“Actually, when I first applied to BU I went, I was going to go to the School of Music, but I decided I would never make it as a performer. So I switched over to education thinking that I was really interested in teaching. Then I realized that I actually didn’t to want to teach in a traditional classroom, I don’t know that I actually believe in super traditional education and I didn’t want to be part of that system. So I went to my adviser and I said, You know, I really like working with people with disabilities. I think what I want to do, I want to teach them somehow but not in a school. And he said, Oh, you should talk to this guy, he does therapeutic recreation. So I did, and then that’s what I studied. Because, it was like exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with people with disabilities, and I want to teach things, but I did not want to work in the traditional setting.”

“There were some classes I had to take that were just like stupid. I’ll give you one example. Would you like to hear the example? Because I can spew about this example, it has to do with standardized testing. So I took all the standardized tests that I needed to take. So I did really well, I actually scored a perfect score on my math part of my SAT. And I got like I think at a time it was like maybe a 490 on my English part of my SAT because I was not good at like, you know, if someone says ‘circle the adjective’ like I wasn’t good at English words that describe English. And I wasn’t really that good at correcting other people’s writing at the time, but I was a very good writer. So then I also took the English achievement tests, I think they’re called the SAT achievement tests, and I scored a perfect score on my essay that I had to write. But Boston University, only accepts the SATs, not the SAT achievement tests. So because of my low score in English I was actually put into a remedial English class so most of the people in my class were from other countries. Like instead of taking EN104 which everyone has to take, I was in EN103, which would like remedial English. And then when I was done with EN103, I was supposed to take EN104. But after we turned in our first essays in EN103, my teacher said ‘why are you in this class’ And I said ‘it’s required’ and she said ‘no EN104 is required.’ So I explained to her how poorly I had done on the SATs even though I had taken the achievement tests, and did really well, that BU didn’t accept that and she said, ‘oh, I’m going to get you out of this class.’ So she went to the head of the department to try to get me out of the class and he said ‘no.’ So I stayed in that class, I actually learned more about writing in that class than I’ve ever learned in my life, because the teacher loved me. And she let me write like my papers for other classes and give me feedback on those instead of writing like extra essays which with great. And I also got a lot of tutoring jobs from that class. because the kids in the class knew that I was really good so they asked me to help them. And in the end of that class I didn’t have to take E104. She wasn’t able to get me out of her class, but I didn’t have to take basic freshman English because it was obvious that I could write. But it just shows that standardized tests are just lies! They’re just lies!”