whimsical (2014-2015)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
University of California Los Angeles graph WL, Rejected 11/02/11 11/02/11 11/10/11 02/08/12 2 years
University of Virginia F graph WL, Accepted W 10/27/11 10/28/11 10/31/11 01/18/12 2 years
Vanderbilt University graph WL, Accepted W $85,000 11/04/11 11/07/11 11/11/11 01/30/12 2 years
Georgetown University graph Accepted W 11/02/11 11/02/11 11/07/11 01/17/12 2 years
Indiana University Bloomington F graph Waitlisted W 11/02/11 11/28/11 11/28/11 04/19/12 2 years
Washington University in St Louis F graph Accepted W $60,000 10/26/11 10/27/11 10/31/11 12/06/11 2 years
University of Minnesota Twin Cities F graph Accepted W $84,000 10/26/11 10/27/11 11/02/11 12/12/11 2 years
Boston College F graph Waitlisted W 11/07/11 11/09/11 11/14/11 02/09/12 2 years
Boston University graph Pending W 11/04/11 11/04/11 11/15/11 02/09/12 2 years
Emory University F graph Pending W 10/26/11 10/28/11 10/28/11 02/09/12 2 years
University of California Hastings graph Pending W 11/04/11 11/10/11 11/10/11 04/01/12 2 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign F graph Accepted W $33,390 10/26/11 11/02/11 11/02/11 01/06/12 2 years
Cornell University graph Waitlisted W 10/30/11 10/31/11 12/02/11 01/19/12 2 years
1 Northwestern University F graph Accepted A $45,000 10/26/11 10/27/11 11/02/11 12/29/11 2 years
University of California Davis graph Waitlisted W 11/04/11 11/07/11 11/15/11 03/07/12 2 years
University of California Berkeley graph Rejected 11/02/11 11/03/11 11/10/11 02/17/12 2 years
University of Texas Austin graph Rejected 11/02/11 11/03/11 11/16/11 02/05/12 2 years
University of Pennsylvania graph Rejected 10/29/11 10/31/11 11/02/11 02/03/12 2 years
University of Colorado Boulder F graph Waitlisted W 10/26/11 10/27/11 11/14/11 01/12/12 3 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Rejected 10/29/11 11/03/11 11/17/11 01/14/12 3 years

Applicant Information

176
2.8
N/A
Large Public
POLSCI/PHI
N/A

Demographic Information

Large/Metropolitan
N/A
Non-URM
Female
1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Scholarship numbers are listed for all 3 years combined.

Softs:
Mediocre - nonprofit work and internships, and FT jobs/internships over the summers. Currently working full time, and have had 2 PT jobs on top of FT work.

Extras:
GPA Addendum, DS, Why NU, Why Mich, Why Penn, Why UVa, Why Cornell, Vandy off-campus & in-person interview, NU on-campus interview, GULC off-campus interview.

LSP %ages versus real results:

DENY
Boalt - <5% ________REJ

WEAK CONSIDER
Penn - 21% _________REJ
Mich - 28% _________REJ
UVa - 31% __________WL, ACCEPTED

CONSIDER
NU - 30% ___________ACCEPTED
Cornell - 41% ________WL, withdrawn
GULC - 33% _________ACCEPTED
UT - 43% ___________REJ
UCLA - 41%_________WL, REJ
Vandy - 32% ________WL, ACCEPTED
UMN - 53% _________ACCEPTED
BC - 46% ___________HELD, withdrawn

STRONG CONSIDER
WUSTL - 59%________ACCEPTED
UIUC - 66% _________ACCEPTED

ADMIT
Davis - 84%_________WL, withdrawn
Boulder - 76%________WL, withdrawn

ADDITIONAL INFO & UPDATES

___________O C T O B E R 2 0 1 1

Oct. 24 -
LSAT score received & LORs & transcript all officially submitted.

__________N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1

Nov. 4th -
Submitted all my applications. WIll be updating this religiously in an effort to aid future splitters like me.

___________D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 1

Dec. 6th -
IN AT WUSTL!!!! Received an e-mail.

Dec 12th -
IN AT UMN via phone call!!! $28K/year, 2.5 GPA stipulation.

Dec 16th -
Held for NU ED.

Dec 22nd -
Held at BC.

Dec 29th -
IN. AT. NORTHWESTERN. HOLY SHIT. This is AMAZING!!!!! I'm so ecstatic. Going to wait out my cycle so that future splitters can have some sort of guidance though! (:

__________J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2

Jan 6th -
In at UIUC with a 25% ($11,130/year) scholly

Jan 12 -
WL at CU Boulder.

Jan 14 -
R at U Mich

Jan 17 -
IN at GULC!!!

Jan 18 -
WL at UVa, will be riding WL to try and leverage for $ at NU if I get in.

Jan 19 -
'Reserve' (aka WL) at Cornell! Also considering riding the WL for leverage...

Jan 30 -
FINALLY heard back from Vandy. WL, not surprised.

__________F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2

Feb 3rd -
R at Penn.

Feb 5th -
R at UT.

Feb 8th -
WL at UCLA, I'm surprised I didn't get a R. Cool!

Feb 9th -
Withdrew from Emory, BU, BC, and IUB. That means I'm only waiting on Boalt, Davis, and Hastings and then my cycle will be over!

Feb 10th -
WUSTL gave me a Scholars in Law Award!!! $60,000 over 3 years!!!

Feb 17th -
Out at Boalt. 2 more to go!

__________MA R C H 2 0 1 2

Mar 7th -
WL at Davis. Will not be pursuing the WL. Only waiting on Hastings now before my cycle is officially over!

Mar 30th -
HOLY SHIT $45,000 FROM NORTHWESTERN!!! I expected no money at all, so this is seriously amazing. Even though I was set on NU before, this really seals the deal. /cycle. Couldn't be happier. :D :D :D

__________A P R I L 2 0 1 2

Apr 19th -
LOL waitlisted at UIB. Apparently they never got my withdrawal email back in February. LOLOL.

__________M A Y 2 0 1 2

May 2nd -
In at UVa off the WL!!! Deadline for seat deposit is this Friday. No scholarship...tough decision. Also, cleaned up my LSP% chart to reflect only schools I received decisions from.

__________J U L Y 2 0 1 2

July 27th -
Wow, so late into the game but I JUST GOT INTO VANDERBILT WITH A - get this - $65,000 scholarship. Holy shit! I don't think that's compelling enough to turn me from NU, but damn, feels good man.

__________A U G U S T 2 0 1 2

August 8th -
Vanderbilt upped my scholarship to $85,000 after I submitted my Need Access to them. SO stunned. Unfortunately I've decided to still go to NU. What a great way to end the summer though!

August 20th -
Wow, VERY late (Orientation is in a week), but finally got the ding from UCLA. Unsurprising.

Visitor Comments

  • fellow splitter who got into NW
  • Thursday, August 25 2011 at 01:41 PM

good luck. Dont take this the wrong way, but you are overestimating your chances at Northwestern with a 170 lsat. To have a decent shot at NW, you need at least a 172, preferably a 173. Hope the Oct. LSAT pans out for you.

- illuminati
  • Friday, August 26 2011 at 06:45 PM

as you are now you should be able to get into a top 25 school with money. good luck on the upcoming cycle

- anonymous
  • Thursday, September 01 2011 at 11:04 AM

(sorry I'm not signed in right now, there's a problem with my login, but this is the creator of this page) @illuminati - I think you took my comment a little too literally...I'm not retaking for the exact score of 170. I meant in the 170s _range_. I'm currently PTing in the 175-177 range, so I'll be shooting for that or better. I'm well aware of the numbers required for a shot at NU ED. Thanks though! @anonymous - Thanks for the good luck! I'm hoping for something like that if NU ED doesn't pan out. :)

- whimsical
  • Fellow Splitter
  • Monday, October 24 2011 at 04:21 PM

Hey, you commented on my page like a month ago. Have you applied anywhere yet? I think the new LSAT scores came out today, I hope you got your target! I just submitted my first apps. I didn't take the Oct test so I really wanted to get them in before this wave of applicants. Low splitter = sad face, let's hope I'm alright in this cycle or I'll have to retake and reapply. Welp, good luck.

- kjholt
  • Tuesday, October 25 2011 at 09:40 AM

Get ready for a wild ride, with a happy ending at NU.

- UnamSanctam
  • crumpledq
  • Tuesday, October 25 2011 at 10:05 AM

Thanks for your note, and good luck at NU! My brother goes there and he loves it.

- crumpledq
  • Shhh.
  • Tuesday, October 25 2011 at 01:22 PM

I is stalking you.

- ginj
  • Saturday, October 29 2011 at 08:58 AM

What ginj said.

- rusly
  • ^^^
  • Saturday, October 29 2011 at 09:15 AM

same here

- JammasterJ
  • benito
  • Sunday, November 20 2011 at 08:26 PM

thanks a lot you too, and congrats on that LSAT score!

- benito
  • finally did some poking around on here
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 04:09 PM

congrats on the score. and good luck to another splitter. i'm hoping i can mirror your cycle with a little lsat luck in a year or two.

- yetanothersplitter
  • Tuesday, November 22 2011 at 11:16 AM

How did you prepare for a 176?!

- splitsville
  • Thursday, November 24 2011 at 12:40 AM

@splitsville: My 176 is actually a retake from a previous lower score. The first time around, I studied 6 months. I did 3 prep books (powerscore bibles and manhattan RC), and did 30 practice tests, but scored ~4-6 points lower than my average PT score because of nerves (I got a -7 on the first section, a section I typically score -1 or -2 on). For my retake, I actually didn't do much studying at all. I focused on relaxing myself and getting excited about the test. I did ~ 5 PTs with a range of 176-180 as my scores. For me, it was all about getting rid of the nerves and convincing myself that I was capable of scoring in the 175+ range. I'd definitely recommend basing a study schedule off of the LSAT Blog's monthly study plans, though. I used the 5 month plan (kinda--LG is my easiest section and RC is my hardest, so I switched around some things to focus on RC/LR more). Here's the link: http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/p/month-lsat-study-schedules-plans.html Hope this was helpful, sorry it's SO LONG :P

- whimsical
  • Tuesday, November 29 2011 at 02:29 PM

would've killed for that LSAT! Congrats, and good luck with your cycle!

- blech
  • Following!
  • Wednesday, November 30 2011 at 03:21 PM

Good luck! -Hopefully2012

- Splitter2012
  • Good luck!
  • Wednesday, November 30 2011 at 04:21 PM

Good luck on Northwestern!

- amp9rb
  • Thursday, December 01 2011 at 07:43 AM

Jealous of your LSAT! You rocked it.

- amp9rb
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 01:48 PM

Congratulations on WUSTL! Try not to forget who was your first acceptance when you're leafing through the 20 or so coming your way.

- Bashy
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 02:31 PM

Hahahah thanks Bashy &lt;3 You're far too kind about what my cycle is going to look like, though. I'm predicting LOTS of W/Ls.

- whimsical
  • benito
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 05:06 PM

hey C&T, just wanted to say congrats on the acceptance!! I knew they'd be loving that LSAT score....hopefully means a good splitter cycle is coming

- benito
  • WUSTL
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 06:26 PM

Congrats on WashU!! It'll be the first of many. :D!

- Splitter2012
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 07:30 PM

Congrats on WUSTL! First yes feels great. I'm right here with you obsessing over Northwestern, Cornell right now. This wait is brutal!

- ryemanhattan
  • Wednesday, December 07 2011 at 03:49 PM

benito - thanks for the congrats! I'm hoping it's a good sign too, though I'm not expecting too much other than a lot of WLs :P splitter - thank you, and I really hope you're right &gt;_&lt;'' rye - thanks!! and yeah, even though I was fairly confident about WUSTL because of their LSAT cutoff, it was still exhilarating to get that email. I'm really excited to finally be LS-secure, especially at such a great school as WUSTL!!

- whimsical
  • Thursday, December 08 2011 at 06:29 AM

YOU are awesome! I can't wait until you have your NU acceptance :)

- elibrarian
  • Saturday, December 10 2011 at 02:13 PM

Congrats on the 176! Let's stay in touch throughout the cycle, because, between us, I think we're blanketing T1. Where'd you find the percentages of acceptances?

- mssplitter
  • Thanks!
  • Monday, December 12 2011 at 06:59 PM

I wonder what's taking Johann so long with your acceptance. :). I'm definitely rooting for you to get in under ED!

- Splitter2012
  • i'm a stalker
  • Saturday, December 17 2011 at 10:18 AM

...so i was too superstitious before, but i've been stalking the NU thread recently and am sending you the most positive vibes! i look forward to meeting you at orientation next year!!

- tdicks
  • anon
  • Monday, December 19 2011 at 02:12 PM

Yeah, that was really derpy

- JammasterJ
  • re: next week
  • Wednesday, December 21 2011 at 08:53 PM

gosh I hope so. I hate that I still haven't been accepted anywhere. If I don't get in, hopefully I get the NU call soon!

- JammasterJ
  • Monday, December 26 2011 at 08:15 PM

i hope you're right!!

- JammasterJ
  • Tuesday, December 27 2011 at 07:59 AM

you were right ms whimsical! i appreciated your optimism I really needed it I think I just exhaled for the first time in two months:) thanks again

- benito
  • Friday, December 30 2011 at 05:20 AM

SOOO much congrats on NU!! I hope to see you in the fall!

- elibrarian
  • Friday, December 30 2011 at 10:36 AM

Congrats again on NU. I'm hoping that bodes well for my odds, too (although I submitted later than you).

- mssplitter
  • Tuesday, January 03 2012 at 10:05 PM

congrats on NU. Question: How many years of WE did you have (upon matriculation)? Thanks

- hosh
  • Congrats!
  • Wednesday, January 04 2012 at 09:43 AM

Congrats on getting into NU! Gives me hope as a fellow splitter!

- SplitterWhyWhy
  • Wednesday, January 04 2012 at 09:56 AM

@Hosh - I started working FT in February (graduated Aug 2010, job searched Aug-Dec, interned for DA from Dec-Feb) and I will likely quit before this summer. That means that when I start school I will have a total of &lt;1.5 years of WE. Hope this was helpful! (:

- whimsical
  • Wednesday, January 04 2012 at 09:58 AM

@SplitterWhyWhy - Thank you SO much!!! I'm so glad I can encourage fellow splitters, because I know exactly how it feels to look on LSN and have your heart sink when you see reds/yellows clustered around your stats corner. I've had so many panic attacks looking at LSN I can't even count them all.

- whimsical
  • Jelly
  • Friday, January 06 2012 at 02:55 PM

So jelly.

- Samara
  • thecactus
  • Friday, January 06 2012 at 07:07 PM

Good luck on your cycle! Congrats on the acceptances and scholarship offers!

- thecactus
  • Awesome!
  • Sunday, January 08 2012 at 08:59 AM

Thanks for the comment, and congrats on NU! Do you think youll keep your apps in for the other schools until they reach a decision or just withdraw? Having trouble with this myself.

- amp9rb
  • Monday, January 16 2012 at 07:56 AM

wtf waitlist at Boulder??? Also, sorry to hear you got dinged at U Mich ... ...but only kinda b/c I'm pulling for you to end up at NU, you have way too much NU love to go anywhere else.

- thisisme
  • Tuesday, January 17 2012 at 11:04 AM

I hope GULC throws a whole bunch of money at you and convinces you to come:) congrats!!

- benito
  • Monday, January 23 2012 at 10:36 AM

Screw Cornell, Virginia, and Michigan... That is all... E

- MaroonURM
  • Sunday, February 05 2012 at 03:39 AM

Guess we can add Penn to that list as well. Can't wait for NU ASW! Good luck with the rest of the cycle!

- MaroonURM
  • Monday, March 12 2012 at 09:46 PM

2.8 as a poli sci major? lulz

- dickweed
  • Wednesday, March 14 2012 at 09:44 PM

@dickweed - yup. And T14 secure at 2 schools ;) u jelly?

- whimsical
  • Wednesday, April 04 2012 at 04:08 PM

Hi! You are so right! On top of that, I still haven't even heard back from NU, and we were basically in the same situation. Weird! O well, congratulations on NU!! So excited for you!!

- elizcbeth
  • Lsat prep q
  • Sunday, April 22 2012 at 10:55 PM

Did you take an LSAT course? I blew my Dec test (and first test) by taking it nearly cold so I'm planning on postponing for a year and retaking after some serious prep. Your cycle is inspiration for me as I will be a splitter if I can score anywhere near your score! I know 160 to 176 is a huge gap but LR really took me for a ride (-22 to be exact). Anyway, Congrats on your cycle!

- ashen
  • Monday, April 30 2012 at 12:25 AM

elizcbeth - thanks so much! (: ashen - I messaged you, my response was (quite) wordy! You have no idea how much it means that I can help give sub-3 splitters hope that the T14 (with $!) is possible. Best of luck on your cycle, man!!

- whimsical
  • Personal essays
  • Thursday, May 03 2012 at 05:34 AM

Hi, I'm getting ready to take the October 2012 LSAT and will be applying in October to schools for the fall 2013 programs. I've been obsessed over your test results for the past few months as your numbers give me hope. I'm shooting for a 175(ish) on the LSAT and my GPA is identical to yours. I have about 7 years work experience and although I'm not a URM, I want to encorporate my unique ethnic background into my personal essays. But before going that route, I was curious if you'd be willing to share your personal essays specifically for Cornell. I think I'll be ok getting into Northwestern, but I was wondering how an Ivy League views someone like us, and besides the actual numbers, the essays (and of course recommendations) tell a good story. It would give me an idea of what an Ivy League is looking for in terms of writing style as well. I glance over some forums where folks paste their personal essays from time to time but, to be honest, only a handful are impressive :-/ Plus, they didn't note where they were accepted so the essays are useless. I don't know if this is something you'd be willing to do, but if you need to wait until you get your final word from your schools that's fine, I'm just looking for guidance. Any way you can help would be ABSOLUTELY appreciated. PS - Thanks so VERY VERY VERY VERY much for being so detailed about your application process because for me, you're setting a very good standard of what I need to do to get into these stellar schools. Congrats on your accomplishments/acceptances and for representing the low GPA splitter pool. All those who rejected you can eat your dust :-p

- anonymous
  • Sunday, May 06 2012 at 08:51 PM

Hi anon! Great to see another splitter on these boards!! :D Best of luck this October with your LSAT, I really hope you kill it and get a 180 and blow my cycle out of the water! I would be willing to share my Why X essays for sure, but unfortunately Cornell is the only school that I didn't save my Why X for!! ): I can show you my Why NU essay though, which is similar in structure but much better written (since I cared more about NU than I did about Cornell). Why X essays tend to be more personal, so my essays would only be marginally helpful to you anyway. It sounds like you have a really interesting perspective to use for essays already, I encourage you to pursue it. Anything that will help you stand out in a positive manner is a good thing! As for the 'Ivy League' comment: I don't think that the Ivy League distinction is particularly relevant in law school admissions. I suppose the equivalent of the Ivy League in law school is merely the top 14. Princeton, one of the more prestigious Ivy League schools, doesn't even have a law school! Because of this, if I were you I'd focus less on lay prestige and more on getting into the school that will offer you the best employment opportunity possible. The fact that Cornell is an Ivy League really means nothing to legal employers. Again, I'd be more than happy to send you my letters, but I'd prefer to do it anonymously via Law School Numbers instead of via email. If you could create an account, I will definitely message you with my Why X statement. :)! It's BEYOND great to hear that my page is helping other splitters figure out their cycle. I know how scary it can be to come to LSN and see little to no data near our GPA point. Thanks for the congratulations, and post back when you've created an account so I can send you that Why X statement! &lt;3 whimsical

- whimsical
  • RE: Personal Essays
  • Monday, May 07 2012 at 04:03 PM

Haha @ the Ivy League comment.... if you only knew my ethnic background and the type of competitive relatives I have you'd know why that matters (so in essence, at this point in time, I doubt I'd matriculate if accepted, it's just a got-to-do-it sort of thing) :-\ With that said, I already have a list of target schools in mind that I'll be applying to. Gosh, I didn't plan on creating an account until the summer, but I'm kind of glad you've requested that I open one. It makes the process even more "real". Thanks for EVERY THING - including additional advice in your post above.

- 2legit2split
  • Personal and Why Statements
  • Sunday, July 29 2012 at 06:50 AM

What a phenomenal cycle! I am a splitter as well. Right now I am focusing on my final draft of personal and why statements. Would you mind sharing your personal statement and one or two why statements. Though I recognize the efforts are uniquely personal for each applicant -- it would be nice to read statements of someone who has been accepted/waitlisted at T-14 schools. I have a 2.82 LSDAS GPA (3.714) and a 177 LSAT. However, my worries regarding GPA are of continal concern. Any advice/guidance you could provide would be immensely appreciated! Good luck at Northwestern - it is one of my top 3 choices.

- zoe
  • Numbers Twin
  • Thursday, March 07 2013 at 06:00 AM

Were identical in almost all regards. I truly hope my cycle goes as well as yours.

- clearlynotstefan

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