This American Life: How I got Into College

In this episode of This American Life, it talked about Emir Kamenica, a Bosnian immigrant, and how he got to where he is in his life today – a Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago, School of Business.

The episode was broken up into four different parts; the Prologue, Act One, Act Two, and Act Three.  Between the acts, there was music as well as commentary from the host of the show.  However, there were no sound effects or music in the background while the story was being told.  The breaks in between the acts gave the audience a necessary break from the story; even though it was interesting.  I think without audio, the story would have been really dry.  It lightened the mood of the story.

This story is the perfect example that there are two sides to every story.  I thought it was interesting that Emir based his story around his plagiarized homework assignment where as Ms. Ames knew that even before that assignment, Emir was going to do great things in his life.  It amused me that she would look at the Nobel Prize winners to see if his name was on there.

I have heard a lot of things about academia in the sense that there are a lot of people who holds grudges.  I couldn’t even imagine that because Ms. Ames knew Emir was going to be brilliant and brought him to a different school, she got transferred to a worse school and basically got ran out of being a teacher!  I think that is one of thee most insane stories I have ever heard.

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