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Posted by Jeff from ( on Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 1:29PM :

In Reply to: Re: Lo Siento posted by Nahrain from DNab4078e2.Stanford.EDU ( on Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 1:20PM :

: Don't worry. I had my fair share of making fun of the rich Detroit kids that went to K =) There is no freakin way I would have gone to K without a big scholarship. Parents would shell out about 25K a year to go there. That's so much money for an undergrad education! Some of these kids don't have a damn clue as to how other people lived. Tutoring kids on the north side of Kzoo was the closest they ever got to seeing kids of other family backgrounds, income levels, and ethnicities (other than the Chaldeans they went to school with =)) Just a note, none of these kids knew who Assyrians were but as soon as I mentioned Chaldeans they were like, my school is full of them =) OH, there was one kid at K that was half Chaldean with blonde hair too. Also, one of friends from Flint went to K..he's half Assyrian/half Arab...turns out his aunt is a very close family friend...

: Aladdin's fattoush salad was pretty good and there Chicken kebab type sandwich was alright. Overall, I'd pass next to you go to Kzoo...if you ever do =)

Nahrain, not that there is any difference between Assyrians and Chaldeans, but... people in Michigan don't have the faintest clue as to what Assyrians are, but they do know about Chaldeans. You are right about that. I think it's because Chaldeans are in the news more often...they build relationships at the community level because the majority of them own retail businesses.

Side note: When I was working at Ford, after Sept. 11 one of my white co-workers asked me what I "was". I told him "Chaldean", and he said "A Chaldean bought me my first car." Apparently when he was in high school, he worked for a Chaldean (at a grocery store) and the owner loaned him money for his first car because he didn't have any.

But about KZOO and expensive undergrad education... let me tell you... I wouldn't be going to LTU had it not been for the scholarship. It's around $6000 per semester here, and that does NOT include books, room and board, etc... so in 4 years that's over $48,000 for a little undergrad degree?? My parents could never afford to send me here, and I could never affor to go here.

U of M is ok. I mean, I go there to visit friends often, but I know that I wouldn't be happy there. It's too "busy"... too fake...too typical for a college town.... too many damn people everywhere! All in all it's a nice town to have fun in, but I just couldn't see myself living there...probably because it's so easy to get "lost" in a city like that. I'm not talking about getting lost driving... I'm talking about lecture halls with 1000 people in them... I could never learn in that atmosphere.

-- Jeff
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