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Hey guys, I'm currently a 1L at GW and I used this site last year when I was applying.  I just thought I would post my thoughts on the school in case anyone finds it helpful.  I know I found it helpful to hear from current students when I was looking.
I'll just come right out and say that I'm happy here overall.  It's a big school, but the building been expanding and the school will be taking over the adjacent building next year.  We'll be getting another lounge as well as a cafe/coffee shop (although there are three starbucks within two blocks of the school already).  The size issue also depends on your section.  Mine has 86 students and we're all pretty tight knit with just about everyone getting along despite the fact that our ages range from 21 to 35.  Section 11 is huge (125 or so) however.  the other two sections are about the same as mine.  i definitely don't know everyone in my year, but your section is kind of like a mini-class in itself.  but yeah, its not a cozy atmosphere overall so that's something you'll have to consider.  keep in mind, though, that most 3L's and many 2L's have jobs or internships so they're not around as much to make the building more crowded.
Other negatives include: the cost (there's no way around it - the school and dc are both expensive), sharing a locker your first year, really slow elevators, the temperature control in the main reading room in the library
Some positives: TONS of classes to choose from, lots of connections in the city, being on the same campus as the undergrads (so we can use the nice gym, attend basketball games, eat at the various options on campus, etc.), the faculty (my first semester profs included two SCOTUS clerks and all were very engaging and approachable - they have a budget to host a social event so one hosted bruch at her house, another had a wine and cheese party, and another hosted a happy hour at a bar with a $400 tab to get things started), extracurriculars (justice ginsburg spoke on campus in the fall and chief justice roberts judged a moot court competition on campus)
If anyone has any specific questions, I'll try to remember to check in later on.  In case I forget, I hope to see some of you in the fall.

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hey pookie,
i was out in LA a couple weeks ago so we met up while we were out there.  She's going to usf, by the way. 

the hotel wasn't as cheap as i woulda hoped.

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I don't think I'm necessarily old school, but i recognize a bunch of the old school names - does that count?  oh, and i met up with debz when i was in cali a couple weeks ago.  that's gotta count for something.

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sorry, im not a girl, but i was secretly reading this since i wanted to get a new backpack for school.  i ended up getting the northface yavapai in black and it doesnt seem too big for most girls.  also, it has straps which tighten the bag so it doesn't seem as bulky.  it even has a small compartment (not padded) which keeps your laptop from hitting the ground so if you have a sleeve, it should be fine.

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for a guy, you gotta go with silver.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: GWU bound thread
« on: May 04, 2005, 02:57:04 PM »
Hey guys.  ill be going to gw in the fall as well (unless i somehow get in off the wl at uva).  ive also lived in this area since jr high so if you have any questions, ill try to help you out.  oh, and i also got my m.a. from gw in 2003 so i'm kinda familiar with the school.
i think the biggest diff between gw and bc is the setting.  gw really is right in the middle of everything.  k street, which is where tons of firms have offices, is just a 5-10 min walk away, and the dupont area (10 min walk) is where most of the public interest groups have offices.  this is in addition to the federal opportunities and wb/imf stuff that im sure you've already heard about.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Recommendation for 700m case
« on: May 04, 2005, 02:35:56 PM »
to be honest, it takes a few days to get used to the keyboard but then it's fine - unless you have monkey hands or something.  the display is really nice and crisp. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Got my Dell 700m today........
« on: April 29, 2005, 04:10:51 PM »
thanks for the advice.  wow, the posters on that site are a little too into their laptops.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Got my Dell 700m today........
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:25:31 PM »
yeah, im getting a lot of crud on my screen too.  can i just use a t-shirt to gently wipe it off?  it's mostly just dust.
and yeah, my extended battery goes for five hours.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Got my Dell 700m today........
« on: April 29, 2005, 09:58:29 AM »
i checked out both the 600 and 700 on cnet.com, and it seemed like the reviews for 700 were much better.  yeah, the screen is small, but i havent had a problem with it so far (have had it for about a month).  if it gets to be a problem, im just going to get a monitor for home use.

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