I guess the best way to put it about my LSAT was that I performed like Michigan vs. Appalachain St. Heavily favored, only to lead to a historic choke job. Definitely not putting up a performance like that when I retake in December.
Retake: 162. Time to re-enter the t-20 discussion.
1/15/08: Everything is complete. Now we wait...
02/04/08: My sorrow at seeing the Patriots run at history and the destruction of Tom Brady's infallibility was ameliorated by a nice acceptance e-mail from GW. What a hell of a way to wake up!!!
2/20/08: Decision at GULC. In an attempt to assuage my anxiety about a decision at my first T-14, I went back and reviewed my application. To my horror, I realized that I did not include the optional statement. I didn't help my cause to that effect. GULC will give me a first, either my first T-14 or my first rejection. However, I'm pretty confident that it won't be the last of either result.
02/21/08: Anxiety has subsided. Accepted at Georgetown. Personal note from the dean. I'll update more when I wake up on Saturday from tonight's celebration.
02/23/08: Brief respite from my T-14 celebration to log in to the Georgetown Admitted Students website and IT WORKS!!! Logging in and out of this site will now comprise 99% of my internet activity until I become bored of doing so, which will probably be never! I know there are probably many people who say with my numbers, I shouldn't be accepted to such a school. I don't really care neither why I got in and others didn't nor what they have to say about me being accepted. I am who I am and I succeed at anything I want to do. Adcomms can either believe in that through the various aspects of my background and application and offer me admission or they can fail to see this promise and deny me. However, I do know that whatever school I attend when I graduate, my position in my class will not reflect my numbers entering that class. So feel free to hate now if you so please.
02/24/08: Personal aside. I drove home today to pick up my letters (I have all my correspondence sent to my parents house) and I thought I was excited until I saw how much my mom couldn't stop smiling. The best decision I made this cycle was to have my letters sent to her house instead of my apartment at school, but I only wish that somehow I could see her face when she opens them. Talk about priceless. The irony is that she won't even let me have my own acceptance letters! She says she takes them to work as her office "bragging rights". Oh well, she deserves it.
03/04/08: I am suffering from chronic status checker syndrome with no foreseeable cure on the market other than absolute fulfillment by the dozen or so adcomms of remaining schools.
03/11/08: Decision at Duke. In the absence of other favorable decisions, this will make or break my Spring Break. I heard that the acceptance e-mails are mailed out around 6, so if I go to sleep without one, I'll know what that means. If I do, however, hear from Bill Hoye then I will definitely celebrate until exam week.--UPDATE: Waitlisted. Ambivalent about my current status.
03/19/08: Waitlisted at Berkeley. Prospects for a second T-14 school are becoming bleek. Trying to maintain a bit of hope for the remaining four schools.
03/28/08: A lot of action over spring break. The denial at Michigan hurts a lot. Visited GULC, however, and I absolutely loved it. More likely than not, you'll see me in DC next year. 3 T-14s left and two fringe t-14s. If I can pull 60% from those five I'll be happy.
03/31/08: No less than 15 min after I make housing reservations at GULC, I get a 35k a year scholarship from BC. I've never been more upset at getting awarded money in my life. As Frank Costello would say, "that's what they call a paradox."
04/02/08: In at Vandy. Not surprising considering they sent me a fee waiver with 2 weeks left in the cycle. I am, however, surprised at the quick turnaround. With a little bit of money, I'd be hard pressed to turn them down with my current options. The saga continues. Still hoping for one more T-14.
04/03/08: Decision at UVa. My top school. All I can do is hope. There has never been anything false about hope. EDIT: While waiting for my UVa correspondence I received a nice half-tuition scholarship from GULC. That's going to be pretty hard to turn down.
04/07/08: Priority waitlist at UVA. Time to turn on the charm and knock out this interview. First stop? Brooks Brothers for a "Thank You for this Acceptance" outfit.
04/09/08: GULC bumps the scholarship to 75% tuition. Everybody but UChi and UPenn might be out of the race.
04/14/08: The GULC scholarship letter gives me an ultimatum. By April 24th, I must either sign or decline. It seems as if they are the only T-14 willing to take a chance on me so I figure I might as well take a chance on them. Hopefully it'll work out for the both of us. I only hold out for Chicago and Penn because of their world class business schools. I have, however, already paid a deposit for student housing at GULC. Looks like DC will have two new black men in power this fall ;)
04/19/08: Send in my scholarship acceptance letter to GULC. Waitlisted by UChicago. I love Chicago. Considering my prospects as a transfer.
04/22/08: Final results come in from UCLA and Penn. Acceptance and waitlist respectively. I'm riding out the waitlists to see where I get in then talking to admissions departments about a transfer if Chicago or Penn eventually say yes. To be continued.
05/05/08: A serious paradox. Chicago accepts me. My dream school said yes. Now how do I get Georgetown cancel my binding agreement to let me fulfill that dream? I thought Chicago had forgotten about me and never withdrew because I hadn't heard from them.
05/13/08: Chicago scholarship. The painful irony. I am sick to my stomach.