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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2008, 01:52:47 AM »
A fair warning that I really dislike the proliferation of addenda (IMO, they are whiny, and 95% of them make the author sound entitled and obnoxious), so take this advice with a grain of salt.

I think addenda should only be used for circumstances outside of your control. For example - if you came down with mono in the middle of the semester, if you suddenly had to become a caretaker for a grandparent or child, if you lost your scholarship and had to work fulltime to support yourself, if someone close to you died on the morning of the LSAT, etc.

Adjusting to college isn't really addendum worthy. I mean, what are you going to say that will really enhance your application? Many freshmen have a hard time adjusting; the circumstance isn't novel, nor is it something that was really earthshattering enough to seriously justify lower grades. It is what it is. There's nothing to explain.

i was very much of the same opinion as you, but then i read Anna ivey's book and she says difficult-adjustment-college-omg (lol, scratch the 'omg') addenda are okay.  in fact, i think she says they're good.  granted anna ivey isn't the end all be all of the admissions process, but i figure her word's pretty good?  idk i (and she) could be dead wrong though. 

the strange thing with me is that when i hear ppl say they had mono or something, i always feel a bit suspicious.  i guess its the cynic in me.  but i feel like Adcomms *must* feel a bit suspicious about all the mono-addenda they read.. no?  idk, what are your opinions? 

For mono and other serious illnesses, people often submit additional documentation (ie. letters from deans or doctors) as corroboration. Mono is seriously debilitating (Mario Ancic, a former top 10 tennis player did not play for over a YEAR because of mono). I generally give people the benefit of the doubt on sickness. In fact, I personally would be more suspicious of an "hard time adjusting to college" addendum and see it as "I drank and partied for a year before I got my stuff together" in nicer words.

As for Ivey, it's a great resource, but there's a lot of stuff in there that is outdated (for example - her suggestion to send a hard copy of every application in addition to an electronic copy. that's just not necessary anymore). I believe partially due to Ivey and the rise in professional consulting, as well as increased reliance on prelaw advisors, addenda are on the rise. People are writing addenda about everything under the sun and it's not necessary.

Or you could have the "My freshman year roommate liked to smoke weed in the room with his friends at ungodly hours and snored louder than a chainsaw so I never got any sleep" addendum. Man, I hated freshman year.

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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2008, 01:56:12 AM »
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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2008, 02:03:06 AM »
Well, to be fair, I live in a frat house now, so not much has changed. Freshman year was still abysmal, though.

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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2008, 10:05:26 AM »
Britney, I think the ircumstances beyond the adjusting difficulty made the addendum worth writing, especially since there was over a 1pt difference in GPA.

I am admittedly just averse to addenda for GPA and LSAT. Some things just are what they are, and I think in booker's case, an addendum wouldn't make him seem terrible, it's just not particularly necessary.

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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2008, 01:53:53 PM »
Britney, I think the ircumstances beyond the adjusting difficulty made the addendum worth writing, especially since there was over a 1pt difference in GPA.

I am admittedly just averse to addenda for GPA and LSAT. Some things just are what they are, and I think in booker's case, an addendum wouldn't make him seem terrible, it's just not particularly necessary.

I agree with you in booker's case.  Just wanted to put my perspective out there for addenda in case there are others reading ;D

Booker, if you write an addenda for a .3 difference in GPA, it would be exceedingly lame IMO.  Please don't.
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Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2009, 06:34:46 PM »
Cool thread, everyone. Gives me hope.

I had a trend as well - first and second year GPA: 2.1-2.2 (seriously!!) Third and fourth (so far) year: 3.3!

My total UGPA so far looks like I am going to end with 2.9 (given the specifics). HOLY CRAP!

Hopefully they don't take this all as just cliche.
My situation was not very unique, though... HS was a cake walk so when I came to University (in another country), I did not know how or think I had to study. I also did not plan on LS. This switched right after my 2nd year. I also worked during my first 2 years, and my Grandma whom I was close to, died right before I moved for Univ. Will probably not address much of this, though.