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|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yes||
As someone that used to be connected with Admissions at UM, I can say there's been some good information provided to you. However, there are some key pieces that are missing that should help you.
GPA is important, but it also matters what kind of classes you got that 4.0. Honors, AP, and college track level courses have a higher factor than getting A's in easier classes. Your school will also submit some information about itself if the office doesn't have it already (classes offered, typical GPA of students, etc).
I don't know why people haven't talked about the essays. You can have a great resume but really be hurt with a weak or general essay. Really take the time to tailor yours to the questions being asked by Michigan. You have a lot of extra-curriculars, which is great. But why did you choose those? What makes you stand out from the other 50 candidates that will be reviewed that day? Why is Michigan your top choice? However, it can't be too over-the-top. A strong, compelling essay can make someone fight for you if you are borderline (waitlist-admit, or deny-waitlist).
And yes, get recommenders who actually know you well and can write about your strengths. You should ask multiple teachers if they are able to write you a letter of reference, and ask the ones you have the strongest relationships with to have a conversation with you prior or as you are asking. It should definitely include why you are interested in a particular school, your ECs, the potential subjects you want to study, and so on.
One thing to keep in mind is that Admissions is a complicated process that is clouded by anecdotal stories. There is no guaranteed set of scores, ECs and GPAs that get you in the the top schools. You seem like a compelling and strong candidate. But there are random factors that can be in play behind the scenes. Your application could have been reviewed on a day with stronger candidates. The pool of applicants from TN could be extremely low, which make you stand out even more.
I can definitely get into more if you are interested or have specifics. It's also been a few years since I was connected to the office, but the process doesn't drastically change. Just my two cents & good luck.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I hope it's Sullivan||
I would hope Theresa Sullivan from UVA comes back. Probably a long shot, but that would be my first pick. Also, thanks JBA for your informative diaries on the search. It's been a very closed process, so who really knows anything, but your analysis was great. Guess we'll all find out in 25 minutes or so who #14 will be.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Agreed||
I can't say I enjoyed watching games at Crisler feeling like this:
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Brought to you by||
|4 years 23 weeks ago||You mean this?||
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I'm looking at you John Bacon||
If this is not in Bacon's new book about the RR era, I will be extremely disappointed. How is this going to motivate your defense? We need answers people.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Umm||
I guess lifting 5 boxes of pizza back to your room is the same as the lifting reigme under Barwis. I think it says something when your entire weight room needed to be revamped because you have nothing but old school medicine balls and basic lifting equipment. I think Gittelson was basically coasting there toward the end. Do I need to post a pic of Terrance Taylor's "development" under Gittelson?
|4 years 23 weeks ago||And we don't||
have to worry that we just entrusted our defense to a guy that just ran a program into the ground. Still have no idea why RR would have made that hire.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Amen to that||
I remember saying to my seating group that we must really be in it if Lloyd was going to start a freshman QB that we really hadn't heard of. Fortuantely for us, Braylon was around to help the young lad out many a time that year, such as the MSU game (Will always be referred to as the Braylon Edwards Show to me).
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Agreed||
Beamerball shows year in and year out the importance Special Teams have in swinging the outcome of games. Any college FB fan knows this, but anytime I watch a VTech game, I'm always amazed at how many blocked kicks, punt/kickoff returns, etc that they will get, completely changing the momentum of that game.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Is Ed "Too Tall" Jones||
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Seriously NO POLITICS||
There are a few rules around here, and a big one is no politics. If I want to read about the "failure" of MLK's dream, I can visit one of the many, many political blogs out there. I suggest you post this rant there, because it sure as hell doesn't belong here.
Now rabble, rabble where's our DC rabble, rabble.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Someone wants a free trip to Bolivia||
Here's some info on Bolivia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia, because you're going to need it when you get negged back to the stone age.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Da Bears 35||
Packers negative 3. Ditka will find a way.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Not really a Superfan if||
you are just running Maize Rage. My definition of a Superfan would be someone that is visible on campus at multiple sporting events. I've seen True Blue Tom at more events like volleyball and such than this current Superfan. I guess that's the problem with these sort of titles, there's always criticism.
By the way, I thought for sure Rishi would have held the title at one point. The guy sat front row at the Grad Ceremony on the Diag in addition to FB games for like seven years. He did get a little annoying after a bit but still someone with a lot of passion for Michigan.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||But I thought||
we were a regional program and only the Livingston Daily Press & Argus and Chelsea Standard reported on Michigan Football headlines.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||And let me guess||
You like eating it in a van down by the river.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||You've been to Amer's @ the Union then?||
So true my friend. If that has taught me anything its that you often will never know why things ended the way they did in a seemly good relationship. That's one of the first thoughts I had when we got rid of RR. It was a relationship that for whatever reason didn't work out and we'll probably never know. For me, I'm ready to move on, but I understand why many still need to know what happened.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Second Joe Schwartz||
I have him this semester. His stories are amazing and he'll tell it like it is. Plus he does a ton of work for the Alumni Assoc.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I loved his stories||
Sure they had little to do with the reading and were only loosely connected in any sort of way, but they were super entertaining. Plus has anyone ever seen him without his ballcap on? I had him for three different classes and never saw this happen.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Matt Lassiter||
US History Prof who was amazing
Also, Greg Markus- Polisci prof who does a lot of work with Detroit orgs and non-profits
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Dear Pats Offense||
Please wake up and stop playing like crap. You're embarassing the Golden boy and trying to get him injured.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||So||
Does Rex Ryan have a special interest in his kicking game? I'm hoping for many a missed FG by the Jets to allow for all kind of jokes from the press.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Hey DB||
Maybe we need to throw some money at Dave Toub, the special teams coach for the Bears. Even if its just to come in and advise for a few weeks. Its been one of the most consistent and best part of the team for the past few years. Although Hester may be a big reason for that...
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I find your ideas intriguing||
and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Better to be lucky than good||
But seriously, Chicago seemed to get the breaks that the Lions did not. Even this game, who'd have thought that the Bears host the Seahawks instead of the Saints or the Eagles. Maybe next year the good karma returns to Detroit...
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Bear Down||
Chicago Bears. 14-0 Wooo!
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Some pretty neat stuff here||
I have a lot of stuff that's been listed here. But two of the more unusual items I have is a Michigan Marching Band Feather Plume I found outside the parking lot in Markley and my copy of Bo's Lasting Lessons signed by John Bacon. He wrote "To a True Blue Michigan Man and Leader!" There is nothing like listening to John Bacon tell stories about Bo for an hour and getting your "Michigan Man" endorsement from the man himself.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I know a thing about pardons...||
Now our long MgoNational nightmare is over