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NVM ... That Application is Just Too Annoying!

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  • OrchidBloomOrchidBloom 896 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    @Massmomm Hmm...I didn't think of that! Fair enough I suppose, although I feel like going by one's language of instruction would make more sense than first language.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14684 replies982 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Neodymium
    I really don't see why you would expect someone to have any form of loyalty to a school that has done nothing for the student. Generally all these shows of "i luv dis skool!" are fake and done to pretend to be interested long enough to get in. Why would you have any loyalty to an organization that has done nothing for you?

    What? "Showing interest" has nothing to do with "loyalty".
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  • ReckoSkirataReckoSkirata 56 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I was going to apply to Rose-Hulman. Then I lost the PIN number. I was already applying to six more colleges, so I decided that I didn't want to live in Indiana anyway and gave up. Everything worked out well. Got into MIT.
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  • jman457jman457 211 replies17 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The CUNY application was like that for me, I just could not understand and just gave up on applying to any Cuny schools.
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  • NeoDymiumNeoDymium 2301 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What? "Showing interest" has nothing to do with "loyalty".
    Willingness to spend hours on an application has a lot to do with loyalty/interest. High-quality students are busy.
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  • Princetonian2020Princetonian2020 318 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    UVA, nuff said.
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  • porcupine98porcupine98 1593 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    LOL at poking eyes out, @AmicaMom
    edited January 2016
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41731 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    LMU-LA. They've been trying to recenter on their Catholic mission, so all their essays were based on quotes by Pope Francis and pretty much supposed the ability to write something somewhat philosophical about our duties as humans. Not bad prompts, but one student (atheist but didn't mind treating a quote by the Pope like she would a quote by Gandhi or Mandela) gave up due to the philosophical thinking required to produce something she felt represented her thinking. She could only find trite answers that she hated because it didn't represent who she was or what she wanted to say.
    So, if you have 3 required philosophical courses and want to decrease the number of "COOL! LA!!" applicants while increasing awareness of the university beeing rooted in the Catholic faith, those are good prompts, but I wonder how many kids not enrolled in Catholic schools could produce anything remotely worth reading.
    On the other hand, it might be another goal: fewer public school kids, more private school/Catholic school applicants, good for the bottom line (via tuition and via the donors who wanted the recentering).
    On the other other hand, wondering by how much the number of applicants dropped?
    edited January 2016
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  • MomOnALaptopMomOnALaptop 261 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    After getting two EAs from schools he really likes, my son pronounced himself done with apps. He had two other really appealing ones on his list for RD, and I'm sure if it was just a matter of hitting "submit" he'd have done it, but both required extra essays of the non-fun variety.

    Perhaps if one had been that "which fictional character would you room with and why" prompt, he'd have been up for it. I'd love to see a statistical result of that one. Who comes out in front? Hermione? (Because you relate to her, or because you want homework help?) How many go for obscure literary ones in the hope of looking impressive? If someone picked Joffrey Baratheon, would that be an automatic reject, even if they had the scores?
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  • NortheastNortheast 77 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The essay requirements for one of the most unique (and best) colleges in the country, Deep Springs, is a challenge for those who think of expressing oneself on paper is a chore. But for a "out of the box" critical thinker who may wish to travel the road "less traveled by, two years there could be a most rewarding educational experience. For most students Harvard would be easier to get into. Plus, for the present, women don't have a prayer unless they are a visiting professor from one of those "brand name" schools. :)
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  • phoenixmomof2phoenixmomof2 671 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    My DD dropped Columbia because of the question asking what periodicals she reads.... she didn't think she should answer with Teen Vogue and UsWeekly. :) She also didn't apply to Georgetown because (I believe) they required 3 subject tests.
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  • dowzerwdowzerw 2440 replies59 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    DS didnt notice the Cornell supplemental required any special knowledge. Did he miss something?!
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  • OttermaOtterma 1504 replies30 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    dowzerw - My son was perfectly happy with the Cornell supplement too. The part that asked him why Cornell was the right environment to fulfill his interests nudged him to do more research into the school and I think his essay was better as a result. It turned out to be one of his strongest.
    edited January 2016
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  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo 4896 replies388 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My oldest never finished the Stanford application-too long and he was down to the last minute with other apps, so that one was easily dropped.
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  • pallavijanianipallavijaniani 267 replies23 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I dropped penn state and University of South Florida, just because i had been accepted to two other school and penn state and USF were the ones that interested me the least.

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  • rkw0211rkw0211 122 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    As a Georgetown student, I find it somewhat entertaining that it appears on this list so much because the admissions office brags every admissions cycle about how the process weeds out uninterested applicants. Selfishly, I'd rather them be bragging about how lower acceptance rates are going to make my degree more valuable, but I suppose that taking the moral high ground comes with the (Jesuit) territory.
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