« on: August 07, 2005, 10:17:03 PM »
First off, I am white and I'm from an upper middle class family with some really wealthy relatives. The reason I don't want to go to some schools is that I have no interest in where their primary placement is. Texas would have to pay me money for me to apply. I'm less fussed about the others, but I really don't want to live in some parts of the US. I like the country as a whole, but given my cultural background and political beliefs, I would feel very uncomfortable in some areas. This also isn't an ignorant opinion, I have travelled all over the US and the world. I felt more 'welcome' in Turkey than I did in Lynchburg Tenn.
Now having said that I'm still open to applying to some schools in the south (Duke for one), but they would be way down my list of favourite schools. But it's like anod said, it will be easier to transfer from there - although how much easier it would be to transfer from Duke than it would be from Minnesota is a mystery to me.
In any case, the decision we reached over the weekend is that spending a year apart is acceptable. Living near Canada would be best, that way she could do a masters at a school close to the border. In that sense, Cornell and Michigan are right at the top of the list. However, I will apply to many schools in the top 25, but none outside of it. If I fall to a safety school, it will be in Canada, not in the US.
The vast majority of these would be reaches with my stats (3.2/161+170), but I'm hoping that many adcoms overlook the first LSAT. There's a really solid reason why it's low and why I didn't cancel which I can prove -- I travelled a VERY long way to write it the first time and was exhausted when I took it, and didn't cancel because it had cost a fortune and I didn't think I would be able to pay for another one. After I got my score my girlfriend's family offered to pay for me to write it again.
Anyways, basically I'm thinking of:
Michigan, Northwestern, Duke, Cornell, G'town, UCLA, USC, Minnesota, BU and WUSTL.
That's 10 schools so I may need to cut some out. Of those, I would think of Minnesota as pretty likely (they take highest score and I'm 4 points above their 75th percentile) and WUSTL as the same (I hear they are LSAT whores) but all the others would be a miracle if I got in.