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Successful Appeal

GenreGenre Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
Just got into UCLA 2014 after appealing!
Shows that its not "impossible" as some people say.
I got my decision in 14 business days.
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Replies to: Successful Appeal

  • TearxDropsTearxDrops Posts: 96Registered User Junior Member
    Congratulations!!! My friend wanted to appeal also, but the pessimistic attitudes surrounding it kind of turned her away.
  • Bruin321Bruin321 Posts: 176Registered User Junior Member
    what was the new and compelling information you had? Congrats !
  • applebeeapplebee Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    whoa! details and stats please. just sent mine in...
  • GenreGenre Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
    Copy and pasted from my chance thread.

    I got the UCLA supplement as well.
    Test Scores

    SAT: 770 M, 660 CR, 680 W (2110 all 3) (1430 on 2)
    SATII scores: 790, 750
    ACT: 32

    Classes/GPA/Academics

    No Ranking

    Sophomore Year: GPA (3.06...Long Story, more about this later).

    Junior Year: GPA (3.90)

    Senior Fall Midterm- (4.34 at Term end)

    Senior Year Schedule
    AP Microeconomics-A
    AP Macroeconomics-A
    AP Statistics-A
    AP Chemistry-A
    Pre-Calculus Honors-A
    English Electives-A-
    Taking AP Lang and AP Japanese AP tests in May as well.

    Also taking Calc I at UConn this coming summer.

    Extracurriculars:

    Varsity Hockey All 4 Years (TAKES UP ALL OF MY FALL AND WINTER, no time for other ECs)- Ranked Top 10 Hockey Teams among Independent Prep Schools

    USA Hockey 1992 Birth Year Select Festival Camp in Rochester NY and St. Cloud MN- (Ranked as number 5 defenseman in the East coast in 2004,2005,2006).

    Invite to tryout for Japanese U-16 National Hockey Team.

    International Club- Executive Member and Country Representative- 3 years

    BBoying/Breakdancing/Hiphop dance club- Founder/President

    Won tons of bboying crew battles/showcase battles/1v1 battles in NYC/Japan

    FBLA

    Summer Internships at Yachiyo Corporation in Japan
    Short Internship at a Investment Firm (Hedge Funds, Public/Private Equity)- 2 weeks
    Volunteer work at Church
    Volunteer coaching for club hockey teams.
    Princeton University Select Hockey Camp 2007
    Boston University Select Hockey Camp 2006


    Story:
    I came to this boarding school in Pennsylvania as a recruit for hockey. Known for having the best hockey program in the state of Pennsylvania, people from all over the world (as close as Pennsylvania and as far as Russia, Czech Republic, Canada...etc) are recruited there regularly. In 2004, I was selected as one of the top six defensemen in the Mid-Atlantic Region (NY,NJ,PA,MD,DE) and was asked to play in many showcases. This continued until 2006 and I moved onto the new school. I had high hopes of being a pro, the first Japanese NHL hockey player. My focus was always on hockey, I had very little interest in academics. I was heavily recruited to many schools/semi-pro junior leagues, and I knew at that time that I would go to college for hockey. Then during my sophomore year, disaster happened. I had a season ending injury, and I required surgery. My grades at the time weren't absolutely atrcoious, however, my surgery required routine check ups back home in Connecticut, I missed tons of school due to the fact that I had to travel home every week and my grades dropped horribly. Not only that, recruiting stopped, I was depressed and was a horrendous mess. I then soon realized that I need to change my focus from athletics to academics. Ever since then, my academics and attitude towards school have improved dramatically. I still play hockey now, but doctors say that my wrist will never heal fully and that I shouldn't play much longer. (Hell, I need extended time to write in-class essays because I get such bad pain in my wrist).

    They got my senior year grades (1st tri and 2nd trimester): a constant 4.8 UC GPA.

    Essays: Really Strong
    Recs: Amazing

    Basically my new and compelling information was: I didn't explain well enough in my supplement as to how much my injury affected me. My recs were about me turning from a Jock to a scholar and one of my teacher's wrote that I was the most mature man at the school. I wrote in my appeal letter that I was never given the opportunity to prove myself due to my injury because it left me out of school for a long time. I had identical GPAs for two trimesters (4.34) and with that, I was able to prove myself as a worthy applicant.

    Good luck everyone else!
  • AndrewLAndrewL Posts: 711Registered User Member
    I sent in an appeal as well. They just updated my admissions status saying they received it for me. Did it take them 14 business days after they updated your status to give you an answer, or 14 days since you sent it?
  • maylixmaylix Posts: 365Registered User Member
    You have an amazing story, being able to make the best out of such an incident. I visited UCLA today and the campus is beautiful. Congratulations on getting in!! =)
  • GenreGenre Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
    @ AndrewL
    It took 14 days after they updated it. But it only took them 1 business day for them to update it once it arrived at UCLA.

    @maylix
    Thanks so much :) I'm really looking forward to attending next year!
  • VoorwerpVoorwerp Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    Did you get an e-mail telling you your status was updated or did you just have to check it every day? At what time in the day was it updated?
  • GenreGenre Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
    I had to check it everyday. UCLA never emailed me that I got in nor that my status was updated. I just happened to open my account at that time and I saw the letter saying that I was accepted.
  • cloud66akcloud66ak Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    Congrats for a successful appeal! im currently appealing to uci and ucd hopefully i can hear some good news soon!!
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