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I find the place a total cesspool.
The two most useless types of threads...
The OP didn't lie. At the time he/she genuinely thought they would be attending Princeton.
I emailed the admissions lady saying thank you and that I would attend
It wasn't a binding decision.
Not to defend California unduly--it's overcrowded and, at the moment, a financial disaster--but it's also incredibly diverse and to thus characterize it gave me a good laugh!
Meanwhile, attacking the OP for "lying" is preposterous. People are allowed to waver, and even change their minds. It's part of being human and--guess what--people at Princeton are actually capable of dealing with that.
have the gun inches from you but then the cops bust in, cuff me and drag me away before I can pull the trigger - have I lied? Or did the circumstances just change?
Which wasn't the case, in fact the adcom knew he was looking at other school since he wasn't early action (lol).
The problem is that the OP outright lied, and chose to. That diminishes the credibility of his counselor and his school -- if you think I'm kidding, then you definitely need to talk to my high school, where this has been an issue in the past.
Baelor: Honestly, who cares? He will never have to deal with Princeton or his high school administration again.