« on: January 18, 2006, 10:03:22 PM »
Ive been lurking here for a bit, reading every once in a while.
You guys seem to know alot be helpful so here goes my dilemma:
I am a 167/3.83 at a big private University. I am in the Scholars program, doing honors in my major, writing a thesis, president of a political club on campus, studied abroad in europe and the middle east,blah blah blah. Very solid personal statement about my experiences with terrorism and religion, one rec from the chair of the politics department, one from the vice president of my university who taught an honors seminar i was in, and one from the executive director of the Hillel Center for Jewish Life, where i was heavily involved on campus. it looks nice as a package, but 167 isnt a 170 and the 3.83 isnt a 4.0, so the Yale/NYU/Penn dream seems shakier than I would like.
this past semester i took four classes- I got an A in three of them, bringing in a third straight semester of a 4.0 GPA. (no i dont have an upward trend that the admissions boards crave... my freshman year was a 3.9, my junior/senior years were 4.0 and my drunken, confused sophomore year was a weird 3.55).
in writing my thesis, i took basically an eight credit thesis seminar- four credits i did last fall, then i went abroad and did some research over the summer. i came back and did the next four credits. but i didnt finish my thesis- that abroad break slowed me down, so my research was scattered and i didnt finish my thesis this semester. the professor/department were FINE with that- i will just finish it by may graduation.
the PROBLEM is that a) this gives me an INCOMPLETE on my transcript, which doesnt hurt my GPA but still says "I" right on the page and that cant look good
and b) i finished school. i have enough credits to graduate just not enough to graduate with honors, because i have to finish the thesis for that. SOOO im not taking classes, but im not graduated- im on a "leave of absence" which just means im still enrolled but not taking classes, and working on my thesis.
my question is whether i should forward along this past transcripts to the law schools... they know I am graduating in May, because when I applied I thought I would just take some more classes this semester, but to save my parents the extraordinary tuition fees, I am not. So i dont know if it looks really bad to be suddenly incomplete in your thesis seminar, on a leave of absence... i just am not sure how to present this. Obviously, if i sent my new transcript along i would HAVE to include a note explaining the Incomplete and the leave of absence- but how can I practically even do that? Like through what forum on LSAC? An individual note to each admissions office?
i know this is confusing and i included my information up on top just to paint a picture- of where im coming from with all this.
oh and heres where i am going: I got into Cardozo and Fordham so far, and I am waiting to hear from Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, Michigan, Cornell and GW.
anyyyy comments on absolutely anything would be sweet. good luck to everyone.