caved wrote:managamy wrote:LieutKaffee wrote:
I just hope there were people who looked down on you for taking a year off after high school. If that's all I knew about a person, I might suspect they weren't exactly "going places." Having a super-perfect GPA from friggin' Stanford and a 99.9999999th percentile score on the LSAT is a decent situation to end up in.
There definitely were such people. If it were all I knew about someone, I would also not think much of their motivation, etc. I had no choice, however, since I had no acceptances from my first cycle.
Now, I must admit that I am enjoying the process of proving all of their doubts and suspicions wrong. It's a very rewarding feeling.
I think the problem might still be that it's a little hard to understand how your UG app experience was traumatizing if you ultimately got into Stanford, one of the most selective schools in the country and one that many would kill to go to, regardless of what may have happened along the way... I just hope by referring to it as your only "top level" acceptance you don't mean only acceptance within HPYS.
this. as someone who had a solid SAT and GPA w/ very strong softs but did not get accepted anywhere but a crappy LAC safety school (and i applied early to stanford, my dream school, to get deferred and then rejected), i must admit that this doesn't make me feel particularly good.