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thanks!  for some reason the specs listed for mine don't seem to fit the interior of the vyper.  i really wanted that one!

jig, yeah, but i'd have to get some sort of external drive.  for some reason, the x41 with the usb drive is actually more expensive than getting the x41 with the docking bay and cd-rw/dvd drive.

i'm going to check out tablet pcs this weekend to figure out if i really like writing on them.  i think i'll make my decision based on that, but i'm also worried about durability.

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dude, that does loook cool.  it actually seems cheaper, even compared to the X41s listed under the student discount section on lenovo's website. 

alci, did you find a sleeve for your x41?  after much debate (as you've seen), i'm either going to get an x41 tablet or an x41 with a larger harddrive.  now i need a coupon for a monitor, as you suggested!

edit: scratch the cheaper thing, i didn't add the dock.

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I posted this on the Georgia thread, but I'll repost here since a couple people have asked:

I knew he was surprising me with something special, but I just thought we'd be going to see a matinee of Phantom of the Opera or something.  He was all insistant on leaving early, so we left his place just before noon, which confused me since the matinee didn't start until 2.  I figured he just wanted to get drinks or something before hand.

So we get off the T a stop earlier than I thought we would, and we walked into the Public Gardens.  He sat me down on a bench, which is when I started getting nervous butterflies.  I wondered why he was sitting me down on a bench to give me theater tickets.  The thought of a proposal flashed through my mind, but then I thought, "Nah, couldn't be."  He said "The first part of your surprise is I got tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera."  I was like, 'Yay, I thought that might be what we were doing today!"  I was still wondering why I was sitting on this bench though.  Then, he said, "You have to do somethign for me first."  and reached into his pocket, and then I totally realized what was going on.  I got all teary eyed and shakey.  I don't even remember what he said except for the ending of "Will you marry me?"  This was all witnessed by a park ranger and a group full of elderly women who all applauded when I said yes.

Then we went to a bar around the corner from the theater and had a glass of champagne and got the cell phones out to call everyone.  We saw the show, and then met a bunch of our friends at a pub/bar down the street for dinner and hours of drinks and celebration.

So that's my engagement story!


On a side note, concerning living situations, we've gotten an apartment we love in Atlanta, but he won't be joining me until December (he's finishing up a degree here in Boston).  We'll be hopefully paying most of the bills with his salary, but now that we're going to be planning a wedding at some point, I forsee taking about the max in loans for school and trying to stretch those as far as possible in order to save up for that!

yay! so exciting!  best wishes!

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Engaged, as of yesterday!  :)

congrats jacy!  we want the whole story!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Duke (20k) vs USC (45k)
« on: May 22, 2005, 01:31:23 PM »
the firm is Simpson Thacher.  they hire tons of duke grads.  more so than any other new york office i believe.

james, i'd still go with duke.  the relatively low cost of living in durham will offset the difference in the money and you'd be going to a better school. 

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i guess i'm confused as to why you stayed on the michigan waitlist if you want to go to ND.  i withdrew from all of the waitlists that i was on since i knew that if any of them called, i wouldn't go there over michigan.

if you want to go to ND, go to ND.  i don't think it is true that people on this board always tell you to go to the higher ranked school.  (please see burgh's question on michigan vs. northwestern.)  i think the disparity in opportunities coming out of michigan vs. notre dame is large enough that people say michigan because they want you to have as many options coming out of law school as possible.  if you don't care about biglaw, federal clerkships, prestigious public interest work, etc., then don't worry about it. (i'm not saying you may not be able to get these jobs from ND, but it will take much more work.)

there is a large going-to-michigan contingent on this board and i've been impressed (as i was when i visited) about how excited they are to attend michigan.  although you loved notre dame, there is also something great about michigan that has all of these people talking!

good luck with your decision!   

I was only admitted to ND off the waitlist about three weeks ago.  I didn't even really have time to think of withdrawing from Mich's waitlist.  Above that though, I'm well aware of how great a school Mich is and I was just holding out hope that maaayybbee I'd get in (as I said, didn't think it would happen). 

Don't get me wrong, I love Michigan, it was my number one choice before I even started this application process.  But once I started learning about ND and talking to people associated with the school, I fell in love you know. 

At any rate, I think I've made up my mind...I'm going to go to Michigan.  Though I love ND and think it's a great school, I really do think that I'd be passing up too good an opportunity.  I don't want to trade innumerable opportunities for three great years. Besides, I'm becoming more and more convinced that I'll love Mich as much as ND.

I REALLY hope everyone is right about this loan stuff, cause I'ma turn down ND this week and would be really screwed if I couldn't afford to go to Mich...

ah, makes sense then.  i ditto the congrats and the hope that you get the funding. 

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i guess i'm confused as to why you stayed on the michigan waitlist if you want to go to ND.  i withdrew from all of the waitlists that i was on since i knew that if any of them called, i wouldn't go there over michigan.

if you want to go to ND, go to ND.  i don't think it is true that people on this board always tell you to go to the higher ranked school.  (please see burgh's question on michigan vs. northwestern.)  i think the disparity in opportunities coming out of michigan vs. notre dame is large enough that people say michigan because they want you to have as many options coming out of law school as possible.  if you don't care about biglaw, federal clerkships, prestigious public interest work, etc., then don't worry about it. (i'm not saying you may not be able to get these jobs from ND, but it will take much more work.)

there is a large going-to-michigan contingent on this board and i've been impressed (as i was when i visited) about how excited they are to attend michigan.  although you loved notre dame, there is also something great about michigan that has all of these people talking!

good luck with your decision!   

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In regards to Ann Arbor V. Chicago, Chicago blows it away.... but, Michigan is a much nicer state, and there is plenty to do outside Ann Arbor.  I would pick Michigan because of the prestige factor as well, sure both schools are close, but in the eyes of most employers Michigan is superior.  Also, Michigan would have a significant advantage for clerkships, public interest, and other specialties. 

Still, I don't think you could go wrong with either school, if you really like Chicago go to NU.

Michigan's campus is also arguably the best in the US.
There are six Saturdays a year where Ann Arbor blows any city in the world away on sheer atmosphere.
And I've never heard anyone argue that Michigan had one of the greatest campuses in the US.  It's nice, it's got some trees, nice buildings, seamless integration with the city, but I've never heard of anyone absolutely blown away by the campus, like some other places.

the law quad blew me away.  the rest of the campus i could take or leave.

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I visited UMich and the second I got there I realized it wasn't for me, I didn't want to go there.  Which was wonderful because now I'll never have any lingering doubts.  I think you should go if you can.  I knew immediately at every school I visited whether or not I would want to go there.

Why wasn't it for you?  Let's hear your impressions!

It's hard to capture in words and explain, but I'll do my best.  Please note though that it wasn't that it wasn't great as a city/town or whatever, it's just that it wasn't for me.  I'm not insulting Ann Arbor or U of M!

It was what I consider a stereotypical liberal bordering on crunchy college town, a pretty, old main street area with studenty and hippie-friendly sandwich shops, political activist posters put up on all the phone poles, very studenty and friendly, which, in general, is great!  And outlying strip mall areas beyond the pretty main street. All of these are not bad at all - please no one yell at me - except that - this was EXACTLY how my undergrad town was.  Which was (okay, I'll out myself) Amherst.  Ann Arbor reminded me exactly of Amherst and, while I absolutely loved undergrad and am liberal myself, I, personally, can't do 3 more years of that.  I just got a sense that Ann Arbor and U of M were not where I wanted to be.  7 years of an almost identical environment was just too much for me.  I personally would probably have chosen NU over U of M.  As hypocritical as that sounds given my post above about choosing UVa over NU.  Charlottesville didn't give me the same impression as Ann Arbor and Amherst.  In some intangible way.  Maybe it's incredibly superficial of me, I don't know.  That's why I really, REALLY think you should visit because you may very well know the second you step foot into town or onto campus whether or not it's for you.  If it is - go there!  U of M is just slightly better than NU so if you think you can be happy there, go.  If it's not for you - then go to NU with no lingering doubts or qualms.  A visit is important because it will probably eliminate regret either way, which is a big deal.  You want to start whichever school knowing it's the best place for you without any twinges of "I should have gone to ___".

EDIT: In summary - I don't think this is a decision you can make on paper.  I think you should choose UMich if you like it and Ann Arbor enough to go there, even if you don't like it *as* much as Chicago (which you probably won't).  Otherwise, choose NU.

i'll out myself too.  my ugrad town was northampton! :)  western A** represent!

i liked ann arbor because it reminded me of my college town, but with a lot more going on.  i survived there for three years, i can definitely handle ann arbor.  that might make it sound like "i know i'm going to a crappy town and can suffer there for three years", but its more like "i know i won't have a lot of money and i want to be in a place where there is stuff to do but not too much stuff".

burgh, it sounds like you really want to go to nu.  i think gut feelings tell you a lot.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Michigan - off the waitlist
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:33:14 PM »
tuition at mi is 36K so you'd be saving about 6K total over three years.        greater cost of living for chicago will be maybe a couple thousand so you're looking at about 10K more to go to northwestern over three years....You're already borrowing around 160K right?

My advice, spend the 200 bucks round trip to fly into detroit and check out ann arbor.  Compare it to chicago. Pick the place where you think you'd have the best 3 years.
nuff said?

I don't need to travel to Ann Arbor to know I'd have a much better time in Chicago.  The question isn't whether or not I'll like Ann Arbor more - it's whether or not everything Chicago has to offer is worth the extra $10K per year in tuition and living expenses.  $30,000 over 3 years isn't exactly chump change!

FYI, Michigan's tuition is almost exactly $3,000 less than NU, and their total student budget is almost exactly $10,000 less, which I assume accurately describes the relative cost of living difference.

it sounds like you'd have a much better time in chicago.  $30K isn't chump change, but if you feel that strongly about living in a bit city, it sounds like it is worth it.  you only do law school once.

and you get to have celarkobri as a classmate.  lucky!

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