Berkeley 2010

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CardinalRules
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby CardinalRules » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:02 pm

Saya wrote:5:00pm. Looks like they're too cold today to send out emails. :( I'm starting to regret not taking advantage of the full 4 pages and writing about my love for Berkeley.


At one point, I regretted it too, but several people contacted me to say that they had been admitted with a 2-pager.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Saya » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:03 pm

managamy wrote:
Saya wrote:5:00pm. Looks like they're too cold today to send out emails. :( I'm starting to regret not taking advantage of the full 4 pages and writing about my love for Berkeley.

At one point, I regretted it too, but several people contacted me to say that they had been admitted with a 2-pager.
Two-pagers with great stats and softs, I'm sure.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby tintin » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:05 pm

managamy wrote:
Saya wrote:5:00pm. Looks like they're too cold today to send out emails. :( I'm starting to regret not taking advantage of the full 4 pages and writing about my love for Berkeley.


At one point, I regretted it too, but several people contacted me to say that they had been admitted with a 2-pager.


i wrote the 4 pager and had targeted letters, but no call for me, so i guess it doesn't make a huge difference!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Amelie » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:44 pm

managamy wrote:
Saya wrote:5:00pm. Looks like they're too cold today to send out emails. :( I'm starting to regret not taking advantage of the full 4 pages and writing about my love for Berkeley.


At one point, I regretted it too, but several people contacted me to say that they had been admitted with a 2-pager.


I'm one of them... and I was really worried about it before I got the call. I think if you have a strong PS, regardless of length, you're fine.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby hoopsguy6 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:47 pm

I got the call last week; submitted my 2 page PS that I used for every other school. My softs are below average, so I think the value of the 4 page PS is marginal at best.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Dignan » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:53 pm

I got in with a 2-page PS. I worked hard on my PS, and I included some (sincere) Berkeley specific-language in the penultimate paragraph, but I did not go out of my way to make the statement longer.

In October, I read about several people who were padding their statements to make them four pages for Berkeley. I think this is a mistake. If you have a personal statement that is naturally four pages, then by all means use it; but if you're adding stuff just to satisfy what is essentially an arbitrary page specification, then you are probably diluting the strength of your PS.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby calicocat » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:55 pm

:( why don't you love me Berkeley?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby CardinalRules » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:02 pm

Dignan wrote:I got in with a 2-page PS. I worked hard on my PS, and I included some (sincere) Berkeley specific-language in the penultimate paragraph, but I did not go out of my way to make the statement longer.

In October, I read about several people who were padding their statements to make them four pages for Berkeley. I think this is a mistake. If you have a personal statement that is naturally four pages, then by all means use it; but if you're adding stuff just to satisfy what is essentially an arbitrary page specification, then you are probably diluting the strength of your PS.


+a lot.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby daisuki » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:05 pm

I had a fortune cookie today which read, " Your wish will be granted after a long delay"
what's up w that last part Berkeley?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Legacy316 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:22 pm

daisuki wrote:I had a fortune cookie today which read, " Your wish will be granted after a long delay"
what's up w that last part Berkeley?


Probably means you'll get in -- in March.



:wink:

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby CardinalRules » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:29 pm

daisuki wrote:I had a fortune cookie today which read, " Your wish will be granted after a long delay"
what's up w that last part Berkeley?


You'll get pulled off the waitlist on the day before orientation, and you'll have to drive all night to get there in time to claim your spot. But you won't mind at all. :D

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby OneKnight » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:44 pm

managamy wrote:
daisuki wrote:I had a fortune cookie today which read, " Your wish will be granted after a long delay"
what's up w that last part Berkeley?


You'll get pulled off the waitlist on the day before orientation, and you'll have to drive all night to get there in time to claim your spot. But you won't mind at all. :D




I'd be happy getting in during the committee review or even off the waitlist - getting in is getting in.
:)

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby tintin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:31 am

OneKnight wrote:
I'd be happy getting in during the committee review or even off the waitlist - getting in is getting in.
:)


+1. I can be at Berkeley in 7 hours....all they need to do is call :D

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby CardinalRules » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:40 am

tintin wrote:
OneKnight wrote:
I'd be happy getting in during the committee review or even off the waitlist - getting in is getting in.
:)


+1. I can be at Berkeley in 7 hours....all they need to do is call :D


So you are from...Orange County? Oregon?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Padimud » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:42 am

OneKnight wrote:
managamy wrote:
daisuki wrote:I had a fortune cookie today which read, " Your wish will be granted after a long delay"
what's up w that last part Berkeley?


You'll get pulled off the waitlist on the day before orientation, and you'll have to drive all night to get there in time to claim your spot. But you won't mind at all. :D




I'd be happy getting in during the committee review or even off the waitlist - getting in is getting in.
:)


+1

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:36 am

Dignan wrote:In October, I read about several people who were padding their statements to make them four pages for Berkeley. I think this is a mistake. If you have a personal statement that is naturally four pages, then by all means use it; but if you're adding stuff just to satisfy what is essentially an arbitrary page specification, then you are probably diluting the strength of your PS.


I was probably one of those people...I agonized over the extra page limit for a good week. Ultimately, I added two pages of "Why Boalt" and turned my PS into a 4-pager. But it worked! I agree about sincerity...only add extra "Why B" material if you really have something to say.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 0L Hoping for 1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:09 am

Email today? Please Dean Tom!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 5ky » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:11 am

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby kittenmittons » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:11 am

0L Hoping for 1 wrote:Email today? Please Dean Tom!


Won't happen

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Neelio » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:10 pm

t-minus 50 min. i hope today is the day.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby tintin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:07 pm

is it possible that last week's phonecalls were the only ones that we will see this year? or do they usually do a lot more calls? i guess last year isn't looking like such a good precedent anyways, but i'm still curious.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amandap » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:41 pm

Does anyone have advice for insightful questions or something to do or say to make a great impression on Dean Tom? I already submitted my application, but there is an info session on campus this Friday (I am a UCB undergrad) and this is my last chance to actually talk to him. I have gone to info sessions in the past but I was always afraid to talk to him because I thought I might sound stupid, I get very nervous. Boalt is my first choice, and any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 0L Hoping for 1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:45 pm

amandap wrote:Does anyone have advice for insightful questions or something to do or say to make a great impression on Dean Tom? I already submitted my application, but there is an info session on campus this Friday (I am a UCB undergrad) and this is my last chance to actually talk to him. I have gone to info sessions in the past but I was always afraid to talk to him because I thought I might sound stupid, I get very nervous. Boalt is my first choice, and any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Then whatever he responds with just yell "Objection!"

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby T14forME » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:48 pm

UR 11/18 --> UR 12/3 --> DR 12/9

RD, URM, 164/3.2(HYP)

Great softs, 1-2 years out with good WE.

I hope its good news! Lord knows I need it!


Edit: SORRY THIS WAS MEANT FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL...MY FIRST POST. LOL. SORRY IF I SCARED ANYONE!
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Neelio » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:49 pm

when did your status checker change?




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