I never thought a woman like me, who came from nothing in Hong Kong with parents who didn’t even graduate from junior high, could be accepted to an Ivy League school. I cried with I received my acceptance from Brown via email. It was not ideal because I applied for the PhD program and they could only take me for the MA program, but still, it is a freaking Ivy League! It’s the biggest deal ever happened to me!
I only applied to Brown after my friends told me I’d have nothing to lose but $100 for application and ruined ego even if I was to be rejected. I never even dared to imagine getting in. I keep daydreaming about getting accepted to two other lower-ranked schools which I have also applied to, but never Brown. It turns out those two lower-ranked schools didn’t think I made the cut, but Brown did!
I’m still ecstatic even though it has been a week, but there is just a big problem. The school can’t fund me. Before you start telling me to save up, let me tell you how much the program costs – US$68,000. Right, three zeros after the 68.
There is no way I’d get a loan that big for a humanities MA. Did I mention that I already have one? Just not in that same discipline.
All I can do now is to apply for the only scholarship available in my home country, and frame that acceptance letter.