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« on: March 26, 2007, 12:10:40 PM »
I'm about 80% sure that's what I'll be doing, and wanted to see what others think.
To save you guys a trip to my LSN, UT will cost $27,000 over 3 years, Northwestern $30,000, UCLA $47,000, and Michigan $54,000. Cost is a major issue as I'm not a citizen or permanent resident and will have to rely on ridiculously high interest private loans.
Priorities: want to work in corporate litigation, 2-3 years at a firm and then in-house if possible. Ideally would like to practice in Austin after graduation.
Other factors: already live in Austin, husband will have to find a good job if we move, have a 3-year old who's in a great preschool, have a great support system in Austin both for child care and networking purposes.
I've pretty much eliminated Michigan from consideration, since my husband has not been able to find good jobs in Detroit/Ann Arbor so far. UCLA is still a contender because we have family in LA, but unless they give me more money, I don't see that happening. So the main question is, would you uproot the family and move to Chicago or stay put if you were me?
What are the schools you guys are waiting on? Post your hopes/predictions of how much money you'll get.
I'm waiting on WUSTL and Vanderbilt mainly, hoping one of them gives me enough money to make my decision easier. Not really expecting anything from Michigan or UCLA, but can't make myself stop hoping. And really hope to get something from Northwestern.
If I were to predict, WUSTL and Vandy will give me just enough to make them on par with UT cost-wise, not helping me decide at all. I also predict I'll get nothing from Michigan and UCLA. Don't want to even guess on Northwestern - too scared I'll jinx myself.
Deadline's passed, and I've sent the product of over 30 hours of edits and revisions off to UT. Now's the time to scope out the competition
Post here if you've applied to UT, date applied, stats, and whether it's a reach, target, or safety for you. We can all come back to the thread when decisions come out and post when we've heard, scholarships, etc.
I'll start - applied 11/1/06, stats are in my signature, and depending on how they view my checkered LSAT past, it's a target/reach.
I've just finished the 10th revision (though some previous revisions were pretty minor) and I'm entirely convinced that my personal statement is cheesy and trite.
I'd love to get a second opinion from you guys, and since I thought it was a great idea to put comments regarding the personal statement in the thread soliciting feedback, I'd love to be the first to do that.
If you're interested, PM me or post in this thread and I'll send you a draft of my PS. Then post your feedback here without quoting or revealing much of the personal info from my PS, if possible.
Caveat - my PS contains A LOT of personal info, and I've been burned last year asking someone for feedback, so if you are new and I'm not familiar with your profile, don't be offended if I don't send it to you. It was extremely painful to get insults back instead of feedback and I don't want to go through that again. Oh, one more thing - if you have strong anti-immigration views, this PS may not be for you.
Time to start a thread for questions on which we're not agreeing:
3. Mountain climbers/slurred speach. Someone correct me if this has been decided. I picked the altitude affects all parts of the brain, but keep thinking that maybe it was the answer about how in mountain climbers different functions - i.e., speech, understanding of simple sentences, etc. were impacted to a different degree. The conclusion of the argument was that findings disproved claim that speech is regulated by an area of the brain that is separate from that regulating other functions, so I'm torn between these two choices. I think I may have picked the wrong one.
I took a Powerscore Weekend class this past weekend, and found it generally pretty helpful, as a good review/reinforcement two weeks before the LSAT. One useful thing they gave us was a handout that had a list of things someone hoping to score 170+ should never say, which I'm including (in my own words, to avoid copyright issues)
1. “I can't wait for the LSAT to be over with.” - instead, phrase it in positive terms and say “I’m ready for this test, and wish I could take it as soon as possible.”
2. “I’ll never score as high on the real test as I did on my last diagnostic.” You've done the work on comparable prep tests and with each one increawsed your knowledge of the LSAT. There's no reason your actual test score will not fall in the same range.
3. “This is my only shot - I can't screw up.” You can cancel, retake, etc., and most schools take the highests score now - do not stress yourself out to the point you can't think straight.
4. “If I don’t do well now, I'll retake.” To play devil's advocate, don't go in thinking you'll just retake if you don't like your score. Go in ready to do the best you've ever done, and only think of cancelling/retaking if things go wrong.
5. “I hate the LSAT and the evil drones who make it.” Think of it as a game you can beat, not an insurmountable challenge. It's like hating math because you don't understand it - once you "get" it, homework becomes enjoyable and pop quizzes less stressful - same with the LSAT.
6. “I'm just not good at the Logic Games.” Many, many people are initially bad at games, mostly because they've never seen anything like that in their life. Spend a few days doing games in succession and going over your mistakes. Watch somone who's good at games solve them in front of you. As a last resort, hire a tutor! Practicing will make this section easier, but you have to know where you're going wrong. Also, remember that there is an actual right answer to every question on Logic Games, and once you find it, you don't have to keep looking at other choices. It's the only non-subjective part of the test.
7. “If I just get a 165, I'd be happy (or anything below a perfect score).” Don't stop once you reach your target practice average. If you're mising any questions, you have a weak area, and you never know if the actual test will have more questions featuring your weakness than your practice tests. If there's room to improve, keep going! It's always better to have a score that is higher than what's needed for your schools, not the other way around.
To sum up, expectations often become reality, and you're more likely to do well if you expect to do well. If you're driving on the road looking at the ditch, you will most likely drive straight into the ditch. Keep your eyes on where you want to go, not where you don't want to end up. You've done the work, you have the ability to do well. See the LSAT as your chance to prove it.
Anyway, maybe this will help someone!
« on: September 18, 2006, 02:13:43 PM »
I'm sure most of you have seen this already, but for those who haven't, here's a link to reviews Kaplan students have completed of testing sites across America:
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