« on: March 16, 2005, 10:16:05 AM »
The real problem is that some people apply to schools just to get the acceptances, it's an ego boost. Unfortunately, on here, we have no idea who is truly doing that and who just grossly underestimated their chances/didn't do any research.
My theory when I applied was one safety (American), four targets I would go to (UNC, GMU, GWU, and GULC), and some dream schools that I would drop everything and go to (UVa, Northwestern). Several people told me that I should apply to every DC area school, UMD, Catholic, W&M, W&L, but I knew that I would never go to any of these schools for a variety of different reasons, so I practiced restraint.
Since then, I have been accepted at three, declined one immediately, and will be going to GWU. It was easy, relatively painless, and not too expensive.
I didn't use a single fee waiver because I wouldn't have gone ot any of the schools that sent them. In the end, I'm happy with what I did in the cycle. My only regret is that I didn't wait to get my GMU and GWU response before applying to American, I could have saved them the time.