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Messages - Aakash
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:16:43 PM »
Take this for what it's worth...btw, I'm 22 and not too long out of college. This combination probably means I'm more idealistic and naive than I'd like to admit.
Your SO is willing to uproot his life for you if he has to. To me, this says that unless something dramatic were to happen, it's more than likely he'll propose to you one day. Should you be spending the rest of your life together, you'll be starting it now, as opposed to three year from now, or five, or eight, or however long it takes to pay off the loans. Your family is in Indiana. The better quality of life is in Indiana.
Yes, UCLA is beautiful, and LA is LA after all. But simply being a lawyer can't be one's only goal in life (I'm not saying it is for you). Sometimes you give a little now (school prestige in this case) and to get a lot in the end.
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:04:00 AM »
I've lived in both Austin and NYC, and here's why they compare favorably.
NYC - no where are there so many hot-spots as in manhattan, 2 teams in all three major pro sports, very energetic, cold!
Austin - warm. it's a blue gem in an otherwise red state. great ncaa athletics. legendary nightlife on 6th street (only bourbon street can boast so many clubs/bars in so small an area), best music on the planet (it's called the live music capital of the world, and for good reason...check out the south by southwest festivals, www.sxsw.com
, going on right now), very young population due to large student body (approx. 50,000) and big companies that have set up shop there (IBM, Dell, AMD, etc.)
People that have never been to Austin will probably dismiss it with a comment similar to "ewww, it's TEXAS," but believe me, the ATX has to be experienced in person. I'm sure you can find people that hate the apathy and 100-mile-an-hour lifestyle of NYC. Does anyone here at LSD who's spent a fair amount of time in Austin NOT love it? I seriously doubt it. That alone should speak volumes.
Austin has produced it's fair share of famous people. Actually a lot more than would be proportional to their population. Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker studios is there. Terrance Malik, West Anderson, Luke/Owen Wilson, Sandra Bullock, George Lopez, Matthew Mac-con-a-hay (phonetic is good enough) and many others are Austinites. The last one on that list has been arrested for playing the bongos naked in full view. But that's just the kind of place Austin is...
Bottom line, Austin is freaking fantastic. The rest of the conservative state is so threatened by it that there's always been attemps/lawsuits dealing with redistricting it for voting purposes. And besides, where else can you find the second most popular t-shirt (after the burnt orange UT one) be one that says "keep austin weird"? And where else can a homeless guy who rides a bike and wears a thong run for mayor and get like 10% of the popular vote?
« on: March 19, 2005, 09:55:56 PM »
BTW, standard sized envelope, a little bit thicker than a single page letter, since there's six or seven sheets of paper total. No big package with brochures, etc.
Oh, and one more thing...my application status page on UT still says what it did a month ago...file is complete and was processed Feb. 15th.
So those of you that check your application status online for a decision, there's a strong chance you'll get a letter before anything happens online.
« on: March 19, 2005, 09:46:42 PM »
Got the letter today, dated three days ago. The letter stated that since my residency is under question (I was in-state during undergrad at UT, but have been working in the Northeast since July), I'll be considered out-of-state until otherwise proven. I'm not concerned about that though, since the residency officer states I'll be considered a TX resident the moment I set foot on TX soil again, which will obviously be prior to the first day of class should I decide to go to UT.
However, the letter doesn't state that my offer of admission is CONDITIONAL upon my establishing residency. I think that means I currently fit into the 20% out-of-state admits, which is pretty damn flattering.
Unless one of the big boys (top 3 or 5) come calling, it's gonna be mighty tempting to spend another three years close to home (Houston) in one of most chill, laid-back, fun cities on the planet...and then there's the cheap student tickets to ncaa athletics :-)
Texas! ................ Fight!
« on: March 14, 2005, 07:36:50 PM »
I got the waitlist letter today, dated March 11. Doesn't bode well for my pending apps at the rest of the top 14.
Since I haven't heard from a school that I'd say I'd SURELY attend over Duke, I'm gonna email back stating that I'd like to be put on the waitlist. Says that if i get an offer of admission, I have to make decision in 48 hours. If that happens, I hope I've heard back from more schools by then.
How big is their enterring class anyway?
« on: March 04, 2005, 03:22:35 PM »
It was the September of freshman year. As you know, football is king at my alma mater. When I pledged at my fraternity, the officers made a snide remark about the football team not being the only ones to feel the brunt of a loss. I had no idea what they were talking about until that first Sunday of the season. It was nationally televised game on a Sunday, since the NFL hadn't started yet.
When I joined my fraternity, I was given three "big brothers," a sophomore, junior, and senior. It turned out that the fraternity had a custom when the team lost a game. We drowned our sorrows in a "special" beer mix. Not unlike what many adults do in bars and pubs across the country right? WRONG. It turns out that only freshmen drowned their sorrows. And then drowned the sorrows of their big brothers. An hour and four incredibly long keg stands later, my test the next morning at 8am had completely slipped my mind.
I ask you, oh admissions commitee, what was I to do? I was a freshman pledge. Not only was I pressured by my superiors, but I had nearly a century of fraternity tradition to answer to.
« on: March 03, 2005, 11:25:58 PM »
i can't really tell you how i managed to hear so soon after applying. these adcomms are notoriously arbitrary in handing out decisions. was there anything special about my app? i dunno, i'd like to think so
i'm 50/50 on whether i'm gonna go visit or not. it all depends on what my final list of schools to choose from are.
in any case, i'm happy right now
« on: March 03, 2005, 08:29:10 PM »
Though I haven't been waiting as long as some of the other people here, the waiting was starting to drive me nuts. Hopefully acceptances start flying out to all of us this month.
« on: March 03, 2005, 08:22:03 PM »
Finally, my first real acceptance. Any other people considering Big Red?
« on: February 25, 2005, 10:01:01 PM »
i'd like to see this issue settled for once and for all.
i couldnt apply EA where i wanted to because the professor who's recommendation was going to be the most detailed and glowing was unable (read: forgot) to complete it until the end of november. i guess i could've completed my apps immediately afterwards, but at that point, figured i'd be last minute about them (stupid me).
anyways, my question is whether anybody knows if there's a correlation between submission date and turnaround time. i'm not sure, some people apply feb 1st and get a decision feb 14th. others apply in october and still don't know.
do admissions officers pull out applications at random out of some texas size sombrero or what?