b.gump81 wrote:Yes, you're correct in that people have the "right" to see out their cycle, but I was referring to people that have no intention of attending a certain school anymore or using it as leverage, yet still refuse to withdraw.
I agree that some people have no intention of attending a certain school or using it as leverage, but for the most part, people don't disclose their intentions or motivations. And I'd rather not cast a value judgment on these motivations with limited information. Each person has a different reason for applying to any given school. I understand the frustration of not obtaining the desired outcome in applying to a certain school--I have been rejected by plenty of schools, but just because I see someone on LSN who has gotten into Harvard and Penn State doesn't mean I feel the need to get that person to withdraw from PSU so I have a better chance of getting in.
b.gump81 wrote:Do you think if some people had withdrawn from schools you were waitlisted or denied last year, your cycle would have turned out more favorable? I would argue yes, and I believe I am doing something about it for this cycle. I think making people aware that they affect people's futures because they are too apathetic to withdraw is a start. People obviously have reasons for applying to certain schools, but that reasoning changes throughout the cycle as they may get into a reach or get offered money to another. All I am saying is, that as those peoples' cycles change and they become aware they would no longer accept an acceptance from a certain school, to withdraw.
Yes it would have changed drastically. More favorable? Who knows, but I didn't sit around on my computer wasting time and energy being mad at other 0Ls for not withdrawing at certain schools. You believe that you're affecting people's futures by writing on an internet forum, good for you. But instead of worrying about other people, I decided to retake the LSAT, get WE, and boost my resume. Maybe it's just being being a cynic or an asshole. I understand that my cycle is contingent upon other people's decisions and actions, but I think that most other people's actions are out of my control and I don't waste time trying to change that.