Friday, February 23, 2007

Thoughts on my acceptance to Georgetown Law

First off, for months, theCSO has been saying things like "Georgetown's not that great, it's probably not worth the money" and "George Mason is actually a really good school, and you could certainly get well-prepared for what you want to do if you went there."

Since I've gotten in, he has changed his tune completely to "OK, I have a plan for paying for it..." and "I spy with my little eye someone who's going to Georgetown!"

So that's good. Because I'd been worried for months that I would have to have the "Umm... Sweetie, I know you don't seem to like Georgetown for whatever reason, and I know it costs, like, as much as four Miatas, but I really want to go? Is that OK?" conversation. But know, he was just preparing me for the worst.

I'm still a bit insecure on the whole going-to-school-where-I-will-be-constantly-surrounded-with-really-smart-people issue, which, nothing on McLean High School or St. Andrews Presbyterian College, is not something I've ever really had to deal with. Last night I was talking to Linguist Friend and I was like:

"At Georgetown Law, would I be the dumb kid?"

"You had a 2.92 GPA in college and you still got in. That's not the dumb kid. The dumb kid works really hard and had higher grades, but doesn't have the personal statement or the LSAT scores you had." Linguist Friend said.

Ooh, that was obvious.

And I felt like the dumb kid for a minute.

But talking to Linguist Friend can be like that.



Lilylou said...

CC, my observation, just from reading your blog and observing the way your mind works, is that you are definitely smarter than the average bear (thank you, Yogi and Hanna-Barbera) and will do just fine. I base this observation on many years of working with gifted kids in schools and being around a lot of gifted adults in Mensa. AND you're not bad-weird, as far as I can tell, which is the opposite side of the smartness coin.

And Linguist Friend boggles my mind sometimes too.

PeaceBang said...

Not only are you smart enough to go there, but you're going to be "the cool kid." Wait and see. Smart and snark and the ability to live in this world AND be a good student will be highly valued at law school.

Lilylou said...

Amen to that, PB. She's gonna do great things, wherever she goes.

Anonymous said...

CC -- I don't think you need to worry. And you will probably be less geeky than anyone.
Anyway, the people who let people in who "are appropriate" have judged you appropriate. So, by definition, you belong. Anyone who questions that, questions the judgment of Georgetown, not you.
Besides, you'll be a great lawyer.

epilonious said...

meh... if you start feeling like the dumb kid... just think... "I spy with my little eye... something that is... Gray..."

It'll cheer you up and you won't care and you'll go back to being brilliant

PG said...

:-) You got in through regular admissions. I got into the law school I'm attending a few days before orientation. I don't feel like the dumb kid here, and except in tax, my grades bear out that I'm average. As a fellow low-GPA, good-LSAT applicant, the one thing I'll warn you about is that a lot of smart people who are working hard will be competition on a curve. I've done better than average in classes where I liked the material, because that meant I made an effort, but if I didn't make a significant effort, I was average or below, because most of my classmates always have worked hard even if they didn't like what they were working on. It's something I'm still struggling with: putting in lots of effort even on things I find boring. I know I'm way too old for just now getting into that habit, but going to a bad high school (where I could perform below my abilities and still be top 10%), being in a college program where I had no required courses, and working in a job that was not very demanding allowed me to coast for too long. It's hard to coast through a good law school and do better than merely passing.

Anonymous said...

Your blog entry popped up because of a Google blog alert on St Andrews, and your entry struck a nerve because I graduated from SA, and then a few years later applied to law school with less than steller grades and good LSATs. I ended up at Wake Forest off the wait list and had the same concerns you expressed. It seems my SA education served me well, particularly the constant writing. I quickly realized that I fit in, and ended up doing very well. Good luck at Georgetown. I am sure you will do great.

Anonymous said...

Yow. Georgetown. Congratulations. Now you get to go and kick some preppy butt. Woot!

fausto said...

I never doubted you had it in you.

BTW, Mrs. Fausto is a Georgetown Law alum, and she couldn't be prouder. Says she, in addition to "welcome to the club", they've finally atoned for making her sit through all those classes with her obnoxious and idiotic classmate Doug Feith.

If there are any Feiths-in-training in your class, just wipe the floor with 'em, won't you please? It can be your gift to posterity.

Anonymous said...

Sweet! Congrats! Etc.

Anonymous said...

You will do great. NO worries. Grad of Georgetown, top 10% of the class from 1999. I know whereof I speak.

By the way, one poster mentioned that working hard at boring stuff was a stretch - but what is necessary to excel at law school. Let me take that a step further: THE PRACTICE OF LAW IS VIRTUALLY NOTHING BUT WORKING HARD A BORING STUFF. Sure, some of it is really cool; most of it is document review, making charts of what witnesses have said and looking for inconsistencies, reading case law written by very constipated judges, the list goes on. This, too, is a serious skill to be garnered in law school. As is putting up with those morons who think that they are smarter than you are. Important skill for litigators, at a minimum.

Go get um!