Wormfather wrote:If I could convince myself that everyone who struck out, did so because they bid horribly, I'd probably send the deposit check in and withdraw from everywhere else.
Not really a question, I know.
Not everyone who struck out did so because they bid horribly.. but almost all people who struck out didn't do so because of grades (I say this as someone with mediocre grades). The people I know who struck out or came close to doing so had extremely PI focused backgrounds, clear personality quirks/bad interviewing abilities, complete lack of work experience, or some combination of these qualities to varying degrees. The people I know who just had iffy grades all did perfectly fine. For most, if you end up striking out at HLS you were probably likely to strike out wherever you went (including Stanford and Yale). There are some on the margins who don't fit this description but I feel comfortable making this statement as a generalization.