« on: March 27, 2006, 06:36:49 AM »
Basically you just jumped on the thread because you saw the opportunity to belittle someone for no good reason. You are correct in that the OP's URM status almost certainly played a part in his/her offers. But not only is that completely irrelevant, you make your point in a completely antagonistic manner. Despite what you think, you weren't of any help to anyone at all. But I suppose you can feel better about yourself, having put some stranger down just for being in a fortunate position and appealing to people for insight. I wouldn't call you a racist, but you've certainly been a d-bag. And you're also chock full of shite. And that's pretty much that.
Wait, let me get this straight... suspecting that the poster received the scholarship because of his URM status and not his low numbers is correct, but also belittling? You're agreeing with that other commenter that this is a causal factor in the scholarship status... does that mean that you too are belittling the OP?
Because my point is simply that if you read the original post, there is absolutely no reason for this discussion to even exist. And for that reason, I'm through here.
Thank you! I logged in just now with the intention of basically saying the same things you have.
I logged onto this board and created this thread with the singular hope of possibly gaining some insight into a difficult, albiet enviable decision. Some people answered the questions I asked, some didn't. Someone asked my numbers, as people are wont to do on this site. I didn't object, though I grudgingly gave it WITH the acknowledgement that this is not typical (i.e. "I know what you're thinking, but I have other factors to back these numbers up). Some bitter a-hole decided that I didn't derserve what I got. The assertion was made, in a most derogatory and dismissive way, that not only was I a URM, but that this is the direct cause of my scholarships. Despite the fact that that point was utterly irrelevant to my post, no one even waited for me to comment on what those "other factors" might be. For all intents and purposes, the matter was settled.
Did I call the person who said this a racist? No, but I certainly didn't pretend to overlook the attitude that was so obviously reflected in that post. I'd go out on a limb and say that he didn't get any where near the money I got. Hence, "hater".
Look, I know that being black and applying to law school gives me an advantage. And, you know, I'm ok with that. I started two steps behind nearly everyone else I know so a rare leg up is appreciated. I understand how this can irk some people. But I also know that even a cursory glance at my file will tell anyone on an admissions council that I stand head and shoulders above most students. When I emailed Rutgers asking them to match an offer the admissions officer commentted that she "remembers my file very well. (I) am star of the psych department". Presumably, whatever factor, or combination of factors, rather, that prompted her to make this flattering comment, is also what prompted Cardozo, as well as every other school I applied to, to step up and make sure that they are doing all they can to secure a decision from me that is in their favor.
Would I expect a white male to get into Cardozo with a 158/3.4 with nothing else on his application? I'd be surprised. But I'd also be surprised if he had an identical file as I do and still didn't get in. I would in fact be mildly surprised if he wasn't offered some kind of small scholarship. Likewise, I would not be surprised if a minority got into Cardozo with nothing else except a 158/3.4. But I would certainly be surprised if they gave him a full ride. Point is, I know that being black plays a factor, but I, as well as you, don't know how much of a factor is played with me. So the best thing to do would have been to STFU and leave it alone. But you didn't, and now I'm writing this.
I just want to reiterate jayscoot's observation that all of this is not remotely germane to the original point of this post. But a bitter idiot brought it to this point and other idiots sided with him/her, and since I'm the OP, I feel as if it behooves me to address it. I hope this adequately states my position and that we can either move on from this idiotic tangent or let the thread die with some dignity.
When dealing with people like cannotpick, I draw strength from the words of The Prophet Kanye West; "there'll always be haters, that's the way it is. Hater n-word marry hater b*tches and have hater kids." Just gotta deal with it.