managamy wrote:Dear all,
The first thing that you will probably say upon reading this post is that I couldn't stand the self-imposed exile that I inflicted upon myself for more than a day or so. You're welcome to laugh about it, but I am going to explain why I am considering ending it.
Following a highly rewarding and generally eye-opening conversation with tomhobbes (who was kind enough to spend the time talking through matters), I have decided to withdraw from the remaining schools that have not notified me as of this point. (PM me if you want the list or have related questions.) Fortunately, I had not sent the essay to Chicago at this point, so I don't need to contact them and tell them to forget about it.
If you want me to stop posting in any threads except the "In at..." threads, just let me know. And if you still want me to shut up and leave completely, that's fine too. Anyway, I hope that some of you are happy to hear this news.
If I do continue to post, I promise that there will be a) no more sarcastic posts in the BP thread and b) no more gloating posts in the school threads.
I don't think the problem was really keeping the applications open. You put time and effort into your applications and are welcome to keep them open to an extent of your liking. However, making posts about going out of your way to get into a school (and, perhaps, take away a significant scholarship from someone who might consider it) when you have no intention of attending, and labeling it as "tricking" the school, is inappropriate as you have probably realized. You shouldn't withdraw your apps because others tell you to do so, and you shouldn't stop posting because of backlash from a few misguided posts. However, it is in your best interests (someone on TLS will probably find out who you are IRL at some point) to not burn bridges with stupid and senseless actions and a manifested bravado which is quite possibly unwarranted.
I do hope, at least, that something has come of this incident and that all of us 0L's have recognized this microcosm of the kinds of shockwaves that can be sent through the (sometimes all too small) legal community.