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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: $$ at W&L
« on: March 11, 2005, 02:09:22 PM »
Also 10.5K a year (which they say will rise with tuition, and maybe more if I'm really, really good and eat all of my vegetables).   :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: 1st Ding-UT Austin
« on: March 11, 2005, 02:06:58 PM »
I guess they don't like my LSD persona.  I was deferred back in December, rejection is dated 3/8.

And since we now know that UT reads these boards:

I don't even rate stationary?  I gave you all my soul to pick apart and all I get is  a laser-printed letterhead with three sentences and a pixelated signature?  Stuffed in one of those cheap envelopes that bills come in?  You guys are lame.

Numbers and junk are below. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Getting Annoyed
« on: March 11, 2005, 07:36:24 AM »
Towanda say it isn't so ...

I was hoping the OP was right. I figured if they're accepting 2.9s I'd be an auto-admit at Yale, what with my URM status and all.

LOL.  I know, right?  I guess everyone can stand down their guard against that army of 2.X and 15X's ready to descend upon Yale.   ;D 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Getting Annoyed
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:38:40 PM »
Well, since we only have GPA to work with in this scenario, it made sorting stats pretty easy.  :)  I bothered to do it because I didn't believe that ANYONE, urm or no, got into NYU or Yale (the two rejections listed by the OP) with a 2.9.  And guess what?  I'm right!

For anyone who's interested:  the rock bottom GPA currently admitted to NYU is a 3.14 (a white male in the military).  The LCD at Yale is currently a 3.5 (a black female). 

The point of these meaningless statistics:  they don't add a point to URM gpas.  AA does not work on an equation (it's actually illegal for it to do so).  And as a white female who was admitted to top schools with less than stellar numbers (I was one of the rock-bottom LSAT scores at Penn for a while, don't know if that's still true), I offer my own case up to the OP as an example where "soft factors" other than race came into play.  And if you examine rejections, plenty of URM's with decent stats get dinged, especially from ultra selective places like Yale.

LOL.  That's great.  Mad props, Javert.

I took down my personal picture and some identifying information a couple of weeks ago when I got a quasi-creepy e-mail about it, it got me thinking that with the information I've given out it probably wouldn't be impossible (though still exceeding difficult) for some overly obsessive freak to track me down.  Of course, this information, along with photos, is released through other organizations of which I am a member, and I have no control over that.  Welcome to the information age and all its perils, I guess.  In any public internet forum, you should probably always assume that the information you provide is going to the worst sort of human-being you can imagine (and for the record I'm not suggesting that adcoms fall into this category).

I think all of this is a moot point for most users, but I'm another one of those people whose LSN account might as well be a fingerprint.  But I could really care less... so match away, adcoms!  :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ayn Rand-- Anybody had the pleasure?
« on: March 10, 2005, 07:50:30 AM »
Now there's a name I haven't heard for a while...

Anyone who debated has probably run across her stuff.  We used her for a couple of paradigmatic critiques, and I used to be receptive to her ideas.  Over time, I've come to vehemently disagree with her on virtually everything.  But she is an intriguing read.

But I always classified her under "philosophy" and not "economics," which is probably a pretty good reflection of my interest in her work.

I'm looking forward to it as well. In terms of where you'll likely live, if you're not gonna have on-campus housing, you'll want to check out University City and Center City. In general, you'll almost certainly live downtown from the Penn campus as opposed to anywhere uptown past 42nd street (where the area turns slightly dodgy, but that's vastly overblown). If you're looking to see the sites, there's lots of history (liberty bell, rocky steps, stuff like that) all over the place.

Hey, thanks for the info.  I have a cat, so I can't live in the on-campus housing.  Commuting it is... :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Penn Admitted Students Weekend
« on: March 09, 2005, 09:43:23 AM »
Sorry if there's already a thread for this, I couldn't find one...

Who's going?  I'm really excited... I haven't been to Philadelphia since I was very small, so I'm anxious to check out the city, see the campus, etc.  Very curious about this Penn "collegial" vibe that gets touted so much.

For Philadelphites (Philadelphians?  Phillies?), any place I should be sure to check out?  I'm definitely going to try to make it out to various neighborhoods to see the areas in which I might consider living... anywhere else?

Site Suggestions and Announcements / Re: Financial Aid Board?
« on: March 08, 2005, 07:07:48 AM »
It is getting a little hard to navigate.  I vote yes.  :)

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