« on: March 23, 2007, 10:22:02 AM »
I was fortunate enough to get waitlisted at Columbia. My grade trend has been strong the past two years, 3.63 and 3.83. This year I had to take 10 hours of classes in the fall, and 11 hours for this spring semester in order to graduate in May. In addition to this I work over 50 hours a week and I have a job that requires me to be on call 24/7. This fall and spring I had to also deal with the law school application process, and prepping and taking the LSAT twice, once in October and once in February.
The reason I'm saying this is because my load has been tremendous and my grades have suffered. In the fall semester I got an A and two B's. This semester I'll get 2 A's and 1 C.
On the Columbia waitlist letter it said that one thing they look at most in the reserve group is a change of grades. Am I basically screwed? Columbia is my dream law school, and I feel blessed to even be put on reserve. It's frustrating though because I'm so close but it seems like I have no chance. I'm a computer science major with a minor in math. This semester I have calculus III, and two CS classes that are work intensive.
Is my best bet to still send a why Columbia essay? Or should I get recommendations from my calculus and computer science teachers? Or both? Should I explain what I've been going through?
I don't know what move to do. I thought about dropping calc III and retaking it in the summer, but that would force me to graduate on the 9th of August and I have no idea if that's a deal breaker or not.
Thanks for any advice or feedback you can provide, I appreciate the time that you take in reading this.