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Wednesday 16 November 2005


"In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree."

Well, I have a vagina, therefore, I can make almost any gathering of composers more diverse. And I'm as queer as a 3 euro coin. And I don't really want to write an essay about how I have a vagina and am as queer as 3 euro coin, but I also want to go to your school very much. It's not that I don't value diversity, it's that I don't feel comfortable having certain labels pinned to me and I guess I could be a poster boi for queers, but I'm really not in the mood to talk about how i could one day be a positive female role model for future generations, which is what I think that they mean by social diversity. Also, I mean, it's very clear to me that every music department is enhanced by having feminist genderqueers as TAs or professors, but maybe they're trying to ask about class issues. How liberal is UC these days, anyway?

I just want to be one of the guys.



Jean Sirius said...

my advice is to go ahead and let them use their stupid labels, because you can use all the edges you can get your hands on. and then you can defy their expectations to your heart's content.

also: might want to turn the snark down by 60-65%. just a suggestion. first, write in pure snark, then apply the snark-filter.

that's what i do, anyway.

Polly Springhorn said...

It's just a hoop you are being made to jump through so you can get a place to do the work. It shouldn't be there in that specific way with those specific terms but it's the secret handshake they want right now. After you get ahold of the "grade book", then you can do stuff like Gordon Mumma who was on my graduate committee at UC Santa a meeting where the faculty were thrashing around wondering where to get the money for a new grand piano, he declared that the solution was obvious. They just needed to take the Steinway and the Bosendorfer out to the meadow and let nature take its course. I would rather hear your sense of humor ring out in a faculty meeting, that's for darn sure. :)

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