North wrote:Okay, so I'm about to ED WITHOUT this "Why UVA" because y'all don't like it and that's cool. All the criticism is spot on, now that I'm reading it with fresh eyes -- it sounds rushed and contrived, just like I was afraid of.
So, I'm thinking I'll try to visit next weekend. Should I try to write a better, more personal one and send that in before the decision comes out in 15 days?
I really think you'll get in either way.
But here's my thinking: If I get your ED app and see you registered for a campus visit or you send me a LOCI about your campus visit before I've made my decision on your app, I'm just gonna wonder why the heck you ED'd so shortly before visiting. Plus anything you send will sound ridiculous. "I came here and fell in love, so thank goodness I made an irreversible binding commitment just ten-odd days before I had the opportunity to actually make sure this was the right place in person."
Then I see your 3.3/173, upward grade trend, and work experience and accept you anyway.
Point being, in your shoes I'd either take a day to write a short, perfunctory Why UVA or simply submit it without it and let it ride. I'd save the campus visit for the unlikely scenario where you get WL'd and need a LOCI.
Or I'd write the website-trawling crap, then I'd visit. Then sit in the library and finish up the statement and submit it in the building, with all the reasons I found that day. "As I finish up my application in the Morris Law Library, I know I am making the right decision. All the evidence said UVA was the best place for me, but I had see it myself to be sure. Now I'm convinced that I want to spend the next 3 years in Charlottesville."
Then they can check and see that you really did visit that day (heck, maybe you spoke with them) and you're golden. Probably worth an extra 5-10 days to pull that trick. Far outweighs any minor costs from applying mid-January vs late early January.