***02/24/09*** So, my final decision is to attend Berkeley (it might have been obvious in a comparison of my previous posts). I've not received a final decision from Chicago or USC, but an acceptance from either wouldn't make me rethink Berkeley. So it appears I'm done with this very arduous process! I'll have a final posting regarding my thoughts on and lessons learned from all of this very soon. Until then, good luck to everyone who is reading this. Congratulations if you have gotten into your dream school!!! If not, keep your head up and believe that everything truly happens for a reason. You will find success if you work hard and keep fighting.
Update (03/23/09): Out at USC... but it's ok =)
Update (04/28/09): Out at Chicago... and again all ok =)
***02/19/09*** OMG! OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! I GOT INTO BERKELEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY NO. 1! THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!! SUNNY CALIFORNIA! AHHHHHHHH!!!! AND THEY ARE PAYING FOR A FLIGHT TO COME VISIT!!! I WOULD WALK ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET TO BERKELEY! ... ... and breathe....
***02/07/09*** Whoa! So after not having received a call from Chicago (the norm if accepted) I, for sure, thought I would be waitlisted or rejected... but instead I've been placed on "hold." It says you can send an additional LoR, an updated transcript, or an additional essay (they give you 3 topics to choose from: one on internet regulation, one on payments as a precondition for endorsing a candidate for President, one on a movie/book that resonated with you) which must be submitted by Feb. 27. Hmm... I think I'd go to Virginia over Chicago but I sort of want to get into Chicago now. It's nice to have options, not sure what I'm going to do... BTW, where is USC's notification!!!? It was forever ago that I went complete!
***02/05/09*** Waitlisted at GW... which doesn't beat UVA or Cornell! It's been 4 consecutive days of notifications! Only 3 more places...
***02/04/09*** In at U. Washington!!!! And with it came a very personal message from the Dean of Admissions which definitely makes me feel honored and privileged to have received an invite. Not sure if I'll attend but Seattle would be an incredible place to spend the next three years, so we'll see!! The notices just keep rolling in! Only 4 places to hear back from! WOW... I'm almost done!
***02/03/09*** IN AT CORNELL!!!! My second T14! Can this really be happening???! I received an email this morning from the Dean of Admissions informing me of my acceptance. I cannot believe it! I'm definitely going to visit before I make my final decision on where to attend... but wow... an IVY LEAGUE... this is incredible!!!!!
Later that day... Out at Columbia! Ok, so into one Ivy and out at the next. Not sure why this one doesn't sting as much as I thought it would. I think it's because I would have told you before this all started that I wasn't going to get in anywhere. I seriously cannot believe this has all happened. But now it all lies in Dean Tom's hands. C'mon Berkeley...
Status Checker: Chicago's rejection/waitlist is in the mail...
***02/02/09*** Haha... Another waitlist from Boston University. Serves me right for complaining about waitlists.
***01/31/09*** Another waitlist... this time at Vanderbilt. I would go to Virginia over Vanderbilt so it doesn't really matter but waitlists are definitely annoying... Just make a decision, yes or no! Haha... Right now though... Columbia and Berkeley are the only decisions I'm biting my fingernails over and the only two places I'd go over Virginia. I've now heard back from half of my 17 schools. This process seems to have taken so long yet I can't believe I'm almost done.
***01/23/09*** Status Checker: Vanderbilt letter on its way...
***01/22/09*** So I'm shocked!! I thought I would have surely been rejected from Penn, but I just received an email stating that I've been placed on their waitlist. It's weird, however, the instant you realize that you aren't going somewhere, especially when for a year you've imagined what it might be like to go to school there. So long Penn...
Virginia is currently the frontrunner.
***01/17/09*** Out at NYU...so not living in Soho. Not too disappointing because I feel lucky to even be considered at these top schools. I'm just sooo glad that I'm cemented into a Top 10, and no one can take that away. ...Still holding out for my top 2!
***01/09/09*** IN AT UVA!!!!!!!! AHH!!! I got a call this morning from the Dean of Admissions! My dreams have definitely come true this cycle!!! I'm into a Top 10 school!!!
***01/07/09*** Got back to school today, checked the mail, and rejected at Georgetown and waitlisted at UCLA. It was sort of expected from Georgetown but a little disappointing from UCLA. However, I'm honestly a little relieved about UCLA too. After applying early decision, I was sort of praying for a deferral because I've been having second thoughts about being forced to go to LA, especially after knowing the consideration Berkeley (my #1) is giving to my application. A waitlist isn't a deferral but it isn't a rejection so it's not all bad news. If it counts for anything, UCLA's waitlist letter is really nice and states "the Admissions Committee is 'sufficiently impressed' by your qualifications to place you on our waitlist." So... On we go!
***12/22/08*** Email from Boston U. stating that there has been a significant influx of applications this year, and I'll hear something from them by mid-January. Getting into BC definitely mitigates the nerves regarding BU though.
***12/18/08*** BIG PACKET FROM BOSTON COLLEGE!!! I can't believe it!!! Also, got an email from Dean Tom at Berkeley Law saying I've passed initial review and have been selected for further consideration by the Faculty Admissions Committee (only about 1500 applications that aren't admitted directly move there...around 200 are generally accepted). But regardless of what happens with Berkeley...it has been a great day! I'm in at BC Law!!!!!
***12/02/08*** In at American!! Didn't think I'd hear from them so soon! Yay...Now I have options!
***11/24/08*** All 17 apps complete. I should definitely hear back from UCLA and BC within a few weeks.
***11/21/08*** In at Miami! (I'm officially going to law school!)