« on: October 22, 2005, 01:31:30 AM »
I guess i'll have to be an obnoxious lingering poster after I get in somewhere to repay my debt.
I did OK, and came out of October with a 167. I have a 3.66 GPA at a top 10 liberal arts college.
This sort of points me towards the 15-20 range of schools. My score range makes me feel like I don't have a lock on my first choices. I'd really, really like to go to Boalt. I wouldn't think that would be happening with my scores. But I was hoping I could get some perspective on where to apply. I know how little ECs count, so I spent a disproportionate amount of time writing on them. I feel like my app is so in the fuzzy middle, though, that they might actually tip things either way:
1) GPA: Low at 3.66, but I got mono my first semester and came out with a 3.0. Then a 3.63, and since then it's been hovering around 3.88. Is the mono worth noting? Obviously adcomms will notice this, but how much will they care? Should I be looking at schools with a mediuan GPA that puts my overall UGPA towards the bottom?
2) ECs: Everyone sort of vaguely describes their ECs as 'strong', 'moderate', or '90-lb weakling'. Makes me want to take my ECs to BALCO or something...What's the rationale for the strong vs. the weak in ECs? There's so much capacity for self-delusion here. Plus, given the strength of the applicant pool, everyone is going to be really strong, and strength is definately relative.
I've been doing up to 30 hrs/wk of EC + Jobs: one job, one educational outreach program i'm now the assistant director of, competitive debate, student gov't/college dems. The summers, though, are probably underwhelming: got stuck in my old HS job after frosh year, sophomore year I worked at my regular job at school and moonlit as a research assistant for my prof and taught at a debate camp, and last year was my best, in that I went to europe and interned writing some educational material on a parallel outreach project.
I'm worried that my lost summer is going to hurt me relative to others.
I have to think everyone ends up with ridiculous titles for their volunteer/employment position with the resume culture we have, so i'm unclear how to distinguish myself.
3) LSAT: 167. 'Nuff said.
4) LORS: One really good one, one good one.
So is this a realistic assessment of my chances?