(I feel you on what you said about practicality vs going where you'd be happy. Many, many people told me that I had to retake and ED T14, no matter what. If you would be happiest at one of those schools, you should definitely go, but you will not be a pauper if you go down another road. I said once that I believe personal happiness trumps all. I still do. I still do.)
Unfortunately I could (realistically) only improve my GPA marginally senior year, but it would still wouldn't crack 25% at YHSB. I really wish I chose a BA major at an easier school. It would have saved me a ton of money to boot.
I guess I could always try transferring to Stanford where everyone is happy happy? It sucks how there's only two T14s in California, and both are so splitter unfriendly.
The splitter thing is so true. My GPA was forever ruined by incompletes that turned into Fs when I was in the hospital my junior year. It's my fault; I should have dealt with them. I had above a 3.6 after I transferred and finally graduated, but I will never be more than a splitter. LSAC gave me a 3.37.
I'm very happy to have Fordham. I would basically have had to crack the T14 to find a school I liked better, and though I believed I could hit 170 by June (I was so close when I got the Fordham news), it seemed like a huge risk, given my GPA.
All the top CA schools hate splitters! UCLA is just as bad. I grew up in Palo Alto. My high school is across the street from Stanford. (I am a true Manhattan native, though, born during my mom's residency at Mount Sinai.) My parents would like me to move back, but even Hastings didn't want me.
(Given my circumstance, Fordham really was a miracle.)
I hope you get the T14 of your choice, Detail! It would be awesome to transfer to Stanford!
For my part, I couldn't wait any more, and I didn't want to risk throwing away happiness. I hope no one faults me for this decision. I'm proud of the distance I have come, even if I won't be at a T14 this Fall.