8/10/2009: For the people that spot this profile, I just wanted to let you know that I have officially finished my first year at Chapman University! I was able to keep my scholarship, although it was really stressful to think about it. It's stressful thinking about keeping it for the next year too *laugh* The people here are amazing and all the students/faculty are extremely helpful. I was able to participate in a lot of extracurricular activities (volunteering/clubs etc). At some volunteer events I met students from Loyola, Southwestern, Western State, and Whittier. It was great to hear their opinions and perspectives also. I'm glad that I chose Chapman, as I feel like I've been able to learn a lot and put myself to the test. The hardest part might be to get anywhere in the LA market for jobs, but I'll try my best! The cohesion between Chapman students is great. I can't wait to help the first years that are joining this Fall :)
4/30/08: It's official that I won't be going to Santa Clara, mainly due to their curriculum and being in Northern California despite it's higher ranking. As for Loyola, being in the middle of LA in one of the worst traffic areas ever older campus crazy competitive students that sabotage eachother extremely arbitrary grading no scholarship... it's just not for me. I'm not going to Law School to work for a huge firm, but because I'm interested in Law and perhaps Self Practice. It'd be nice if I could work with individual companies, but who knows. I think Chapman is perfect for me (although Southwestern's curriculum was temping if it wasn't in the middle of LA also), and I'm confident they'll do better in the next few years.
4/21/08: Santa Clara was the #2 school I wanted to go to. I didn't get a scholarship from them, but it is closer to my family. My boyfriend and friends are down south though... and I wouldn't want to stay at home with my parents so the lower living costs can't really be included. Santa Clara's course list and degrees are a lot more bland though. It would be cool to graduate from there, but I don't think I would enjoy it much at all... So I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay here and go to Chapman. I hope it doesn't reflect too badly on my resume, but my dad turned down Stanford for Washington University so... I know Chapman will begin doing better too!
3/27/08: 99% going to Chapman! Already got my apartment leased and everything. Got rejected from Berkeley and decided not to go to Southwestern. Thank you for all the encouraging words. Luckily, Chapman allows you to keep your scholarship with a 3.0 GPA so I'm just going to work my butt off to keep it! My undergrad GPA was lowered a lot from my Biology and Math classes.... I had a 3.8 in everything else! I'm going to fight really hard to keep the scholarship though. It means a lot to me!
3/6/08: I'm happy to have gotten my second acceptance, although I will probably not go to Southwestern. The scholarship is nice (they say it's the highest honor?), but it's hard to pass up Chapman's 80%. I also really love the Orange County area versus LA. I guess I'll review both programs just in case.
@ ysolate: Haha, I took my LSAT in Sept and finished all the paperwork/transcripts in December, but I suddenly got lazy with the holidays and didn't write my Personal Statement until last minute...
2/20/08: Yay! I got into one school and my top choice for now~ I'm happy to know I got a scholarship although my undergrad GPA wasn't that great. My first acceptance and perhaps only~ Only a few more weeks until it's all settled!!