We are very excited that daughter #2 will be a doctoral student in English at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD in the fall.
Although through the years daughter #2 has been the “best” student in the family, effortlessly acquiring straight A’s, scoring high on the PSAT and SAT tests, garnering 5’s on her AP exams, learning to speak a foreign language fluently (unheard of in this family), and ultimately graduating third in her high school class, she has been the brunt of much teasing from the rest of her family for being a “good test-taker”. Much of this teasing resulted from her not being particularly interested in history, which is, of course, akin to sacrilege in this family. And truth be told, for many years she was more interested in pop culture than in her studies.
But she was just a late bloomer. When she went to college, and especially after transferring to Washington University and discovering the Norton Anthology of American Literature, she really blossomed. (I might note parenthetically that she discovered that a knowledge of history is important in order to put all that great literature into context. Ahem.) And, then, reading Moby Dick changed her life.
We couldn’t be prouder of her. She is a beautiful young lady, inside and out.