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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:18 pm 
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Do not let anyone talk you into HYS, T6, whatever, that costs money when you can go to a top 20 school for free. Most everyone I SAed with were from T-6 and every one of them was stressed because of debt. Keep that in mind.


Going to a free T20 over HYS is utterly, completely and undeniably insane. No offense.


None taken. What you said is what my family and well intentioned friends advised when I turned down Yale for my school (ranked inside the top 20). Neither Yale nor Stanford were overly generous with scholly money — at least not compared to free. Then there was the COL issue of moving to the frigid Northeast or the super high COL of SF versus living at home in a spacious home with free food and a movie theater. At the end of the day I am one of 10 people being offered (4 from HYS, 3 from T14) and the only one without any debt whatsoever and my bar will be paid in full by the firm.

BTW: LA has a ton of law firms (many BL) so OCI is a given. Granted if I were living in a non-metro area, yeah, I’d learn the Yale fight song.


I guess I can understand that, and I definitely understand the relief you feel at being debt free. I even admire the courage it takes to stand up to your family and do what you think is a better situation.

But I can't help but think that you had to get a good deal lucky to end up so well off in terms of the job you got (look at the credentials of your co-associates), and you wouldn't have needed that luck if you went to Yale. Or maybe you were brilliant enough you were guaranteed to be #1 at whatever T20 it was. Idk, but I couldn't take that chance on myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I don't personally see anything wrong with posting acceptances you're excited about on Facebook, although I chose not to do that myself. Once I decided where I was going, though, I let my friends know about it. I don't think that was a "tool move."


Right, of course. Tell friends and family. Announcing acceptances on Facebook is just a way to brag to people who aren't your family or real friends.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I don't personally see anything wrong with posting acceptances you're excited about on Facebook, although I chose not to do that myself. Once I decided where I was going, though, I let my friends know about it. I don't think that was a "tool move."


Right, of course. Tell friends and family. Announcing acceptances on Facebook is just a way to brag to people who aren't your family or real friends.


Meh. I've got a high school acquaintance who's a TTT music act and a couple college ones who post "rolling into chiefs training camp! #hardwork" or stuff like that. It's cool to see. I went to a high school where 4 kids go to ivys every 10 years. It'd be cool to see one with an "just accepted to nyu law" status. Idk, maybe if a t14 acceptance is nbd for your clique and you do it you're a douche, but I like seeing people succeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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For people asking, yes, posting acceptances on Facebook does make you a tool.

This cycle Harvard sent out an email to a bunch of people encouraging them to apply so that they could ultimately reject them. I know Yale sends out packets to people, but I think that's usually just high numbered URMs. Stanford probably does the same thing.


Disagree. I posted on Facebook last year when I got some of my more exciting acceptances and those were the statuses I've received the most "likes" for. When I see friends post on Facebook about med school acceptances, I'm always happy for them and like their statuses. The only people who would think you're a tool are other people going to the same type of professional school as you and feeling like you're boasting.


I can see making one FB announcement when you've decided where you'll be attending, but updating your status as each new acceptance comes in *does* sound a little douchey, TBH.


For what it's worth, I was referring to updating my status for a select few acceptances - those that I was most excited about (2-3) and wanted to tell my friends about. I guess that might have rubbed some the wrong way, but I've never seen something like that from a friend and thought it was douchey, so maybe it's all a matter of personal preference.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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BigZuck wrote:
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I don't personally see anything wrong with posting acceptances you're excited about on Facebook, although I chose not to do that myself. Once I decided where I was going, though, I let my friends know about it. I don't think that was a "tool move."


Right, of course. Tell friends and family. Announcing acceptances on Facebook is just a way to brag to people who aren't your family or real friends.


I typed that last post in a hurry -- I meant to say I let my friends on Facebook know about which school I'd chosen to attend, as well as my family and close friends. I don't think announcing a life-changing decision on Facebook makes one a tool, since that's really what Facebook is about: letting what your friends know what you are up to.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I guess I can understand that, and I definitely understand the relief you feel at being debt free. I even admire the courage it takes to stand up to your family and do what you think is a better situation.

But I can't help but think that you had to get a good deal lucky to end up so well off in terms of the job you got (look at the credentials of your co-associates), and you wouldn't have needed that luck if you went to Yale. Or maybe you were brilliant enough you were guaranteed to be #1 at whatever T20 it was. Idk, but I couldn't take that chance on myself.

I guess what I am trying to convey is that IF you have T-10 grades, cash them in for a free ride (with the caveat that the school you select is competitive). A 177/3.94 shouldn’t necessarily lock you into the best possible school, debt be dammed. I loved my HYS SAs, but honesty they would have done just as well at some other school, landing a $160K offer somewhere and walking away debt free. I’ve had this conversation a number of times (IRL) and in the end someone suggests luck was a major factor. NO. The major factor is the concept — good school no debt. Even if my SA offer was only $125K, I’d still think it was a better outcome than $160K with $250K in debt. IMHO. Opting for HYS is one hell of an expensive insurance policy.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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Lol i would never have posted acceptances on FB

I did post which school I ended up choosing


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I posted my first acceptance, my initial attendance decision, then when I got off the WL at my first choice I posted that I was going there instead. I don't think that's unreasonable. The stuff that's obnoxious is people posting every acceptance, or posting pictures of acceptance letters.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I briefly thought about making my cover photo a list of all of the schools that I'm applying to and the status.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I'll definitely FB post a picture of the origami law school that I build out of all my job rejection letters.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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PRgradBYU wrote:
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I don't personally see anything wrong with posting acceptances you're excited about on Facebook, although I chose not to do that myself. Once I decided where I was going, though, I let my friends know about it. I don't think that was a "tool move."


Right, of course. Tell friends and family. Announcing acceptances on Facebook is just a way to brag to people who aren't your family or real friends.


I typed that last post in a hurry -- I meant to say I let my friends on Facebook know about which school I'd chosen to attend, as well as my family and close friends. I don't think announcing a life-changing decision on Facebook makes one a tool, since that's really what Facebook is about: letting what your friends know what you are up to.



Maybe you are more conservative with who you choose to accept as fb friends than most people. If I posted where I'll be going to school on fb, I think 75% of the people seeing it would not feel happy for me, because they're not real friends, they're either people from high school who I haven't spoken with in years or people I've met at parties or whatnot. To them, I'd just be showing off. In fact, I have a good number of fb friends (not close friends in real life) at TTT law schools. They would definitely think I'm a huge douche bag. The people who would actually care and be happy for me despite whatever they're doing in life make up such a small group that, for me, it just makes more sense to shoot some emails, meet some friends at a bar, etc.

For the record though, I don't think just posting where you will be attending law school makes you a tool (even if, like me, you have friends at lower-tier schools who will think so). The "tool" label is reserved for minute-by-minute acceptance updates, tagging all 856 of your friends so you KNOW they know, and pictures of acceptance letters as proof-- God I hate that last one.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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PRgradBYU wrote:
I don't personally see anything wrong with posting acceptances you're excited about on Facebook, although I chose not to do that myself. Once I decided where I was going, though, I let my friends know about it. I don't think that was a "tool move."


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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You're aspie if you cannot see that posting your acceptances is really, really obnoxious. Posting where you're going, however, is fine and normal.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I had a friend who let Facebook know literally every time he got into a school (incidentally they were all TTTTs). When he posted a status about getting into Creighton, I was so close to commenting with this.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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To the original question, SLS does send out those letters. I received one. But all the schools do this to improve their yield projection, including YLS. And, of course, it doesn't mean that your some special snowflake applicant (though, I did get into SLS).

The idea of making posts about getting acceptances seems weird to me. I guess I feel that there's something really tacky about bragging to hundreds of random Facebook friends. But I feel that way about a lot of the stuff that gets posted on facebook, so I've accepted that I'm in the minority and that these things are the norm in the social network world.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I got a letter from Berkeley inviting me to apply (with a fee waiver) last year. 3.60/162 non urm. I got dinged within three weeks of applying. It doesn't mean jack shit.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I got a letter from Berkeley inviting me to apply (with a fee waiver) last year. 3.60/162 non urm. I got dinged within three weeks of applying. It doesn't mean jack shit.



I thought you were URM for some reason. :?:


Anyway, I didn't post anything about law school on facebook aside from "Taking the LSAT today" back in October and "Attending WUSTL and moving in about a month" about a month ago.

I really hate facebook but can't bring myself to get rid of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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I got a letter from Berkeley inviting me to apply (with a fee waiver) last year. 3.60/162 non urm. I got dinged within three weeks of applying. It doesn't mean jack shit.



I thought you were URM for some reason. :?:


Because of the avatar? 8)

Facebook sucks majorly. If it weren't for events or fbchat, I would have gotten rid of it long ago. And now that I'm studying for the LSAT I don't even care about events. FBchat at work is still boss though.


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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Stanford "Inviting to Apply" ?
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This reminds of when 98% of my high school's population thought they were good enough for U Chicago.


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