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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 10, 2006, 08:48:15 AM »
26, married at 19, motherhood shortly thereafter.  ::) 2 Kiddos, one of which is celebrating her 6th birthday today (though her true bday isn't until Tuesday)!

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Blue collar jobs?
« on: May 25, 2006, 08:53:30 PM »
There have been a couple people posting on this board who were not accepted to very liberal schools that their numbers were in range of. Many of them have attributed their waitlisting/deferals/rejections to having served in the military in a time when so many express anti-war/soldier mentality.

Now, please don't take this to mean I think that's appropriate. I'm an vet's brat, and strong supporter of the armed forces (living 10 minutes from a USAF base tends to help nurture that bond).

All I'm saying is, service may not be a huge factor in admissions. Best to focus on lsat and gpa success.

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Blue collar jobs?
« on: May 24, 2006, 07:16:51 PM »
Where you work will take backseat to your scores. Put as much effort into your gpa and lsat as you can. Other than that, working in a factory can play to your advantage (in a ps talking about understanding the struggles of the average man/woman, and how it has shown you how to be humble and committed to helping those who struggle), etc.

Don't rely on military history to help that much. For some more liberal schools it could even be a hindrance. Just focus on what your dreams are, and work on the things you have control over (like scores, lors, and your demonstration of comunity service).

Is working in a blue collar job a deterant? Heck no! I worked one for years, and was a stay at home mom for years, and I got into my top choice-the school I've wanted to attend since I was 14.

Best of luck!!
Danni

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I know of one big way that being married to a student actually hurts you. If your school gives a higher loan allowance to cover your day care needs (you have to explain that you need the day care in order to be in school) they will SPLIT the allowance between your loans and your spouses. This can be a problem if your spouse isn't getting enough as it is.

Danni

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I'll be there Mugatu, and was bummed when I saw you Withdrew. Who do you know who will be there? Anyone from these boards or LSN?

Danni

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Hey y'all, I have a 5 year old who is nearly done with K, and a just turned 3 year old in preschool. This fall I'll be FT days at a state school 45 minutes from home, working 20 hours a week at the group home where I work full time now, and being the tired mommy to the kids.

My plan is to budget my time well. I've noticed during school visits that a lot of the "study time" people report as absolutely vital, is spent decompressing and relaxing. I'm planning to use my library/study time after classes to REALLY study. I'll decompress at home with the kids.

Also, I've seen loads of students internet surfing during lectures. I plan to stay really focused on outlining and keeping caught up so I don't run into cram issues later.

Finally, I plan to ask for help from family and friends when I need it. I'm spending this spring and summer doing favors and helping others so that I can build up good karma and reciprocity during the school year. I recognize I'm no superwoman, and can't do it all alone. By relying on my village to help me take care of my family, we'll all make it through the next 3 years.

Oh, and I've spoken to my daughter's teacher for next year and worked out some ways to volunteer for her class that won't conflict with school, and my son's preschool  (a fulltime center) is cool with the same deal.

I only wish I could get some social service help. Although to be honest, I haven't looked into it at all. Maybe this fall once I start at school I can meet with the FA people and ask their advice.

Danni

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Rev!
« on: May 04, 2006, 06:51:21 PM »
If UNL doesn't let you in I'll be so upset!

Try what I did, get a letter N tattooed in red on your person, snap a photo, and send it in with the caption 'you gotta let me in, I'm already committed to the program!'

Okay, so I didn't send in the pic. But I did hold it in reserve in case they did waitlist me. Have you called them recently to express continued interest?

I really want you and your wife to be around this fall. Having met a few classmates, I can say with all honesty, we NEED grownups!!!

Danni

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Hiya!
« on: April 05, 2006, 08:41:57 PM »
I had planned to use a digital voice recorder, then download the files onto the laptop-convert them to MP3s and move them to the ipod to listen to as I commute (where I'd suffer the prof's voice through my car's sound system for ages everyday!) but the school I'll be attending doesn't typically allow a lot of taping. Because it's so heavily focused on Socratic methods, it would be an infringement on classmates who are taped without their consent. Which stinks, but I can certainly see the reasoning there.

So it looks like the commute will just be "refocusing child free" time. Oh, and time to blow the speakers out.

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Hiya!
« on: April 02, 2006, 06:18:51 PM »
I'm married, mother of 2, working 20 hours a week (as that's all the ABA will allow me as a fulltime student, and UNL doesn't have a PT program). I'll also be commuting 45 miles each way every day to get from home to school and back.

My plan is to set up a pretty rigid study schedule and stick to it faithfully. That way I can schedule time to kick back and relax with the kids and not have school hanging over my head. Also, I'm hoping to hook into a strong study group of similar students who are driven to compress as much work into every moment as possible.

I guess my overall plan is to maximize every moment I spend on school related stuff so that I can really cut loose in the off time.

Best of luck to you!

Danni

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I did apply to Creighton, and got in. I'm really a huge UNL girl though. When I moved to Nebraska in 94 (I was 14) UNL became my dream college, and when I ended up at Bellevue University for undergrad I set my sights on UNL for graduate studies.

My dad jokes that I committed to UNL when I got a 4in. "N" inked onto my back.

Hope to see you on Saturday, I'll be the mid20s chick hobbling around (having surgery tomorrow, so I'll be sore on Saturday!). I'll probably be wearing my Bmore Ravens ballcap, along with my husband in his South Carolina cap. Wave if you see me!

Are you waitlisted at UNL? I've heard they take a lot of their waitlist, so my fingers are crossed for you. Did you send in supplemental information?

I'm looking forward to sitting in the student section, but wasn't sure if grad students are eligible for student pricing? If so, I'll be over the moon!

Danni

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