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Kelsey Z.

I have a dilemma

April 7, 2007 at 8:33 PM

I have a dilemma. A good dilemma, but a dilemma.

I've been accepted into Memorial University for their music program (yay!!!) with the recommendation of a very substantial scholarship. Now for the dilemma. I have to give my response by April 13th. I won't have even done my last audition at that point and I won't know the results of my second audition until the following week.

I'm ecstatic and a little confused about my next step.

From Tommy Atkinson
Posted on April 7, 2007 at 8:48 PM
Here in the US, schools can't make you give a definite answer until May 1. You might ask if you can get an extension on letting them know if you're going to accept or not. If the school wants you, odds are they'll bend a little bit, especially on deadlines.
From Caeli Smith
Posted on April 7, 2007 at 9:01 PM
What happens if you accept, but then withdraw? Is a deposit required for acceptance? Is it an amount you would be willing to forfeit if you receive a better offer?
From Pieter Viljoen
Posted on April 8, 2007 at 3:57 AM
Hi Kelsey,

When I applied to schools, I had the choice between McGill and Laurier. Obviously McGill is probably the best place to study in the country, but, Laurier gave me the president scholarship or whatever. Anyways, it was worth a lot of money. However, there are downsides to accepting. A) The city in both cases is not as good as something like UBC (so less culture, less exposure) B) Lower quality of peers. The quality of your peers is very important in your own development.

So, I think you should go somewhere else.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on April 8, 2007 at 6:06 AM
Congratulations on your acceptance and scholarship. I like Caeli's comment and suggest you follow up on it. Personally, I'm not much of a risk taker, so if I were in your situation, I'd take the offer you have now.
From Richard Hellinger
Posted on April 8, 2007 at 1:11 PM
That is a delema... Congrats on getting accepted though!!!!
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on April 8, 2007 at 4:54 PM
Thank you all for your comments!

Pieter, I've followed up on yours via email.

Caeli, I do not know the exact penalties in regards to accepting and thing withdrawing but financially, I'm not in a situation where I can afford to put too much out and not get it back.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on April 9, 2007 at 4:24 AM
Kelsey, let us know what you decide to do and how it works out. I'm hoping for the very best results for you.

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