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I got the same email, but I got it last thursday...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at USC
« on: June 29, 2006, 08:29:01 PM »
I think it's useless to look at what happened last year. Since the dean of admissions has changed and this year USC was a bit slower I anticipate that the waitlist may work differently than it has in the past.

my girlfriend is thinking about law school, and she is studying like mad for the lsat right now. she was aiming for the upper-150s, but now that the policy's changed, lots of people (like her) are going to take the test multiple times and hope for a miracle score. i'm thinkin that'll raise the average lsat score, making for a tougher test in future years.

moral of the story ... i'd be happy w/ what you have.

That's assuming that multiple tests actually lead to higher score. Taking three preptests don't immediately result in a higher score-and taking three LSATs won't either.

The average test taker only improves two points on a retake.

I wonder if this may change. Basically a test-taker can now be more relaxed and at ease on any retake because it is without risk, and they can do it twice.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - harder than usual?
« on: June 07, 2006, 01:53:19 AM »
It was my actual test. I was averaging 169-170 on practice tests, and ended up with a 166. I bombed the first section.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at USC
« on: June 06, 2006, 09:39:25 PM »
Besides hearsay on this board, I haven't heard about a priority waitlist...can anyone provide anything more concrete?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Ask a Homosexual
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:32:32 PM »

It might also have to do with poverty. I've had a singaporean friend tell me bluntly that white men are the richest men in the world and that's why he likes them. It's no secret that older men have less options and thus can't afford to be as discriminating, and have had more time to build wealth. So older white man = likely to be rich but without very high standards = easier to land.

I think it's a strange thing coming from a Singaporean of all people since in comparison to the United States singapore is much safer, and lacks homelessness. However, the white people who come to Singapore and Hong Kong(the places I have lived) to work are usually making expat dollars. I don't think money is a sufficient explanation because especially in Singapore and in Hong Kong as well I have seen couples where the younger Asian guy comes from a very rich family. I think it's likely that each case has it's own explanation.

I guess another plausible one is that for some people age simply is not a factor. I also think in terms of friendship, age is less of a factor in the gay community than in the straight one. I wouldn't date someone above 30...but my best friend here is 44.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Ask a Homosexual
« on: June 01, 2006, 10:39:42 AM »
I have observed the older man/younger guy phenomenon quite a bit in Asia. Many times younger Asians go for older caucasians simply because they only like caucasians but are limited in choice. I think some others actually just prefer a mature guy. Some guys who are in their early 20s would prefer dating someone in their 30s/early 40s because they assume that people that age are more ready to commit to a long term relationship.

So, has anyone actually had any success with these letters?  I keep reading about them but haven't really seen any success stories!

It seems like ad comms try to fill out their classes as needed with the people they have on the waitlist (i.e..they need a higher GPA, high LSAT, a minority, a girl from Alaska, etc.).  Of course, I'm sure they'd like to know that you'd accept if given the opportunity.  Thus, is the letter more symbolic in letting them know that you still care?  Or do you think the content really matters and makes you stand out? 

Just curious to see what you guys think and to hear your stories!
-Mr. Burnz

This is my feeling. I mean, the schools have your file, numbers, LORS...etc...

I guess the best thing to do is let them know you are interested...update them a bit, and let them know if you are admitted, you are there...

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Ask a Homosexual
« on: May 17, 2006, 07:26:15 PM »
Ok, other random questions for the day:

What about a person's appearance and behavior distinguish him/her as being gay, thus triggering "gaydar"? Why do even people who are in the closet send off gaydar alarms? (This is fact. I can vouch for it.)

The idea of gaydar makes me question the "nurture" idea of sexuality, because if sexuality is naturally ambiguous (which is what I believe), and if it's just our society that forces us into tidy binary categories, then why is there such a clear definition between people who do exhibit "gay" behaviors/apperance and those who don't? (To buy this like of questioning, I guess you need to buy the fact that gaydar exists and is accurate.)

Sorry. Apparently I'm full of questions for other homosexuals! But would love to hear responses.

For me, it is all about non-verbal responses, mostly eye contact.  I've found that gay men are more likely to look me in the eye than are straight men, or maybe it is that they are willing to hold the contact for a longer period of time.  Straight men treat me as I treat women, they look at me and immediately dismiss me as a potential mate.

I have a question myself:  what would you like straight people to know about gay people?

I think you make a good point. In every country you need to modify the gaydar a bit, however, it's the eye contact that remains the same.

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