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Friday, February 28, 2003  

Just for phun

Num yums for spring

. kate spade no.1 and no. 2
. bloom pampering essentials
. benefit dandelion
. philosophy kiss me red
. little thinkers

[ disclaimer: i own none of these products and am offering no testament as to their value or quality. i am a simple gal (if slightly high-maintenance) preparing to enter school and I can't afford any of them, but if i was overflowing with cash i'd probably pick them up. ]

: )

posted by elle | Friday, February 28, 2003 |

Spring fever

Transplanted southerner that I am, I managed to make it until Feb. 28 before the snow-weariness kicked in. In honor of my burgeoning spring fever, I offer poetry...

Boat drinks

Boys in the band ordered boat drinks
Visitors scored on the home rink
Everything seems to be wrong

Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap air fare
I gotta to fly to Saint Somewhere
I'm close to bodily harm

Twenty degrees and the hockey game's on
Nobody cares they are way too far gone
Screamin' "boat drinks", something to keep 'em all warm [....]


Coincidentally, I received a call from a MWU 3L last night making the rounds of potential enrollees. I gave an account of yesterday's experiences and asked if the administration and faculty are more supportive of students who opt to attend their university. It took a couple of iterations before he understood what I was asking him -- which did not win MWU any bonus points -- and informed me that they were. When I asked about marketability and summer associateships, he explained that two friends of his had managed to find summer work, one as a part-time employee at a local (and rather nasty) personal injury firm and another working in the relevant state roads department. These were the prized summer associateships?! Ugh.

To be fair, the rest of our conversation was more pleasant. He has apparently been satisfied with his experiences at MWU. I wouldn't say he gave a ringing endorsement -- more of an even-handed appraisal -- but I appreciated nonethless that he had taken the time to call. (Or, at the very least, that UNL bothered to ask him to do it.)

Balanced my books for the month earlier this morning and put aside the cash for the MWU deposit. I'm waiting to hear from schools No. 6, 7 and 8 before I send in the check, but I assume its inevitable at this point.

posted by elle | Friday, February 28, 2003 |

Thursday, February 27, 2003  

Crappity crap crap

No scholarship from MWU. I'm "just below the cutoff."

I just e-mailed this to friends a moment ago:

One more thought on the scholarship crappiness. The e-mail I received about the scholarships was polite, but ended with "Best of luck with your admissions decisions." Gawd. He could at least have ended the e-mail with "We hope that you will still consider attending MWU" or some such thing. I realize that I may not have the most amazing LSAT score, but my UGPA is *great* and my LSAT score is still points above their 75th percentile. I realize that I'm not as qualified as those who are getting the scholarship money, but I'm still an above-average applicant for them. It would be nice to at least hear that they *want* me to attend despite the lack of scholarship money. I understand their budget situation. But they might do a little more in reassuring non-scholarship recipients that they are still wanted on campus.


posted by elle | Thursday, February 27, 2003 |

Wednesday, February 26, 2003  

Admissions offers by e-mail?

I receieved an e-mail letting me know that I'm in at school No. 5. Formal letter should arrive soon. It was a safety school that took an *incredibly* long time to process my application.

Any thoughts on the best ways to decline admissions/scholarship offers?

posted by elle | Wednesday, February 26, 2003 |

E-mail, please

Comments are on the fritz right now, so if you'd like to add your name/admissions stats to the update board send an e-mail to liable_blog at yahoo dot com. If you've already used a comment to update your status but your name does not appear on the admissions update board, you might want to send an e-mail, as well.

posted by elle | Wednesday, February 26, 2003 |

Tuesday, February 25, 2003  

And we all shine on...(or we don't)

I'm fully aware that I'm not going to win any awards for having demonstrated grace during my stint as a pre-law. Having said that, come on you admissions assistants, associates and committees! Get those decisions out in a timely fashion... (see below for notable exceptions)


I received a letter from school # 6 informing me that I had neglected to complete an entire page of my application, including the work history, scholastic honors and "No, I haven't killed anyone" sections.

Excuse me?

Perhaps the reason you never received a copy of it from me is because I completed the application online, through LSAC in fact. To mess the situation further, the application deadline for said school is Saturday, March 1. There's no way this is going to arrive in time. Of course, given that the letter was dated Feb. 14th (!!), postmarked Feb. 20th (!!) and received Feb. 24th (!!), I can't think that I'm the only one to blame for this. I prepped the new pages this morning and will priority mail the packet tomorrow; I'll also give a call to the admissions office this afternoon to let them know I acted as quickly as I could to complete my application. I'd really hoped to get a decision from them next week. (see above). Crud.


A "detailed" list of the 8 schools to which I have applied:

No. 1 - [MWU] Public, second-tier midwestern university. Accepted. Classified as "our state's primary university and the one I'll probably attend."
No. 2 - Private, second-tier southeastern university. Accepted. Classified as "safety school with a free application with nicer weather"
No. 3 - Second-tier Texas university. Accepted. Classified as "safety school with a free application."
No. 4 - Private, third-tier northerly-midwestern university. Accepted. Classified as "safety school with a free application."
No. 5 - Private, second-tier midwestern university. Decision pending. Also classified as "safety school with a free application."
No. 6 - Southern, first/second-tier public university. Application not complete (!). Classified as "school from which I received a grad degree."
No. 7 - Public, first-tier midwestern university. Decision pending. Classified as "school in a neat town with a great reputation and high non-resident tuition."
No. 8 - [GULC] Private, first-tier DC university. Decision pending. Classified as "school that probably won't accept me, but that I'm glad I applied to."

posted by elle | Tuesday, February 25, 2003 |

Monday, February 24, 2003  

Admissions deadline extended

Vanderbilt has decided to extend its application deadline for regular admission to March 31, 2003. The application fee is $50.

posted by elle | Monday, February 24, 2003 |

Admissions updates

I should note that, per the previous post, although I am aware of a handful of pre-law blawgers, I'm not going to post anyone's current admissions situation in the admissions update section without their permission. So, if you'd like to share your status, let me know.

posted by elle | Monday, February 24, 2003 |

Who's going where?

Since I've tried to devote this blog to exploring pre-law angst, I thought I would add a section to my links bar that lists other pre-law blawgers and where they have decided to attend school. I'll happily use pseudonyms and "public school in Oregon" type references; I simply think it would be a nice feature for pre-laws to have an updated list of other bloggers' admissions' situations. I'll start making the list today, so if you would like to be included, identify the following in a comment:

1. Blog name/pseudonym
2. Have you picked a school? If so, identify which school (as specifically as you wish) and whether or not you've put down a deposit.
3. Have you received admissions offers but haven't made a selection, or you're still waiting for offers? If so, identify (if you're willing to do so) the schools to which you have applied.

I'll begin updating the list either this afternoon or tomorrow.

posted by elle | Monday, February 24, 2003 |
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