presidentspivey wrote:brinicolec wrote:Type of URM: AA (also white and Japanese)
Attending: Michigan (with $)
GPA: 3.42 (downward trend, smh)
Undergrad: "Public Ivy" ???
Softs: Mediocre or average, I guess; less than one year between UG and LS
Advice: I'm honestly not even sure. I guess, expect to spend a fair amount of time crafting your PS. Try a few different topics until you find one that feels right. Regarding schollies: I didn't do A LOT of negotiating, but I was able to get GWU to increase their scholly $. Also, originally, Michigan didn't offer me any merit-based aid and I don't qualify for need-based, but they scholarship match and once I got all of my scholarships from other schools, I shot them an email with some of my more compelling offers, as well as a blurb about how much I like the school and wanted to be able to attend etc. etc. and they actually ended up giving me MORE money than I was offered by a higher-ranked school (that's also a T10) so don't be discouraged just because you aren't offered money the first time around. Be willing to ask for money. The worst they can say is no. Just make sure you have some leverage!
Approx. Time of Application: Late-November (for most).
Other acceptances: Georgetown (with $), UCLA (no $, which was weird to me), UT (with $), Northwestern (with $), George Washington (with $), Boston University (with $), USC (with $), Vandy (with $), Emory (with $) (and more because I'm neurotic)
Rejections: NYU, HLS, Cornell, Chicago
Waitlists: WUSTL, CLS, UVA, dook, Berkeley
Congrats man. Michigan with money is a great outcome.
Thank you! All things considered, I'm pretty content with how my cycle went.