disappointed about December's score, but i have to move forward. i would willingly attend any of these schools, and i'm not an auto-reject at any of them (i hope!), so we'll see what happens.
scholarship info is per year. (i've been waiting a long time to type that sentence!)
1-7-09: decided to add catholic, mostly because it's close to my family and some friends, and i might decide that's what i want. also added buffalo.
1-9-09: good day. got a fee waiver from pittsburgh and immediately sent out an application. then i decided to use my fee waivers from u st. thomas and marquette. another thing: a guy from florida coastal is emailing me every few weeks offering me a $10,000 scholarship to attend. i have never applied, nor have i ever responded, but he continues to email.
1-12-09: finally sent in all of my applications. decided not to apply to new york law school because i could never justify the expense of going there and living in manhattan again over going someplace with a lower COL (and COA). and i looked at people with my numbers who got in last year, and they had meager scholarships. sent out an app to seton hall instead.
1-14-09: fee waivers from dayton, suffolk, and case western today. so many invitations to apply to places (including minnesota the other day--a place i have NO shot at getting into)! i was going to apply to suffolk, but that application is annoying, and i don't want to send a dean's certificate. i'll send out an app to case though. great school. and i liked "the oh in ohio". paul rudd, mischa barton, and posey parker? awesomeness.
1-15-09: woke up to an acceptance from miami! i got an e-mail from them telling me my caneID, and when i signed in, it said congratulations! i probably won't get a scholarship there, but it's still a fantastic option for me! okay, the obligatory i'm-going-to-law-school(!) comment HAS to be made:
I'M GOING TO LAW SCHOOL!
1-17-09: got a fee waiver from baylor in the snail mail yesterday and decided to apply for their summer quarter. also finally sent out my application to case western. i wonder what other fun fee waivers i'll get to give me more options? also, my santa clara status checker says i'm "in committee". i hope they like me!
1-19-09: (finally) filled out my FAFSA, but it only allowed me to include 10 schools. guess i have to include the rest later?
1-21-09: i'm craving updates. yesterday i got a thin envelope in the mail from st. thomas, and i thought it was a rejection, but it was a letter telling me that they received my application. i also got my packet for miami and decided to go to admitted student's day in march. nothing else except an invitation to apply to golden gate university and another email from denver telling me that my app is complete, but this one said it's going to committee soon. hoping to hear from santa clara, mcgeorge, and denver in the next week or so. hoping...
1-23-09: not much is new. a postcard in the mail from syracuse saying they received my application. sent out an app to hofstra the other day. waiting...waiting...waiting.
1-28-09: so i'm supposed to be on a status checker fast, but i saw somebody on here who has similar numbers and got waitlisted at drexel recently after going complete a few days after i did, so i looked at my drexel status checker, and it said waitlisted. it's kind of funny to be waitlisted there. they are a new school without a rank, and they don't even have many concentrations. i was just interested in their co-op program, but i would choose miami over them every day of the week. so i'm not going to stay on this waitlist. i have thought a lot about it, and i'd probably only stay on a few waitlists out of the schools above. still super psyched about the idea of miami and really hoping to get a scholarship from syracuse.
2-1-09: in at marquette via small envelope with only 1 sheet of paper--the acceptance letter.
2-4-09: decisions from both stetson and pacific, according to their status checkers. just waiting for them in the mail... also wondering where case western and seton hall are? haven't heard anything from either school!
2-6-09: impressive folder from pacific with a handwritten note from the assistant dean and an offer to fly me out as a legal scholar. $5000/year plus first-year books. hooray! also, officially withdrew from drexel. and my hofstra status checker went blank, so i'm expecting a decision from them very soon. ***evening update--got an e-mail from hofstra about fellowships, and i can log on to their admitted student's site.
2-9-09: official acceptance to hofstra with a hand-written note, but no mention of a scholarship. letter from seton hall saying my application is under review, but they still haven't cashed my check, which i don't understand. also another letter and fee waiver from ave maria. got a cool folder full of info about marquette and a fee waiver from mercer on saturday, too. ***evening update: received an email from lewis and clark saying that they're putting me on "hold" and will review my file in april/may. i've seen people with my numbers get rejected, so i'm happy i'm still being considered. just sucks that i probably won't hear from them until after i have to put a deposit in at another school. i'm going to mark it as pending but deferred, but it is just a hold with potential to be waitlisted, rejected, or accepted in the future.
2-14-09: syracuse is my valentine. they sent me a nice package with a shirt, a sticker, and a personalized letter. they've been high on my list for months, and i'm super excited about the scholarship to make attending there more possible! i think i've received all of my acceptances for now though. i'm already preparing myself for the rest to be waitlists or rejections. maybe it'll come down to syracuse vs. miami...
2-18-09: noticed i was in at chapman the other day via status checker. just received the acceptance letter, and they're offering me a 20% renewable merit scholarship. now i can go hang out with seth, ryan, marissa, and summer?
2-20-09: big envelope from st. thomas holding what i believe to be the official last of my acceptances for this cycle. $5000/yr renewable scholarship...but no t-shirt. i thought accepted students got t-shirts?! i like the philosophy and programs of this school a lot, but i doubt that i would choose it over syracuse...even though it'd probably cost a little less...
2-21-09: applied for seton hall's full-time program, but got admitted to the part-time program. sucky.
2-26-09: waitlisted at catholic. withdrawing immediately. DC=vomit; i shouldn't have allowed myself to be guilted into applying to a local school when i already know i hate the area and want to leave. also--how is it possible that i have not been rejected anywhere yet?
3-5-09: finally complete at case western. haven't heard any more decisions from schools in a while. got a t-shirt from st. thomas today with a nice handwritten card. also made plans to visit pacific mcgeorge for a legal scholar day in a couple of weeks. also visiting the ASDs for miami and syracuse soon. exciting stuff going on.
3-18-09: found out via email yesterday that denver accepted me. woke up to a waitlist email from pitt and a rejection letter (my first!) at baylor. definitely staying on the pitt waitlist, and i never would have gone to baylor. i only applied because they sent me a fee waiver, and i was addicted to sending out applications at the time. but eww waco, texas.
3-24-09: went to mcgeorge's legal scholars day last week and fell in love with the school. 95% sure i'll be there in the fall; however, i reserve the right to consider future acceptances from schools that have taken their sweet time getting back to me! also canceled my trip to miami this week and withdrew my application. going to check out syracuse next week.
3-29-09: haven't been obsessively checking my status checkers since i fell for pacific. so it was a pleasant surprise to see that i had been admitted to seattle university the other day. received an official rejection email from wisconsin. saddening. and then i got an email from santa clara saying i'll know by the end of april whether i'm admitted or waitlisted. didn't say anything about rejection though...just waiting on a few more decisions!
4-5-09: another twist--i've decided to put down my seat deposit at syracuse. i'll withdraw from the other schools i have acceptances from and wait to see what the decisions are on my pending applications. syracuse has amazing dual degree options and it's just what i've been looking for in a law school since the beginning of the cycle. i was impressed by the ASD, and i look forward to moving there in august...unless another twist presents itself!
4-13-09: after agonizing over my decision for days, i finally sent my seat deposit to syracuse this morning. i'll withdraw from the other schools soon, but right now it hurts too much.
4-14-09: another, and hopefully my last, twist. i finally know what it's like to make an easy decision. i checked my mailbox today, and in it was a large envelope from university of oregon. tore it open, saw that i was admitted, and couldn't stop shaking with happiness and excitement for a few hours. i never thought i'd get in! soooo i called syracuse, withdrew my application, and asked them to shred my deposit check. i did this without hesitation. this is a great choice for me. plan on going here in the fall. now i have to sweat the small stuff...like planning a visit and figuring out how to move there in august.
4-17-09: withdrew from pacific mcgeorge. it was painful. i'm banking everything on loving oregon. i don't think i'll be disappointed. going there next week for the ASD!