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« on: March 28, 2005, 12:50:33 PM »
Frankly, I think Stanford's admissions office doesn't function particularly well. I realize this will sound obnoxious, and I apologize, but they turned my application around in three weeks. There's no excuse for that: my numbers are good, but they're not that good, and there's nothing spectacular about me - no Rhodes Scholarship, no Ph.D., no Nobel Prize - and I'm not a URM, so the only explanation is that it was a screwup on the part of the admissions office.
This doesn't actually help, but unless Stanford does something spectacular at admit weekend I'll tell them 'no' early next week so another deserving student can have my slot.
While your modesty is commendable, most people would say your numbers are that
good. Congrats on some really great choices.
And to the OP, someone just posted a message saying you can call Stanford's admissions office and they might give you an answer over the phone.
« on: March 28, 2005, 12:21:18 PM »
Never got a complete notice. Just opened the letter today expecting the outright rejection I figured was coming. Interesting...wierd but interesting...maybe they liked my "academic" optional essay. Either way, I bet it's a little chilly in hell right now.
To the OP, congratulations. I am hoping for a waitlist myself from Cornell.
My numbers aren't high enough to even dream of an acceptance, but a waitlist would be cool. And ignore the people here who are giving you a hard time. No one gets waitlisted at a school like Duke simply because he or she is an URM. Your application and supporting materials obviously had merit.
« on: March 28, 2005, 12:10:35 PM »
I didn't mention law school or law or anything at all academic or career-related in my personal statement. I just talked about a cool experience. I don't know if that helped me get into HYS etc, or if I was admitted in spite of it.
My assumption was that the adcomms already knew that I wanted to go to law school, just by the fact that I was bothering to jump through all their hoops to apply. I felt like anything that I could have written about *why* I wanted to go or what I envisioned myself doing with my degree would have sounded trite and immature, like a 5-year-old's assertion that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help sick people.
Yeah, I think if you're younger, that makes the most sense; however, if you're an older applicant like me, then if you don't answer the "why law now" question it's like the elephant in the room. I didn't get into a T10-- didn't have the numbers-- but I have gotten in to a bunch of reach schools. I didn't really write about why I want to be a lawyer; the focus of my PS was actually a particular experience and then I was able to weave in the answers to the questions.
« on: March 28, 2005, 04:05:21 AM »
As is, I plan to graduate from Univ. of Michigan with a concentration in history (currently with a 4.09 LSAC GPA). I entered the university with 38 credits from AP and dual-enrollment. Will graduating in 3 years be seen as a positive (shows purpose, determination, ability) or a negative (younger, less courses taken at UM) by top law schools? Thanks in advance for any of your thoughts!
This may not help you, because I'm a lot older than you are (38), but I'm also graduating in approximately three years because of CLEP tests and accelerated credits. Has it hurt my law school admissions process? No, not at all. Has it helped? Unlikely. In fact, my grade point average has been hurt by my non-graded credits. If they had been factored in somehow, I'd have an awesome gpa. But, based on the LSDAS report, it didn't even look as if I was a senior, based on credits earned, and NO ONE even asked me about it. I've been accepted at reach schools and rejected by super reach schools only.
« on: March 28, 2005, 03:56:51 AM »
I was also shocked by the drop in ranking, except the bar passage rate might explain it.
« on: March 27, 2005, 10:59:16 AM »
Wow I went and visited Pepperdine today and it was freakin gorgeous and now I come home and they've jumped in teh rankings, maybe the gods are telling me something. They're giving me $ and they're in Malibu, hmmm
oh great, another damn malibu barbie wannabe up in here.
Dude, did you see DU's massive slide. Wow.
« on: March 26, 2005, 07:18:55 PM »
where, oh where is my le..e..tter
where, oh where could it be
can it please get it sometime soon
Another person got waitlisted today, as well. Good gpa, 157 LSAT.
« on: March 26, 2005, 02:48:02 PM »
Got my rejection today. In Idaho. No surprise there, but I still love W&L.
« on: March 26, 2005, 12:50:26 PM »
Ok, so I did a little sleuthing and found your LSN profile. Not hard since I know your numbers and that you are on CU's WL. As you probably know, Harvard is probably not gonna happen.
I would think, though, that as a Wisconsin resident, you have a good shot there. Same with some of the others. I think you're right in your assumption that applying late in the cycle has given you a decided disadvantage. You also probably didn't apply to enough true safeties-- but I don't think that's going to matter in the end. I predict that you will get in to at least one of the schools to which you've applied, and probably more than that. I think you'll be WL at a few just because your app. is hitting the adcomms late in the cycle. What that says to me is that you probably would have gotten in early on. In any event, chin up! You have a lot going for you. I know it's really hard to be in limbo-- I thought I was going to have to be put on meds.
« on: March 26, 2005, 01:38:19 AM »
Still in nowhere. Can someone please lie to me and tell me I will get in somewhere soon? I knew it would be difficult with the late apps, but being on this site and seeing all the acceptances (none of which I have) is making me queasy.
Make fun of me if you must, but I really am at an all time low today. When I came home and the only thing in the mailbox was a notice telling me I have to start paying back my undergrad loans next month, I just wanted to crawl in bed and not get out until someone accepts me.
Where did you apply? And you're on the CU waitlist, which is good, because people do get in. But seriously, share your schools. Who's still pending?
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