Bobushka22 wrote:Thanks for the input. I am doing both. I have kept in contact with the admissions office, worked my butt off through school while holding three jobs while looking after my disabled father (working to pay for medicine for him, food, and rent), led school groups, participated in collegiate sports, and then I destroyed the LSAT. I may or may not get in, but I can sleep well knowing that I did everything that I was supposed to in the process.
Anyhow, I actually don't think that the other guy's foolishness will affect me at all. On principle, I am appalled by somebody who would post on here... oh wow, I forgot that I even applied there... let me take that seat from somebody who would realize what an honor it is to be accepted there. Also, the process that I suggested to him is one that I myself followed: I like the politics, the location, the areas of placement, am willing to risk the low placement numbers in the past year were a fluke, I like the politics, I want to do international law, I like the smaller class size, I like the college town and college campus aspect because it will keep me focused... I actually applied there because it was where I wanted to attend. It was the first school I applied to. Regardless of whether I get in, I still think that what he said was absurd.
Boo-hoo-hoo. And I literally gave birth to a baby in the middle of my class during senior year, came back 2 weeks later (after surgery) and finished 2 theses as a double major while 3000 miles away from any family support.... as a single mom working 2 jobs and going to school full time while also on the board of several student groups. All this while breastfeeding and taking my infant child to college classes at a top 10 liberal arts college that is basically all white and all affluent... and I was black girl with the only baby on campus. Needless to say senior year was a B*TCH and the hardest sh*t I've ever been through. Am I whining to the world and complaining how I deserve more than other applicants? My God, I didn't even tell half of that story in my personal statement.
Point is, Everyone has a story.... and just because mine may seem more "special circumstance" than others it does NOT make me more deserving than others. We all want to get off the Reserve list and go to Cornell. We've all worked really hard to get here and we all had to make sacrifices. Get off your high horse!
And you remembered that you applied to Cornell... because you worked really hard for it and it meant something to you. That was my original point that has since been misconstrued as people think it is relevant to mention that they are Indian or African-American. It was once race was mentioned that I made mention of extenuating circumstances... it was once I was being attacked as being pompous or presumptuous. I may or may not be accepted, but my whole point was that I hope that if the seat goes to somebody else that it go to somebody who at least remembered they applied to Cornell and applied there for a reason (they considered what the school offers them in terms of career opportunities, location, culture, and debt). The initial person I took issue with did not consider any of these. The second person I critiqued, like I later learned was true of the first, did not even respond to Cornell to be maintained on the reserve list, but were still offered a spot.
Cornell is absolutely free to actively recruit students that plug holes they may see in their upcoming class (they want to maintain there numbers, their diversity, and want people who are both interesting and worldly). In and of itself most of us would agree that is a positive. However, I feel personally that it is a slap in the face to all of those who really do want to attend Cornell. including yourself, when a privileged individual posts on here that they didn't follow up, they didn't know they applied, and didn't care, but will be taking one of the remaining seats. Also, being honest, I hoped to dissuade them from accepting the offer to Cornell unless upon further deliberation of what Cornell has to offer they realize that it is a place they should have given more consideration to earlier in the application cycle (for the aforementioned reasons of career opportunities, location, culture, and debt). For one, that leaves the seat open for somebody I see as a more deserving student like yourself. Secondly, they didn't remember they applied to Cornell because in a regular application cycle they would have been admitted to a higher ranked school (meaning they should only "settle" for Cornell... which it would be to them, not to me... if they after the fact are reviewing what Cornell has to offer them and realizes that it really is a good fit for them).
Anyhow, while it may come across that this is a big push for me to get the seat, I actually think there is a strong possibility I will get a seat in the next week or two anyways. There is obviously no way to be certain. That said, based on a comparison of my stats with applicants who have been accepted and offerings I have received from similarly ranked institutions, it seems to me that other adcomms have weighted my application just ever so slightly below those who were accepted in this past week. I am sure that somebody will point out how unreliable a measurement of likelihood that will be and we all don't know how many seats Cornell may still have available. Regardless, if I were not to be accepted this year, I plan on just reapplying early next year so that I would better fit into the shuffle for the admissions committee. Additionally, being 23 years of age, getting old is not an issue. Therefore, the questionable behavior that I pointed out earlier in the discussion board will likely have little impact on me in the larger scheme of things. On an applicant like yourself, however, it would probably have a much more profound impact. I hope that clears up some of the misconceptions based on second hand adaptations of my earlier messages posted out of context. You may still determine that I am a horribly wicked person, but I am a horribly wicked person who advocates for applicants making deliberate and educated decisions when the stakes are elevated as they are for themselves (taking on over a hundred thousand dollars of debt) and others (being crowded out of your dream school by somebody who didn't even want the seat in the first place).