Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

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UtterConfusion
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Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby UtterConfusion » Sat May 15, 2010 2:10 am

Apologies for the double post, but realized this might be more appropriate here, amongst admitted students rather than those just beginning the cycle:

Thanks for any (sincere) advice on this matter, as I'm kind of losing my mind as to what will become of it.

Briefly, I've been admitted to and have accepted at a Top 14 school, and am very excited to attend this Fall. However, I've only now (truly) just realized that my school wanted to see ALL GRADUATE school transcripts, not just those granting degrees. I guess I thought grad schools did not matter much in the process unless they were degree granting, and I only supplied transcripts for and listed on applications the grad schools that I... 1. Received my MA from. 2. Am receiving my PhD from.

However, between my MA and Phd I also attended and taught at another school as a GRADUATE student for a year, taking only 3-4 courses, getting A's in all, and receiving nothing but good teaching reviews. There were no disciplinary or grade problems whatsoever, and I simply left this place for a different PhD program, and have thought little of it since.

Given these reasons, it may seem silly/foolish/absurd not to have sent this transcript in to LSAC or to include it on my T14's application, but I truly did not think it was necessary given the circumstances.

So...What should I do?

I'm definitely set on disclosing this after talking to others, and reading these boards--especially as I was not trying to be disingenuous in the first place. But, should I try to set the record straight now with the school and LSAC? Or would it be better to wait until I'm actually attending classes at my T14 and go to the Dean of Students in person with something similar to what I've written here?

Am I screwed and at serious risk for having admission rescinded? Or am I over-reacting?

Thoughts and advice are truly, greatly appreciated...

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dbt
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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby dbt » Sat May 15, 2010 2:12 am

I would send your information in now. Just say you honestly didn't realize that it needed to be sent in. I highly doubt you'll be in any significant trouble since you did well, which dispels with any notion that you were trying to conceal a bad transcript so as to be admitted in the first place.

But the school will still want to know; and it may be much worse if they find out later.

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby gdane » Sat May 15, 2010 2:13 am

You've been admitted, whats the problem?

Just pass it off as an honest mistake, which it was, and stay quiet. Too many people on here overreact. You dont need to disclose everything. If you got a traffic ticket, dont disclose it. If you became a baby daddy or mama, dont disclose it. It was an honest mistake. Dont worry about it. You've been accepted, thats great.

Good luck!

UtterConfusion
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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby UtterConfusion » Sat May 15, 2010 2:27 am

Thanks for the advice/encouragement gdane and dbt. As my thread title states, I realize I may be over-reacting, and perhaps this is simply one of those still-up-at-two-in-the-morning what-ifs, but I (like you both, no doubt) simply have worked too hard for things to fall through at this point, so again, your thoughts are much appreciated.

If there are other thoughts/angles to this situation that people are seeing, please feel free to chime in...

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby kalvano » Sat May 15, 2010 2:36 am

I responded in the other thread, but in short -

As a college student, employee, then manager...no mistake was ever made better or easier to deal with by ducking it or covering it up. Own up and fix it and you should be fine. I know a guy who caused $280,000 worth of damage and wasn't fired because the first thing he did was go right to his boss and admit to it.

I'm sure the school has seen significantly worse.

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby JOThompson » Sat May 15, 2010 2:48 am

This isn't a big deal. Forward the appropriate information and the school won't harbor any animosity toward you. Congrats on the acceptance and enjoy life at your T14.

UtterConfusion
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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby UtterConfusion » Sat May 15, 2010 3:02 am

kalvano wrote:I responded in the other thread, but in short -


and due to my bad on the double post front, you get a double cheers for both a response AND a concise summary of said response.

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby rockstar4488 » Sat May 15, 2010 9:33 am

Yeah, dealing with this now and admitting it makes it no problem. This is something that potentially can matter later though. I'm under the impression that some state bar associations dig pretty deep and are very nasty towards stuff like this.

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby WWAD » Sat May 15, 2010 1:13 pm

I actually forgot schools I had gone to and LSAC found them. It was no big deal. I just sent in the transcripts. You are a little further along, so let the school know. Unless that time was a game changer, bad grades/thrown out of school, which it doesn't sound like it was, then they will hardly notice. If they say they don't care about grad grades, which most do, then it should not be a problem even if the grades were lower.

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby maudlinstreet » Sat May 15, 2010 1:53 pm

JOThompson wrote:This isn't a big deal. Forward the appropriate information and the school won't harbor any animosity toward you. Congrats on the acceptance and enjoy life at your T14.

+1. This is not a big deal at all. The school is not going to care about your honest mistake, especially because you made all A's, received good reviews, etc. Just e-mail the school / send in the information as soon as possible and be done with it. No sane person would penalize you for this error, and to think they would rescind your acceptance is indeed an extreme overreaction. Have fun at your T14!

UtterConfusion
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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby UtterConfusion » Sat May 15, 2010 3:12 pm

Thanks, all... hopefully this is indeed resolved easily and quickly early next week. I'll be sure to post an update then, in case others are interested/have a similar situation in the future...

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Re: Am I Screwed, or simply Over-reacting?

Postby UtterConfusion » Tue May 18, 2010 1:12 am

UtterConfusion wrote:Thanks, all... hopefully this is indeed resolved easily and quickly early next week. I'll be sure to post an update then, in case others are interested/have a similar situation in the future...



Update:

So, basically everyone nailed it here in terms of advice. I called my school today (in the spirit of disclosure: I'll be attending CCN), first speaking with the Dean of Students Office just to be certain that I wasn't blind to any adverse consequences, as they're supposed to counsel/give advice on such matters. After a brief explanation, I was forwarded to the Admissions Office, where an Admissions Officer consulted with the Head, and ultimately told me to write and email an explanation so that it could be kept on file in case this ever comes up again, say, while filling out C&F paperwork.

I was slightly surprised that far from any consternation, as an admitted student the Admissions Office now seemed very concerned about protecting my best interests and were very timely and supportive. BUT, for anyone reading this who may be in a similar situation now or in the future, the Officer I spoke with said I was definitely right to call immediately as even minor discrepancies can come back to haunt you, so it's good to leave a paper/digital trail of disclosure.

Thanks again for all the advice/telling me to chill, both were certainly the right approach.




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