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Title: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 14, 2006, 12:45:00 PM
I took a brief road trip (about 36 hours and 2200 miles) to Iowa City this past weekend. After seeing the campus and surrounding area, I must say that I felt pretty relieved at how nice Iowa City/Coralville is. It seems like a good place to be for 3 years.

So yeah, whos still excited about Iowa? Got your housing lined up yet? Brand spanking new laptop? Doing any prep work? Made your list of bars to go to and cool stuff to do yet?

Lets hear about it. :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 14, 2006, 02:40:49 PM
I'm damn excited about Iowa.  It's going to be tough leaving my beautiful surroundings but I am looking forward to moving out to Iowa.  I signed a lease on a great old house the other week.  Looking in to a new laptop, I think I'm going to go with the Dell Latitude D620, which you can get for cheap if you are an Iowa student.  Plan on arriving a couple weeks before Orientation to make sure I have time to go the state fair and grab a stead at Rubes.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 14, 2006, 02:50:45 PM
outstanding! where are your beautiful surroundings now? as far as a laptop, i'm leaning towards a Mac. i know the schools website says that they dont support Macs, but i'm going to take the plunge.

what is Rube's? i haven't heard of it.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 14, 2006, 02:59:26 PM
outstanding! where are your beautiful surroundings now? as far as a laptop, i'm leaning towards a Mac. i know the schools website says that they dont support Macs, but i'm going to take the plunge.

what is Rube's? i haven't heard of it.



Right now I live in Missoula, but I grew up in the midwest and went to UG in Iowa.  Rube's is a grill it yourself steak house in Mountour, IA (which is in the middle of nowhere).  They have their own cattle ranch next to the restauraunt, so the steaks are increadibly good. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Subveni_Mihi on June 14, 2006, 03:59:49 PM
I laughed heartily when I read this thread title.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: AZWildcat on June 14, 2006, 06:20:40 PM
I'm taking evidence right now with Tomkovicz, and he is outstanding.  Look for him at Iowa.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 15, 2006, 02:41:58 PM
outstanding! where are your beautiful surroundings now? as far as a laptop, i'm leaning towards a Mac. i know the schools website says that they dont support Macs, but i'm going to take the plunge.

what is Rube's? i haven't heard of it.



Right now I live in Missoula, but I grew up in the midwest and went to UG in Iowa.  Rube's is a grill it yourself steak house in Mountour, IA (which is in the middle of nowhere).  They have their own cattle ranch next to the restauraunt, so the steaks are increadibly good. 

i just GoogleMapped it, and yes it is in the middle of nowhere. how did you find it?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 15, 2006, 02:53:17 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :) 

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 15, 2006, 02:57:06 PM
I'm damn excited about Iowa.  It's going to be tough leaving my beautiful surroundings but I am looking forward to moving out to Iowa.  I signed a lease on a great old house the other week.  Looking in to a new laptop, I think I'm going to go with the Dell Latitude D620, which you can get for cheap if you are an Iowa student.  Plan on arriving a couple weeks before Orientation to make sure I have time to go the state fair and grab a stead at Rubes.

i was thinking of getting that laptop myself but know just all of nothing about laptops. the tablet for 1400 was a little tempting although i still can't say I for sure want a tablet. i also like that we can buy all of our software for next to nothing from the bookstore, so even if we get a computer somewhere else we're not paying a fortune for software.

and state fairs...gotta love 'em. no, seriously--i'm from Ohio. I love state fairs :) animals, games, crafts and let's not forget FUNNEL CAKES :)

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 15, 2006, 02:58:53 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :) 

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??

Well for one, we could go see the covered bridges of Madison County. Two, we could go to the outlet mall in Williamsburg. Thats all I got, haha.

But we should have an LSD meet-and-greet for sure. I'll be in town the on the 11th-ish or so.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 15, 2006, 03:11:03 PM
hey--did you guys get the schedule for orientation? i was just going off the one on the website for last year. looks like they started around the fifteenth?

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 15, 2006, 03:39:07 PM
i'm starting to get excited about iowa (sorry, can't help to be sad to be leaving perpetually sunny los angeles  :P).

with the help of greengrl and kevin, i may be able to find a place shortly.

as for laptops, i got one a year ago when my old one crashed on me.  i have the Inspiron 700m, which just came out when i got it.  if anyone's interested in dells, they post up a lot of internet coupons on www.gotapex.com a lot.  i got my laptop for $600 off.  so i was able to get an extra battery (to extend battery life to about 5hrs), more harddrive space and ram.  ended up only paying about $1100.   :)  i love it b/c it's cute (im a girl  ::)), super light (only 4-5lbs) and comes in widescreen, so there seems to be bigger than it really is.

i haven't prepared much for law school.  i figure i'll have enough to study/read there, mind as well enjoy my summer.  i've made a list recently of all the thing i want to do in LA before i leave, including surfing and pretending to be tourist and taking that tour of celebrity's homes, haha.  also, i have a stack of books (mostly best sellers) that i want to read before i begin to eat, drink, sleep law.   :D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 15, 2006, 05:55:40 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :) 

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??

Well for one, we could go see the covered bridges of Madison County. Two, we could go to the outlet mall in Williamsburg. Thats all I got, haha.

But we should have an LSD meet-and-greet for sure. I'll be in town the on the 11th-ish or so.

I'll be in town around the 7th.  I'm planning on driving the little stuff that I have up in my car with my friend.  She's never been outside of California, so I definitely want to show her how the rest of the US is, haha.  I've lived in Kansas and Nebraska, so I know what to expect. 

Where are everyone getting their furniture?  or are you guys uhauling all your furniture to iowa?  I'll need to find a place that can ship me at bare minimum a bed, couch, and desk.  Is there an ikea near by?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 15, 2006, 06:35:15 PM
hey--did you guys get the schedule for orientation? i was just going off the one on the website for last year. looks like they started around the fifteenth?



Starts the 14th according to the academic calendar on the Web... I'm kinda concerned that I haven't gotten any official mailings with summer reading or anything like that. I suppose thats the law school beast, tho.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 15, 2006, 06:37:45 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :) 

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??

Well for one, we could go see the covered bridges of Madison County. Two, we could go to the outlet mall in Williamsburg. Thats all I got, haha.

But we should have an LSD meet-and-greet for sure. I'll be in town the on the 11th-ish or so.

I'll be in town around the 7th.  I'm planning on driving the little stuff that I have up in my car with my friend.  She's never been outside of California, so I definitely want to show her how the rest of the US is, haha.  I've lived in Kansas and Nebraska, so I know what to expect. 

Where are everyone getting their furniture?  or are you guys uhauling all your furniture to iowa?  I'll need to find a place that can ship me at bare minimum a bed, couch, and desk.  Is there an ikea near by?

lol @ "Is there an IKEA near by." ;) Iowa City is out in the sticks, but I'm sure there are some local furnitute stores. I'm going to rent a huge truck and just drive all my stuff up. I've got odds and ends I've been collecting since I've been out of school.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 15, 2006, 08:34:08 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :) 

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??

Well for one, we could go see the covered bridges of Madison County. Two, we could go to the outlet mall in Williamsburg. Thats all I got, haha.

But we should have an LSD meet-and-greet for sure. I'll be in town the on the 11th-ish or so.

I'll be in town around the 7th.  I'm planning on driving the little stuff that I have up in my car with my friend.  She's never been outside of California, so I definitely want to show her how the rest of the US is, haha.  I've lived in Kansas and Nebraska, so I know what to expect. 

Where are everyone getting their furniture?  or are you guys uhauling all your furniture to iowa?  I'll need to find a place that can ship me at bare minimum a bed, couch, and desk.  Is there an ikea near by?

the closest Ikea is in Chicago, Schaumburg, actually, (ten minutes from where i live now). you could easily drive out here once you get in Iowa City or just have it shipped. it's a straight shot from Iowa City to the western suburbs of Chicago..come to think of it the new Ikea in Bollingbrook would probably be even closer to Iowa City. It's three hours in the country where the speed limits are 70 mph--beautiful drive actually :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 16, 2006, 01:37:53 AM
damn, no near near by ikea.  well i may very well take a trip to ikea for the home furnishings.  i may even be crazy enough to rent an uhaul and drive there to pick up some stuff, hahaha.  we'll see. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 16, 2006, 05:40:33 AM
damn, no near near by ikea.  well i may very well take a trip to ikea for the home furnishings.  i may even be crazy enough to rent an uhaul and drive there to pick up some stuff, hahaha.  we'll see. 

check and see if it's in the ten percent they will ship, first :) otherwise, the drive really isn't that bad. not that it's a perfect substitute but there is a huge Walmart super center in Coralville (which is like five minutes from campus). I'm going to pick up  my dresser there.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 16, 2006, 07:41:25 AM
Don't buy your furniture from Walmart or Ikea, which is overpriced and crappy.  All you have to do is drive around on a Sat. and go to garage sales or there are lots of used/antique shops all over Iowa.  You can buy old furniture pieces for cheap, and it is much better quality and better looking then Ikea/Walmart.  You can find some really great deals if you drive out to the smaller towns.  Can also find some good stuff at decent prices at the Amana Colonies, but it will be a bit pricey.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 16, 2006, 08:25:45 AM
Don't buy your furniture from Walmart or Ikea, which is overpriced and crappy.  All you have to do is drive around on a Sat. and go to garage sales or there are lots of used/antique shops all over Iowa.  You can buy old furniture pieces for cheap, and it is much better quality and better looking then Ikea/Walmart.  You can find some really great deals if you drive out to the smaller towns.  Can also find some good stuff at decent prices at the Amana Colonies, but it will be a bit pricey.


yes, you can for sure drive around with a pickup truck if you have time and frequent the garage sales and such. maybe i'm a brat, but as much as I detest Walmart I'm really weird about buying used furniture for my house. antique is one thing-furniture sitting out on a lawn is another. If you need an entire set (living room or bedroom) then I would even look at one of the larger, cheaper chain stores but I thought you were looking for just isolated pieces. there is a large mall in corralville so i'm guessing there is a JCPenneys or Sears or somethign that might have some summer sales on furniture--some of those places will even do free delivery which is a great bonus.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 16, 2006, 08:54:23 AM
Don't buy your furniture from Walmart or Ikea, which is overpriced and crappy.  All you have to do is drive around on a Sat. and go to garage sales or there are lots of used/antique shops all over Iowa.  You can buy old furniture pieces for cheap, and it is much better quality and better looking then Ikea/Walmart.  You can find some really great deals if you drive out to the smaller towns.  Can also find some good stuff at decent prices at the Amana Colonies, but it will be a bit pricey.


yes, you can for sure drive around with a pickup truck if you have time and frequent the garage sales and such. maybe i'm a brat, but as much as I detest Walmart I'm really weird about buying used furniture for my house. antique is one thing-furniture sitting out on a lawn is another. If you need an entire set (living room or bedroom) then I would even look at one of the larger, cheaper chain stores but I thought you were looking for just isolated pieces. there is a large mall in corralville so i'm guessing there is a JCPenneys or Sears or somethign that might have some summer sales on furniture--some of those places will even do free delivery which is a great bonus.



I see you edited your last response.  And sorry I was not trying to be judgmental of anyone's shopping choices, I go on this site usually when I'm at work, so sometimes I don't really read what I write before I hit post. So I did not mean for my comments to come off sounding mean.  I do detest Wal-mart with a passion (especially after having lived in several rural parts of the country) however, I would never hold it against someone for shopping there (or other large chain stores), especially if there on a budget.  My comments were actualy based more on my own experiences of moving from Chicago to rural Iowa.  When I first arrived in Iowa I did most of my shopping for dorm living at Wal-mart and soon realized that I could have saved a lot more money and purchased better stuff if I bought local.  By local I mean local stores, used furniture stores, garage sales, etc.  However, if that is not your style or it is easier and cheaper to go to larger chain stores, (I will admit that buying local can be more time consuming) by all means do so, don't let my ramblings on a chat board make you feel like you have to be defensive. 


Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 16, 2006, 09:04:49 AM
Don't buy your furniture from Walmart or Ikea, which is overpriced and crappy.  All you have to do is drive around on a Sat. and go to garage sales or there are lots of used/antique shops all over Iowa.  You can buy old furniture pieces for cheap, and it is much better quality and better looking then Ikea/Walmart.  You can find some really great deals if you drive out to the smaller towns.  Can also find some good stuff at decent prices at the Amana Colonies, but it will be a bit pricey.


yes, you can for sure drive around with a pickup truck if you have time and frequent the garage sales and such. maybe i'm a brat, but as much as I detest Walmart I'm really weird about buying used furniture for my house. antique is one thing-furniture sitting out on a lawn is another. If you need an entire set (living room or bedroom) then I would even look at one of the larger, cheaper chain stores but I thought you were looking for just isolated pieces. there is a large mall in corralville so i'm guessing there is a JCPenneys or Sears or somethign that might have some summer sales on furniture--some of those places will even do free delivery which is a great bonus.



I see you edited your last response.  And sorry I was not trying to be judgmental of anyone's shopping choices, I go on this site usually when I'm at work, so sometimes I don't really read what I write before I hit post. So I did not mean for my comments to come off sounding mean.  I do detest Wal-mart with a passion (especially after having lived in several rural parts of the country) however, I would never hold it against someone for shopping there (or other large chain stores), especially if there on a budget.  My comments were actualy based more on my own experiences of moving from Chicago to rural Iowa.  When I first arrived in Iowa I did most of my shopping for dorm living at Wal-mart and soon realized that I could have saved a lot more money and purchased better stuff if I bought local.  By local I mean local stores, used furniture stores, garage sales, etc.  However, if that is not your style or it is easier and cheaper to go to larger chain stores, (I will admit that buying local can be more time consuming) by all means do so, don't let my ramblings on a chat board make you feel like you have to be defensive. 


i didnt' mean to be a female dog either which is why i edited my response. however, it struck me as a bit rude, less to me and more the OP who had asked for the closest IKEA. not a big deal at all..everyone has their own style. refinishing old furniture is a lot of fun, actually--it's amazing what you can do with a hand sander and some stain. my style is far from Ikea or Walmart  ;) my BUDGET however, both in time and money, is lovin' the Ikea :)







Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 16, 2006, 10:07:57 AM
So when do you think Iowa will start sending out stuff to new students.  My work load is starting to dwindle (a lot of my attorneys don't want me to start on new cases since I'm leaving) and it would be really nice to be able to sift through materials on orientation, health insurance, classes, etc. Just bought a copy of Friedman's History of American Law, thought it might be an interesting read before law school starts.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 16, 2006, 11:13:23 AM
So when do you think Iowa will start sending out stuff to new students.  My work load is starting to dwindle (a lot of my attorneys don't want me to start on new cases since I'm leaving) and it would be really nice to be able to sift through materials on orientation, health insurance, classes, etc. Just bought a copy of Friedman's History of American Law, thought it might be an interesting read before law school starts.

good question. I hope they send something soon. The LAST thing I want to deal with is a last minute scramble to get things in order while I'm trying to move. History of American law sounds interesting. I picked up a few books myself, but I'd much rather be having fun with my last few months of freedom than studying law.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on June 16, 2006, 11:26:42 AM
So when do you think Iowa will start sending out stuff to new students.  My work load is starting to dwindle (a lot of my attorneys don't want me to start on new cases since I'm leaving) and it would be really nice to be able to sift through materials on orientation, health insurance, classes, etc. Just bought a copy of Friedman's History of American Law, thought it might be an interesting read before law school starts.

good question. I hope they send something soon. The LAST thing I want to deal with is a last minute scramble to get things in order while I'm trying to move. History of American law sounds interesting. I picked up a few books myself, but I'd much rather be having fun with my last few months of freedom than studying law.

Well, I still haven't been able to finalize my decision about Iowa but I'm really hoping i can go.  If my wife can find a job then I'm all set.  I'm lining up my moving truck this week and should be ready to move end of July. 

I've received reading information from my other school but nothing from Iowa.  I e-mailed them to ask if there is anything coming up and they said they didn't have anything yet, this was a few weeks ago.  I hope they don't expect us to simply show up... I still haven't secured an apartment or bought any books.. I'm anxious!

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 16, 2006, 12:28:25 PM
thanks for all the comments about ikea and such, they were all honestly helpful.  i think i will buy my bed from ikea or a chain store, but maybe the not so immediately necessary furniture locally, and all the small stuff from walmart (bedding, kitchen appliances, etc.)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 17, 2006, 04:46:31 PM
Any word when we will hear any info from them??

i'm glad to hear your trip went well Kevin! ;0)

So Ikea is about 3 hours away huh? I guess i'll have to make a trip.

I'm getting excited here!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: OingoBoingo on June 17, 2006, 05:56:10 PM
oh count me IN on the steak--yum. one fresh cow and a bottle of red wine please :)

i'll be around starting August 1st; at some point we should all try to meet up and, I dunno...go cow tipping? what the hell do people DO in Iowa??

Well for one, we could go see the covered bridges of Madison County. Two, we could go to the outlet mall in Williamsburg. Thats all I got, haha.

But we should have an LSD meet-and-greet for sure. I'll be in town the on the 11th-ish or so.

I'll be in town around the 7th. I'm planning on driving the little stuff that I have up in my car with my friend. She's never been outside of California, so I definitely want to show her how the rest of the US is, haha. I've lived in Kansas and Nebraska, so I know what to expect.

Where are everyone getting their furniture? or are you guys uhauling all your furniture to iowa? I'll need to find a place that can ship me at bare minimum a bed, couch, and desk. Is there an ikea near by?

the closest Ikea is in Chicago, Schaumburg, actually, (ten minutes from where i live now). you could easily drive out here once you get in Iowa City or just have it shipped. it's a straight shot from Iowa City to the western suburbs of Chicago..come to think of it the new Ikea in Bollingbrook would probably be even closer to Iowa City. It's three hours in the country where the speed limits are 70 mph--beautiful drive actually :)

Ikea does not ship. :( Only a very small part of what they sell can be bought on line and shipped, 90% of it must be bought at a store. Makes me mad, its like 1000 miles to the one closest to me.

Matthias,

You're in Denver right? Next spring there should be an Ikea opening up in Salt Lake - then you'd be only 500 miles away :)

Oingo
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: IowaGirl on June 17, 2006, 07:47:24 PM
I am soooooooooo glad to hear that y'all have not received anything yet (although it is annoying).  I was beginning to get paranoid that maybe I had missed something.

As for Iowa City, I have worked in the city the past three years...it really is a nice place to live.  It's very pretty, lots of interesting events for a town its size, and some really good restaurants/coffee shops/bars.  Let me know if you have any specific questions!   :D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 17, 2006, 08:58:00 PM
I am soooooooooo glad to hear that y'all have not received anything yet (although it is annoying).  I was beginning to get paranoid that maybe I had missed something.

As for Iowa City, I have worked in the city the past three years...it really is a nice place to live.  It's very pretty, lots of interesting events for a town its size, and some really good restaurants/coffee shops/bars.  Let me know if you have any specific questions!   :D


lol, and  I am soo glad to hear that the town is pretty ok.

oh, i'm getting excited!!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: sirius on June 18, 2006, 08:07:19 AM
I am soooooooooo glad to hear that y'all have not received anything yet (although it is annoying).  I was beginning to get paranoid that maybe I had missed something.

Haha, me too.  I actually started having dreams that I forgot to send in papers or deposits and would show up on the first day to find that I wasn't enrolled!


King Matthies- thanks for the door-desk idea, I'm definitely going to do that!

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: apeters28 on June 22, 2006, 01:55:02 PM
I just moved to Iowa City.  So far I really like it.  The downtown is great and they have some great food.  I'm sorry if I missed this but when is everyoone moving here? 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 22, 2006, 02:35:15 PM
I just moved to Iowa City.  So far I really like it.  The downtown is great and they have some great food.  I'm sorry if I missed this but when is everyoone moving here? 

I am moving Aug 2nd. I am glad to hear you think it is nice.

Where are you living?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 22, 2006, 02:39:58 PM
I just moved to Iowa City.  So far I really like it.  The downtown is great and they have some great food.  I'm sorry if I missed this but when is everyoone moving here? 

great food... what have you eaten so far thats worth a recommendation?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 22, 2006, 03:45:50 PM
I just moved to Iowa City.  So far I really like it.  The downtown is great and they have some great food.  I'm sorry if I missed this but when is everyoone moving here? 

great food... what have you eaten so far thats worth a recommendation?

i'm moving to Iowa City the last week of July....

good food, eh? perhaps a sushi restaurant NOT located next to the pet store :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on June 22, 2006, 03:52:08 PM
Anyone start looking at apartments? I saw "The Lodge at UI" http://www.thelodgeatui.com which looks pretty good.  The housing prices are a welcome relief after being set on spending $$$ for housing near American.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Also, does anyone have any information on student football season tickets? Thanks!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: apeters28 on June 22, 2006, 04:46:43 PM

I just moved to Iowa City.  So far I really like it.  The downtown is great and they have some great food.  I'm sorry if I missed this but when is everyoone moving here? 

I am moving Aug 2nd. I am glad to hear you think it is nice.

Where are you living?

I moved into a condo about a five minute walk away from the law school.  One of my favorite restaurants I found is downtown and is called Quinton's.  Really good sandwiches and soup.  There are also a lot of restaurants that serve ethnic food.   
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 22, 2006, 07:06:56 PM
Anyone start looking at apartments? I saw "The Lodge at UI" http://www.thelodgeatui.com which looks pretty good.  The housing prices are a welcome relief after being set on spending $$$ for housing near American.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Also, does anyone have any information on student football season tickets? Thanks!

whats the rent like at the lodge? the cost of American was a turnoff for me as well... i haven't looked at student season tickets yet, but i think i'm definitely interested.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 22, 2006, 07:24:59 PM
i think the Lodge has furnished units, maybe some unfurnished? I read some reviews of the complex and apparently they aren't maintained as well as they would like you to believe and they are swimming with undergrads! i might recommend looking at some of the smaller complexes that are catered towards graduate students.

i'm living in a unit about a five or ten minute walk from the lawschool on oakcrest--it's a family owned company which was a turn on for me b/c dealing with the property managment companies was about all i could handle

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 22, 2006, 07:34:04 PM
Just looked at the Lodge and it looks nice.

I really want a gym and a pool, I will have to buy a pass for the school center.

Kevin, do we get free internet included at the uni apts? is it ethernet?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 22, 2006, 07:37:29 PM
yea terabithia,  internet is free as well as local phone at the university apartments. i'm for sure planning on using the schools fitness center as well.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 22, 2006, 07:38:16 PM
i think the Lodge has furnished units, maybe some unfurnished? I read some reviews of the complex and apparently they aren't maintained as well as they would like you to believe and they are swimming with undergrads! i might recommend looking at some of the smaller complexes that are catered towards graduate students.

i'm living in a unit about a five or ten minute walk from the lawschool on oakcrest--it's a family owned company which was a turn on for me b/c dealing with the property managment companies was about all i could handle



swimming with undergrads.... *hot* undergrads???

;)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 22, 2006, 08:20:22 PM
I'd advise against the Lodge.  It's essentially an off-campus dorm (full of undergrads and too far off-campus).  Also, check out some private gyms (New Life has a pool, Core is good but no pool) in the area before you buy a pass for the Fieldhouse recreation center.  Enjoy Iowa City...I know I do!

thanks for the gym info--how much more expensive are they than the Fieldhouse? I'm hoping to get half my workout in before class so i'm thinking i will have to have a fieldhouse membership to do it. Good to hear you enjoy Iowa City--it seems like a cute place to go to school

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on June 22, 2006, 08:24:43 PM
If the Lodge is no good, does anyone have the name/website of other places close to the laws chool? I'm looking for furnished, preferably studio or efficiency but i'll deal with a 2 bedroom if there's only two people.  Because I don't know the area, I'm not sure which places are a reasonable walk away (I won't have a car).  Any help would be much appreciated.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 22, 2006, 09:51:39 PM
http://imu.uiowa.edu/cic/housing_info/index.php

This site has some general information about housing in the area and a list of nearly every rental property in Iowa City and Coralville.  The Oakcrest and Benton street areas are very close the law school.  There's tons of apartments and lots of law students in that area.  Apartments on Newton Road would be a good choice too.  Definitely feel free to ask me about any specific apartment complexes/rental agencies...some are better than others.  I can also give you a good idea of law school proximity.  Generally, most undergrads live on the east side of the Iowa River.  Most grad students (specifically law, dental, medicine) live west of the Iowa River because of the campus layout.  It might be helpful to just map some addresses and see where they are.  If you don't have a car I'd recommend against Coralville, but public transportation is excellent if you don't care about being within walking distance.  Also, living right downtown is nice but very expensive. 

Try these property rental sites:

http://www.heritagepropertymanagement.com/ 
(I actually rent from them)

http://www.s-gate.com/
http://www.barkerapartments.com/
http://www.cruiseapartments.com/

Also, I know Core is about $45 a month.  I don't know about New Life but I'd imagine its similar.  The Fieldhouse (UI rec center) is not in great condition...plans to build another center are underway.  If you're mostly interested in the pool beware falling ceiling tiles and related closures.  Subpar gym/crowded gym in my experience.  The pass cost $60 a semester about 6 years ago, I don't know what it is now.  It is really close to the law school so that's a plus though.  The Iowa City rec center (Robert A. Lee Community Center or something like that) has an indoor pool (check Mercer Park Aquatic Center too) for public use for some small fee too. 

http://www.recserv.uiowa.edu/index_flash.htm
http://www.corefitness1.com/index2.php

I hope this helps.  I'm hoping to start law school at Iowa in the fall of '07 (I'm a research assistant in a UIHC lab now), so maybe I'll see you then.   In the meantime, feel free to ask if you have questions. 

Heritage seemed really nice when I talked to them, fwiw. Southgate was a bear--pushy.

You're a research assistant? I'm really interested in continuing my research while in law school as I *might* pursue an MD/JD and at the very least probably a masters in Biochem. Obviously I'm on the Biotech patent law/hospital regulation track. Would you be willing to share a few names of PhD's who might be interested in a part time assistant?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 23, 2006, 07:33:32 AM
Whoa, let me get this straight, we are spending 30,000 a year and we don't even get free gym access.  Well, I guess I was already planning on riding my bike to school each day, they may just have to become part of my workout. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 23, 2006, 07:42:39 AM
Whoa, let me get this straight, we are spending 30,000 a year and we don't even get free gym access.  Well, I guess I was already planning on riding my bike to school each day, they may just have to become part of my workout. 

i know! i mean granted it seems like it's a low rate per semester but it's completely the principal. I thought about the bike thing but it's been awhile--and I'm clusmy :)

very,very clumsy. i promise entertainment in class...i fall on a regular basis. heheheh

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 23, 2006, 07:44:23 AM
Whoa, let me get this straight, we are spending 30,000 a year and we don't even get free gym access.  Well, I guess I was already planning on riding my bike to school each day, they may just have to become part of my workout. 

You could always do curls with our casebooks or do some squats with a couple law dictionaries. but seriously though, that is a lot of $$$ for school and not have free gym access. i think gym memberships at the rect are not too expensive from what i looked at a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 23, 2006, 08:21:55 AM
I just looked it up...it's $70 a semester to access the gym/fitness facilities and $60 a semester for the pool.  I was really irritated when they tore out the tennis courts by Kinnick stadium as part of the stadium remodel and then started charging a fee to use the new tennis center once it was built.  You can always try to sneak into the Hillcrest (dorm right across from the law school) and use the gym there.  I think you just need to write down a valid dorm room number...

greengrl--What are your research interests or what do you have experience in?  I can PM you more about this...

i was pissed when i drove through and saw them yanking out those courts, too! the tennis center sounds great and i might be tempted to pay for courttime every once in a while just to keep up my game. i saw some really nice public tennis courts while i was up there it seemed--and lots of parks. so pretty!

i PMed you :)

and is it sixty extra dollars to access the pool? that's insane.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 23, 2006, 08:41:02 AM
This is almost therapeutic for me.  It's distracting and makes me feel like I might not be waiting around for my LSAT score forever. 
yeah, waiting around for my LSAT score was the pits. I'm not sure what was worse though, the waiting, or being disappointed when my score was lower than I'd hoped... I'm sure you did fine though.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 23, 2006, 11:02:36 AM
im moving into iowa city the first week of august.  i figure that'll be plenty of time to buy all necessary furniture, scoop out the area, and absorb the culture shock.  :D

$70/semester isn't too bad, compared to my $40/mo i currently pay.  has anyone seen the facilities?  is it tolerable?  crowd with undergrads? 

i think i read somewhere on this board that after our orientation week, we have to take a test.  is that true?  does anyone know the details behind it? 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 23, 2006, 12:10:48 PM
Our orientation does consist of a 1-credit course called Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning.  And I do believe there is an exam at the end of the course.  I highly doubt that is some rigourous course, where we will be pulling our hair out by the end. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 23, 2006, 12:54:01 PM
My friend told me that after the class they give us a guesstimate ranking, which is supposed to predict where we will fall in our first yr.

They told him he would be bottom 50% and he was top 10%, so don't feel bad if your ranking isn't high.

So we have to pay for the gym and the pool and the tennis court??

That really sucks!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 23, 2006, 01:08:59 PM
ok, that test *might* mess with our heads more than it is really necessary our first two weeks. i **really** want to be excited about going to law school but, man, am i the only one having serious cold feet? i want to read law school confidential but i'm fairly certain that i will withdraw my acceptance immediately after reading it. i've picked it up FOUR time in the bookstore, skimmed parts, inevitably found the parts that said "you're not going to a top 20 school, you'll never find a job and you're doomed to a life of unhappiness, middle management, low self worth-even your CAT will hate you". i'm sure there are some *really* useful things contained within the rest of the book if only i could get to them :)

computer people: can we talk about the computers that we can get a discount on through school? is the Dell Latitude D620 going to be an ok machine, barring the inevitable issues Dells always have? I'm assuming that price is for the base model--do we get a similar discount on the upgrades? i wish the tablets weren't so expensive :(

thoughts?





Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on June 23, 2006, 01:23:34 PM
So I spent some serious time with this apartment directory and on the phone this afternoon.  Turns out no one has furnished apartments that I can see (which is much different than in State College).  I'm moving cross country, and carting everything with me is not an option. Maybe I'm just not hitting the correct places, but I called everything on Newton, Benton, Oakcrest, and woodside that I could find.  If anyone is interested in joining forces in this quest, let me know.  I'd love to hear some more advice, otherwise I just might end up at the Lodge, and after reading some reviews, I'm quite apprehensive about that (mainly because I hear their roommate matching service isn't so good and because of the number of undgergrads). 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 23, 2006, 01:36:34 PM
So I spent some serious time with this apartment directory and on the phone this afternoon.  Turns out no one has furnished apartments that I can see (which is much different than in State College).  I'm moving cross country, and carting everything with me is not an option. Maybe I'm just not hitting the correct places, but I called everything on Newton, Benton, Oakcrest, and woodside that I could find.  If anyone is interested in joining forces in this quest, let me know.  I'd love to hear some more advice, otherwise I just might end up at the Lodge, and after reading some reviews, I'm quite apprehensive about that (mainly because I hear their roommate matching service isn't so good and because of the number of undgergrads). 

I did a HUGE review of apartments when I went looking for mine, and the Lodge was the only building I found that was furnished. In a larger city and/or an area where there is a fair amount of business you will find more of these furnished facilities. Your best bet might be to sell what you have and buy some really cheap stuff to furnish a small one bedroom or studio. If you're ok living with just the basics you can get a cheap futon and a bed and be ok--over time you will reaccumulate the rest. When I relocated to Chicago four years ago I slept on an air matress and lived out of suitcases for four months until I could buy the rest. You can make it work--but I think you're right in your apprehension to live in the Lodge


 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 23, 2006, 01:53:17 PM
ok, that test *might* mess with our heads more than it is really necessary our first two weeks. i **really** want to be excited about going to law school but, man, am i the only one having serious cold feet? i want to read law school confidential but i'm fairly certain that i will withdraw my acceptance immediately after reading it. i've picked it up FOUR time in the bookstore, skimmed parts, inevitably found the parts that said "you're not going to a top 20 school, you'll never find a job and you're doomed to a life of unhappiness, middle management, low self worth-even your CAT will hate you". i'm sure there are some *really* useful things contained within the rest of the book if only i could get to them :)

computer people: can we talk about the computers that we can get a discount on through school? is the Dell Latitude D620 going to be an ok machine, barring the inevitable issues Dells always have? I'm assuming that price is for the base model--do we get a similar discount on the upgrades? i wish the tablets weren't so expensive :(

thoughts?






LSC is actually a good book, even though it definatly has an eastcoast, T-14 slant to it.  I would pick up a copy but the only part worth reading at this point, in my opinion, is where he goes over his study method.  I'm not sure how well his method works, but has some good ideas and shows you how important it is to be disiplined in your studying.  Most of the book actually deals with finding a job and the recruitment process, but probably best not to worry about that right this moment.  If you want to read a law related book, I would recommend Law 101 by Feinmann (??) Its an easy to read book and he covers all the basic topics of first year courses.  It puts all the materail in a very broad overview so you can see how all the parts work.  Right now I'm reading Freidman's History of American Law, which is really quite interesting but much more dense.  

Anyways I would not stress over the if you're not at top 20 you life will be a failure mentality (anyways I think Top 22 is close enough).  My fiancee and I were talking the other day and realized in 3-4 years when we are both done with school (she is planning on being a midwife) even if we are making the mean salaries for our professions, we will most likely be making over $100,000 a year at the age of 29.  To me that is just a crazy amount of money. So just remeber at the end of this (even with all of the debt) you are still probably going to be better off then most of the population.  

I too plan on going with the Dell D620.  My Dad has the same model and really likes his and has not had any problems. However, I'm going to get the extended life battery, I've heard Iowa is lacking in outlets in classroms.  
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 23, 2006, 02:44:05 PM


computer people: can we talk about the computers that we can get a discount on through school? is the Dell Latitude D620 going to be an ok machine, barring the inevitable issues Dells always have? I'm assuming that price is for the base model--do we get a similar discount on the upgrades? i wish the tablets weren't so expensive :(

thoughts?







i'm going with a macbook, although i'm sure the latiudes are fine.

and as far as the outlets go... if there's such a major shortage for outlets, i may just show up the first day of class with a surge protector with 8 sockets. boom, problem solved!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 23, 2006, 03:01:40 PM
ok, that test *might* mess with our heads more than it is really necessary our first two weeks. i **really** want to be excited about going to law school but, man, am i the only one having serious cold feet? i want to read law school confidential but i'm fairly certain that i will withdraw my acceptance immediately after reading it. i've picked it up FOUR time in the bookstore, skimmed parts, inevitably found the parts that said "you're not going to a top 20 school, you'll never find a job and you're doomed to a life of unhappiness, middle management, low self worth-even your CAT will hate you". i'm sure there are some *really* useful things contained within the rest of the book if only i could get to them :)

computer people: can we talk about the computers that we can get a discount on through school? is the Dell Latitude D620 going to be an ok machine, barring the inevitable issues Dells always have? I'm assuming that price is for the base model--do we get a similar discount on the upgrades? i wish the tablets weren't so expensive :(

thoughts?






LSC is actually a good book, even though it definatly has an eastcoast, T-14 slant to it.  I would pick up a copy but the only part worth reading at this point, in my opinion, is where he goes over his study method.  I'm not sure how well his method works, but has some good ideas and shows you how important it is to be disiplined in your studying.  Most of the book actually deals with finding a job and the recruitment process, but probably best not to worry about that right this moment.  If you want to read a law related book, I would recommend Law 101 by Feinmann (??) Its an easy to read book and he covers all the basic topics of first year courses.  It puts all the materail in a very broad overview so you can see how all the parts work.  Right now I'm reading Freidman's History of American Law, which is really quite interesting but much more dense.  

Anyways I would not stress over the if you're not at top 20 you life will be a failure mentality (anyways I think Top 22 is close enough).  My fiancee and I were talking the other day and realized in 3-4 years when we are both done with school (she is planning on being a midwife) even if we are making the mean salaries for our professions, we will most likely be making over $100,000 a year at the age of 29.  To me that is just a crazy amount of money. So just remeber at the end of this (even with all of the debt) you are still probably going to be better off then most of the population.  

I too plan on going with the Dell D620.  My Dad has the same model and really likes his and has not had any problems. However, I'm going to get the extended life battery, I've heard Iowa is lacking in outlets in classroms.  

Thanks for the book recommendations--I think I'll check those out. You get what I was saying though about LSC--just WAY too over the top high stress for me right now. I just finished Trial and Error, the story of John Tucker, an amazing trial attorney with Jenner and Block in the sixties and seventies. It's a great read, especially if you have any interest in being a trial attorney.

I hear what you are saying about the median salaries and all that, it just seems so incredibly overwhelming. Debt is the scariest thing in the WORLD to me--it's so limiting. I guess that's where hard work and a little faith come into play :)

Thanks for your review on the computer--it seems like a nice model and has all that we will need. Is it really heavy??? I think the extended battery is a good idea; have you ordered yours yet? I would like to upgrade a bit, and tried to log into the site to check it out but it won't accept my hawkID. Anyone else have this problem? 

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 23, 2006, 03:18:39 PM
 and tried to log into the site to check it out but it won't accept my hawkID. Anyone else have this problem? 


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I had this problem until I realized that you are supposed to type IOWA\username.  If you are already typing it that way, then I not sure what the problem is.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 23, 2006, 05:27:52 PM
ok, that test *might* mess with our heads more than it is really necessary our first two weeks. i **really** want to be excited about going to law school but, man, am i the only one having serious cold feet? i want to read law school confidential but i'm fairly certain that i will withdraw my acceptance immediately after reading it. i've picked it up FOUR time in the bookstore, skimmed parts, inevitably found the parts that said "you're not going to a top 20 school, you'll never find a job and you're doomed to a life of unhappiness, middle management, low self worth-even your CAT will hate you". i'm sure there are some *really* useful things contained within the rest of the book if only i could get to them :)

computer people: can we talk about the computers that we can get a discount on through school? is the Dell Latitude D620 going to be an ok machine, barring the inevitable issues Dells always have? I'm assuming that price is for the base model--do we get a similar discount on the upgrades? i wish the tablets weren't so expensive :(

thoughts?






LSC is actually a good book, even though it definatly has an eastcoast, T-14 slant to it.  I would pick up a copy but the only part worth reading at this point, in my opinion, is where he goes over his study method.  I'm not sure how well his method works, but has some good ideas and shows you how important it is to be disiplined in your studying.  Most of the book actually deals with finding a job and the recruitment process, but probably best not to worry about that right this moment.  If you want to read a law related book, I would recommend Law 101 by Feinmann (??) Its an easy to read book and he covers all the basic topics of first year courses.  It puts all the materail in a very broad overview so you can see how all the parts work.  Right now I'm reading Freidman's History of American Law, which is really quite interesting but much more dense.  

Anyways I would not stress over the if you're not at top 20 you life will be a failure mentality (anyways I think Top 22 is close enough).  My fiancee and I were talking the other day and realized in 3-4 years when we are both done with school (she is planning on being a midwife) even if we are making the mean salaries for our professions, we will most likely be making over $100,000 a year at the age of 29.  To me that is just a crazy amount of money. So just remeber at the end of this (even with all of the debt) you are still probably going to be better off then most of the population.  

I too plan on going with the Dell D620.  My Dad has the same model and really likes his and has not had any problems. However, I'm going to get the extended life battery, I've heard Iowa is lacking in outlets in classroms.  

Yeah I heard Law 101 is good.  It's on my book list, along with LCS, Acing Your First Year of Law School (Henry S. Noye) and Getting to Maybe (Paul and Fischl). 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 26, 2006, 09:32:09 AM
Any word when we will hear any info from them??


Just spoke to the admissions office today, they sent out information packets on Friday.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 26, 2006, 09:54:05 AM
Any word when we will hear any info from them??


Just spoke to the admissions office today, they sent out information packets on Friday.

hey, thanks for passing on the info.

on an unrelated note, how many of yall are getting funny looks from your friends and co-workers about your decision to attend Iowa?

At first I was annoyed, but now its hilarious to me to see people's blank stares as they try to remember where Iowa is on a map.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 26, 2006, 10:07:19 AM
Any word when we will hear any info from them??


Just spoke to the admissions office today, they sent out information packets on Friday.

hey, thanks for passing on the info.

on an unrelated note, how many of yall are getting funny looks from your friends and co-workers about your decision to attend Iowa?

At first I was annoyed, but now its hilarious to me to see people's blank stares as they try to remember where Iowa is on a map.

hahaha, i'm totally getting that!!  and mind you, i'm in los angeles.  people in california totally live in a bubble, they'd be happy if california was an island of its own and nothing else existed.  first i was also annoyed and felt like i had to validate my choice by explaining that iowa has a great law school and they have other great graduate programs, blah blah.  now it's just amusing.  what makes the situation even more hilarious is that when i say i'm going to iowa, i end it with, and i'm really excited about moving there.  i think people think i'm losing it.   :D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 26, 2006, 12:07:18 PM
Any word when we will hear any info from them??


Just spoke to the admissions office today, they sent out information packets on Friday.

hey, thanks for passing on the info.

on an unrelated note, how many of yall are getting funny looks from your friends and co-workers about your decision to attend Iowa?

At first I was annoyed, but now its hilarious to me to see people's blank stares as they try to remember where Iowa is on a map.


OMG! Everyone has said something to me, from "Ohio?" to "at least you won't have any distractions!"

I am slightly self-depracating about the move to Iowa as well, but I am excited.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 26, 2006, 01:52:54 PM
Just got the packet and signed up for the computer class.

OMG guys, this is it!!

EEK
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 26, 2006, 02:11:35 PM
hopefully my packet is patiently waiting for me at home.  :D

what computer class??

does it say anything about what section we're assigned to, reading assignments, etc.?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on June 26, 2006, 02:46:18 PM
hopefully my packet is patiently waiting for me at home.  :D

what computer class??

does it say anything about what section we're assigned to, reading assignments, etc.?

It just talks about our orientation and says they will be sending another packet the end of July with our classes and reading lists.

The computer class, is a lab they want you to sign up for to learn about the library and get your laptops configured.

Also, included a schedule for our orientation week. The exam will be on a Saturday!

I was abit disapointed, I was hoping I would know my fall schedule and have some reading lists or something but the packet pretty much said relax and move to Iowa in good time so you can be relaxed by the time classes start.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 26, 2006, 07:44:22 PM
wow...just got my packet. pretty sure my heart skipped a few beats. it's so surreal to think that very VERY soon it's game time. i wonder how early we can start doing our ID stuff and all that--I'm going to be there by August 1st at the latest so the more I can get done the better.

the library hours are really early. that sucks. hey--parking is EXPENSIVE. woah...didn't realize it would be that much.


blah. packing. moving. blah blah balh
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: apeters28 on June 27, 2006, 03:51:27 PM
Just signed up for my computer class.  August 9th at 1:00.  I'm a little nervous about the 9:00-11:00 examination on that first Saturday.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 28, 2006, 01:11:41 PM
Has anyone here filled out a promissory note for the GradPLUS loans or know when the forms are coming out.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 28, 2006, 04:07:07 PM
Has anyone here filled out a promissory note for the GradPLUS loans or know when the forms are coming out.

I just talked to the financial aid office yesterday and Jessica told me that all promissory notes for our loans will be mailed out in July; they are still printing them up/finalizing them. For now, just sit tight :)

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 28, 2006, 04:20:40 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on June 28, 2006, 04:50:54 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 
Its obviously better to pay and not take out a loan right?  If you have the money... I can't imagine an investment that pays 7%...
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 28, 2006, 05:00:25 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 

actually the PLUS loans are fixed at 7.9% per Susan Palmer today when she called. the STAFFORDS (18.5K) are fixed at 6.8% :)

as for health insurance, i don't know that we have any other options. anyone find insurance cheaper??
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 28, 2006, 05:05:56 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 
Its obviously better to pay and not take out a loan right?  If you have the money... I can't imagine an investment that pays 7%...


well not necessarily.  the current spending value of the money that you do have may be higher than the amount you will have to pay in loans, if you took out the loan.  it really depends on how you spend your money if it's not going to be spent on law school.  for example, correct me if i'm wrong, the current interest rate for a mortgage is at least 10%. this is much higher than a good student loan interest rate.  so for some people, it would be wiser for them to pay off their mortgage and take out a loan for school than to put that money into going to school.  of course, there are also other situations where taking out a loan is better than paying with the money you have can apply.  However, if you're not planning on investing your money on something at this point, then it's probably a good idea to use it to pay for law school expensese and minimize the amount of loans you will need to take out.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 28, 2006, 05:10:51 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 

actually the PLUS loans are fixed at 7.9% per Susan Palmer today when she called. the STAFFORDS (18.5K) are fixed at 6.8% :)

as for health insurance, i don't know that we have any other options. anyone find insurance cheaper??

oh, thanks for the clarification.  i may have unconsciously replaced the 7 with a 6 in my mind...wishful thinking i suppose.  ::)

i may not take out any health insurance.  besides emergencies and unexpected health problems, health insurance only helps minimize your doctor visits and meds.  i've had health insurance through work for the last 3 years and have hardly taken advantage of it.  i figure the $1K i save each year for not paying for health insurance can go towards any emergency doctor visits. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 28, 2006, 07:45:57 PM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 

actually the PLUS loans are fixed at 7.9% per Susan Palmer today when she called. the STAFFORDS (18.5K) are fixed at 6.8% :)

as for health insurance, i don't know that we have any other options. anyone find insurance cheaper??

oh, thanks for the clarification.  i may have unconsciously replaced the 7 with a 6 in my mind...wishful thinking i suppose.  ::)

i may not take out any health insurance.  besides emergencies and unexpected health problems, health insurance only helps minimize your doctor visits and meds.  i've had health insurance through work for the last 3 years and have hardly taken advantage of it.  i figure the $1K i save each year for not paying for health insurance can go towards any emergency doctor visits. 

wishful thinking is right! :) Susan Palmer thinks I'm a total nutcase-it's hysterical. We had a debate as to whether or not I should work next year and she was really unhappy when I told her that I was going to go against all commonly held knowledge and hold down a small job if I could find one that worked. perhaps if the cost of education wasn't so cost prohibitive :)

and don't worry about getting sick--i'll make you chicken noodle soup :) from scratch!! heheheh
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 28, 2006, 11:31:40 PM

and don't worry about getting sick--i'll make you chicken noodle soup :) from scratch!! heheheh

woohoo!  yum, from scratch!  ...and to think that i was going to resort to store brand condensed soup.  ::)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 29, 2006, 06:30:19 AM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 

actually the PLUS loans are fixed at 7.9% per Susan Palmer today when she called. the STAFFORDS (18.5K) are fixed at 6.8% :)

as for health insurance, i don't know that we have any other options. anyone find insurance cheaper??

oh, thanks for the clarification.  i may have unconsciously replaced the 7 with a 6 in my mind...wishful thinking i suppose.  ::)

i may not take out any health insurance.  besides emergencies and unexpected health problems, health insurance only helps minimize your doctor visits and meds.  i've had health insurance through work for the last 3 years and have hardly taken advantage of it.  i figure the $1K i save each year for not paying for health insurance can go towards any emergency doctor visits. 

this is just me, but there's no way i'd go without health insurance if it can be helped. i'm pretty healthy, so its not the doctor visits that i'm worried about, but rather becoming ill or getting in an accident that requires hospitalization... on TOP of law school debt, i dont need any major medical bills following my into my early 30's!

hopeful20, that was a nice financial analysis you offered on the 7% cost of capital.

greengrl, you know chicken soup from scratch requires that you wring a chicken's neck and then pluck its feathers, right? i mean if you're *really* going to make it from scratch... ;)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 29, 2006, 06:55:42 AM
woohoo!  yum, from scratch!  ...and to think that i was going to resort to store brand condensed soup.  ::)
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bleh! no one can get better ingesting sodium and processed chicken :) i happen to have a fresh pot of homemade soup in my fridge at all times during the winter, fyi :) it's always there for the taking :)


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this is just me, but there's no way i'd go without health insurance if it can be helped. i'm pretty healthy, so its not the doctor visits that i'm worried about, but rather becoming ill or getting in an accident that requires hospitalization... on TOP of law school debt, i dont need any major medical bills following my into my early 30's!

hopeful20, that was a nice financial analysis you offered on the 7% cost of capital.

greengrl, you know chicken soup from scratch requires that you wring a chicken's neck and then pluck its feathers, right? i mean if you're *really* going to make it from scratch... ;)
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I agree that was a good financial analysis. It's true--at this point the chances of finding a short term investment with those rates of return are slim, therefore forego as much debt as you can and pay it now. Kevin, I"m with you. I can suffer through a cold or two but in the event of a car accident or major surgery the medical bills will drown you in debt. And let me tell you--they are NOT on a low fixed interest rate:) Hopeful, I thought I read that the school does require us to pay some sort of medical fee that includes use of the school clinic as well as emergency hospitalization. Maybe that's just for undergrad but one trip to the emergency room and the insurance has paid for itself. A trip to the emergency room is painfully expensive and god forbid you need medicine!

I don't really have a choice as I have meds that I need to take everyday for my asthma that cost a fortune! I don't have insurance right now and I can't take my medicine--one bout of bronchial spasms a few weeks ago scared the heck out of me. So unfortunately, I've got to suck it up. On the plus side, the plan is actually pretty good, and we couldn't ask for a more qualified medical team-the Univ of Iowa med school is very highly regarded.

just my two cents. however i will STILL provide homemade chicken noodle soup. Kevin-you're nuts! However, it *IS* Iowa and I'm fairly certain that I could raise chickens in the backyard and no one would be *overly* concerned :)

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 29, 2006, 07:40:23 AM
Another thing to think about when considering whether or not to have health insurance is the pre-exisiting condition.  If you find out you have some sort of disease or get a reocurring medical condition while not on health insurance, most insurances will not cover that condition for a certain period of time. So if you think well if something serious does come up I while just get insurance then; most likely you will still have to wait up to a couple of years before the insurance will cover you for that condition.  My mom works for an insurance company and she says you never want to have a gap in health coverage, because after that they will try to say everything is a pre-existing condition.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on June 29, 2006, 08:39:50 AM
Are you guys going with the PLUS loan or a private loan?  Jessica said the PLUS loan's fixed rate is 6.9%.  That's actually not too bad, especially since it's fixed.

And on a totally different topic, are you guys all applying for the school's health insurance?  For a single person, it's like $80-something/month.  I'm not sure if that is worth it. 
Its obviously better to pay and not take out a loan right?  If you have the money... I can't imagine an investment that pays 7%...


well not necessarily.  the current spending value of the money that you do have may be higher than the amount you will have to pay in loans, if you took out the loan.  it really depends on how you spend your money if it's not going to be spent on law school.  for example, correct me if i'm wrong, the current interest rate for a mortgage is at least 10%. this is much higher than a good student loan interest rate.  so for some people, it would be wiser for them to pay off their mortgage and take out a loan for school than to put that money into going to school.  of course, there are also other situations where taking out a loan is better than paying with the money you have can apply.  However, if you're not planning on investing your money on something at this point, then it's probably a good idea to use it to pay for law school expensese and minimize the amount of loans you will need to take out.

Unless I want to go through a relatively risky investment mutual funds pay about 5% (or at least mine does).  Also, I don't have a home so I guess my throught process is valid.

I wonder if my wife worked for the University of Iowa hospitals if I could get in state tuition?  Any one with any experience on this?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 29, 2006, 09:05:46 AM

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I wonder if my wife worked for the University of Iowa hospitals if I could get in state tuition?  Any one with any experience on this?
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I looked into this somewhat and it would probably be possible if your wife worked for a year and then become a resident of Iowa.  And that would be true regardless of where she worked as long as it was in Iowa.  But I don't think just working for the University gets you automatice in-state residency. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on June 29, 2006, 09:52:45 AM


I wonder if my wife worked for the University of Iowa hospitals if I could get in state tuition?  Any one with any experience on this?
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I looked into this somewhat and it would probably be possible if your wife worked for a year and then become a resident of Iowa.  And that would be true regardless of where she worked as long as it was in Iowa.  But I don't think just working for the University gets you automatice in-state residency. 
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I wonder if I could get residency next year purely due to the fact that she worked in Iowa.  I doubt it because Iowa requires that you move to the state for other than the purpose of attending school.

That sucks because I'm paying taxes for the school...
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 29, 2006, 10:12:05 AM


I wonder if my wife worked for the University of Iowa hospitals if I could get in state tuition?  Any one with any experience on this?

I looked into this somewhat and it would probably be possible if your wife worked for a year and then become a resident of Iowa.  And that would be true regardless of where she worked as long as it was in Iowa.  But I don't think just working for the University gets you automatice in-state residency. 
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I wonder if I could get residency next year purely due to the fact that she worked in Iowa.  I doubt it because Iowa requires that you move to the state for other than the purpose of attending school.

That sucks because I'm paying taxes for the school...
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tell me about it. plus i'll probably have a job next year so i'll be working, paying taxes, registering my vehicle and i still can't be a resident. if i dont' get an RA position i'm going to seriously try and take a year off to gain residency. It's so ridiculous that we have to pay SO much more than residents and that RA positions are the only ways they give us to gain residency

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on June 29, 2006, 10:12:22 AM
That's a good question.  If your wife moves to Iowa and works for a year she should qualify for residency, since she is not coming to Iowa to attend school.  I would think at the start of the second year you could apply for in-state status since your spouse would be a resident.  But I am not sure.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 29, 2006, 11:33:27 AM
Another thing to think about when considering whether or not to have health insurance is the pre-exisiting condition.  If you find out you have some sort of disease or get a reocurring medical condition while not on health insurance, most insurances will not cover that condition for a certain period of time. So if you think well if something serious does come up I while just get insurance then; most likely you will still have to wait up to a couple of years before the insurance will cover you for that condition.  My mom works for an insurance company and she says you never want to have a gap in health coverage, because after that they will try to say everything is a pre-existing condition.



okay, so perhaps i was a little premature in saying no health insurance for me.   ::)  has anyone looked into it?  they mention on the website that they may increase your financial need if you apply for the health insurance, has anyone looked into that or talked to Jessica about it? 

http://www.law.uiowa.edu/students/studentservices-health-services.php  and you're right greengrl, it seems from their website that the Student Health Service does provide medical care for all registered students.  I called and they said that all doctor's visits at their health center are covered.  But anything beyond that is not.  Here are the rates for SHIP and UIGRADCare: http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/healthinfo/Docs/student_rates_07.pdf

has anyone found a better rate than this? 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on June 30, 2006, 10:33:55 AM
Hey, briefly, back to housing...who has opinions on the following properties:

1000 Oakcrest (River City Property Management)
1108 Oakcrest (RCPM)
Seville (Barker)
Emerald Court (Barker)
1054 Newton (Cruise)

I'm really trying to avoid flying out there just to look at these apartments, only to have to move there within three weeks.  So, if tenants or anyone familiar with these buildings would be willing, please drop me a line, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 30, 2006, 10:43:51 AM
Hey, briefly, back to housing...who has opinions on the following properties:

1000 Oakcrest (River City Property Management)
1108 Oakcrest (RCPM)
Seville (Barker)
Emerald Court (Barker)
1054 Newton (Cruise)

I'm really trying to avoid flying out there just to look at these apartments, only to have to move there within three weeks.  So, if tenants or anyone familiar with these buildings would be willing, please drop me a line, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!


I've got you on this one--avoid Barker management company like the PLAGUE. A lot of law students live in the Seville but if you read the reviews a lot of them are very unhappy. They don't have any one bedrooms left and for what you will pay for a two bedroom there you are far better off other places. Plus, they are REALLY unorganized and rude. I had an awful experience with Seville in particular and I woudl avoid them. Emerald is a bit over priced in my opinion--there are comparable units for better prices. I've seen them both in person. The on site management at Emerald seemed a bit better but they are still under the Barker name and I was really unimpressed with Barker owned properties.

Oakcrest pride :) Sorry, I'm living on that street :) River City Property Mgmt was recommended by someone else on this site and they seemed legit in my book. It's a close walk to the school, most of the units are older but well maintained. It's a college town, so if you want new construction it's expensive.

AS for the Newton property, I got nothing--no clue. Newton is close to campus though from what I understand.

hope that helps.
E
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on June 30, 2006, 11:03:37 AM
Hey, briefly, back to housing...who has opinions on the following properties:

1000 Oakcrest (River City Property Management)
1108 Oakcrest (RCPM)
Seville (Barker)
Emerald Court (Barker)
1054 Newton (Cruise)

I'm really trying to avoid flying out there just to look at these apartments, only to have to move there within three weeks.  So, if tenants or anyone familiar with these buildings would be willing, please drop me a line, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!


I've got you on this one--avoid Barker management company like the PLAGUE. A lot of law students live in the Seville but if you read the reviews a lot of them are very unhappy. They don't have any one bedrooms left and for what you will pay for a two bedroom there you are far better off other places. Plus, they are REALLY unorganized and rude. I had an awful experience with Seville in particular and I woudl avoid them. Emerald is a bit over priced in my opinion--there are comparable units for better prices. I've seen them both in person. The on site management at Emerald seemed a bit better but they are still under the Barker name and I was really unimpressed with Barker owned properties.

Oakcrest pride :) Sorry, I'm living on that street :) River City Property Mgmt was recommended by someone else on this site and they seemed legit in my book. It's a close walk to the school, most of the units are older but well maintained. It's a college town, so if you want new construction it's expensive.

AS for the Newton property, I got nothing--no clue. Newton is close to campus though from what I understand.

hope that helps.
E

woohoo for oakcrest!  ironically enough, greengrl and i will be neighbors.  she was kind enough to recommend this place: http://www.iowacity-apartments.com.  there might still be some spaces left.  last time i checked, there was a one bedroom available at white oak and lakewood west, and 2 2 bedrooms available at sherry beth.  good luck with the apt hunt, it'll definitely feel much less stressful when you know where you're living in a month.  :)

...and on a complete tangent, there's been a lot of talk on getting new backpacks.  I know iowa offers lockers on-campus.  are you guys getting one of those huge rolling backpacks?  i'm going to sound like such a girl here, but they're honestly pretty horrendeous (ie: ugly).  ::) i think i may get this one though: http://www.swissarmy.com/TravelGear/Product.htm?category=backpacksmessengersbackpacks&product=31161&
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on June 30, 2006, 11:10:22 AM
OK, as far as housing goes, I've heard the Seville is fine, so don't totally discount Barker property management... Oakcrest and CJG Rentals is fine IF the property manager doesn't stand you up after you drove 110 miles to see her... I thought I'd gotten over it, but apparently I'm still salty about it, haha.

As far as the backpack stuff, I won't be caught dead with one of those rolling joints, haha. I know my last concern as a law student should be having a cool backpack, but I just can't see myself rolling one around.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 30, 2006, 11:10:50 AM
Hey, briefly, back to housing...who has opinions on the following properties:

1000 Oakcrest (River City Property Management)
1108 Oakcrest (RCPM)
Seville (Barker)
Emerald Court (Barker)
1054 Newton (Cruise)

I'm really trying to avoid flying out there just to look at these apartments, only to have to move there within three weeks.  So, if tenants or anyone familiar with these buildings would be willing, please drop me a line, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!


I've got you on this one--avoid Barker management company like the PLAGUE. A lot of law students live in the Seville but if you read the reviews a lot of them are very unhappy. They don't have any one bedrooms left and for what you will pay for a two bedroom there you are far better off other places. Plus, they are REALLY unorganized and rude. I had an awful experience with Seville in particular and I woudl avoid them. Emerald is a bit over priced in my opinion--there are comparable units for better prices. I've seen them both in person. The on site management at Emerald seemed a bit better but they are still under the Barker name and I was really unimpressed with Barker owned properties.

Oakcrest pride :) Sorry, I'm living on that street :) River City Property Mgmt was recommended by someone else on this site and they seemed legit in my book. It's a close walk to the school, most of the units are older but well maintained. It's a college town, so if you want new construction it's expensive.

AS for the Newton property, I got nothing--no clue. Newton is close to campus though from what I understand.

hope that helps.
E

woohoo for oakcrest!  ironically enough, greengrl and i will be neighbors.  she was kind enough to recommend this place: http://www.iowacity-apartments.com.  there might still be some spaces left.  last time i checked, there was a one bedroom available at white oak and lakewood west, and 2 2 bedrooms available at sherry beth.  good luck with the apt hunt, it'll definitely feel much less stressful when you know where you're living in a month.  :)

...and on a complete tangent, there's been a lot of talk on getting new backpacks.  I know iowa offers lockers on-campus.  are you guys getting one of those huge rolling backpacks?  i'm going to sound like such a girl here, but they're honestly pretty horrendeous (ie: ugly).  ::) i think i may get this one though: http://www.swissarmy.com/TravelGear/Product.htm?category=backpacksmessengersbackpacks&product=31161&

yeah, i was going to mention that hopeful but their website was down yesterday so I thought I would hold off until it was up. but yeah, i've been recruiting everyone to rent from Kristy; she's great.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on June 30, 2006, 11:15:47 AM
OK, as far as housing goes, I've heard the Seville is fine, so don't totally discount Barker property management... Oakcrest and CJG Rentals is fine IF the property manager doesn't stand you up after you drove 110 miles to see her... I thought I'd gotten over it, but apparently I'm still salty about it, haha.

As far as the backpack stuff, I won't be caught dead with one of those rolling joints, haha. I know my last concern as a law student should be having a cool backpack, but I just can't see myself rolling one around.

I totally called her about that because I felt SO BAD. She really felt bad--she didn't leave her bed for three days. It's still crappy that she didnt' call and let you know. When I talked to her she felt really bad and still had an apt for you but I told her you went the University apt route. You have every right to be salty--totally understandable :)

Yeah, Seville is popular but I jus thad to share my awful experience. I have never been treated that poorly in my entire life--seriously.

Oh, and as for backpacks, there isn't a chance in HELL that I'm wheeling some pack around. No way. I'm going to get something well padded and suck it up. I'm going to rent a locker at school for sure--between books, gym clothes and other crap (coats etc..) I'll look like a bag lady if I don't.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 07, 2006, 10:54:21 AM
Has anyone received the GradPLUS loan information packet from Iowa yet?   I was just going to go through the school this first year and avoid the stress of hunting down a slightly better interest rate loan.  But now that classes will be starting in almost a month, I'm getting a little antsy in waiting.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 07, 2006, 11:24:32 AM
Has anyone received the GradPLUS loan information packet from Iowa yet?   I was just going to go through the school this first year and avoid the stress of hunting down a slightly better interest rate loan.  But now that classes will be starting in almost a month, I'm getting a little antsy in waiting.



we should be getting them any day now (I know, lil' late in the game for me, too!). they were still printing them all out when I called at the end of June-

on another note, has anyone used the school discount to buy their computer? anyone get the D620? I think I"m going to go with that one, seeing as you can get it for next to nothing, however it seems heavy. I dunno

oh! and did anyone else get the email about sending an official transcript??? i'm confused--I thought I did that with LSAC when I applied??
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 07, 2006, 11:39:09 AM
i ended up getting a mac, so i didn't use the schools discount thing. i'll probably use it for software though.

and yes, i got the transcript email, and was perturbed as well. we send all of if to the LSAC! in addition, didn't we send them a dean's verification from our undergrad insitution?

oh well. yet another headache as i try to find my immunization as well.

anyway, i hope yalls financial, academic, and moving preparations are going well.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 07, 2006, 12:06:11 PM
immunization?  do we really have to do that?  i remember having that requirement when i entered UG, but didn't remember really doing anything to meet the requirement.

as for the transcript request email, i also got one too.  i guess they just want an "official" one, as the one they get from LSDAS is a copy - i don't even know if LSDAS sends them the exact copy either - they may just send the LSDAS formatted version of our transcript.  also a good amount of students applied during their senior year in UG, so the UG degree requirement was not listed on their transcript they provided LSDAS.  just go to your UG's registrar's website and request an official transcript - it only takes a few minutes, and for my school, i just had to fill out an online form and paid through my credit card. 

i'll probably get my software from the school too.  i'm very excited that we get that free antivirus program (if i recall correctly).  i've only had my current laptop for a year, so i dont think i'm in the market for a new one just yet.

another question, are you guys going to register your car in iowa?  my registration in CA just ended in june, so i was forced to buy the renewal registration for CA for another year. 

all this moving and law school preparation stress is insane.  i think i'll need a nice massage by the end of it - wonder if iowa has a spa or something around the area.   ::)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 07, 2006, 01:20:19 PM
immunization?  do we really have to do that?  i remember having that requirement when i entered UG, but didn't remember really doing anything to meet the requirement.

as for the transcript request email, i also got one too.  i guess they just want an "official" one, as the one they get from LSDAS is a copy - i don't even know if LSDAS sends them the exact copy either - they may just send the LSDAS formatted version of our transcript.  also a good amount of students applied during their senior year in UG, so the UG degree requirement was not listed on their transcript they provided LSDAS.  just go to your UG's registrar's website and request an official transcript - it only takes a few minutes, and for my school, i just had to fill out an online form and paid through my credit card. 

i'll probably get my software from the school too.  i'm very excited that we get that free antivirus program (if i recall correctly).  i've only had my current laptop for a year, so i dont think i'm in the market for a new one just yet.

another question, are you guys going to register your car in iowa?  my registration in CA just ended in june, so i was forced to buy the renewal registration for CA for another year. 

all this moving and law school preparation stress is insane.  i think i'll need a nice massage by the end of it - wonder if iowa has a spa or something around the area.   ::)

yeah i called and took care of the transcript today and will have my innumization forms sent from my old dr. you've probably had the shots you just need to get proof.

just had to reregister my car, too. eventually we will need to register in iowa and get a new license. i'm going to put that off as long as i can :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 07, 2006, 01:24:15 PM
immunization?  do we really have to do that?  i remember having that requirement when i entered UG, but didn't remember really doing anything to meet the requirement.

as for the transcript request email, i also got one too.  i guess they just want an "official" one, as the one they get from LSDAS is a copy - i don't even know if LSDAS sends them the exact copy either - they may just send the LSDAS formatted version of our transcript.  also a good amount of students applied during their senior year in UG, so the UG degree requirement was not listed on their transcript they provided LSDAS.  just go to your UG's registrar's website and request an official transcript - it only takes a few minutes, and for my school, i just had to fill out an online form and paid through my credit card. 

i'll probably get my software from the school too.  i'm very excited that we get that free antivirus program (if i recall correctly).  i've only had my current laptop for a year, so i dont think i'm in the market for a new one just yet.

another question, are you guys going to register your car in iowa?  my registration in CA just ended in june, so i was forced to buy the renewal registration for CA for another year. 

all this moving and law school preparation stress is insane.  i think i'll need a nice massage by the end of it - wonder if iowa has a spa or something around the area.   ::)

yeah i called and took care of the transcript today and will have my innumization forms sent from my old dr. you've probably had the shots you just need to get proof.

just had to reregister my car, too. eventually we will need to register in iowa and get a new license. i'm going to put that off as long as i can :)


i think i may have missed something...there's an immunization form?  did you download it from the school's website or was this something i should have received?  hmm, very confused.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 07, 2006, 01:26:42 PM
immunization?  do we really have to do that?  i remember having that requirement when i entered UG, but didn't remember really doing anything to meet the requirement.

as for the transcript request email, i also got one too.  i guess they just want an "official" one, as the one they get from LSDAS is a copy - i don't even know if LSDAS sends them the exact copy either - they may just send the LSDAS formatted version of our transcript.  also a good amount of students applied during their senior year in UG, so the UG degree requirement was not listed on their transcript they provided LSDAS.  just go to your UG's registrar's website and request an official transcript - it only takes a few minutes, and for my school, i just had to fill out an online form and paid through my credit card. 

i'll probably get my software from the school too.  i'm very excited that we get that free antivirus program (if i recall correctly).  i've only had my current laptop for a year, so i dont think i'm in the market for a new one just yet.

another question, are you guys going to register your car in iowa?  my registration in CA just ended in june, so i was forced to buy the renewal registration for CA for another year. 

all this moving and law school preparation stress is insane.  i think i'll need a nice massage by the end of it - wonder if iowa has a spa or something around the area.   ::)

yeah i called and took care of the transcript today and will have my innumization forms sent from my old dr. you've probably had the shots you just need to get proof.

just had to reregister my car, too. eventually we will need to register in iowa and get a new license. i'm going to put that off as long as i can :)


i think i may have missed something...there's an immunization form?  did you download it from the school's website or was this something i should have received?  hmm, very confused.

there is a yellow medical form that we need to fill out and send back to the school ( i got it a long time ago and just found it while packing/cleaning). on there, there is a section to have your Dr's office sign off on your immunizations. You can also just forward a copy of your immunization record from their office-either will work.

blah. this sucks. there is SO much left to do!!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on July 07, 2006, 01:28:06 PM
immunization?  do we really have to do that?  i remember having that requirement when i entered UG, but didn't remember really doing anything to meet the requirement.

as for the transcript request email, i also got one too.  i guess they just want an "official" one, as the one they get from LSDAS is a copy - i don't even know if LSDAS sends them the exact copy either - they may just send the LSDAS formatted version of our transcript.  also a good amount of students applied during their senior year in UG, so the UG degree requirement was not listed on their transcript they provided LSDAS.  just go to your UG's registrar's website and request an official transcript - it only takes a few minutes, and for my school, i just had to fill out an online form and paid through my credit card. 

i'll probably get my software from the school too.  i'm very excited that we get that free antivirus program (if i recall correctly).  i've only had my current laptop for a year, so i dont think i'm in the market for a new one just yet.

another question, are you guys going to register your car in iowa?  my registration in CA just ended in june, so i was forced to buy the renewal registration for CA for another year. 

all this moving and law school preparation stress is insane.  i think i'll need a nice massage by the end of it - wonder if iowa has a spa or something around the area.   ::)

yeah i called and took care of the transcript today and will have my innumization forms sent from my old dr. you've probably had the shots you just need to get proof.

just had to reregister my car, too. eventually we will need to register in iowa and get a new license. i'm going to put that off as long as i can :)


Just a warning, you generally have to get new plates and register your car in most states within 6 months of moving unless you have a permanent residence elsewhere.  Most likely you do not... I've gotten nailed by this and its not worth it.  Just and FYI.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 07, 2006, 01:34:47 PM
looks liek we are required to register within 30 days of establishing residency there:

http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/ovs/register.htm

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 07, 2006, 02:22:48 PM
i saw the part about a domicile, but thought it meant owning a home in your previous state. looks like law school comes in handy for determining your motor vehicle registration issues if nothing else.

so it seems there's one less thing to worry about. thanks matthies.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 07, 2006, 03:10:41 PM
looks liek we are required to register within 30 days of establishing residency there:

http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/ovs/register.htm



Most states have a “fulltime student” exemption, Iowa is not different.

“Resident does not include a person who is attending a college or university in this state if the person has a domicile in another state and has a valid driver's license issued by the state of domicile. Resident also does not include members of the armed forces that are stationed in Iowa, providing that their vehicles are properly registered in their state of residency.”
 http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/ods/newresidents.htm

Of course if you want to vote, or you buy a house, or you don’t want to have to go to court and explain your student status when you get a ticket in your apartment parking lot, you may want to just do it. I waited a year here is CO with not problems, turned out my registration was HALF as much as back in AZ!

PS- Resdency and domcile are two diffrent things, domcile means you intend to return, even if you have residency someplace else. I think, you'll learn it in Civ Pro then promptly forget it like I did.

thanks for the clarification Matthies.  i know registering in iowa would be much cheaper than in california, i'll take care of it when my CA registration expires next june. 


there is a yellow medical form that we need to fill out and send back to the school ( i got it a long time ago and just found it while packing/cleaning). on there, there is a section to have your Dr's office sign off on your immunizations. You can also just forward a copy of your immunization record from their office-either will work.

blah. this sucks. there is SO much left to do!!

i guess i'll need to look for that yellow form.  i probably overlooked it when i got it months ago.   ::)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 11, 2006, 08:22:48 AM
Has anyone received any word yet on the GRADPlus promissoray notes?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 11, 2006, 09:02:21 AM
Has anyone received any word yet on the GRADPlus promissoray notes?

They were mailed out this week and you will receive them late this week or early next week per Jessica.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 11, 2006, 06:06:51 PM
do you guys know when we're getting our reading list for this fall semester?  from the last packet we received from them, it seems like we won't get a list until first day of orientation.  that's slightly stressful, considering some schools have sent out their reading list in early June.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on July 12, 2006, 01:10:16 PM
do you guys know when we're getting our reading list for this fall semester?  from the last packet we received from them, it seems like we won't get a list until first day of orientation.  that's slightly stressful, considering some schools have sent out their reading list in early June.

I think they said they will send them in the end of July, I hope!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 14, 2006, 12:35:00 PM
i can't believe that in exactly a month from today, we will officially be law students.  i'm so excited!   :D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 14, 2006, 12:36:52 PM
me too, but i'm a little peeved that they keep telling us the reading list is coming in late july rather than just telling us the books that are on it!

okay, rant over.

but yeah i'm still excited.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 18, 2006, 07:08:54 AM
AH!!! Orientation is less than a month away! Has anyone still not ordered their computer? I know, I HAVE to do this this week but I just haven't gotten around to it. Anyone order through the school--how long did it take??

Did ya'll get the email yesterday about going to the State Fair? Anyone going?? I love state fairs...our local county fairs were always pretty good. Dare I even ask if anyone likes country music b/c I do..I actually really like it. (of course I am from Southern Ohio so Iowa is pretty much home for me) Anyway, who's going??

Also, I'm calling the DMV today to sort out some of the questions we had about the info on the website and registering our cars and such. I'll post and let everyone know what I find out. If you have any other questions and can catch me in the next few minutes, let me know and i'll add to the list

I REALLY need to pack. I move in a week and a half!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 18, 2006, 07:23:49 AM
i saw the part about the state fair in that email. it looks fun, but i dont think i can commit to it just yet.

when is everyone moving again? i think we should organize an LSD meet and greet or something the friday before orientation starts. what do you guys think?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 18, 2006, 09:18:10 AM
The Iowa State Fair is a blast, I highly recommend going.  I know I will be going at somepoint, not sure if it will be on that Sat. I order the Dell Latitude D620 through the University last Monday and it was delivered on Friday, so the turn around is pretty quick.  I pretty got the package they put together, I just upgraded the battery and got a spare. 

So my last day of work is July 28 and I plan to be in Iowa City by Aug. 3rd.  And I still have not even started the process of moving out of my current place.  I will be an Iowa City on the 3rd then off to Chicago to pick up a bunch of free furniture.  So I have a lot of driving and moving in my future.   
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 18, 2006, 10:42:34 AM
Yeah, I'm not sure if i'm going to the fair, either, but it sounds like so much fun! I'm not real big on the "big group bus" where I'm stuck there all day until we leave for the day :)

I just talked to the DMV in Iowa and here's what I found out. We are still considered students even if we don't have a permanent residence in the state where our vehicle is registered. For those of us that JUST paid to reregister our car, we're in luck--we can keep our current registration until it's time to renew--then we need to have an Iowa license/plate combo. The trick is just to make sure they "match"--if you get your car registerd in Iowa then change your license over, too. If not, keep it the same. Dont' have one of each (duh, I know but still). I'm going to wait a few months to do mine, but I think I might need to do mine sooner than later since I will more than likely be employed during school (god willing I can find a suitable job). But still, I'm waiting a few months--that's just extra money I don't have right now.

Now, to purchase my computer. And find movers...blah

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on July 18, 2006, 12:23:55 PM
So okay I finally have finalized my final decision... I'm going to Iowa.  The university of Iowa medical center just offered my wife a position so I'm all set.  I wanted to go to Iowa and it looks like I'm getting my wish.  PLUS I get to have lunch with my wife every day since we're only a few hundred feet apart (U of Iowa Hospital is near the law school).

Now to purchase a laptop since my laptop at home (2 year old dell) aparently won't cut the muster (only 192MB RAM).  I called Dell and challenged them to find me a better deal than Iowa.  I found that I could purchase a Inspiron E1405 for $713 with all the same features except I get more memory and a DVD burner (instead of just a CD).  Has anyone else noticied this same phenomenon?  Let me know I'm a little concerned about buying this computer vs. the Latitude unless I'm missing an important advantage for Latitude. 

Also, I'm not going to the state fair, I don't know my wife's schedule but I'm going to be moving up north of Iowa City in Coralville.  Anyone else heading up there?  Anyone buying a place?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 18, 2006, 12:48:10 PM
The only difference I can think of in the computers, is that the Latitude's are a bit sturdier then the Inspiron.  Since they are designed for business use.  However, I doubt that makes much of a difference.  As long as the insides are the same (or better), probably best to go with the cheaper one.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 18, 2006, 12:49:41 PM
So okay I finally have finalized my final decision... I'm going to Iowa.  The university of Iowa medical center just offered my wife a position so I'm all set.  I wanted to go to Iowa and it looks like I'm getting my wish.  PLUS I get to have lunch with my wife every day since we're only a few hundred feet apart (U of Iowa Hospital is near the law school).

Now to purchase a laptop since my laptop at home (2 year old dell) aparently won't cut the muster (only 192MB RAM).  I called Dell and challenged them to find me a better deal than Iowa.  I found that I could purchase a Inspiron E1405 for $713 with all the same features except I get more memory and a DVD burner (instead of just a CD).  Has anyone else noticied this same phenomenon?  Let me know I'm a little concerned about buying this computer vs. the Latitude unless I'm missing an important advantage for Latitude. 

Also, I'm not going to the state fair, I don't know my wife's schedule but I'm going to be moving up north of Iowa City in Coralville.  Anyone else heading up there?  Anyone buying a place?

Yeah! Congratulations for your wife--I'm sure that feels good to have made a decision. Obviously the main difference between the Inspiron and the Latitude series is the consumer v. business angle. I have yet to fully understand how much if at all this matters. So you're getting the Inspiron for the amount of the base Dell model? I wanted to upgrade so when I customized my Latitude was still coming out at just over 1k when it should have been around 1800. I dont' know, though---I think the deals Iowa is giving us suck, personally. I wanted a Thinkpad and I'm irritated that we don't have that as an option. Interesting find, however..time to do some more research

I may very well buy a place next year but not this year; if I go through with the MD/JD or the MS/JD I will for sure buy a place since I'll be there forever

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on July 18, 2006, 04:59:26 PM
So okay I finally have finalized my final decision... I'm going to Iowa.  The university of Iowa medical center just offered my wife a position so I'm all set.  I wanted to go to Iowa and it looks like I'm getting my wish.  PLUS I get to have lunch with my wife every day since we're only a few hundred feet apart (U of Iowa Hospital is near the law school).

Now to purchase a laptop since my laptop at home (2 year old dell) aparently won't cut the muster (only 192MB RAM).  I called Dell and challenged them to find me a better deal than Iowa.  I found that I could purchase a Inspiron E1405 for $713 with all the same features except I get more memory and a DVD burner (instead of just a CD).  Has anyone else noticied this same phenomenon?  Let me know I'm a little concerned about buying this computer vs. the Latitude unless I'm missing an important advantage for Latitude. 

Also, I'm not going to the state fair, I don't know my wife's schedule but I'm going to be moving up north of Iowa City in Coralville.  Anyone else heading up there?  Anyone buying a place?

Yeah! Congratulations for your wife--I'm sure that feels good to have made a decision. Obviously the main difference between the Inspiron and the Latitude series is the consumer v. business angle. I have yet to fully understand how much if at all this matters. So you're getting the Inspiron for the amount of the base Dell model? I wanted to upgrade so when I customized my Latitude was still coming out at just over 1k when it should have been around 1800. I dont' know, though---I think the deals Iowa is giving us suck, personally. I wanted a Thinkpad and I'm irritated that we don't have that as an option. Interesting find, however..time to do some more research

I may very well buy a place next year but not this year; if I go through with the MD/JD or the MS/JD I will for sure buy a place since I'll be there forever



I checked officemax and found a similar computer to the Inspiron/Latitude for 639 bucks...
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 19, 2006, 12:55:35 AM
AH!!! Orientation is less than a month away! Has anyone still not ordered their computer? I know, I HAVE to do this this week but I just haven't gotten around to it. Anyone order through the school--how long did it take??

Did ya'll get the email yesterday about going to the State Fair? Anyone going?? I love state fairs...our local county fairs were always pretty good. Dare I even ask if anyone likes country music b/c I do..I actually really like it. (of course I am from Southern Ohio so Iowa is pretty much home for me) Anyway, who's going??

Also, I'm calling the DMV today to sort out some of the questions we had about the info on the website and registering our cars and such. I'll post and let everyone know what I find out. If you have any other questions and can catch me in the next few minutes, let me know and i'll add to the list

I REALLY need to pack. I move in a week and a half!


I'm definitely going to the state fair.  I replied to the email when I received it.  Having been in California for almost a decade, the idea of going to a real state fair is very foreign and exciting.  i also like country music (despite living in LA), hehe.  although, i pretty much like all types of music.  i assume iowa will have great country radio stations relatively to what i'm use to. 

I'm doing my cross-country trip to iowa in exactly 2 weeks and it barely looks like i've packed much at all.  My last day at work is next Thursday - giving me 5 days before my trip.  I know the next two weeks will be pretty hectic.  Good luck to everyone and their moving!  I'll see you guys in Iowa very very soon.  :D

Kevin - Good idea.  I'm down for a LSD meet & greet that friday.   :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 20, 2006, 12:37:12 PM
I was browsing the Iowa's website and found that they posted some new stuff for admitted students today, including the reading assignment and syllabus for our Intro to Law and Legal Reasoning class.  I know they'll send us a copy of it via mail, but thought you guys would be eagered to see it now:  http://www.law.uiowa.edu/prospective/admitted.php
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 20, 2006, 12:41:31 PM
thanks, hopeful! i looked earlier this week and hadn't been updated yet.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 20, 2006, 12:48:12 PM
anytime!  the reading assignment are not too bad - about 50-60 pages a night, although definitely not like the easy orientation week during undergrad.  ::)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 20, 2006, 01:28:02 PM
The pass/fail part certainly calms the nerves.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 20, 2006, 01:48:04 PM
i can't get my movers to call me back but they want me to start reading? hahaha...oh lord, this next month is going to make me feel like i'm 18 all over again

if i fail this exam i'm quitting, fyi :) no remedial van in law school for me :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 20, 2006, 02:25:49 PM
i probably wont have time to read anything until the wednesday or thursday before orientation week at the earliest. 

no worries greengrl, i'm sure you'll do fine on the test - we all will.  plus, they did state that we can retake it until we do pass.  other than a blow to the ego and confidence, i think the test is harmless.  good luck with the movers! 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 20, 2006, 02:31:39 PM
The pass/fail part certainly calms the nerves.

agreed, but just barely.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 20, 2006, 02:59:51 PM
i probably wont have time to read anything until the wednesday or thursday before orientation week at the earliest. 

no worries greengrl, i'm sure you'll do fine on the test - we all will.  plus, they did state that we can retake it until we do pass.  other than a blow to the ego and confidence, i think the test is harmless.  good luck with the movers! 

hahah..yeah i'm not really worried. i'm super super sarcastic (trust me, you'll get it within five minutes of meeting me :) ) i'm looking forward to the class in a weird way only because i think i will feel a little more comfortable having a "primer" to the way our legal system is set up. not that I don't get it but it's been a long time, ya know? i'm so nervous but there is this small sliver of excitement about learning again--i'm kind of looking forward to a few all nighters.

i'm weird. i warned you ALL remember that :)

Kevin, where are we meeting Friday Mr. Social Chair??
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 21, 2006, 07:28:03 AM


hahah..yeah i'm not really worried. i'm super super sarcastic (trust me, you'll get it within five minutes of meeting me :) ) i'm looking forward to the class in a weird way only because i think i will feel a little more comfortable having a "primer" to the way our legal system is set up. not that I don't get it but it's been a long time, ya know? i'm so nervous but there is this small sliver of excitement about learning again--i'm kind of looking forward to a few all nighters.

i'm weird. i warned you ALL remember that :)

Kevin, where are we meeting Friday Mr. Social Chair??

I've no idea! Having never been to IC for more than a couple of hours, I can't recommend anything. There's a wonderful outlet mall between IC and Des Moines, we could meet there ;)

Seriously though, maybe some of yall who are going up early can scout a place? I think there may be some spots in Coralville that I remember seeing.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 21, 2006, 08:22:34 AM


hahah..yeah i'm not really worried. i'm super super sarcastic (trust me, you'll get it within five minutes of meeting me :) ) i'm looking forward to the class in a weird way only because i think i will feel a little more comfortable having a "primer" to the way our legal system is set up. not that I don't get it but it's been a long time, ya know? i'm so nervous but there is this small sliver of excitement about learning again--i'm kind of looking forward to a few all nighters.

i'm weird. i warned you ALL remember that :)

Kevin, where are we meeting Friday Mr. Social Chair??

I've no idea! Having never been to IC for more than a couple of hours, I can't recommend anything. There's a wonderful outlet mall between IC and Des Moines, we could meet there ;)

Seriously though, maybe some of yall who are going up early can scout a place? I think there may be some spots in Coralville that I remember seeing.



Fair enough--I'll be up there first so once I get settled I'll see what I can come up with. It's not like it's a HUGE city--I'm sure we'll all meet each other up in the middle of town

Six days to moving and i STILL can't get my movers to call me back. Seriously--this is insane :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: blocke123 on July 23, 2006, 06:17:36 PM


hahah..yeah i'm not really worried. i'm super super sarcastic (trust me, you'll get it within five minutes of meeting me :) ) i'm looking forward to the class in a weird way only because i think i will feel a little more comfortable having a "primer" to the way our legal system is set up. not that I don't get it but it's been a long time, ya know? i'm so nervous but there is this small sliver of excitement about learning again--i'm kind of looking forward to a few all nighters.

i'm weird. i warned you ALL remember that :)

Kevin, where are we meeting Friday Mr. Social Chair??

I've no idea! Having never been to IC for more than a couple of hours, I can't recommend anything. There's a wonderful outlet mall between IC and Des Moines, we could meet there ;)

Seriously though, maybe some of yall who are going up early can scout a place? I think there may be some spots in Coralville that I remember seeing.



Fair enough--I'll be up there first so once I get settled I'll see what I can come up with. It's not like it's a HUGE city--I'm sure we'll all meet each other up in the middle of town

Six days to moving and i STILL can't get my movers to call me back. Seriously--this is insane :)


I'm up for a little meeting before school.  Did everyone get an e-mail stating that Iowa would be offering an elective course for the first year?  That would be really interesting.  Also, does anyone remember if we get GPA and/or rank BEFORE we start looking for internships for the Summer?   

Also, did anyone get their class schedule yet?  I was told that I shouldn't expect anything until August 1st.  Chicago-Kent asked me to send in some confirmation and I noticied that Iowa did not require anything like this.  Basically after our "acceptance" back in March I haven't had to send in anything!  I'm a little nervous.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 23, 2006, 07:23:07 PM


hahah..yeah i'm not really worried. i'm super super sarcastic (trust me, you'll get it within five minutes of meeting me :) ) i'm looking forward to the class in a weird way only because i think i will feel a little more comfortable having a "primer" to the way our legal system is set up. not that I don't get it but it's been a long time, ya know? i'm so nervous but there is this small sliver of excitement about learning again--i'm kind of looking forward to a few all nighters.

i'm weird. i warned you ALL remember that :)

Kevin, where are we meeting Friday Mr. Social Chair??

I've no idea! Having never been to IC for more than a couple of hours, I can't recommend anything. There's a wonderful outlet mall between IC and Des Moines, we could meet there ;)

Seriously though, maybe some of yall who are going up early can scout a place? I think there may be some spots in Coralville that I remember seeing.



Fair enough--I'll be up there first so once I get settled I'll see what I can come up with. It's not like it's a HUGE city--I'm sure we'll all meet each other up in the middle of town

Six days to moving and i STILL can't get my movers to call me back. Seriously--this is insane :)


I'm up for a little meeting before school.  Did everyone get an e-mail stating that Iowa would be offering an elective course for the first year?  That would be really interesting.  Also, does anyone remember if we get GPA and/or rank BEFORE we start looking for internships for the Summer?   

Also, did anyone get their class schedule yet?  I was told that I shouldn't expect anything until August 1st.  Chicago-Kent asked me to send in some confirmation and I noticied that Iowa did not require anything like this.  Basically after our "acceptance" back in March I haven't had to send in anything!  I'm a little nervous.


In that first email/packet combo we were told that we would receive our sections and schedules in the second mailing at the end of July (which will arrive this week, to be mailed tomorrow actually) They did caution against us buying books quite yet, though, because sections *could* change slightly.

Your acceptance and two deposits along with receipt of all appropriate "what to expect" emails pretty much seals the deal. I got an email asking for an official transcript b/c I forgot we needed to send one in and then after that received the official "ok champ NOW your acceptance is official". Other than that we wait.

Not sure when we get rank--what's up gunner? hahah...You would interview for all that stuff after our first semester, for the most part, so you'll have those grades? I'm sure rank is always available and will be shoved down our throats at every chance. If you want/need it, i'm sure you can get it.

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 27, 2006, 10:01:39 AM
yo dudes:

it looks like our section assignments have been posted through ICON.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 27, 2006, 10:06:55 AM
Actually, there is nothing yet posted on ICON.  However, if you log onto ISIS go under student records and then click on class scheudule, it will show you your class schedule. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 27, 2006, 10:09:02 AM
its there, but you have to login with the username and password that they sent in the email  / packet (i haven't seen the packet yet).
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on July 27, 2006, 11:15:13 AM
Hey, count me in on the meeting ;-)

I signed up for the state fair as well.

Also, I see my classes in isis. Cool! Only in school until about 12.30pm each day! Pretty sweet!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 27, 2006, 12:48:34 PM
I'm in section 2 and 10A.  I think I may be in your section Kevin, unless there are more than one Kevin (didn't check).  As for the schedule of classes, I noticed an error.  For Contracts with Linder, that's for section 2 (on Monday and Tuesday) and not for 4.  I've email the registrar to let them know of the error.  For a bit there, I was confused as to why we only had one contracts class for 2 hours, and everyone had it 4 days of 1-hr classes for contracts.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: gcs451 on July 27, 2006, 01:11:49 PM
Section 2 as well. 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on July 27, 2006, 01:17:10 PM
I'm in section 2 and 10A.  I think I may be in your section Kevin, unless there are more than one Kevin (didn't check).  As for the schedule of classes, I noticed an error.  For Contracts with Linder, that's for section 2 (on Monday and Tuesday) and not for 4.  I've email the registrar to let them know of the error.  For a bit there, I was confused as to why we only had one contracts class for 2 hours, and everyone had it 4 days of 1-hr classes for contracts.

Hiya  ;-)

how are you seeing the names of the other people in your class?
And where are you seeing the section?
Are you looking in ISIS?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 27, 2006, 01:22:51 PM
Section 2 and 10A as well, hopeful20. There is another Kevin J in the section, I'm Dawson. Good eye in spotting the scheduling error, btw.

gcs451, what writing section are you in?

Terabithia, all of this info is listed on the ICON site that they sent us in an email this morning.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on July 27, 2006, 08:08:51 PM
Section 2 and 11B here.  I'm not a big morning person, so this will definetely be a challenge.  I'm wondering if the LSC prescription (2 hours of reading and one hour of outlining per hour of class) is really going to be necessary.  If so, that makes for less free time than I might like.

I'm also not a huge fan of the 5 hour break between Property and Contracts that Section 2'ers have on M and T.  Hopefully I can motivate myself to do SOME work in that span. Somehow, I doubt it.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 27, 2006, 08:26:59 PM
Section 2 and 11B here.  I'm not a big morning person, so this will definetely be a challenge.  I'm wondering if the LSC prescription (2 hours of reading and one hour of outlining per hour of class) is really going to be necessary.  If so, that makes for less free time than I might like.

I'm also not a huge fan of the 5 hour break between Property and Contracts that Section 2'ers have on M and T.  Hopefully I can motivate myself to do a good deal of work in that span.

my page won't open--can someone tell me what section I'm in??? look for Winfield...
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on July 27, 2006, 08:37:19 PM
Found it--section six, writing 14E. I really hope I get to keep this schedule-i really like it. however they said it could change
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 27, 2006, 11:00:18 PM
yeah, havent really looked at other sections, but section 2 really sucks.  8am classes everyday except wed when we have a 9am one (woohoo).  getting up will probably be one of the major challenges.  i concur with the mon and tues thing....we have like 4-5 ht break before our last class.  that will definitely be good time if we are capable of forcing ourselves to study at the library that whole time....but it's also long enough to have our brains "convince" ourselves that its enough time to go home and "study" and come back.    ::)  glad to see a few section 2-ers....just hope we wont hate each other by the end...esp you kevin, we are like schedule twins.  :D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 28, 2006, 07:37:36 AM
yeah, havent really looked at other sections, but section 2 really sucks.  8am classes everyday except wed when we have a 9am one (woohoo).  getting up will probably be one of the major challenges.  i concur with the mon and tues thing....we have like 4-5 ht break before our last class.  that will definitely be good time if we are capable of forcing ourselves to study at the library that whole time....but it's also long enough to have our brains "convince" ourselves that its enough time to go home and "study" and come back.    ::)  glad to see a few section 2-ers....just hope we wont hate each other by the end...esp you kevin, we are like schedule twins.  :D

ha! i'm unhateable. and as far as the scheduling goes, i like the early classes. i dont like the break, but i think i'll be able to put it to good use, either studying or it might be a good time to get a midday run in.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 28, 2006, 11:31:15 AM
has anyone recieved the 'packet' through snail-mail yet? the mail situation at my apt. building has proven itself screwy, so i was just wondering if anyone else had gotten theirs yet. thanks.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on July 28, 2006, 12:40:12 PM
i haven't received mine either.  hopefully ill get it before i move to iowa :(
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on July 28, 2006, 01:14:42 PM
I just received it today...financial aid info, the intro syllabus, meal and bookstore information.  I think basically everything is up on the website.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: JoePa4Ever on August 01, 2006, 09:11:00 AM
Here's something I'm not excited about...I move into my apartment on Thursday, and the cable company won't be by to turn on the cable until the following Thursday.  That's a full week in Iowa City without television or Internet (my television is through a card on my computer, it operates through the cable line).  I'd suggest that anyone who's using MediaCom (the only cable provider in Iowa City) make an apt as soon as possible, otherwise you might not have internet until during orientation.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 01, 2006, 05:01:28 PM
Here's something I'm not excited about...I move into my apartment on Thursday, and the cable company won't be by to turn on the cable until the following Thursday.  That's a full week in Iowa City without television or Internet (my television is through a card on my computer, it operates through the cable line).  I'd suggest that anyone who's using MediaCom (the only cable provider in Iowa City) make an apt as soon as possible, otherwise you might not have internet until during orientation.


That sucks! My apt takes care of internet for me so I'm up and running thank goodness! I'm gonna hold off on cable...I can't believe it's taking that long!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 04, 2006, 11:16:44 AM
I am here in IOWA!

OMG! I was in shock for the first day! Maybe it was due to all the driving.

I didn't believe it was this rural and had this many corn fields, lol

WOW!

I will reserve my thoughts and opinions until school starts though and I meet people, I may feel better once I have some friends here!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 04, 2006, 04:42:10 PM
I am here in IOWA!

OMG! I was in shock for the first day! Maybe it was due to all the driving.

I didn't believe it was this rural and had this many corn fields, lol

WOW!

I will reserve my thoughts and opinions until school starts though and I meet people, I may feel better once I have some friends here!

Welcome! :) I've been here for a few days now, too and it's..well, yes it's rural :) Downtown is kind of cute, though--check it out. The people are so nice...and I think it will be a nice place to go to school.

JUST WAIT until the undergrads start pouring in!!! This place will be packed :)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 06, 2006, 07:28:14 PM
I am here in IOWA!

OMG! I was in shock for the first day! Maybe it was due to all the driving.

I didn't believe it was this rural and had this many corn fields, lol

WOW!

I will reserve my thoughts and opinions until school starts though and I meet people, I may feel better once I have some friends here!

Welcome! :) I've been here for a few days now, too and it's..well, yes it's rural :) Downtown is kind of cute, though--check it out. The people are so nice...and I think it will be a nice place to go to school.

JUST WAIT until the undergrads start pouring in!!! This place will be packed :)

Hey, welcome, hehe

Yeah, it is pretty quaint. I love the Pentacrest building, when I saw it I was hoping it was the law school, but oh well, hehe.

I am really excited to go to orientation and get this party started, haha
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 06, 2006, 09:09:19 PM
I am here in IOWA!

OMG! I was in shock for the first day! Maybe it was due to all the driving

hahah...yeah, something about nine hours of classes, get to know you and get to know the law building exercises doesn't sount like a party! :) however, I think my friend is driving in from Chicago to go to the fair with me--so looks like i'll be on that bus afterall.


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Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 06, 2006, 09:48:21 PM
it's already day 3 in iowa city for me and i have yet to see the campus.  been so busy running around trying to furnish my apartment  :(.  i'll definitely try to do a thorough campus visit on wednesday (before and after my computer lab thing). 

has anyone figured out the bus route system, for the cambus and/or the city transit? 

I am here in IOWA!

OMG! I was in shock for the first day! Maybe it was due to all the driving.

I didn't believe it was this rural and had this many corn fields, lol

WOW!

I will reserve my thoughts and opinions until school starts though and I meet people, I may feel better once I have some friends here!

Welcome! :) I've been here for a few days now, too and it's..well, yes it's rural :) Downtown is kind of cute, though--check it out. The people are so nice...and I think it will be a nice place to go to school.

JUST WAIT until the undergrads start pouring in!!! This place will be packed :)

Hey, welcome, hehe

Yeah, it is pretty quaint. I love the Pentacrest building, when I saw it I was hoping it was the law school, but oh well, hehe.

I am really excited to go to orientation and get this party started, haha
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 07, 2006, 11:26:00 AM
All the cambus stuff is on the Cambus site on the university home page; they have a link to the city buses as well. The schedule is kind of weird, though,b/c it doesn't really explain the routes very well. I'm sure their is a map to be found somewhere

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 07, 2006, 02:20:15 PM
Call the number on the page for Cambus, the actual page and maps suck, it is very hard to see where you are meant to get off.

I have taken the bus twice now. First time I got lost and walked miles, 2nd time, I got on the wrong bus and it took forever for me to get home.

So has anyone gotten their orientation books yet?

I got my ID today but they said I have to wait until I can charge my books on it.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on August 11, 2006, 09:40:53 AM
Anyone still interested in an LSD meetup this evening? We'd have to come with a when/where of course. ;)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 11, 2006, 06:12:47 PM
Oops, didn't read this until now Kevin. I assume you made it into Iowa in one piece - glad to hear that! 

I'm getting a little lazy right now, maybe we can all hit up a local bar tomorrow night? 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 11, 2006, 06:19:52 PM
Hey, glad to hear you made it here as well!!

lol

I am down for tomorrow as well!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 11, 2006, 07:24:42 PM
i'll be around later tomorrow afternoon--let me know what you guys decide

hahah...local Iowa bar. Oh lord :) Are we SURE we're ready for this :)

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 11, 2006, 08:15:55 PM
i'll be around later tomorrow afternoon--let me know what you guys decide

hahah...local Iowa bar. Oh lord :) Are we SURE we're ready for this :)



LMAO, yeehaw, ima ready 4 this her thing ;-)
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on August 11, 2006, 09:25:42 PM
saturday night works well for me also.

do yall have suggestions  on a place to go?

i've no idea where anything is, so i'll took a look at citysearch and see what i can come up with.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 11, 2006, 09:33:03 PM
i'll be around later tomorrow afternoon--let me know what you guys decide

hahah...local Iowa bar. Oh lord :) Are we SURE we're ready for this :)



LMAO, yeehaw, ima ready 4 this her thing ;-)

OMG girls you've GOT to check out the cowgirl hats with the Hawkeye emblem in the bookstore. I'm buying one just to wear it home and scare my friends.


Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 12, 2006, 09:44:08 AM
i'll be around later tomorrow afternoon--let me know what you guys decide

hahah...local Iowa bar. Oh lord :) Are we SURE we're ready for this :)



LMAO, yeehaw, ima ready 4 this her thing ;-)

Haha, I don't wanna scare people, hehe

Well, let me know what you guys decide.

OMG girls you've GOT to check out the cowgirl hats with the Hawkeye emblem in the bookstore. I'm buying one just to wear it home and scare my friends.



Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 12, 2006, 12:50:03 PM
did you want to meet somewhere around the old town area - southeast of campus, on clinton?  maybe we can grab dinner or coffee before deciding on where to go?  from a cursory citysearch search, it looks like there are several bars/laverns on that street, or around that area.  let me know.  i'm going to run some errands and continue unpacking, and perhaps start on our reading assignment if time permits.  i should be free by 8pm.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on August 12, 2006, 01:24:39 PM
did you want to meet somewhere around the old town area - southeast of campus, on clinton?  maybe we can grab dinner or coffee before deciding on where to go?  from a cursory citysearch search, it looks like there are several bars/laverns on that street, or around that area.  let me know.  i'm going to run some errands and continue unpacking, and perhaps start on our reading assignment if time permits.  i should be free by 8pm.

thanks for replying. i looked at the old capitol area also, my only concern was parking. it looks like it could be difficult. never having been, i can't say for sure tho. may i suggest the coralville area? i saw two places right on hwy 6(aka 2nd st.) between 1st st. and rocky shore drive. one was called the vine tavern and eatery, and the other place (i forgot the name) was a pub-type joint in a squatty brown building.

we could go to the vine, and then maybe the other place if you like. what do yall think? i'm thinking we could meet about 9pm.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 12, 2006, 02:24:16 PM
did you want to meet somewhere around the old town area - southeast of campus, on clinton?  maybe we can grab dinner or coffee before deciding on where to go?  from a cursory citysearch search, it looks like there are several bars/laverns on that street, or around that area.  let me know.  i'm going to run some errands and continue unpacking, and perhaps start on our reading assignment if time permits.  i should be free by 8pm.

thanks for replying. i looked at the old capitol area also, my only concern was parking. it looks like it could be difficult. never having been, i can't say for sure tho. may i suggest the coralville area? i saw two places right on hwy 6(aka 2nd st.) between 1st st. and rocky shore drive. one was called the vine tavern and eatery, and the other place (i forgot the name) was a pub-type joint in a squatty brown building.

we could go to the vine, and then maybe the other place if you like. what do yall think? i'm thinking we could meet about 9pm.

Hey guys, I def wanna come. Liz please call me if you guys haven't decided by 7.00pm. I am meant to meet a girl at 7.30PM, but wanna still meet up with u guys later on!!   ;D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 12, 2006, 03:53:51 PM
9pm sounds good.  not to be a party pooper, but i dont want to stay out too late, especially since we have the bbq at 4pm tomorrow and i still havent done the reading and i have a few boxes of cloths and shoes still anxiously waiting to be unpacked and put away  ::). 

good idea re the vine kevin; i thought about the parking issue with the downtown area, but didnt know of another option.  plus, coming from LA, where it's perfectly normal to spend a good half hour looking for parking, i didn't give the parking thing that much of a thought.  :D

so the vine at 9pm? 
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on August 12, 2006, 04:53:12 PM
um, what do you mean you haven't done the reading yet? i've already done it 6x, made flashcards, and showed up at the professors house to ask questions, haha.

nah though, i haven't done it either. i should be, but TV is so much more interesting right now. there's always later, i guess.

so yes, the vine at 9pm!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 12, 2006, 05:01:31 PM
Hey guys, i will try and make it there.

BTW, where is the bq being held?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 12, 2006, 05:08:46 PM
ok, so greengrl just came by and mothered/lectured me and she is right, i still have a lot of unpacking to do, and kevin, you should be unpacking too - you've barely moved in!  classes start in two days.  so, i am going to back out on tonight's outting...yes, i am a terrible person.   :P  sorry guys.  i suggest we postpone it to either wed night (we get out of class early) or sat after the exam.  does that sound good with you guys?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 12, 2006, 05:11:19 PM
ok, so greengrl just came by and mothered/lectured me and she is right, i still have a lot of unpacking to do, and kevin, you should be unpacking too - you've barely moved in!  classes start in two days.  so, i am going to back out on tonight's outting...yes, i am a terrible person.   :P  sorry guys.  i suggest we postpone it to either wed night (we get out of class early) or sat after the exam.  does that sound good with you guys?

Yes, that would be much better for me, as I am not even sure if I can make it tonight as I am going to hang out with some girls I met at 7.30PM. I would have felt bad leaving them to come hang out with u guys, I think Sat after the final is a good idea!!   :)

Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Kevin26.2 on August 12, 2006, 05:14:03 PM
weeeellll i'm surely not going alone, so i guess postponing it is fine :(
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: hopeful20 on August 12, 2006, 05:16:45 PM
weeeellll i'm surely not going alone, so i guess postponing it is fine :(
you'll thank me (well actually this was greengrl's idea) later, when you have less stress to pile on top of our crazy class/study schedules.  :P
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Terabithia on August 12, 2006, 05:18:19 PM
haha, yeah, don't scare the boy already!!
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: greengrl on August 12, 2006, 08:45:35 PM
weeeellll i'm surely not going alone, so i guess postponing it is fine :(
you'll thank me (well actually this was greengrl's idea) later, when you have less stress to pile on top of our crazy class/study schedules.  :P

oh man,now I feel like the grandma! I'm lecturing while still looking at unpacked boxes
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Deus Ex Machina on August 17, 2006, 03:52:57 PM
Well, I'm having a grand ole time so far.. Iowa City and environs continue to exceed my expectations at most every turn. The food is good, the students seem nice and our Professor for intro is is very gentle. I'm in the same class as Kev so he can register his own take. I'm certainly down with a post-exam Saturday afternoon LSN cocktail hour or some such pressure valve for this first week.  ;D
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: Juice on February 20, 2008, 02:10:58 PM
Anyone here know what the chances are of being admitted at Iowa after receiving a letter stating that my file was placed in the hold catagory? They go on to say that 50% of all applicants are placed in this catagory. I am an in-state applicant with very borderline numbers but great soft factors. Does the school really accept many people off this 'hold' catagory?
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: bubDread on February 22, 2008, 06:48:47 AM
be ready for intellectually and socially unmotivated people in the UG.  But be ready for some HOT community college girls.
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: westside123 on February 23, 2008, 12:51:42 PM
check out these threads before making the decision to go to Iowa.

http://jdunderground.com/thread.php?threadId=5586

http://jdunderground.com/thread.php?threadId=7055
Title: Re: Hey, who's still excited about Iowa?!?
Post by: folkysaint on February 24, 2008, 09:23:46 AM
I'm a first year PhD student at Iowa but I'm leaving to go to law school. Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty was nice at first, but the winter is really draining. The snow/ice removal has been terrible. A week or more after a decent snow, the roads are still completely covered in ice. One of my officemates is from Michigan and is shocked about how poorly the snow/ice removal is handled.

It's a pretty nice campus and "downtown" iowa city is mixed in with campus. Some good restaurants, but it's obviously not nice enough to make me want to stay.