« on: June 17, 2008, 07:51:36 PM »
Betsy, what factors do you think would have changed your mind if they had been different? More scholarship money at another school? Something more intangible? Any advice you can give to someone who's getting ready to go through that process?
Andrew, I'm a bit confused about the logical jump from going to only CA schools to Boston. What made you consider Boston so heavily and so suddenly? As above, any advice you can give to someone starting the application process?
To both of you, how important do you think your personal statements were to your successes?
If Duke had offered me more money, or Virginia let me in from the start and offered $$, it would have been harder. I love North Carolina, and Virginia is a top school, laid back, and VERY strong in my region. I would have been even more tempted by Columbia than I was by NYU. If any of the T14 had offered me the same scholly as Vandy (if the cost of living/tuition was reasonable), I probably wouldn't have been able to resist; although I like being near my family, it was far from my top consideration. To be honest, there's probably more that would have changed my mind, but now I'm so set on Vandy, I can't see the other side. Although I can say that it was all about my ideal debt:employment prospects ratio.
I think my personal statement was pretty good, if I do say so myself ; I worked on it for a while and got several personalized comments on it. I wrote about the cultural attitude in Moldova, its contagious nature, and how I had to get over myself and my version of the attitude and make the best of what I had. It had a little self-deprecation to it, but overall, it was positive. It would not have made a good impression if I hadn't given myself time to take a week or two of break between revisions; the original version was not very impressive.
Where are you thinking about applying?