11-30: E-mail acceptance to Fordham arrived today-- woohoo, I'm going to law school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12-2: It's my birthday today, and as a present I returned home to find my Georgetown acceptance. Happy happy joy joy : )
12-14: Grrr, still no word from Columbia, Penn or NYU...
12-15: Not the word I was hoping for! Just found out I was deferred at Columbia today. Ah, well, at least there's still hope.
12-15 (evening): Great news! When I left the gym, I noticed I had a call from a 215 number, complete with a message from Dean Meeker. Luckily I caught him still at work, even though it was 7:30, and he told me I was accepted... I was totally gushing like I'd won the lottery, I was so happy! I really love Penn... I'd probably still pick NYU or CLS because of location right now, but regardless, I know I will be at a school I love. Such a huge relief.
BTW, I did write the "Why Penn" essay, and I spent quite some time on it as the school is definitely one of my top three.
My plan from the start was to select a small number of schools and devote a lot of time on each application. I was totally kicking myself earlier today for not applying to more places, but I feel like my acceptance to Penn validated my strategy. I even read Kermit Roosevelt's novel while doing the app, just to get in the mood.
12-23: $15K merit award offer from Fordham--can't tell if it's per year or total, but either way it's not really enough to sway my decision. Also received a packet for admitted students day in January at G'town.
12-24: Official deferral letter from Columbia, stating that my application will be reconsidered in March. Luckily, my acceptance packet from Penn came today, too, complete with viewbook and Philadelphia magazine--they know me so well! I love when schools send extra stuff in acceptance materials... I'm pretty sure I went to my UG school because they sent me a free book : )
12-30: Deferred at NYU... as soon as I saw the small envelope, I knew it was bad news. Dated 12/19, postmarked 12/23 (well that certainly took long enough to arrive!). Decision to be made by late April; "may submit additional information."
1/4: Withdrew from Fordham. For some reason had a lot of anxiety about it.
1/23: Mailed LOI's to CLS and NYU. Luckily I've been crazy busy with activities lately, so lots to write about.
1/27-28: Attended Georgetown's admitted students days--the facilities are nice, but I don't think D.C. is for me.... although I'm waiting for Penn Preview on 2/17 before I decide for sure.
2/17: Went to Penn Preview. LOVE. Heading back for the March Admitted Students' Weekend.
2/28: Withdrew from Georgetown due to love for Penn.
3/16: Received email from Penn indicating no need-based aid. Not exactly a shocker, since I had to report my parents' income.
3/24-26: Went to Penn (again) for the Admitted Students' Weekend. Good times.
4/1: Waitlisted at Columbia. Probably withdrawing... still thinking about it.
4/6: Rejected at NYU -- BOO. Was hoping to skate through with no rejections (only waitlists), but alas, it's not to be. On the other hand, I was already leaning towards Penn, so now it's official: I'm packing my bags for Philly! The deposit will be in the mail after I get paid next week : )