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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 09, 2007, 04:54:47 PM »
for those out of towners moving to philly.. keep in mind if you are far enough away from temple that you need to take regional rail to get there, then expect to pay for a cab ($20-30+) after midnight if you want to get home

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 31, 2007, 11:40:03 AM »
It's not bad.  I'd live further off of Broad toward the river, though, if given the choice.

I won't have an automated transport machine so I'm trying to live fairly close to the Broad Street SEPTA. Why would you want to live further towards the river as opposed to the Broad/Snyder area? How would you classify the immediate area surrounding Broad/Snyder & Passyunk on a scale of 1-10 (1=decrepit festering cespool of vice & murder; 5=some prostitution, petty crime, moderate level of filth; 10=shimmering icon of urban development and Morman ideals)? 

id give it a 4. the further from broad street the more decent neighborhoods/families you get.

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Temple / Re: suburban, small-town living in Ambler
« on: May 15, 2007, 09:05:07 AM »
Another really suburban, pleasant locale is Ambler, PA, just to the north of Philly. There's even a very nice Temple campus up there. I think you could use their facilities if you wanted, for weekend recreation, for example.

Rents are pretty low in Ambler, and it really is a quaint, small town.

i grew up (ie. went to high school) in Ambler, very nice small town, good restaraunts and bars... however. there is not much in the way of housing.

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 07, 2007, 06:03:44 PM »
my rent is 1670 (including parking).. center city is expensive.. but i can tell you my apartment would cost 3000 in manhattan

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:11:30 AM »
I'll be 25 when school starts. Temple definitely has an older vibe... but not old! Which is good!

Center City is expensive (its no NYC or DC though, thank god).. 1br and studios are expensive, however if you can get a roommate you can something alot nicer. Fortunately its me and my fiancee in our 1br so we don't mind center city prices.

In reality a place in old city or northern liberties isn't all that more inconvenient than center city. When you think about it, most likely you aren't going to walk to school, so whats an extra 3-5 minutes on the subway or the el.

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 24, 2007, 05:18:57 PM »
Thanks for the area info.  Unfortunately, the only way we can afford to live in most of those areas is if we buy somthing really small which just won't work, we'll drive each other crazy.  We might buy right outside of Manayunk so that would be alright and we are looking at a few places in University City.

I chose Temple over George Mason, Miami, Villanova, Drexel and University of New Mexico.  It was a real toss-up for me between Miami and Temple but my fiance preferred Philly and we are closer to our families in NY.  Plus I am interested in trial advocacy so Temple is great for that. 

The Manayunk/Roxborough area is a great option.. its safe and there is quite a bit to do in your immediate surroundings..

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 24, 2007, 02:55:38 PM »
mt airy and germantown in general are not that nice. there are pockets that are nice.. commuting to temple via public transportation would be kinda annoying from those neighborhoods as well.

Can you explain why the public transportation from those areas is difficult? Are you talking about the regional rail lines?

well you can take regional rail, which takes 20 minutes and stops running before midnight, which means you might as well live in chestnut hill a tad further outside the city for a nicer environment, or any of the other suburbs...

or you can take the bus which would take 45 minutes and be a female dog to wait for..

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 24, 2007, 01:28:01 PM »
Hey, more Philadelphia related questions for people from the area.  We are flying in to look at houses probably next week and I wanted opinions on a couple of areas.  The areas that seem to be most affordable for us with an easy comute are Mt. Airy and Germantown.... how are these areas?  Also, my fiance is convinced that Fishtown is the next up and coming area and that would be the best investment but everyone I know from Philly told me there is absolutely no way we should live there.  Any input?

Thanks guys!

mt airy and germantown in general are not that nice. there are pockets that are nice.. commuting to temple via public transportation would be kinda annoying from those neighborhoods as well.

fishtown IS NOT the next up and coming area... he might be confused with northern liberties which borders the fishtown area... however even parts of northern liberties are hell holes that will never undergo gentrification.

neighborhoods in philly that i suggest living in: center city, old city, rittenhouse square, queen village, society hill, parts of fairmount, parts of university city and parts of northern liberties...

neighborhoods just outside of philly: roxborough, manayunk, overbrook, conshohocken.. and of course the outer suburbs if you have a car and dont mind driving

personally i have a 1 br loft in fairmount (broad and mt vernon), and am just three subway stops from the law school... if anyone has any questions about the city. feel free to shoot me a message.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: March 26, 2008, 01:08:28 PM »
to which i can respond... get over yourself asshat... you aren't as smart as most of the people that did better than you

people wanted to hear from the top 10% of the class... i was just giving my take from the top 5% and what i feel got me there... it wasn't by believing that i was destined to be sorted from my peers by random methods

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:50:35 PM »
here is my take...

first a few background facts... i am a 1L... i am in the top 5% of my class... i skipped close to the maximum number of classes for each course... i rarely took notes in class... i enjoyed life my first semester...

now with that being said.. law school grading is not random... with any course that is graded on a curve there will be some variety of grades that "smart" people get... if you take the adage "everyone in law school is smart" and apply it to a curve you will quickly see that there are shades of intelligence... the top 25% of any law school class is "on the average" smarter than the bottom 25%... any student that attributes it to "randomness" is ignoring the fact that we are not all equal and is refusing to accept that some people will never end up in the top 25% no matter how hard they work... and some students just didn't do as well as they could have because they didn't prepare properly

while any individual class performance may be somewhat random in that you could have an off day and get a b when if you took the test 100 times you'd average an a-... the truly smart student is able to consistently out achieve his peers... and thus end up in the top 25%.

what makes a smart student? he reads before class, he takes notes AFTER he reads a case so he gets the big picture, he goes to class prepared, he doesn't take notes on what his peers say, because even if they are smart, the teacher will let you know if its something he agrees with, he doesn't write down the words the teacher says, but writes down the ideas the teacher speaks of, (i didn't take too many notes, because i only wrote down what the teacher spoke about which didn't mesh with what i understood), he keeps his outline to the bare minimum, he realizes why the teacher is teaching the class and what they want the students to understand, he reads and reads and reads his outline in preparation for the exam, he practices explaining the material to a person not in law school or talks out loud, because inevitably we write the way we talk and if we can't talk about the law we can't write about the law, he goes in the exam knowing he is going to crush everyone because he has done everything the teacher has asked of him and has processed it and can talk about it...

natural intelligence helps... you might say well why didn't so and so (a "smart" student) get good grades... because they weren't smart enough to figure it out...

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