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I am desparately looking to buy two tickets to the sold out Decemberists show here in the District on May 6 at the 930 Club. If you have some and weren't planning on selling them, I suggest you read my full plea on Craig's List:

Thanks. Y'all are too kind  ;)

Where should I go next fall? / So, exactly how screwed am I?
« on: April 12, 2005, 12:06:11 PM »
Before I say anything else, I just want to say that I don't want to hear what I should have done. I am well aware of that :)

So, it looks like I am one of the lucky few this year who is actually not accepted anywhere (well, I haven't heard from Penn yet, but let's not kid ourselves) with a 3.71/161. I have all kinds of qualifiers for my GPA (it's from a top 10 liberal arts college, there is a marked upward trend in grades, among others), and I could talk about my soft factors all day, but I guess none of that matters. I haven't been arrested or anything, and there are no major flaws in my academic record, so I don't think there is anything holding me back besides my LSAT score.

I am, however, on three waitlists: GW, Fordham, and American. I have already sent GW a letter of continued interest that outlines why I am a good fit for GW law and states that I will definitely enroll if accepted, an additional essay that explains my unique situation growing up and my history of standardized test scores (my SATs were crap for the college I went to, but I still graduated in the top 10% of my class), and I will send them a letter of recommendation from one of my supervisors shortly. I have also sent a letter of interest to Fordham, and contacted the executive director of a nonprofit I interned at two summers ago who is a professor at Fordham who said she would write something to the admissions committee there. I haven't sent anything to AU yet because I just received the letter the other day.

I'm not sure what kind of suggestions anyone can give besides "be patient" and "apply again next year", but I thought I'd give it a shot and see what you guys have to say. I really DON'T want to have to apply again next year, and more than anything I don't want to have to re-take the LSAT. I took it twice: once preparing extensively on my own (I ended up cancelling that one) and once after putting myself into poverty via a Prinecton Review course. I think I have taken all but two of all of the LSATs that have been published to date. I swear I'm not an idiot, it's just something about that damn test.

Anyway, is it realistic of me to expect that I could get in off of one of these waitlists? Can anyone think of anything else I can do this admissions cycle?

General Off-Topic Board / HTH?
« on: March 30, 2005, 12:11:58 PM »
What does it mean?

THX!  ;D

Whassup with UVA's status checker? It seems pretty clear that they don't change it for people who were deferred after applying early action/early decision, but how about those of you who applied after then? Did you receive an email notifying a decision had been sent out before you received your decision?

Thank you for answering my petty questions ;D

Wait List / Is everyone and their mother on the GW waitlist?
« on: March 15, 2005, 11:08:25 AM »
It seems like GW handed out waitlist letters like candy this app cycle. Do they always do this? I am inquiring now because I'm trying to decide whether I should even consider getting in off the "unranked" waitlist as a possibility.

Where should I go next fall? / Hellooooooo, Fordham, are you alive?
« on: March 10, 2005, 11:33:58 AM »
When was the last time anyone heard from Fordham? Things have practically ground to a halt on LSN.

Affirmative Action / Non-Racial AA... was I too naive?
« on: March 09, 2005, 11:50:42 AM »
Not trying to be provocative for the sake of being provocative; I want to know what people think about this stuff.

When I was filling out my applications way back in November, I was fairly confident that all the stellar stuff I did in college, my PS and recs, and my post-first year GPA would adequately compensate for my LSAT score at at least one of the top 30 schools I applied for. Now that I'm being rejected like it's my job, I'm wondering if I should have talked about some other things that can play into an admissions decision; more specifically, even though I'm as white as white can be, I'm queer and I grew up socioeconomically disadvantaged as the oldest of three kids in a single parent household.

As has already been pointed out in this section, there is RARELY an opportunity on a law school app to simply check a "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered" box the same way ethnic minorities can check the race box that corresponds to them. Some of the schools I applied to had a "if you're a member of a minority group, or have been disadvantaged, blah blah blah, check here, and then explain why the hell we should care." I had initially checked those boxes, but when I sat down to write my explaination, I found that I couldn't do it without feeling like I was just trying to make the AdCom to feel sorry for me. Yes, I've overcome a lot of "challenges" and have faced some "discrimination", but how do you describe that without coming off as just another a sob story? I've obviously accomplished a lot despite it all, so what's the point in dragging up what I see as irrelevant parts of my identity? Also, I couldn't help but think that there are probably a lot of people who have faced a hell of a lot MORE discrimination than I have so I don't really have the right to use AA for my advantage in the first place.

But now that I have little hope of getting in anywhere I applied, I'm starting to think I was naive and that I should have milked this stuff for all it's worth. What do you guys think? Do you think I was right to do what I did, or do you think I should have just sucked it up and written the essay about the winter our heat was shut off because my mom couldn't afford to pay the bills?

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