Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I am thinking about doing the same as one of the posters above (dropping down to 20 PS), although my GPA is in the low 3.5 range instead. Basically, there a ton of firms I have alternates for and high lottery picks on that I didn't get, and would much rather have over some of the PS I do have (the ones I'm thinking of dropping are secondary firms that don't pay market). I thought dropping down to 20 would seem safe since last year that's what the limit was, right? I'm pretty sure I could get at least 1 offer with 20 PS... but if this is a terrible idea someone tell me I'm an idiot.
That seems pretty logical to me, I thought about doing something similar, my GPA is also in the low 3.5 range. I'm an alternate for my top three firms and would love the opportunity to get them either through the lottery or possibly converted to a PS (although its seeming less likely that the ones I want will convert).
Up to you guys, should be fine. I can't tell from the way you are phrasing though, so to make sure: you can accept 23 preselects + as many alternates as you would like.
But, if after alternates convert into preselects, you have 23 or more, you won't participate in the lottery. So if you take 20 preselects and 7 alternates, and 3 or more convert, you won't be participating in the lottery.
I personally played by the "I'd rather be interviewing at a firm that preselected or alternated me than a lottery," but that's somewhat risk averse.