10-17-09 Sent in applications to UNC, Wake Forest, Colorado, Villanova, UConn, and Tennessee this morning.
10-19-09 Received a lovely email from Villanova this morning saying that they got my application and with information about how to log on to my status checker, they say it will be about 2-3 weeks before I go complete.
10-19-09 Got an email from Wake telling me they got my application and providing me with status checker info.
10-22-09 Got an email from UConn saying that my application and LSDAS report have been received. Also got an email from Wake saying I've gone complete. Got another email later in the day from UConn saying I've gone complete and that they will start reviewing applications in January. Email from Tennessee with status checker info.
10-27-09 Email from Colorado saying application is complete.
11-7-09 Email from UNC saying they got my application. Promises of more emails to come with info about whether I'm complete and ready for review.
11-13-09 Accepted to Tennessee via voicemail, super excited! The first one feels really good....
11-17-09 Received acceptance letter from Tennessee in the mail in a small envelope.
12-1-09 Status Change at Villanova from "complete" to "ready for review".
12-11-09 Accepted to Villanova via status checker. Woohoo! I have options!
12-18-09 Accepted to Wake Forest via email!
12-18-09 Accepted to Colorado via snail mail (large envelope).
1-15-10 Received scholarship offer from UT in large envelope today. Happy.
2-6-10 Accepted to UConn via snail mail (small envelope). Just waiting on UNC now....
3-4-10 Waitlisted at UNC via snail mail today. Pffffff. They clearly don't know a quality student when they see one :)
3-25-10 Decisions decisions...
3-30-10 I knew it was going to be Wake for a long time, but I was still clinging to my other acceptances and scholly from UTK. So, in case anyone wants to know, here's how I decided...
UConn & Villanova - these were my safeties and would have only attended if I did not get in anywhere else or received a huge scholarship to make up for the ridiculous tuition. Both schools were okay, not much interaction with them though, it was more of an "you're accepted, send us a deposit if you want" type of thing.
Colorado - Did not expect to get in. I was seriously considering them because you can get in state tuition for 2L and 3L but eventually decided it would be too much of a move and that my personality might have clashed with the "typical" colorado law student. However, they were incredibly kind and helpful and it is clearly a great school, just not right for me.
Tennessee - This one hurt to withdraw from. The staff was probably the best I have interacted with. Exceptionally knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. I really wish I could go, but I do not want to live in Tennessee and I'm not sure about job prospects in NC, VA or DC. But to all of you future applicants, Tennessee is superb (and their building is beautiful).
UNC - Those bunch of characters. You never know what you get with UNC. I thought I had a really strong application, but apparently so does everyone else. However, their admissions staff is not exactly the best around. They might just be understaffed. So, staying on the Waitlist through June only because they are so much cheaper than Wake, although I feel Wake is the better fit for me.
Wake Forest - Is the perfect school for me. I can't describe it, but I think when you visit a couple different schools, you find one that just matches so perfectly with your personality and your goals and you fall in love. Wake's staff is also super helpful, prompt and kind. It's on a beautiful campus, excellent professors, great job prospects in the areas I'm interested in...I could go on and on. The only drawback is that I did not get a scholarship and will most likely not get one.
I really hope my little diary has been helpful to this year's applicants and will continue to be helpful for applicants in the years to come! Advice - apply early, take the application and personal statement seriously, let your personality shine through and aim high. Best of luck!