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Re: Obscure languages

From:Boudewijn Rempt <boud@...>
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2001, 18:46
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On Sunday 30 September 2001 18:59, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
 I'm tempted to be facetious and say, whatever subject interests you.  :-)
> > I was going to add, if you feel uncomfortable doing this by yourself and > your parents are amenable, you *could* enlist one of them to write part of > the letter on your behalf. Some enterprising mom of an 8-year-old in the > Ithaca area emailed Cornell University to ask if there were any geology > profs willing to have him come in sometime and get his rock collection > identified. Lo and behold, there was indeed a geology prof tickled enough > by the idea to be willing to do so. :-) 'Sides, God knows my profs were > generally delighted to have any student show interest in what they were > doing. I once got an East & West warfare syllabus off a history prof who > wasn't teaching the course that year (it's being taught this fall, when I' > m elsewhere--aiee!) by querying him. I still have that syllabus, and he > wrote me notes on all the books listed. Really nice of him, and someday I' > ll have a bunch of interesting references to check out. So give it a > shot--I bet someone will be happy to taslk to you. >
Yes, my point exactly. As long as you don't appear to be trying to get a free college paper out of a prof ('could you please tell me in no more than 20 pages everything about English?'), they will be really delighted that someone shows real interest in their subject. - -- Boudewijn Rempt | -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux) Comment: For info see iD8DBQE7t2gSN8fj6DnPxOgRAsLiAJ9fDOAvUbvIqZhLtEL5B2G1k300swCdHmKB MhX34IzGvviunYP4NXj0qvM= =sbP0 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----