Jay Obee wrote:You have to take the money at Penn. Just out of principle, you can't attend a school that won't even negotiate with you where there is a full scholarship to a peer school. It is a slap in the face. It is much better to love someone who loves you back. And you have an Ivy League school that is every bit as good as Berkeley waiting for you with bags full of cash in each hand.
And-by Robolettter? Really? Do you really want to attend a school that responds to your consideration-worthy situation with a roboletter? This is exactly why I can't go back to a UC. I'm very much looking forward to the luxuries of a private education, including an administration that sees you as more than just a number.
I know, the roboletter was really intense, especially given how nice Dean Tom was when I was admitted. I actually know a lot of prospectives who turned down Berkeley because they were turned off by the bureaucracy. The thing that peeved me most of all is that schools that I did not even get into showed me more respect (i.e. Stanford admissions staff were super gracious and nice). There could have at least been a "We think your experience in ___ is really interesting." I get that they are stressed, but so am I.
And THAT is my tirade for the evening.