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MirandaHobbes
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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby MirandaHobbes » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:50 pm

rockchalk86 wrote:I'm at 11 weeks and counting


ouch. :(

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby violaboy » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:50 pm

rockchalk86 wrote:I'm at 11 weeks and counting


Many of us are there.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby thisiswater1488 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:02 pm

violaboy wrote:
rockchalk86 wrote:I'm at 11 weeks and counting


Many of us are there.


Dying a very very very slow death waiting to hear from NU.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby Holly Golightly » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:24 pm

I'm really surprised I heard before some of you guys. I wonder if it's because I applied to a 4-year program?

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby NancyBotwin » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:33 pm

violaboy wrote:
rockchalk86 wrote:I'm at 11 weeks and counting


Many of us are there.


At least you guys aren't held (right?). I waited 9 weeks to find out I have to wait another 7 or so, only to probably be WLed and wait even longer. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Why, NU, why must you hate me so? I love you. Don't you know??
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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby jfonz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:33 pm

After reading the NU blog post on the challenges of the paperless application process, I thought I would pose a few questions I've been considering for a few weeks now: Is there any reason to think that pre Dec. 1, or early December applications have been read, but not decided on? Or is this simply a matter of the e-system causing such a bottleneck that those earlier applications haven't yet been read?

Based on the LSN results, some folks with complete dates after Dec. 1 have been admitted and rejected. Does it suggest anything at all if you submitted/went complete before people in either group and haven't heard yet? Did those applications make it through the bottleneck because they were either auto-admits, or auto-dings? Is it pointless to try to decipher any pattern in the LSN and TSL tea leaves?

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby luckyjd » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:34 pm

homestyle28 wrote:I'm curious about those who already live in Chicago or are already set on NW...what kind of rent do you expect to pay? How far from the campus do you plan to live? I'll potentially have a wife and kid in tow and will need space which = $$$, so this is a pretty big concern for me.


2bd in McClurg and 420 are about $2000/month, utilities aren't that bad in my opinion. Cable and internet is pretty cheap since RCN is packaged for the entire apartment. The most basic stuff is like $20/month, gas and water are usually free, electric will vary with weather, probably upwards $100 during winter and $50 for summer (it really depends on the size of your place though).

If you don't mind living further away from campus, there are plenty of 2bds in Lakeview for about $1000. It also depends on how nice of a place you want to live in and how old your kid is (Chicago schools vary pretty drastically in terms of quality)...

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby luckyjd » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:34 pm

On another note... Northwestern, please accept me. Thanks.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby scribelaw » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:01 pm

Anyone else find the two mini-essays required to get financial aid or scholarships a little strange?

The first one was OK, about the project management. But the second one -- discuss our "position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid."

My position for merit aid?

Do they want to know if I have offers from other schools already? I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I really want merit aid.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby 09042014 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:05 pm

scribelaw wrote:Anyone else find the two mini-essays required to get financial aid or scholarships a little strange?

The first one was OK, about the project management. But the second one -- discuss our "position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid."

My position for merit aid?

Do they want to know if I have offers from other schools already? I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I really want merit aid.


I'm still not sure what to write. I gotz a 176, I can haz money?

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:07 pm

scribelaw wrote:Anyone else find the two mini-essays required to get financial aid or scholarships a little strange?

The first one was OK, about the project management. But the second one -- discuss our "position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid."

My position for merit aid?

Do they want to know if I have offers from other schools already? I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I really want merit aid.


I answered this one in 2 paragraphs, on touting all my achievements (by and large a recap of my CV with certain emphases). In the 2nd paragraph I talked about how poor I was and how my career aspirations would keep me poor.

HTH

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby scribelaw » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:07 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
scribelaw wrote:Anyone else find the two mini-essays required to get financial aid or scholarships a little strange?

The first one was OK, about the project management. But the second one -- discuss our "position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid."

My position for merit aid?

Do they want to know if I have offers from other schools already? I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I really want merit aid.


I'm still not sure what to write. I gotz a 176, I can haz money?


I guess I'm just going to write about how important financial considerations and debt are to me, etc. But on the other hand, I don't think coming off as entitled or whiny is going to help.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby 09042014 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:09 pm

scribelaw wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
scribelaw wrote:Anyone else find the two mini-essays required to get financial aid or scholarships a little strange?

The first one was OK, about the project management. But the second one -- discuss our "position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid."

My position for merit aid?

Do they want to know if I have offers from other schools already? I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I really want merit aid.


I'm still not sure what to write. I gotz a 176, I can haz money?


I guess I'm just going to write about how important financial considerations and debt are to me, etc. But on the other hand, I don't think coming off as entitled or whiny is going to help.


I'm even worse since I ED'd. I can't even threaten to go to IUB.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby Holly Golightly » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:11 pm

Dear Northwestern,

U of I gave me money, and Dean Pless is really cool. I want to do PI and will be poor for the rest of my life. Help me out now so I don't have to take advantage of your LRAP later? kthnxbye

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby beef wellington » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:22 pm

Anybody else read NU's new LRAP as incentivizing increased debt?

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby scribelaw » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:28 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:Dear Northwestern,

U of I gave me money, and Dean Pless is really cool. I want to do PI and will be poor for the rest of my life. Help me out now so I don't have to take advantage of your LRAP later? kthnxbye


That's more or less what I said. I just went for it and told them I've gotten into NYU and full rides elsewhere.

I have a feeling these little essays don't matter that much. They're going to give money for the numbers anyway.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby opus127 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:54 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
I answered this one in 2 paragraphs, on touting all my achievements (by and large a recap of my CV with certain emphases). In the 2nd paragraph I talked about how poor I was and how my career aspirations would keep me poor.

HTH


Sounds like we wrote basically the same things, and I'd think they get tons like this. Here's hoping we somehow stand out and get substantial grant/scholarship $$! I'd love to go to NU, but cannot stomach $210K in loans.

Also, does anyone know how NU deals with negotiating offers after they announce them? Since submitting my essays I've heard about another scholarship offer, and if NU's offer is less than what I'll need in order to go, would it be worth mentioning this and asking them to reconsider, or are their initial offers pretty final?

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:08 pm

beef wellington wrote:Anybody else read NU's new LRAP as incentivizing increased debt?


Yes, and it's helped make NU a realistic option for me! I can afford 200k in debt on my 50k year DA salary with this program...woohoo!

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:12 pm

eas331 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
I answered this one in 2 paragraphs, on touting all my achievements (by and large a recap of my CV with certain emphases). In the 2nd paragraph I talked about how poor I was and how my career aspirations would keep me poor.

HTH


Sounds like we wrote basically the same things, and I'd think they get tons like this. Here's hoping we somehow stand out and get substantial grant/scholarship $$!


Here's hoping the bought all my claims to have cured cancer, discovered proofs for and against god's existence, etc.!

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby MirandaHobbes » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:20 pm

all this talk of scholarship negotiating is making me sad. nu, where's the love? :(

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby violaboy » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:22 pm

MirandaHobbes wrote:all this talk of scholarship negotiating is making me sad. nu, where's the love? :(


+1

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby opus127 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:25 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
eas331 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
I answered this one in 2 paragraphs, on touting all my achievements (by and large a recap of my CV with certain emphases). In the 2nd paragraph I talked about how poor I was and how my career aspirations would keep me poor.

HTH


Sounds like we wrote basically the same things, and I'd think they get tons like this. Here's hoping we somehow stand out and get substantial grant/scholarship $$!


Here's hoping the bought all my claims to have cured cancer, discovered proofs for and against god's existence, etc.!


Wait, you claimed all those things, too?? And I thought my essays were special. :x
violaboy wrote:
MirandaHobbes wrote:all this talk of scholarship negotiating is making me sad. nu, where's the love? :(


+1

Good luck!

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby ncct07 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:33 pm

HTH[/quote]

Also, does anyone know how NU deals with negotiating offers after they announce them? Since submitting my essays I've heard about another scholarship offer, and if NU's offer is less than what I'll need in order to go, would it be worth mentioning this and asking them to reconsider, or are their initial offers pretty final?[/quote]


You can ask them to reconsider. They have in the past.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby opus127 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:39 pm

ncct07 wrote:

Also, does anyone know how NU deals with negotiating offers after they announce them? Since submitting my essays I've heard about another scholarship offer, and if NU's offer is less than what I'll need in order to go, would it be worth mentioning this and asking them to reconsider, or are their initial offers pretty final?



You can ask them to reconsider. They have in the past.


Thanks.

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Re: Northwestern 2010

Postby MirandaHobbes » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:02 pm

thanks. just got placed on hold.




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