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The University of California - Santa Cruz

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Date: Mar 13 2008
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UC Santa Cruz's reputation and academic standing has morphed somewhat since I applied over ten years ago. At the time, I rejected every single other UC and several other top tier colleges to come to a public university where students were sincerely learning, rethinking the world around them, and building communities together.

Currently I live in New York City where I'm a museum curator. Sometimes I'm reluctant to let people know where I went to college, as I'm afraid that they will view me as lesser-than. But in all honesty, my circle of friends at Santa Cruz were as well-read, articulate, and critical as any of these eat-coast-small-liberal-arts-college snoots surrounding me these days in NYC.

"Unable to get into any other UC." "Lazy." "Pot-head." These labels just don't describe me or any of my many friends from UCSC with whom I'm still in close contact. In fact, many of these friends are in now in Humanities PhD programs.

Perhaps what I want to say is that, indeed, UCSC is a strange one. As for the many under-achieving, straight B students it attracts, there seems to be a sizable population of students choosing Santa Cruz with very high grades and SAT scores who don't give a shit that they have them. These students got acceptance letters from Vassar and Brown, BUT chose to come to UCSC.

I ask, for the sake of those of us many UCSC alumni who have devoted our lives to thought, stop giving UC Santa Cruz an undeserved rep!

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