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Re: Columbia has lost its mind
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2004, 12:56:19 AM »
because as a young male who more or less has the weight of his 60 person plus extended family on his shoulders, the pressures and responsibilities of having illegal mexican immigrant grandparents on both sides and parents who worked as migrant farm workers from as early as age 5, and the responsibility to all my relatives who have given me everything i have so that i don't have to experience the life they did, I owe it to them to apply.  I'm not often given the luxury of personal desire over responsibility

Dude, write your PS about that.  And good luck, even though you're my competition :)
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Re: Columbia has lost its mind
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2004, 01:24:44 AM »
thanks pookster

yeah, my PS is pretty much about that.  i feel its more than a representation of the situation many third/fourth/second generation mexican-americans feel.  for instance, my parents had me go with my grandpa to work in a beet field all summer in minnesota the summer before my eighth grade year so "i could experience what they did every year and also learn the value of a dollar".  the memories of hoeing weeds out in the fields (as my grandpa does to this day) is more than motivation. 

but hey, i dont think you need to worry, i wont be applying to maybe more than one school you will be

Hey sketch, for my family it was picking cotton in South Texas. Man - I heard so many stories about it as a kid. It was awful. But unlike you I got off lucky, my parents never made me pick cotton as a kid. However, one summer I tried picking watermelons to make a little extra money - picking watermelon is a LOT easier than picking cotton. Even so - i only lasted 1 week. It was BRUTAL!!!

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Re: Columbia has lost its mind
« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2004, 01:28:04 AM »
thanks pookster

yeah, my PS is pretty much about that.  i feel its more than a representation of the situation many third/fourth/second generation mexican-americans feel.  for instance, my parents had me go with my grandpa to work in a beet field all summer in minnesota the summer before my eighth grade year so "i could experience what they did every year and also learn the value of a dollar".  the memories of hoeing weeds out in the fields (as my grandpa does to this day) is more than motivation. 

but hey, i dont think you need to worry, i wont be applying to maybe more than one school you will be

I'm not worried; there's room for both of us in their incoming class of like 400 or whatever.  :)
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Re: Columbia has lost its mind
« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2004, 02:40:12 AM »
Both of these posters are URM's.. and at least one of them has a very rare major combination.  They may not just be sending out to reject people.

Columbia has no idea what the URM status is of individuals it sends waivers to. It is done based solely on LSAT scores. Therefore, though they may have a chance of being admitted, said chance was not Columbia's original intent in sending them the waiver.

Sure they know URM status. That's all part of the LSDAS information I entered when I first signed up w/ LSDAS. I also mentioned the states i'm most interested in attending. And lo and behold, those are the states that send me invitations to apply.

Also, what do all of your "invitation to apply" letters say? Mine always tout how "diverse" the student body is. I mean *REALLY* tout - a big long fat paragraph on the subject. I suspect each school has a "diversity" paragraph they automatically insert into the invitation letters when mailing out to URM's they discovered through LSDAS.

Also, i'm over 30 - which is part of LSDAS info since I had to enter my birthday. I'm sure all of that got passed along as well. Sure, Columbia says "we're highly interested in you and invite you to apply because of your LSAT score". Of course that's BS. Likely, Columbia got all the info from LSDAS and their form letter should actually say

"We see that you're a Mexican-American over 30 with a high GPA in two interesting majors and a 2nd bachelor's degree. Your LSAT is in the toilet. But you do have at least a snowball's chance in hell of being accepted. We know you wouldn't even bother applying otherwise, so here's an app fee waiver. Also, you're very likely to simply not meet our standards, so we will very likely reject you and that will benefit our selectivity rating. But your LSDAS info is mildly interesting (i.e. out of the normal) so we thought we'd give you a chance to strut your stuff."

I think the above probably reflects some of the truth involved in my getting a Columbia fee waiver.
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