Archive for March, 2013


Well folks, I’ve got a decision from Durham, and with it a deadline.

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University of Toronto University of Windsor McGill University University of Leicester
Queen’s University London School of Economics Queen Mary
Western University University College London Durham University
Osgoode Hall
University of Ottawa

So, Durham has accepted me. This is good news, of course. The greater significance of this is that I’ve now heard back from all five UK law schools. 3/5 isn’t too shabby.

As far as the UK goes, I’m now left with a choice between Queen Mary and Durham. Right now I can’t say I’m leaning one way or the other, but what else is new?

Well, I’ll tell you what else is new: With the UK schools having all reported back to me, I’ve been given a decision deadline date. And this D-Day is… D-Day.  June 6th.

In all likelihood, any Canadian schools I get accepted by will impose an earlier deadline on me (Late May, I imagine), but for now the infamous countdown clock stands at 75 days. Here we go again.

A Sign Of Things To Come?

Well, this isn’t good.

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Waitlisted

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Accepted

University of Toronto  University of Windsor McGill University University of Leicester
Queen’s University   London School of Economics  Queen Mary
Western University   University College London  
Osgoode Hall      
University of Ottawa      
Durham University      

 

Of all the schools I have remaining on my list, I thought that Windsor was a sure thing. Of the schools I have left it’s the easiest to get into. I expected to hear from them fairly quickly, just like Leicester. But I expected them to beg me to come to their school, not to say “Meh, We’ll let you know if room opens up.” And if I’m getting this frosty a reception from WINDSOR, it’s not a good sign.

The Final Boss

When you come to the end of a video game, you’ll almost always encounter a Final Boss of some sort. Maybe it’s a dragon with two (or three) heads. Maybe it’s the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Maybe it’s just this guy. But in any case, you expect that whatever is waiting for you at the end of the game is the most difficult challenge you’ve ever had to face.

In my head, I sort of expected university to be the same. After conquering four years of undergrad, I fully expected to find myself face to face with the mother of all evaluations. Perhaps a grueling exam worth 100% of a course, or a 50 page paper waiting to crush my soul.

But no. It’s nothing of the sort. I have two essays due on April 6th totalling 4500 words, and after that an exam every Wednesday until the 24th. And that’s it. Almost anti-climactic, I feel.

I’m not complaining or anything. It just feels like my undergraduate career is ending with a fizzle instead of a bang. Nothing worse than a disappointing Final Boss, you know?

 

Okay, maybe you don’t know. But trust me.

Pile It On

Might as well pile the shit on. Test my mental fortitude or whatever.

I did worse on the LSAT this time around. One point worse, but even still.

Obviously this has a number of effects, none of which are any good for me. For one thing, it leaves me with a 162 – not good enough for U of T, and barely good enough for the other Canadian schools. And while I haven’t officially heard back from U of T yet, the writing is on the wall. I’d be foolish to have any hope. My options for next year are going to be even further reduced, and I’m going to miss out on the school that was a clear #1 choice for me.

But perhaps even more significant is the blow to my confidence that this has dealt me.

I said it right from the beginning. I tend to kill these standardized tests. The EQAO, PACE, SSAT, SAT, and the LNAT. I wrote them all, and I knocked each and every one of them out of the ballpark. But this LSAT…

Perhaps I should have been more afraid of it. On my first two practice tests I posted scores of 157 and 160, but I chalked that up to the fact that they were just practice tests, and there was no real pressure on me. And then I wrote the first LSAT. The first half of that first test felt really great, and I had that same feeling of “I am killing this bitch” that I usually get when writing these sorts of tests. But the second half knocked me right onto my ass. One section in particular just left me completely stunned. The 162 I scored was better than I expected, but I knew that I was capable of more.

When I saw the score on my second LSAT, I took it pretty hard. But even still I convinced myself that I was capable of a much better score. After all, I just hadn’t practiced enough. Yeah, that’s it. If only I practiced more, I would have done much better.

But this time, I gave it my all. I went 2/3 times per week to an LSAT tutor. I really did all I could. And I still came up well short.

And I guess that means that I’m just not good enough. God, it pains me just to type those words. But I’ve tried this thing three times and posted 162,162, 161. At this point, I think I have to admit that that’s all I’m capable of.

So, the LSAT took me down. As much as I wanted to destroy this damned test, I just wasn’t good enough, and now I have to live with it.

Yeah. This stings.

Crushing

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Rejected

Accepted

University of Toronto McGill University University of Leicester
Queen’s University London School of Economics Queen Mary
Western University University College London
Osgoode Hall
University of Ottawa
University of Windsor
Durham University

Not much to say about this one. I applied to five UK schools, but there were two that I was really strongly considering, and now I’ve been rejected by both. This really, really, sucks.