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"Why did you move to Cali? Wisconsin too cold for you? haha . .
The undergrad school of U of Wisconsin is next to their lawschool? If so that means I have to find out more info about the undergrad school . . . like is it a party school?"
I moved to Cali for a job and now I am going to law school here...even left the fam...
I would suggest looking at a map of the campus online...that will help you picture it a lot. The law school is smack in the middle of anything. The libary is newly renovated...actually while I went to UG. Many of the facilities are updated as well. I love the feel of the libary. You sit in this really huge, open-aired room and can look over Bascom Hill...the large but beautiful campus hill. The building is right next to the Botany/Ecology building and Music Hall. Across the way is the Geography/Environmental Studies building where I always was and the Education building. You're right in the middle of everything.
Party school? Yeah. No one drinks like they do at Madison. Again, though if that is not your scene, there are also a lot of people that don't party. A lot of everything. I drank like a fish personally...I found it a blast. Just be careful though...a lot of people who aren't used to that can really mess up their studies. I worked w/ a Botany PhD student for awhile and she went to UG in Virginia and grad school at Madison...she really started drinking a lot and had to adjust.
I personally loved it though...put it this way...UW - Madison's student union is the 2nd largest beer vendor in the country...next to the Brewer stadium in Milwaukee. A state of alcoholics.
I am in Cali now, but I was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee and I went to UG at UW-Madison. I have to holistically disagree w/ the posts here.
Madison is left-leaning. However, like all places that had hippie movements, it isn't quite as out there as it used to be. Madison has students from all over the country. You'll experience an interesting hodge podge of Midwestern folk, East Coast princesses and West Coast hippies. With faculty, grad students and UGs totaling over 80,000, I guarantee, no matter what type of person you are, you will find people you love. I absolutely love Madison and most people who visit do as well. There is sooooooo much to do there if you explore even a little bit. From cigar bars to jazz clubs to South American restaurants...it's there if you know how to find it. They have a great network of bike trails over the entire city which is good for rollerblading or running as well. People are really involved in campus activities and if you have a cause, you'll definitely have 20 others to join ya.
With that said, regarding the racism...there are a solid # of folks that are from the Midwest. I would say that you're not going to experience a lot of racism at a large university campus. However, because it is in the Midwest, diversity can be lacking. One of my best friends in UG actually headed up the multicultural organization because he wanted to have a prominent role in bringing more diversity and greater understanding to the Midwestern campus. The school itself still recognizes this as a weak area and understands that they need to improve their recruting of non-whites. I know for my friend, who is Indian, it was sometimes hard for him to not be around a diverse crowd sometimes...he took a proactive approach though and ended up living in Madison 3 years after a 5 year undergrad.
Milwaukee: Definitely more blue-collar. However, you'll be on a university campus if you go to Marquette. Waterstreet can be a good place to experience culture. There are large parks and great festivals in the summer, especially Summerfest which is a musical extravaganza. I could have gone to Marquette, but Madison is a much better school and is a much better town.
If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them. I have been to a lot of university campuses. For me, nothing compares to Madison in terms of the feel/size/& culture. I loved it.
Do you know that the one of the main goals of the Republican campaign is to portray Kerry as a flip-flopper? You are spilling out Republican ad slogans and you don't even know it!!!
Kerry hasn't been flip-flopping. Any and I repeat ANY politician be it Republican or Democrat would look like a flip-flopper unless you took the care and time to understand the concept of riders and how they are added to bills. Even though you want to vote for certain things, sometimes the opposition party attaches riders that make it impossible for you to vote for the bill.
I agree that it is painful to watch ignorant people vote. Why, for example, do Southerners typically vote Republican when they are also the greatests recipients of the social programs that Republicans vote again and Democrats are for? Do you know after the last election, there was a study done on the relationship of bookstores per capita and the way a county voted? There was a very strong positive correlation with bookstores and folks that voted Democrat. Correlation without causation? Doubt it. Republicans know that the more educated people become, the more liberal they become.
I know I used to be for the death penalty...in high school. Then I continued my education and learned of the myriad reasons why the death penalty is useless and morally repugnant. I also dramatically changed my stance on immigration. If I had only graduated high school, I may have kept these ignorant views. Unfortunately, your Republican party keeps trying to derail the education system...they know who votes for them.
Gimme a break. Because before people were voting based on tons of research and thoughtful consideration? If that were the case, these candidates wouldn't even invest a dime in television ads because there is no substance there...I think we can all agree on that. I hope Bush loses votes as a result of this and I love how much it is pissin' off Republicans.
« on: June 18, 2004, 02:06:45 PM »
Ahhh, the painful salary/raise math.
Yeah, I job last year gave me the same raise, which was considered huge!!! My boss said "Now you have lunch money." No, I am dead serious.
I think what all of this boils down to is the Mid-Twenties math.
I am going to be working for the next 20-40 years of my life.
I can either make $40,000 or $150,000 +. It is a painful thought but I KNOW all of you have had it.
Studying for the LSAT / Re: Anyone think LSAT prep has made you sharper in other aspects of your life?« on: June 17, 2004, 12:24:04 PM »
Undergrad degree: Geography (Actually Environmental Studies)
My job: Claims Adjuster - Although about 2 months into my job, I noticed that my company was really mismanaging the arbitration process. So, I offered to take it over for awhile and get everything in order. I did that for approximately 3 months straight...best 3 months!
Studying for the LSAT / Re: Anyone think LSAT prep has made you sharper in other aspects of your life?« on: June 17, 2004, 12:17:00 PM »
It was an awesome component of my job. Unfortunately, I only did it 5% of my workday. They had other yahoos in the office do it for awhile. They really sucked at it.
Lesson #1 of corporate America: Even if you're really good at something, they still may not let you do it...like high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!