Now that the process is coming to a close, there are lots of things I would do differently in my application process. But right now, I would mostly like to know what I did wrong, if those things are able to be fixed and how. In business, when any large project is done, we conduct a sort of post-op review - the "lessons learned." In this manner, we could go over what worked/failed and how to be more efficient etc on the next project.In this light, I wonder if it is at all possible for a school to actually come clean as to why a student was turned down? I got pumped full of all sorts of used-car-salesperson baloney by schools over the last year, and was too optimistic/eager, and mostly naive to really challenge the schools on realistic chances of admission. As a result, I wasted a huge amount of time, money and emotional resources. The biggest cloud of smoke blown up my petard was how older students bring valuable life experience, and it weighs more heavily than ancient UGPA numbers.I would gladly pay $1000 to any of the school admissions people, real decision-makers and the schools that turned me down, to explain what went wrong, and what I could do to fix it. I would even considering putting off school, and working for free in a firm if I had to for a year, just to get a realistic shot at one the schools on my list.It's all fantasy, but has anyone actually had a admissions person speak honestly about the application package and evaluation?USC's rejection arrived Saturday. Davis, Hastings and UCLA expected soon. No word from BU, but c'mon... that ain't happening... If Southwestern changes their mind and gives me $$, then maybe I stay in Cali; otherwise... dunno anymore...
My lesson was also to apply early. You have a better shot at not only admissions but scholarship money
My only lesson is not to wait so long to apply. I think 20 years was just too much procrastination.
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