---CYCLE IS OVER---
So, after a long and tiresome five months, my cycle is over. I've heard back or withdrawn from every school I originally sent an application to way back in October, and could not be more happy with my results. Yes, a lot of the acceptances I received later in cycle were very, very surprising, and in one case seemingly impossible. I realize this, and am choosing just to be happy and look forward to the next three years rather than overanalyzing it. I defied some conventional wisdom (according to certain boards, anyway) when it came to LOCIs, essays, and the presentation of my softs, and it worked out. I'm not really sure what else to say.
Although several people on a forum I frequent have proposed that I am a troll/flame/whatever, I decided not to lie about my cycle on LSN. It's ridiculous to downplay my own success/luck/whatever just to make my profile appear 'more believable.' A person almost never gets hit by lightning, and someone with a 3.73/163 almost never gets into Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, etc., but both do happen on occasion.
Please do not send me messages telling me that I am not a real person or that I do deserve such a cycle. It's fine if you believe either of those things, but passing them on to me doesn't mean schools will recall their offers of admission from me and give them to you.
4/17/2008: In the past week I've withdrawn from a vast majority of the schools I was admitted to in order to open up space as the end of the cycle quickly approaches. I've still yet to let go of Penn, Chicago, and Columbia - those three were my top choices at various points in the cycle, and it's very difficult to let go. By Monday everything will be done, one way or the other. I promise.
4/7/2008: Literally as I was writing to withdraw from Cornell, I got in via e-mail.
4/3/2008: In at Stanford via e-mail. Ironically, I missed the call because I spent the whole day flying to California to visit Boalt. The excitement was/is indescribable.
3/27/2008: Solid scholarship from Virginia. Unexpected and most welcome.
3/26/2008: $72,000 Dean's Scholarship from Duke. Wow...I didn't expect anything like that from a T14.
3/24/2008: In at Columbia via e-mail. Looks like this cycle is just about done. On that note, I am thrilled.
3/23/2008: Modest scholarship from Chicago. I wasn't expecting any kind of scholarship from a T14, though the realization that the rest of the total cost will come from loans is a bit terrifying. Still, I'm flattered, especially since Chicago is on my short, short list.
3/2/2008: Nice Dean Scholarship from Vandy. Renewable 20k per year.
2/17/2008: In at Duke via e-mail...on Sunday. Weird.
2/7/2008: Dinged at Yale, as expected. Any day now my little Stanford envelope will come and my Holy Trinity of rejections will be over.
2/5/2008: In at Penn by phone. They were on my short list until I got deferred. I'm not sure where I stand now. I'll visit either way.
2/1/2008: Dinged at Harvard, as expected. I'm happy the band-aid has finally been pulled off and I no longer have to fear my first rejection...
1/30/2008: 'On Hold' at NU. With no interview, this is better than I expected. I'm happy with U. of Chicago, so I'm just pulling out at this point.
1/24/2008: In at Chicago via phonecall. Very unexpected.
1/20/2008: In at Virginia via (small) envelope.
12/21/2007: In at Michigan via the 'never do email follow-ups to make sure people receive bad news ' e-mail
11/20/2007: In at Boalt via phonecall.