somnium (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
1 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted A $46,000 12/03/06 -- 12/18/06 12/21/06 14 years
University of Pennsylvania F graph Waitlisted W 12/03/06 -- 01/11/07 -- 14 years
Santa Clara University F graph Accepted W $75,000 12/03/06 -- 01/12/07 02/23/07 14 years
Vanderbilt University F graph Accepted W $60,000 12/09/06 -- 12/19/06 01/16/07 14 years
Washington University in St Louis F graph Accepted W $78,000 12/09/06 -- 01/11/07 01/22/06 14 years
Duke University F graph Waitlisted W 12/02/06 -- 12/14/06 03/07/07 14 years
Emory University F graph Accepted W 12/03/06 -- 12/19/06 01/04/07 14 years
Northwestern University F graph Pending D W 12/03/06 -- 01/04/07 02/16/07 14 years

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Extra Curricular Information

Young Democrats
Founder of Young Democrats campus newspaper
Pi Sigma Alpha
Phi Kappa Phi
Not a whole lot, actually.
I think my letters of rec are really good, and my personal statement is also respectable.


I've had to work on-and-off during college, at the worst time it was 6 classes and 40hr/week. Probably affected my GPA, LSAT. Basically put myself through with merit scholarships and work. I'm a grad student now, but it's not for me, so I'm doing law school instead! Here's hoping....

Oh yeah, all my apps are fee waivers.

12/22- My Michigan app just went to decision. Eee! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the next week, so I won't know what the decision is until I get back.

12/30- I just found the big envelope in my mailbox! I'm so freaking psyched, I don't know what to do with myself. I'm telling everyone I know! Yeah, I know my numbers aren't the best, and some of you out there might think I don't deserve this... For you, I'm going to also say that there was a note on the letter from Ms. Zearfoss, praising my writing ability. I knew before I sent my apps that my personal statement would be the only thing that would give me a shot, so I've been working on it for the past YEAR. To boot, it details a time in my academic career during which financial hardship nearly made it impossible for me to finish my undergrad. I'm just feeling so positive, and I want to share it. Good luck to everyone else out there!

01/04- I was wondering about my Northwestern app, so I called, because I questioned the accuracy of the status-checker. Someone there let me know that my app is copmlete. Yay.

01/11- Called Penn and Washington, both schools made clerical errors, but now both files are complete.

01/12- Complete at SCU. Now I just have to wait for those decision to roll in. I'm climbing the walls.

01/16- In at Emory! Woo!

01/17- In at Vandy and WashU! 4 for 4...

02/26- So NW deferred me, and I'm not all that interested in pursuing it. Today I found out that Santa Clara accepted me, and awarded me my very first scholarship offer! Nevertheless, I think I'll hold out for the other decisions.

03/01- Wowie zowie! I just got word from Washington University that I have recieved one of their most prestigious scholarships, $78,000 over 3 years. The plot thickens.... and making the decision gets a lot harder.

03/07- The field is beginning to clear up a bit. Another merit offer from Vanderbilt, waitlist at Duke. I'm withdrawing from Duke and Emory, as they aren't really viable compared to my other options. Looks like I'm down to Vandy, WashU, Michigan, and UPenn.

03/15- So I'm going to Michigan next week! I'm super psyched, and hoping the visit will make my decision easier. I'm also hoping that I receive their full fin aid package soon. I got Washington U's package a couple days ago, so I'm waiting on Michigan, and Vandy. Once I've got all of the information, I expect it won't take me long to commit. I'm holding out hope for Penn, but really I just think they're going to reject me. Oh well... I'm kind of scared of crime in Philly anyways :P

03/21- So, I called Penn today... it's been 10 weeks since I went complete, and no word:P I'm taking a flight to Michigan today for the ASW, and I'm totally psyched. I'm never been to Michigan before, or the midwest, for that matter. Yay!

03/27- Ann Arbor was absolutely beautiful. The law school is completely in Gothic Tudor, the faculty and administrators were so informative and helpful, and I really got a good feeling from the students. The city of A2 is packed with bars, restaurants, and cool stuff. I'm definitely leaning toward Michigan, even though I haven't received their finaid offer yet. Here's hoping it's as nice as Ann Arbor!

03/30- So, no finaid offer yet : P I'm withdrawing from Washington U, so good luck to the rest of you wanting to get in there. I've agonized over Washington,, but, in the end, this is the decision I've made.

04/07- Ugh... the offer from Vandy is soooo tempting. I'm still not even sure of my decision. I'm withdrawing my application. Hopefully one of you gets that $ instead... if I don't hear from Penn in two weeks, I'm accepting Michigan's offer, blind of financial aid information. Giving up all that $ gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach, but some things are more important than $, right? :P

04/17- Yes! I finally recieved Michigan's offer, and it's everything I hoped it would be! Still no word from Penn....

04/18- Finally a response from Penn! Waitlisted. So, I withdrew my application. Michigan, here I come! And thus ends the saga of my law school applications... Hope you all had fun :D

Visitor Comments

  • Good Luck
  • Saturday, December 23 2006 at 06:45 AM

Good luck, girl!

- cardinalfire
  • Congrats...
  • Sunday, December 31 2006 at 03:38 AM

on your Michigan acceptance! I'm a 1L there who also got in with less-than-stellar numbers, so don't let anyone tell you that you don't deserve it. Anyway, I wouldn't trade Michigan for any other school. Guess we'll be seeing you in the fall?

- Jolie
  • mich
  • Sunday, December 31 2006 at 11:45 AM

Congrats on Mich! Maybe we'll meet at the ASW.

- kiki123
  • congrats on michigan!
  • Monday, January 01 2007 at 12:50 PM

that is really awesome and you must be soo happy! good luck there next year :)

- sexualch2ocolate
  • WOW
  • Tuesday, January 02 2007 at 06:35 AM

You had to work a full time job AND take classes?!?! And yet, you still had time to found a campus newspaper. Interesting. With soft factors like those, you are a shoe-in even without URM status. Thanks for proving me wrong... By the way, I love the "I'm a grad student now, but it's not for me" admission. Try working that into your personal statement. Maybe something like this, "Well, graduate school is hard and no fun so I think I will just join the bandwagon and apply to law school. I can get out in only three years and am guaranteed a million dollar job? I'll take it!" Also, if you think your recommendations are "really good" I ask you to check out the 238193810931 members of LSN and see how many think they have "really good" recs as well. Your dream of following the pack and attending a school beyond what your scores dictate is complete. Congratulations. But hey, I suppose not everyone can be at the top of their law school class, right?

- UMGurl
  • Re: "WOW"
  • Tuesday, January 02 2007 at 03:21 PM

UMGurl-perhaps whatever law schools that rejected you sensed your stank attitude, lack of graciousness and immaturity. You can't fake character. Good luck anyway!

- cardinalfire
  • Reality
  • Tuesday, January 23 2007 at 05:25 AM

Good going on being born black! It got you accepted to law school. Your numbers at Vanderbilt or Michigan would have been automatic rejections otherwise. Now I know who causes the first year drop-out rates.

- Geez
  • Congrats
  • Tuesday, January 23 2007 at 10:46 AM

I'm new to the website and I just wanted to Congratulate you on your Acceptances!!!!

- marche44
  • Congrats
  • Tuesday, January 23 2007 at 10:47 AM

I'm new to the website and I just wanted to Congratulate you on your Acceptances!!!!

- marche44
  • Vandy
  • Wednesday, January 24 2007 at 11:00 AM

Congrats, your numbers give me hope! :) And people who are jealous that they can't get in need to just accept the fact that your soft factors are way more important than any URM box. GJ on all the other acceptances too! :)

- wolfpack2
  • Uh...
  • Friday, January 26 2007 at 11:18 PM

Ok, so I expected to get some negative attention from some anti-Affirmative Action crusaders. And you all are entitled to your opinions, however simplistic and reductionist they may be. But I'm not the one you need to tell... tell your Congressman, Senator, Governor, or favorite Supreme Court Justice; I really don't need to hear about it. Better yet, go complain to the admissions committees. I mean, why would you even want to attend a school that you believe to be one that discriminates against people like you? Since both of you are lurking in the shadows of anonymity, I'm going to disable responses from unregistered members. You know why? Because you're ashamed to own up to your comments in this community. My guess is that you actually are registered members who do not want to be identified, especially considering that you might risk identification by an adcomm. To the rest of you: good luck and thanks for the support!

- somnium
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, January 30 2007 at 11:50 AM

Congrats on all!! Numbers don't mean a thing. Perseverance and strength mean a lot more, which I recognize (as do the attorneys I work for) at my Big Law job, and to which anyone who had to work while in college can testify.

- drujoe
  • congrats!
  • Tuesday, February 13 2007 at 04:07 PM

wow - great acceptances there! mich rules! and i know how hard it can be putting yourself through school and overloading on college experience was different as well. and to be a honest - i'm not the biggest fan of aa, but that is not always the reason for acceptances (as everyone knows) - it looks like you deserved them. congrats!

- nyarch
  • mich
  • Saturday, February 17 2007 at 06:08 PM

which mich asw are you going to?

- kiki123
  • mich asw
  • Wednesday, February 21 2007 at 06:41 PM

Awww, I'm going to the first one. Too bad. But, if you shoot a msg to their BLSA, they will put you in contact with a blk alumni org. They reimburse your visit up to $310. I'm definitely going to send in my receipts. You should email them if you are strapped for cash!

- kiki123
  • Good job
  • Wednesday, March 07 2007 at 03:30 PM

Congratulations on all your wonderful acceptances! Your cycle gives me a bit of hope. Enjoy making your decision among so many fine schools. :)

- silentswirl
  • Thank you! :)
  • Tuesday, March 13 2007 at 05:06 PM

Yours are pretty awesome too!! That Vandy scholarship is amazing, I'm way jealous :) They're leading me on by not rejecting me yet haha.

- wolfpack2
  • wow!
  • Wednesday, March 14 2007 at 09:39 AM

you got into some amazing schools! do you know where you want to go? i'm deferred at washington univ. and i would LOVE to go there... but I guess I have to play the waiting game. Did they call you or email you with the news, or did you just have to wait for the mail? great job this cycle btw!

- lollipop
  • Congrats
  • Wednesday, March 14 2007 at 05:45 PM

on all your acceptances so far..have you narrowed down your choices yet?

- ucwvgal05
  • U. Mich
  • Saturday, March 17 2007 at 11:13 PM

Congrats on your first choice!!

- tryin2makeit1
  • yay!
  • Friday, April 06 2007 at 01:19 PM

Congrats on making up your mind about Michigan--I'll see you there in the fall! Decided on where you're living yet? Haha, I'm working on that. Best of luck, see you soon! :)

- brittlynn
  • Re: Geez
  • Friday, April 06 2007 at 01:25 PM

Dear Geez, Sorry you're a hateful person. You're lucky that, with the advent of the internet, you've got a veil of anonymity with which to publicly denounce people you've never met of whom you're most assuredly jealous. I'm guessing you're not going to Michigan; Dean Z and the rest of the adcoms can smell poor character as if it were rancid milk. It's not about AA. It's about people like you who have problems with a system and, instead of striving to fight the established system, choose instead to attack people who are not responsible for its institution. One last thought: You implied that students like somnium affect 1st year drop out rates. Apparently UM's policy isn't affecting their status. They are, in fact, still #8 and the #2 recruited school. I'm sure you knew that, though. And where are you going to law school?

- brittlynn

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