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Incoming 1Ls / Cheaper to Move My Stuff or Buy All New Stuff??
« on: June 01, 2005, 09:02:45 AM »
I'm moving from Los Angeles to Boston for law school.  I was thinking that I'd just get rid of all my stuff here and buy new stuff when I get there.  (I heart Walmart!)  Then I started thinking about what a hassle it is to go shopping for things.  Then you have to figure out where the stores are in your new town, plus how to get there and get your stuff back.  The more I thought about all the work that it involves, the more I started thinking about just shipping the junk I already have. 

One of those door-to-door containers is like $1,400.  I could definitely fit everything into it.  On the other hand, I could probably replace everything I own for less than $1,400. 

I just don't know what to do.  Are there cheaper ways to get my stuff there?

Incoming 1Ls / What's my home town?
« on: April 06, 2005, 10:21:16 AM »
This is a silly question, but I'm having a lot of angst over it.  I was filling out my response form to the school I'm attending and they want you to enclose a picture and what your home town is for the directory.  I don't know what to put for my home town. 

I've never lived anywhere longer than 3 years.  I would put Dallas, because that's where I went to high school, and I probably want to move back there after school.  But I'd feel like an imposter because I lived there briefly, over 6 years ago.  I currently live in LA, but I wouldn't say I'm -from- LA. 

I think it comes down to a tie.  I lived various places in TX for 7 years and various places in CA for 6 years (plus 1 when I was a baby, so I guess that makes them a direct tie).  I could give a home state if I could break that tie, but I'd still have to pick a city. 


Incoming 1Ls / Harvard Admitted Students Site/Message Board
« on: March 04, 2005, 07:08:00 PM »
Y'all come on down now and post somethin'  It's getting lonely all by m'self.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Things to bring on a long plane ride
« on: February 28, 2005, 05:14:32 PM »
So I'm getting ready to take the 5 hour flight to Boston.  What should I make sure to bring on the plane?  Does that Airborne stuff help?  Anyone have special tricks?  I was thinking zinc lozenges, moisturizing nose spray (I'm a nerd, what can I say!), eye cream, chapstick, etc.  I don't want to arrive all wacked out and sick with raggedy cuticles...   :D

Incoming 1Ls / Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: February 25, 2005, 06:34:17 PM »
I don't want to carry around some frumpy-ass black, ballistic nylon briefcase.  Let's hear some suggestions on cute laptop bags. 

Do you have a cool one?  A favorite?  I'm half thinking about going downtown to the fashion district and buying a fake Louis Vuitton messenger bag   ;D

So far, I've found:

I haven't gotten anything from Harvard except emails and like brochures.  I have no substantive info on them at all.  Aren't we supposed to get a binder or something?  With some details, maybe about housing options or financial aid?

I was admitted like 2 months ago, and... nothing!

Has anyone gotten anything?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Pretty Sure I'm Going to Harvard...
« on: February 02, 2005, 12:26:41 PM »
There's not much activity along these lines.  Is everyone just waiting to hear from Yale before they get excited about going to Boston?

I'm tired of playing that game.  I want to start getting excited now.

So let's chat.  I know nothing about the east coast, Boston, housing, neighborhoods, weather, etc. 

Is it like, totally, awesome??  8)
Where can I buy my t-shirt?   ;)

Law School Admissions / Yale Admit Weekend
« on: January 21, 2005, 02:26:55 PM »
So... I haven't been admitted to Yale yet, but:

I'm going to Harvard for the admitted students stuff on March 20 and 21.  Since I'm coming from California, I only want to pay for and sit through one plane trip to the east coast.  If I buy my ticket now, I can get a sweet deal. 

I want to plan my travel dates so that if I do get admitted to Yale, I can attend their admitted students event on the same trip.  Are they close enough that it's possible?

Pookie said she thinks Yale has events on March 17 and 18.  That would be awesome.  In that case I could just plan my flight then, and if I don't get into Yale, just kick it in Boston a few extra days. 

Can anyone confirm?

Law School Admissions / FAFSA Expected Contribution
« on: January 19, 2005, 08:33:06 AM »
Okay, I filled out my tax forms yesterday so I could do my FAFSA (and I owe about $600... great).

Once I filled out my FAFSA and submitted it online, it said my EFC was over $36,000.  Hmph.  My parents' income last year was under 30k, so they're not helping me with law school money.

Here's my question.  I've been working for 3 years, and I have money in my savings account that's about equal to one year of tuition.  This is likely where my high expected contribution is coming from. 

I was planning on taking out as many loans as reasonable for the first year and hanging onto most of my savings in case I need the money.  That way I can pay back the loans if I don't, but I can have cash on hand to be safe if something happens.  Well, if I do this, then I'll have a high EFC next year too. 

If I spend all my savings down the first year, I'll have a low EFC for my last two years, but no money cushion.

What is the best overall financial choice?

General Off-Topic Board / Halfway through a bottle of non-cheap champagne
« on: November 30, 2004, 09:56:14 PM »
So, I stopped at BevMo on my way home from work.  I told the guy I was celebrating, and to show me to the best bottle of champagne for under $15.  He was like, "champagne?  No, you can't afford French."  I was like, "OK!  Show me to the best bottle of sparkling wine for under $15..." 

So I spent $16.99 on a bottle of Roederer Estate California Brut.  It does actually taste different than the Totts/Andre/Korbel I usually drink.  Wow!

No Cold Duck for me tonight.  What's everyone else doing this fine Tuesday? 


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