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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Northwestern Admitted Students Day
« on: March 29, 2005, 03:44:00 PM »
I'm going.  I got a good deal on Hotwire so I'm staying at the Sheraton Chicago...

Are you guys going to do both Friday and Saturday?

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I am going to officially withdraw, I just got the acceptance and award on Monday so I'm going to try and get my withdraw letters out by the end of this week.  Hopefully this will free money up for others! :)

thats pretty good money...are you planning on officially withdrawing
from kent or are you just not going to turn in a deposit? NW is an awesome option to have.


I got $15k/1L and $10k/2-3L with a minimum 3.25 GPA.  I think the majority of Kent scholarships require a 3.25 min.  I wouldn't count receiving the 2L & 3L money in your decision because so many people lose their scholarships.

How much money have you all gotten from Kent? I applied with a 163, 3.5 and am trying to gauge how much they will offer me?

My scholarship to Kent requires that I maintain a 3.25 GPA each year. 

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It looks like there is a definite consensus here, and I can imagine how daunting the task of ending this relationship or doing a serious evaluation of it seems.


Taking action before law school is probably one of the best times possible though.  One of the only things that is more consuming than breaking up is your 1st year of law school. (from what I hear)  You'll be so busy with homework, classes, and meeting new people that the pain may dissipate more quickly than you think.  You could have an entirely new, happy and fulfilled life in less than one year if you choose to.

Drama:  Like I said, I apologize if it sounds dramatic.  I'm SO not dramatic in person, so this doesn't bother me.

Long Distance:  We have trust issues (another bad thing, I know, but not every relationship is perfect), and it's just hard when you've spent every single day together for four years.

Job Opportunities: His job isn't that great and I think he could find a similar one elsewhere.  He bombed the LSAT and isn't applying to law school now, so I think that's part of the general negativity on the issue.

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I have strong feelings about this.  By going to the best LS you can get into, or by taking a full-ride, you will be making an investment in your future, and therefore your SO's future if you do remain together.  If he refuses to see that then I would really to a thorough evaluation of your relationship.  

If you choose the local LS you are making a large sacrifice for him.  Would he be willing to make a similar sacrifice in the future?  You will have to live with your decision for the rest of your life, and it will be a lifelong burden if you feel that you didn't follow your dreams.  

Long distance relationships are doable, so this wouldn't necessarily spell the end.  I did an LDR for two years, his best job offer was in Boston, mine was in D.C.  We talked and chose to do what was best professionally, because that didn't mean the end of our relationship and more importantly meant that we'd have more earning power and career satisfaction later in life when we were still together.  Two years later we're moving to Chicago.

If he won't sit down and have a rational conversation with you about this, just think of how having the conversations about children, mortages and adult issues will go.

I feel for you and in a way understand what you're going through, but please don't give up what you want for a relationship, especially when the commitment aspect of it is shaky.  If you'd like to PM I'd be more than happy to talk.

- LaJolie


I got into the local school, which is a good school, and I got a moderately sized scholarship, but not as much as I hoped.  I liked it just fine when I visited.  I also got a full-ride at a school several hours from here.  And then I also got into one of my reaches.  It's a shitstorm with my boyfriend every time I even mention I'm considering going to visit one of the other schools.  I told him I'm going to stop by the full-ride-offering school this weekend, and now I'm dreading going home tonight. 

Am I in the wrong here for even considering it?  I'm not looking for validation, honestly.  Can anyone give me on what to do?  We've lived together four years and I am very wishy-washy about marriage/commitment/kids, and I guess he is too because it hasn't come up all that often.  I told him other people make it work, but he doesn't care.  If I take the scholarship, then I'm "Putting a dollar amount on our relationship."  If I go to my reach (which isn't as likely since I'd financially prude and would also like to do public interest and the tuition is quite daunting), then I'm "Taking prestige over our relationship."  I tell him I can't plan my future around a boyfriend and regret it later if we break up.

And I can't say, "Just dump him," because although it's not the most passionate relationship in the world, I dread ever having to date again or try to find somebody else.

Sorry to vent and be soap-operatic, but is anyone facing a similar dilemma here? 

Advice? 

Consolation?

Anything?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Northwestern Dinners
« on: March 23, 2005, 11:58:06 AM »
I was going to wear a cute spring pants outfit, but the weather didn't cooperate so I just went with one of my suits...this rain is gross!
I'd be surprised if there wasn't a mix of dress so we'll be both fine I'm sure.

B. Smith's isn't horrible, I'm just not a big fan of creole food or the Union Station restaurants in general, they're a little touristy/cheesy.  Having the Metro right there is nice though...

Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing what 'type' of people NU attracts, although I've already made my decision to attend.  I feel like I may be on the younger side and hope that tonight proves me wrong!


no I'm not wearing a suit.  I'm wearing brown pants and a nice sweater.  Strickly Banana Republic stuff I wear to work.  I'm sure it won't be a problem, I think it if the dress were formal or business the invitation would have said so, right?  Well that's what I'm going with.  What's icky about the restaurant?

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I got $15k/1L and $10k/2-3L with a minimum 3.25 GPA.  I think the majority of Kent scholarships require a 3.25 min.  I wouldn't count receiving the 2L & 3L money in your decision because so many people lose their scholarships.

How much money have you all gotten from Kent? I applied with a 163, 3.5 and am trying to gauge how much they will offer me?

My scholarship to Kent requires that I maintain a 3.25 GPA each year. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Northwestern Dinners
« on: March 23, 2005, 11:35:59 AM »
Who's been to one of these and who's going to the one in DC tonight?

I'm going to the DC dinner tonight (B. Smith's is kind of icky though)...there is a thread about this week's dinners on xoxo and it sounds tonight will be interesting/informative.

Are you wearing a suit?

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Denials / Chicago-Kent Honors Ding
« on: March 22, 2005, 01:03:23 PM »
I did not even make it to the interview round for the Chicago-Kent Honors program.  (considering my less-than-stellar- GPA I'm not too surprised)

All I can say is that this makes me even more thankful I got into NU!

In the same letter they told me I was accepted to the regular Chicago-Kent program with $15k the first year and then $10,000k for subsequent years (subject to maintaining a 3.25 GPA.)




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Congrats as well...Chicago and NU are great! (I'm attending as well)

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Technically NU Law is in Streeterville.  (I'm definitely attending as well)  I lucked out with the living situation and one of my best friends just bought a 2bdr/2ba condo five blocks from the law school so I'm getting a great deal on rent.  (meaning $800/mo for that area, including gym in building and most utils)

My boyfriend just signed a lease for a 700 sq ft studio with a view of the lake which is also about 5 blocks from NU Law and he's paying $1000/mo.  If you can swing it living in Streeterville is worth it.  You can't beat living close to school (especially with the potential for 7:50am classes), and in addition you're steps away from the lake (great for active types), steps away from amazing shopping (great for shopaholics like me), and surrounded by hundreds of amazing restaurants.  You're close to law firms and businesses, and an extra bonus is that Millenium Park (I'm in the pro-MP school) offers free concerts (orchestral) every week when the weather is nice.

Answer to PARKING: in Streeterville you pay between $175-250/mo for a spot.  NU offers students who live 2 or 5 (forget which one) miles away from campus discounted spots, but the discount means it's like $180 still.  I definitely would not count on street parking in that area.  Street parking in Lakeview can get tricky but plenty of people do it.  If you go with the Lakeview area they have several 'express buses' that go from many apartment buildings directly down Lakeshore Dr. and drop off near NU.  If you really want to save a buck Rogers Park is really inexpensive, a lot of young people live there.  (not necessarily professional go-getter types though)


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