Thelaw23 wrote:You tried to leverage Columbia for more money by telling them you're at 2 HYS waitlists?
Is that a thing???
I really don't think it is because the chances of getting off any WL are pretty low.
Given the size and makeup of H's WL, I have to assume a huge number of Columbia admits are on the WL. I don't see how it would be important to CLS at all.
Ultimately none of us actually know with certainty what is important to CLS admissions/financial aid.
I think it would have been downright stupid to not at least try. I don't think it's "laughable" as someone above suggested. Asking for a bit more aid, even without "leverage" (as it's typically considered in the context of financial aid requests) doesn't seem much crazier to me than applying to such a competitive school in the first place. Check out the applicants thread if you disagree.
Even with good grades, tons of people don't get into CLS in the first place, and even with great competing offers, tons of people don't get increased aid. So why not work with what you've got regardless, whatever it is, even if other people tell you you've got no shot?
It's pretty weird to me that people would find my attempt so foolish when all of us know that so much of the admissions process and financial aid process is a crapshoot.
Yes, it's a long shot, but so is most of what we're doing in life at this point and going forward. Trying to get *super-good* grades, trying to get an offer from a *specific* top firm you really want to work for (rather than just any great firm), trying to get a *specific* prestigious clerkship...do you guys really think the chances of accomplishing any of those goals are high when you're competing with 400 other classmates at CLS or TWO THOUSAND other c/o 2020 students from the T6 alone?
Spoiler alert: THEY'RE NOT. But it should not matter!!!
I don't think any of us should have the attitude of "chances are low so why bother?" It isn't how any of us have gotten this far and it'll get us nowhere fast. I don't know about you guys, but I plan on encouraging my future classmates to make an effort and have some hope, even when everyone else tells them that the prospects of accomplishing their goals are low.