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Surely more than 5. It's so moving that you are doing that.  :)
-but why send a letter? Surely in such cases, calling a potential donor is quicker? But I digress...

Thanks! I signed up when I was a freshman at Berkeley and didn't have a cellphone yet...I just left my dorm phone. I've since moved to New York City. I guess this was the only way they could reach me.

What is involved with donating bone marrow?

I just got off the phone from the woman from the bone marrow foundation...apparently it involves being put under general anesthesia and having a large needle stuck into my spine and them harvesting marrow and spinal stem cells. They then completely irradiate the recipients bone marrow (which is probably stricken with cancer) and they replace his with mine. It sounds pretty intense and I've heard that for the donor it can be painful for a little while after, but its saving a life...

Ultimate wierd thing...I rushed home from work to find out if my LSAT score has been posted yet. No score...but a dashed line has appeared.

I check the mail and got something fedexed to me saying that I had been identified as a bone marrow donor match for a 65 year old man dying of cancer. I had forgotten about registering for that almost five years ago when I was a freshman in college. I have to tell them in 24 hours if I would be a donor. I immediately called and said yes. This is turning out to be a weird day...

I'm in New York City and my box just filled.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When will we recieve our scores???????
« on: October 23, 2008, 03:27:50 PM »
Neurotic pre-law question of the day: What time tomorrow have people historically received their scores? Midnight or at some time of LSAC's choosing?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reaction/Song Choices per LSAT Score
« on: October 23, 2008, 09:24:22 AM »

163-165: Fist bump people who convince me that this is still a great score.

Hey, that sounds like what happened two years ago when I got my 163. Hoping that tomorrow's results will be better.

This is a great thread, btw.

170-172: Back in Black by ACDC

173+: Walkin' on Sunshine.

Law School Admissions / Re: Additional Essays
« on: October 21, 2008, 12:18:44 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I switched from Mech Engineering to a double in Poli Sci and History after my frosh year at which point my grades shot northward. The switch is noted on my transcript so I think the whole thing is pretty self-explanatory without writing an essay. I'm going to go ahead and write the "Why X?" essay.

Law School Admissions / Re: Additional Essays
« on: October 21, 2008, 07:06:04 AM »
Related question about the optional essays:

I'm definitely going to be doing as many as I can, but I'm trying to figure out which ones to write. For example, Michigan has two optional essays. I was considering the "unexplained academic performance essay" to explain my rough freshman year grades as a Mechanical Engineering major along with the "Diversity of experience" essay to discuss my time in Teach for America. However, I'm feeling like probably about a million people write something about how engineering/pre-med "wasn't for them" or something and I could address those grades somewhere else in my application with like a sentence or two without devoting an entire essay to it. Instead, I  thought that I would write a well-researched, "Why Michigan?" essay. That seems more useful to my candidacy than the "low frosh grades as an engineer" essay. What do you guys think?

Law School Admissions / Re: Need advice. How to "Columbia..."
« on: October 17, 2008, 05:38:51 AM »
I have a friend who had a similar GPA to yours, also from a top25 UG. He got a 176 and got into Columbia. So, its certainly do-able, but you'll need  to break 173, absolutely.

Good luck!

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