I'll pass on the deposits.
When I originally applied, I thought I'd be content with any/all of the schools I chose. After sending them out, however, I honestly do not believe I'd be happy with any of my choices, other than UConn. The debt load just wouldn't be worth it, IMO, unless I snagged a spot at a school I felt provided me with decent career prospects.
I'm graduating from ASU this May with honors (3.68, hopefully a 3.7 after this semester), a BIS in Women/Gender Studies and Political Science, as well as a BFA in Painting. My LSAT was an abysmally low 157, but I was pulling 6 classes (18credits), 40hr work weeks, and an internship with a non-profit teaching civics at the women's prison when I took the test. My only prep was two weekends during July - test in October.
I figure, I'll move to CT, work part time, take a lengthy course that leads up to the test, and improve my chances?? As far as the rest of my application goes, I feel I've accumulated decent softs, great letters of recommendation, and a nice, though editable statement. Furthermore, I think my background constitutes a relatively diverse applicant - father wrongfully shot and killed by state police, leaving my mom a single parent of three, grew up in poverty, depended on social programs (now being cut!), first college graduate in the family, gay, etc.
My friends and family insist I take the scholarships at one of the schools I've already been accepted to, but they're not the ones getting buried in debt. I'm looking for some sound advice here - or, perhaps, just reassurance that the above plan is the smart move.
Thanks for the help!