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« on: July 15, 2006, 05:16:23 PM »
Yeah, okay, as I said, I'm totally willing to accept the coincidence. I guess the real test will be my first-hand observations this fall in Gerwitz.
Like I said originally though, Barney...I find it hard to believe that the school has any ethnicity information on me...as I've never disclosed it to them or the LSAC. I AM opposed to feeling obligated to disclose it and I didn't think it had anything to do with my application (for some people it does, if they feel race has played a significant role in their experiences, but not me). So, I guess I AM the occasional person you talked about, but I'm neither a "he" nor "white."
« on: July 14, 2006, 03:29:42 PM »
Hm. That's an interesting point. Well, there was nothing about religious beliefs on the questionnaire.
My name is not really "ethnic" so much as unusual and therefore gets considered ethnic (although WHAT ethnicity is usually a stumper) more often than not. So, in answer to that...it's not like my name is Lopez and I've been paired three times in a row with other Hispanic-sounding named people. My name is just unusual and I've been paired with three people with unusual and/or "ethnic" names...all of which have been DIFFERENT. Of course, I never met these people, but going by names alone (ha ha) I would say that all of them are of different ethnicities. The only commonality is that none of these three different ethnicities was white.
So, it seems to me that they're not trying to pair up me or those three people with people of their own ethnicity necessarily...it's more like just attempting to lump all the non-white people together. Ok, that was maybe a bit harsh. But you see my point.
And, as always, I AM willing to believe that this is all a coincidence/in my head.
« on: July 13, 2006, 03:59:19 PM »
Hey, thanks for the serious, level-headed replies. I'm not sure I care enough to actually investigate or anything. I'm sure I'll get along fine with whoever I get paired up with.
I just have to wonder because, yes, I DID fill out a questionnaire that asked about music preferences, study habits, drinking, etc. So, my concern is...did the whole name thing trump my answers or what? Is it really possible that 3 unusually-named people matched me the best with those answers?
Honestly, I can see your point, tacojohn, about wanting to keep openly racist people anyway from anyone that might get offended, but that certainly seems like a slippery slope...like we might run into some trouble, so let's segregate everybody right from the start? I don't necessarily have a problem with them trying to match up like-skinned people to avoi problems...as long as they're upfront about it. It would have just seemed a whole lot less weasily if they had asked about race and race issues on the questionnaire...as opposed to pretending it doesn't matter...and then causing me to smirk three times in a row.
« on: July 11, 2006, 03:39:07 PM »
Just a word of caution about Columbia, because their policy concerning split undergrad is confusing...apparently even to them.
I was planning on applying ED and was going to be overseas at the time of submission, so I contacted them months in advance to make sure I had all my little ducks in a row. They replied to me via email that I only needed a Dean's Cert from my degree-granting university. I had that all set up and had everything in on time...then a month after I submitted my app they sent me an email saying that they hadn't received my Dean's Cert from the university I spent my freshman year. I explained to them the situation and sent them a copy of the email they sent me. It didn't matter to them that now I was overseas or that it was their mistake. They totally refused to consider it complete without the other Dean's Cert. In fact, they wouldn't even admit that it WAS a mistake, they just said it was a "misunderstanding." Excuse me, but the email just said in reply "Just your degree-granting institution." What was I supposed to have misunderstood? As you might suspect, I won't be at CLS in the fall. Anyway, don't listen to anything they say, just get as many Dean's Certs as you can!
Not to just combine what everyone just wrote, but I've had some success with wine-filled chocolates. They're sort of different and interesting and everyone said they were delicious. That way it's alcohol, but not really. Anyway, here's a link...http://www.uniquelycal.com/sweets_books/wine_choc.htm. I got in where I wanted, so I picked champagne to "celebrate." You know, writing this sounds so hokey...when I sent them it seemed much cooler.
Hey...I don't mean to be difficult, but it might help us out (well, me for sure anyway if you were a little more specific about your topics for each essay. The vagueness is making it hard for me to really give you any advice. Based only on what you posted, I'd say...talk about your diversity stuff in the DS and write about something totally different for the PS. It's an opportunity for you to showcase two different aspects of yourself. Why write about the same thing twice?
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