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I want to appeal my decision, which was rejection by ILR. I know that Cornell does not automatically refuse appeals and throw them out, like some other Ivies do. However, even though they read through appeals, there's a slim chance of being waitlisted or getting an acceptance. The reason I want to do so is because the education at ILR is one that I can't get anywhere else. I know appeals letters shouldn't be whiny and complain about how you're stats are good, how you got into better schools/your rejection doesn't make sense, etc. I heard appeals letters that are most compelling are the ones that offer new info about recent achievements, improvements in grade/GPA, etc. So, does anyone have any thoughts about writing a letter to appeal?
Please don't say that writing a letter is a "waste of time." Writing a sincere letter is only going to take an hour of my time, so I think it's worth it. I just want to know if anyone has any other thoughts or suggestions.
If I got into ILR, I would DEFINITELY attend. It's my #1 choice. (I'll say that in my letter.)
Some of my stats/info:
3.9 GPA, 7 AP's (4 on test in English & US History; 5 tests this year in Psych, English, Euro History, US Government, and French), 2070 SAT (650 CR, 700 M, 720 W), 700 Math SAT II
Lots of extracurriculars/leadership related to what ILR is all about ("advancing world of work/solving human problems"): Model UN/Congress (7 awards, 4 leadership positions), +150 hours interning for a Senator (got a letter of rec from Senator explaining my great verbal/people skills), community service for Red Cross + hospitals, AP French tutor (currently have a 99 in AP French, tutor kids in French I-IV; I know foreign language is an important requirement for ILR), and many other meaningful activities