Ruth has always been helping me out. Even before we were born she was there to support me, letting me grow bigger and stronger than her little four pound self! I think what actually happened is I got a little bigger and she got a little bit of a bigger brain. This became especially obvious in high school when I liked to steal/borrow/copy her math homework since I obviously didn't do my own. Then when test time came around I would beg her to give me a crash course in trigonometry and I always got a slightly lower grade than her (hmm... a little suspicious).
Anyway, this past fall I was planning to apply to the Ford School at the University of Michigan for a master's program. I worked on the essays for a few months and was preparing to submit everything by January 15th. But then, it started to seem like we were definitely moving to Madison, so I started a last minute application to La Follette at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was due on New Year's Day and the two essays I wrote for U of M needed to be combined into one.
Ruth sat with me and went over the essay word for word, changing it from a sort-of good statement to a polished piece I actually thought represented me well. I told her if I got into grad school, it would be thanks to her!
Yesterday I got this email:
I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Master of International Public Affairs program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
All thanks to my big (little) sister! Cheeeeeers Ruth!