Greetings! I am currently a Junior at Grinnell College in Iowa. I am already looking ahead to Grad School, and Princeton has a wonderful program for the discipline I plan on pursuing.
Ok. So I am adopted, and I at one point corresponded with my birth mother. At some point during this correspondence, she let it slip that my birth father had graduated from Princeton (Some pretty incredible news to a Southern boy like me with adoptive parents who barely graduated from schools that are...well...somewhat less prestigious than Princeton). So my question is this: Would I be considered a legacy? I know this sounds like a really silly and ridiculous question, but I just feel like I should have a concrete answer. I feel that my qualifications would put me on the bubble for admissions officers, and I definitely think that being considered a technical "legacy" would surely put me over the edge.
And also, I have a few other questions:
1. Are legacies even considered for graduate students? And is a student a legacy only if his parent did undergrad at Princeton...or would it also count if they were grad students?
2. Have any of you Ivy Leaguers who populate the Princeton CC heard of Grinnell? It's a fairly prestigious LAC, but many haven't heard of it. Do you think that Grinnell will look good, bad, or neither on my transcript?
3. I've heard something about there being a stigma for grad students at Princeton? What's that all about? Is it hogwash? Do any of you even know what I'm talking about?