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risktaker
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Good or bad idea?

Postby risktaker » Sat May 21, 2011 12:45 am

I am wait listed at 3 schools right now. Would it be a good or bad idea to send an email to the admissions office of all 3 schools telling them about each school I am wait listed at and then telling them that I will attend whichever school pulls me off their wait list first and withdraw from the rest?

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby Gideon Strumpet » Sat May 21, 2011 12:53 am

Bad idea.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby 071816 » Sat May 21, 2011 12:53 am

Sounds like a bad idea to me. Just send normal LOCIs, etc. There is no need to disclose that much information.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby almightypush » Sat May 21, 2011 12:55 am

risktaker wrote:I am wait listed at 3 schools right now. Would it be a good or bad idea to send an email to the admissions office of all 3 schools telling them about each school I am wait listed at and then telling them that I will attend whichever school pulls me off their wait list first and withdraw from the rest?


bad idea. expressing continued interest is one thing... coming off as completely desperate is another.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby risktaker » Sat May 21, 2011 12:56 am

I just thought this might give a school an incentive to pick me because they would know that I will definitely attend if they let me in.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby 071816 » Sat May 21, 2011 12:58 am

risktaker wrote:I just thought this might give a school an incentive to pick me because they would know that I will definitely attend if they let me in.


Definitely tell them you would attend if admitted (if you actually would). Do NOT tell them anything about other schools that have waitlisted you.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby Gideon Strumpet » Sat May 21, 2011 12:58 am

risktaker wrote:I just thought this might give a school an incentive to pick me because they would know that I will definitely attend if they let me in.

It would give them all a good laugh. And my bet is you'd get back three rejects as thanks.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby risktaker » Sat May 21, 2011 1:04 am

Thanks guys. Guess I saved shooting myself in the foot.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby risktaker » Sat May 21, 2011 1:22 am

quakeroats wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8PhzrmBgMI


lol

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby KingMenes » Sat May 21, 2011 12:35 pm

@ risktaker

if you are unable to get off those waitlists; do you have a preference between McGeorge or Seatle Univ ?

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby risktaker » Sat May 21, 2011 1:45 pm

I am leaning towards Seattle right now if I do not get off any of my wait lists.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby KingMenes » Sat May 21, 2011 2:08 pm

risktaker wrote:I am leaning towards Seattle right now if I do not get off any of my wait lists.


Now that the U.S. government has signed that $100 billion defense contract with Boeing for the next several years, there will be plenty of direct and residual job growth in the NW region, so attending Seattle Law isn't a bad idea at all. Good luck in 1L.

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/inde ... ir_fo.html

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby patrickd139 » Sat May 21, 2011 2:13 pm

Gideon Strumpet wrote:my bet is you'd get back three rejects as thanks.

Not true. Sent a similar, non-desperate-sounding letter, got in off the waitlist at GULC as a transfer prospect.

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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby Gideon Strumpet » Sat May 21, 2011 2:34 pm

patrickd139 wrote:Not true. Sent a similar, non-desperate-sounding letter, got in off the waitlist at GULC as a transfer prospect.

Sending a letter to a school that has waitlisted you, giving them any relevant updates and saying, "I would absolutely attend if admitted," is one thing. (Sending that same letter to three schools; not a good idea).

Sending a letter to three schools that have waitlisted you (thereby indicating their already lukewarm interest), naming the other schools, and saying, "First one to grab my hot bod gets to go home with me, boys!" is laughable. If you got admitted despite that, then you got lucky. Maybe nobody saw the letter, or they remembered you gave them a good laugh when they were picking the last few names out of a hat.

The point is, it's fine to communicate your sincere interest to schools and to send appropriate letters that might tip the balance for you when they're running down the waitlist. But have some common sense about it.
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Re: Good or bad idea?

Postby 071816 » Sat May 21, 2011 2:41 pm

Gideon Strumpet wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Not true. Sent a similar, non-desperate-sounding letter, got in off the waitlist at GULC as a transfer prospect.

Sending a letter to a school that has waitlisted you, giving them any relevant updates and saying, "I would absolutely attend if admitted," is one thing. (Sending that same letter to three schools; not a good idea).

Sending a letter to three schools who have waitlisted you (thereby indicating their already lukewarm interest), naming the other schools, and saying, "First one to grab my hot bod gets to go home with me, boys!" is laughable. If you got admitted despite that, then you got lucky. Maybe nobody saw the letter, or they remembered you gave them a good laugh when they were picking the last few names out of a hat.

The point is, it's fine to communicate your sincere interest to schools and to send appropriate letters that might tip the balance for you when they're running down the waitlist. But have some common sense about it.


I agree with all of this.




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