nba101790 wrote:LaurenAyn wrote:Golden Bear 11 wrote:LaurenAyn wrote:Hey all! I just got back from visiting Irvine last week and I really loved it. So much of what people say about UCI here on TLS is pure B.S. - the students are happy, engaged, and have had no problem finding good jobs. Their LRAP is also very generous. I'm leaning heavily towards UCI because (a) they're offering me $50K/year; (b) I would LOVE to live in California - I grew up in the northeast/midatlantic and wanna get out of here - and (c) I would like to work in public interest, which they're super focused on compared to other top-tier schools.
HOWEVER, my parents are not pleased with this choice. I've also been offered a full ride to Wake Forest (est. $41K/year) and $30K/year to Emory, and my folks wish I'd go with one of those more "traditional" and "prestigious" options.
What do you guys think? Am I mistaken to value things like a comfortable, personalized atmosphere and beautiful climate over a longstanding name and a large alumni base? Again, my dream job would be something like working for the ACLU, definitely not in biglaw.
(FYI, my stats were: LSAT=166, GPA=3.83)
How many times have you taken the LSAT? If once (even twice), please retake. Don't waste that GPA.
Ouch! I actually did take it twice, and did slightly worse the second time so decided I should just stop while I was ahead. (I had a legitimate excuse for the drop in score though - lack of sleep the night before - which I explained in my addendum.) And there ain't no way I'm going back to the drawing board at this late our! Haha not with full ride offers under my belt already The fact that UCI sees beyond pure numbers to realize prospective students' full potential is pretty great.
Just wondering, and not to be combative, but you actually wrote an addendum in which you blamed lack of sleep for your poor performance on a standardized test? Did UCI, or any school, comment on that whatsoever in an interview or other correspondence perhaps?
-> This is incredibly rude. The purpose of the addendum is to explain any extenuating circumstances that might shed light onto apparent inconsistencies in your file. Both scores were still very good, by no means "poor performance." And no, nobody gave it a second thought. And I got hefty schollys to Vandy and GW also and got into UCLA and Hastings and UW...they understand that sometimes, things happen that are out of your control. If I hadn't used that part of my application to explain what happened, it's likely I would have got flat out rejected from some of the ones I got into. Being human shouldn't be held against you.