the camera before I'd put them on the computer.)
Of the fanciful essay topics, the one I've tentatively chosen is "If you could invite any three people to dinner—living, dead, or fictional—who would they be and why?" Sounds like a fun topic, but I am totally bogged down in choices.
Q: Patience, shouldn't you be writing your essay instead of writing a blog post about writing your essay?
A: Yes!
So who should I have for dinner? There are the usual suspects: Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, jr., Einstein. Jesus is always in demand for virtual dinner parties, but I think I'd rather have His Mother. I bet the Blessed Virgin Mary could tell some stories. Others on my short list include Alexander Hamilton (what? I like him and if they take his face off the ten dollar bill and replace it with Ronald Reagan's, as I heard proposed, I will be outraged), Lord Peter Wimsey, Becky Sharp, Samuel Johnson, Iris Murdoch, Benjamin Franklin, Katherine of Aragon, St. Brigid of Ireland, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Isaac Mizrahi, Galileo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Bill Gates—(I just bought MS Office after *years* of making do with Open Office. LOVE the blog post thingy), Lord Byron, and—how could I forget—Barak Obama. I'm sure that as soon as I publish this, ten names will come to mind.
If you could invite any three people to dinner who would YOU invite?


  1. My list is pretty long, but I have one little bit of advice. I don't read nursing applications, but I can tell you that we get loads of essays that seek to please us by talking about how great Mr. Jefferson was. Even if you honestly want to have dinner with TJ, the essay might appear to be a bit contrived.

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the tip. Your reasoning is the very reason I didn't chose Florence Nightengale or Clara Barton. I think my top three will be Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Johnson, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

  3. Myself, I'd go with Colin Powell, William Randolph Hearst and Tina Fey for the conversation.

  4. I really don't know on this one. I get Dean's idea that pulling the famous from history can be contrived, but my idea of pulling loved ones back from the dead is equally contrived (and distinctly unfamiliar to the essay readers)although perhaps more genuine. Part of me would love to shake Joan of Arc by the shoulders and just ask, "What were you thinking, girl????" But, that isn't polite dinner manners. So, I guess I'll eat with my family and my memories.

  5. Madeline L'Engle, Zelda, Nina Simone and Einstein

  6. Hm...it would depend in part on my mood, but I think I'd enjoy the company of Jane Austen, John Steinbeck and Richard Russo--I'd just listen and pick their brains.

  7. Such interesting choices everybody! William Randolph Hearst--he features prominently in Gore Vidal's historical novels and he would definitely be an interesting dinner guest. And Zelda (Fitzgerald, I assume) is a good choice too, and I've considered what it might be like to meet Richard Russo and discuss life in upstate New York.

  8. Salinger (just to see if he would like me), Merchant-Ivory (do they count as one person?), and my great-grandfather who was sort of an Indian Frank Abagnale, Jr.