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Addendum or not?

Addendum or not?
« on: May 17, 2010, 03:23:51 AM »
 I'm just a few weeks before I take my LSAT and in the midst of the "prep like a madman and dream about high scores and schools" phase of the application process. I'm trying to prepare as much admission work as possible before the fall, as I had read that earlier applications do better. Well, one thing I'm not sure about is to include an addendum explaining gaps in my transcript. Here's what happened:  After my junior year of college, I got a decently prestigious study abroad scholarship for a year in Romania. During the year, I took one or two online courses from my home university and a community college, but did not graduate. The next year I chose to stay in Romania and do a language study so as to be certified in Romanian. During that time I took the last couple credits needed to graduate, and finished college that way.  Should I include an addendum in my applications explaining why my schooling suddenly dropped off at my university and why I used community college credits to finish? My personal statement will cover the foreign stuff, but I want to make it clear why my transcript looks like it does. Would that help or do you feel its unnecessary?

Re: Addendum or not?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 03:28:53 AM »
I'm just a few weeks before I take my LSAT and in the midst of the "prep like a madman and dream about high scores and schools" phase of the application process. I'm trying to prepare as much admission work as possible before the fall, as I had read that earlier applications do better. Well, one thing I'm not sure about is to include an addendum explaining gaps in my transcript. Here's what happened:  After my junior year of college, I got a decently prestigious study abroad scholarship for a year in Romania. During the year, I took one or two online courses from my home university and a community college, but did not graduate. The next year I chose to stay in Romania and do a language study so as to be certified in Romanian. During that time I took the last couple credits needed to graduate, and finished college that way.  Should I include an addendum in my applications explaining why my schooling suddenly dropped off at my university and why I used community college credits to finish? My personal statement will cover the foreign stuff, but I want to make it clear why my transcript looks like it does. Would that help or do you feel its unnecessary?

I don't see how it could hurt.

cooleylawstudent

Re: Addendum or not?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 11:08:56 AM »
Yeah, it can't hurt. I wouldnt worry too much of it being looked down on though, sounds like you had a richer more rounded educational experience that most undergrad students and you seem articulate enough to word it that way in your addendum, so you should be fine.

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Re: Addendum or not?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010, 03:16:57 PM »
Just do something short and sweet and you'll be fine

Re: Addendum or not?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010, 05:02:57 AM »
I would explain it in full, with each gap addressed. To the extent that the understand you breaks in school to be meaningful experiences, rather than unpredictable breaks, it will definetly benefit you.