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Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:44 am
by Future Ex-Engineer
Please tell me why this is a terrible idea:

Be me. Be taking the digital pilot LSAT back in May. The night before, go to the Chainsmokers show. By random chance at the show, strike up a conversation with the approx 40yr old couple sitting next to you. They ask why you're there (4 hours away from your current home/work place) tell them for the LSAT practice the next morning. They ask what you want to do/where you want to go. Talk a little more. They mention they were the sorority big for a girl named Asha that went to LS/FBI/etc. *commence mental freakout* show them picture of Dean Asha. They confirm it's her. All of a sudden you're sitting next to a very good friend/sorority sister/classmate of the Dean of admissions.

My numbers give me an outside chance of admission. Should I write about this random chance encounter? I think I've landed on 'it could be awesome if done right, but would probably seem monumentally creepy if done wrong'.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:50 am
by MrAdultman
If it's masterfully done, it might be ok. My biggest concern is that, if it isn't absolutely beautifully written, it's going to sound like you're asking for some strange kind of 3rd-degree nepotism.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:05 am
by hopefuljumbo23
MrAdultman wrote:If it's masterfully done, it might be ok. My biggest concern is that, if it isn't absolutely beautifully written, it's going to sound like you're asking for some strange kind of 3rd-degree nepotism.


Yeah, this is my take too, for what it's worth. Be careful. You don't want to sound like you are seeking admission just because you met the dean's sorority sister.

I'd suggest taking a few days to try and write this out. Share it with someone - make it sound serendipitous without sounding silly. Tbh, even if done REALLY well, it might sound immature to be like "omgah fate," you know?

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:51 am
by TLSDookie
Agree with what's been written. Aside from that, going to a chainsmokers concert the night before suggests you didn't take the pilot LSAT/going to law school seriously at all, and possibly even drug use.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm
by Pozzo
Not to mention, you'd be admitting that you like Chainsmokers, which seriously calls into question your judgment. Not a good look, FEE.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:31 pm
by OakBrook2021
Pozzo wrote:you'd be admitting that you like Chainsmokers, which seriously calls into question your judgment


lol RT. On a serious note, my $.02 are that writing about a random encounter with someone who knew Dean Asha doesn't make for a standout 250. Then again, if I knew what did make a standout 250 I'd have mine done

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:51 am
by twiix
OakBrook2021 wrote:
Pozzo wrote:you'd be admitting that you like Chainsmokers, which seriously calls into question your judgment


lol RT. On a serious note, my $.02 are that writing about a random encounter with someone who knew Dean Asha doesn't make for a standout 250. Then again, if I knew what did make a standout 250 I'd have mine done


In OP's defense, the Chainsmokers live shows are nothing like their radio hits. They really embody the traditional EDM/Progressive House sound when they play live (maybe outside of the big music festivals, where the fans are expecting the indie-pop sound). WHen I saw them in 2016 it was a phenomenal experience, but this was also before the likes of Closer and Paris hit the charts.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:39 am
by Future Ex-Engineer
TLSDookie wrote:Agree with what's been written. Aside from that, going to a chainsmokers concert the night before suggests you didn't take the pilot LSAT/going to law school seriously at all, and possibly even drug use.


While I also agree with most of what's been written, I definitely don't agree with the bolded. Sure it may mean I didn't take the pilot at 100% capacity, but the administrators treated it like an f'ing joke, and they didn't even know the rules/regulations (or that we were supposed to get score reports from it), and on top of that, signups made it sound like it was going to be an unreleased test, not a re-run of PT 73 with PT 74s RC section as the experimental.

I hardly think not being 100% the morning of the *voluntary* pilot lsat has any bearing on my 'seriousness' to go to law school. Are we now equating enjoying EDM to not being serious enough about life to attend law school? get out of here with that kind of logical jump.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:41 am
by Future Ex-Engineer
twiix wrote:
OakBrook2021 wrote:
Pozzo wrote:you'd be admitting that you like Chainsmokers, which seriously calls into question your judgment


lol RT. On a serious note, my $.02 are that writing about a random encounter with someone who knew Dean Asha doesn't make for a standout 250. Then again, if I knew what did make a standout 250 I'd have mine done


In OP's defense, the Chainsmokers live shows are nothing like their radio hits. They really embody the traditional EDM/Progressive House sound when they play live (maybe outside of the big music festivals, where the fans are expecting the indie-pop sound). WHen I saw them in 2016 it was a phenomenal experience, but this was also before the likes of Closer and Paris hit the charts.


1) Fair Pozzo, I can't imagine most adcoms know/care to know the Chainsmokers, but it was a dope-ass show.

2) Also agree it doesn't seem on the surface to be a standout, but I have no idea what to write anyway, so generally tossing out all the ideas that come into my head to see if any stick.

Re: Yale 250 idea

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:52 am
by Davidpuddy
It's an interesting story, I don't think it's a great topic though. I think you can come off as appealing to some second or third hand nepotism. It's interesting because of the chance of it but it doesn't lead to some big payoff, like "it was a one in a million chance, but I ended up backstage in a private viewing area with Ruth Bader Ginsberg". You just met a friend of the dean of admissions.