7/8 - Incredibly overdue update but Columbia it is!
5/9 - Came back from Europe to find a voicemail from UCLA's Critical Race Studies program saying they'd be willing to negotiate a full scholarship on my behalf (I had already submitted my withdrawal e-mail). This is tremendous news, esp. since this is the exact field I want to end up in someday. What to do, what to do...
5/2 - Sorry for the lack of updates! I still haven't made an official decision but will probably do so in the next few weeks (I know deadlines have passed but there are two schools that I would love to go to at this point, and it seems impossible to choose between them). Also received a hefty scholarship from NU, too.
1/31 - Dinged at Stanfurd. Oh well, probably wouldn't have gone anyways.
1/28 - In @ Columbia via the big green envelope! But...dinged at Chicago and WL'ed from UCLA. The latter, while confusing, doesn't bother me at all. Getting dinged from Chicago hurt pretty badly, though, since it'd recently become my #1 choice (I eventually want to teach). I think this probably signals the end of my cycle, so I hope y'all have gleaned something informative from my experience!
1/25 - In @ NU via e-mail! Let's hope I can squeeze out some scholarship money :).
1/14 - WL'ed from Penn via e-mail. I'm not disappointed, but I'm worried that this may signal the onset of bad news to come. Here's to hoping for some sympathy from Columbia/Chicago....
12/22 - Just got the big envelope at Mich. I'm 4-0 now! HYS are going to take a dump on my record, though. Bastards.
12/19 - Finally went to decision at UMichigan. Too bad I'll be 500 miles away for the next two weeks....
12/08 - In at NYU via snail mail. Nice to have some news after a long reprieve.
11/21 - In at Boalt! Phone call from xxx Alvarez (don't remember the first name). Totally unexpected phone call as I'd gone complete just a few days beforehand. Feeling like a million bucks right now :).
11/12 - In at Duke by e-mail; nothing personalized except for a note from Bill Hoye saying he was 'impressed by my academic record.' So far I'm 1-0 :).
11/06 - Just sent out my final application for Michigan. In retrospect, I think I unnecessarily rushed a few of my applications, but it feels good to be done anyways.
Just FYI - I did every optional essay to each school except for Northwestern's DS and Duke's 'Why us?'
Will update this as the 'completion' e-mails start to pour in. Thanks everyone for your help!
10/28 - W00t! Got my first application out the door, admittedly an easy one in Duke. I chose not to do the 'Why Duke' essay and submitted a general diversity statement instead. Likewise, I didn't tailor my PS or DS to their prompts (I might pay for this later, as their prompts were slightly different from what I'd provided) .
Hopefully some more applications to follow :).
9/26 - There's a good chance I may withdraw from 2-3 schools I've listed above, but that won't happen until I actually do my fair share of research. On the application front, I'm finishing up my personal statement (it will hopefully be done by the end of this week) and plan to get started on a 1-page diversity essay soon.
I think I'm still in good shape at this point.