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General Board / To bar loan, or not bar loan...that is the question.
« on: September 27, 2007, 02:43:49 PM »
Well... it's not really a question for me. It's just a matter of time until I sign by the "x", once again.... I, like many of you, will probably be low on dinero/near broke during summer 08, especially with my Bar/Bri bill hanging over my head. The idea of signing on for several thousand more dollars of debt (and probably at a variable interest rate) turns my stomach. But at the same time, the last thing I want to worry about during my bar prep is how I'm going to eat or provide shelter for myself. No one ever said becoming a lawyer was easy or cheap - I'm just trying to get ready for the incoming bills.

I'm just curious to know if anyone has starting looking into applying for a bar-study loan for 2008. I was thinking of going with Sallie Mae, but was wondering if any of you have other lenders that you recommend. I last heard that we can borrow up o $15,000 but I'm not sure if the amount has increased. I'm also trying to get an idea of how soon we can get our hands on the cash, considering that Bar/Bri will need to be paid next semester, we will have to start submitting state bar applications (and the fees....ugh).

I'll post any news I find out as I continue my search, but I'm also curious to hear about any info others may have.

Thanks!

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Pittsburgh / Cell phone in Pittsburgh
« on: July 28, 2005, 09:20:39 PM »
Hi there...
What cell phone carrier do you prefer in Pittsburgh?

I've been using Sprint for a long time, and when I visited Pitt, I didn't notice any problems with reception or coverage. My only hang up is I think I might be able to get a more budget friendly plan with another company (since I'm back to being a poor student again....waaaaa), so I was wondering what other carriers folks are statisfied with in the Pittsburgh area.....? (I will need a nationwide plan, and this will be my main phone....won't be using a land line)...

What are your thoughts...

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Pittsburgh / Housing Hunt
« on: June 06, 2005, 04:49:11 AM »
Hi everyone! I am part of the class of 2008 for Pitt and I'm looking for housing. I am leaning more towards trying to get a 1BD/ or studio, but I'm also open to looking for roommates. I'm flying into Pittsburgh this weekend (6/10) to hunt around. I'm ideally looking for a place that's not on the ground level, a short to the bus lines, and a short bus ride to get to campus.

If anyone has any leads on 1BD/Studios in Shadyside, Squirell Hill, Friendship, or Bloomfield, I'd love to hear from you! Also, if anyone has info on shared housing, please let me know.

Thanks everyone!!! :D

p.s I'm also curious to hear any opinions about some of the other surrounding areas.
-Are Polish Hill and Highland Park so far away that I might feel a little isolated?
-Is South Oakland really too rowdy? Bad idea? Or do many grad students seem to avoid the area because it's comprised of mostly undergrads?
-I've head that East Liberty is kind of sketchy- are there any other areas that I should avoid?



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