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Case Western Reserve / Re: Laptops
« on: June 15, 2005, 06:05:44 PM »
I'm not going to be at Case Western next year -- I'll be at Pitt -- but if I were you I would check and recheck before I bought another laptop.

Two reasons:

1.  I almost bought an IBM laptop before I found out that Pitt is starting to use Secure Exam this year, which is fully compatible with Macs.

2.  I have a friend who goes to Pitt who says that in previous years those who had macs just took exams on PCs in a computer lab at Pitt.  So check out if that's the case at Case.  It would save you a thousand or more bucks if so.

In any case, I'm really looking forward to getting an Apple laptop.

By the way, can i ask you why you decided to get a powerbook instead of an iBook?  They both look nice, but I'm not entirely sure I need a powerbook. 

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Pittsburgh / Re: Moving with a car
« on: June 14, 2005, 01:13:42 PM »
The dog thing does complicate it I suppose.  You could pretend you're blind...

Yea, I took the time to really consider what a car costs me and it's staggering really.  Even if you don't have a car payment, you have to consider that you pay a hundred bucks or so each month for insurance, registration each year, inspections, lots of money on gas, the occasional thousand dollar fix that just kills you,  the more occasional hundred or two hundred dollar fixes, and the much more common rotating tires/oil change bit. 

And that's if you don't have a car payment.  I just can't understand how a law student could possibly begin to afford a car if s/he had a three hundred dollar car payment each month. 

Which is one reason I want to live in Pittsburgh.  I can survive without a car.

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Pittsburgh / Re: Housing Hunt
« on: June 13, 2005, 12:04:27 PM »
Well, this probably comes too late for your trip to Pitt, but I thought it might help anybody else who reads it.

Polish Hill is a pretty rough area.  I think you'd feel isolated b/c there aren't that many students there.

Highland Park is really too far for an everyday commute.  It would wear on you, and you'd probably feel isolated.

I spent a lot of time researching, but it didn't help that much b/c my opinion changed completely when I got to Pittsburgh and really looked around.  I rented a three-bedroom in Shadyside.  I think that Shadyside and Sq.Hill are really the places to be.  Regent Square is nice, no question.  But it's perhaps not as fun as Sq.Hill or Shadyside.  And it's a lot harder without a car. 

If I were you, I'd think twice about renting a 1 bedroom or studio -- basically because it will cost you too much of your student budget.  You could either share a two bedroom for 400/month or have your own place for 600/month.  And if you took the latter option, that means you'd be spending about half of your entire student budget just on housing (i.e. what Pitt gives you for "living expenses," which many, if not most, students will be solely counting on).


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Pittsburgh / Re: Cost of Computer Increase to Student Loan
« on: June 13, 2005, 11:56:23 AM »
Yea, thanks.  I'll be interested to know how long it takes.

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Pittsburgh / Re: Moving with a car
« on: June 13, 2005, 11:54:39 AM »
Have you thought about just not having a car in Pittsburgh?  Or sharing a car with your sig.other?  You're not really going to be able to drive to school anyhow (except for perhaps on weekends or in the evening, and even then you'll need a Pitt parking pass or you'll have to pay for parking). 

That's what I'm doing.  I figure that I need to make my life simplier when I'm in my first year of law school, and getting rid of my car seems like one way of doing that.  Besides, just imagine what a hassle it will be if you count on a car for various things and it breaks down in late-November, right before finals? 

It just doesn't seem worth it to me.

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General Board / Re: WTF? Credit score of 550
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:32:49 AM »
Well, okay.  Get married and have three roommates.  How many people can sleep on a queen size bed?

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General Board / Re: WTF? Credit score of 550
« on: June 03, 2005, 11:07:31 AM »
I haven't read the whole thread so excuse me if I repeat something.

But I think you'd be really unwise to settle with the card companies. 

Live cheaply.  Get a roommate -- get three roommates.

You may want to get a book out of your library by Suze Orman that's geared towards the crowd in their twenties and early-thirties -- young, broke something it's called.  I can't stand Suze Orman when i see her on television (her personality is pretty annoying).  But she gives some pretty good advice on credit problems.

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General Board / Re: Have I wasted $85K?????????
« on: May 20, 2005, 02:13:14 PM »
I'm no expert, but I would think it'd depend on the reputation and location of the law school...

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Pittsburgh / Re: Golf in August
« on: May 11, 2005, 04:20:46 PM »
Great -- I'll send you an LSN message with my e-mail so you can e-mail me your e-mails -- hope that makes sense.  Then I'll get in touch in August.

That's the good thing about holding this at a public course.  You don't have to be a great golfer to participate.

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Pittsburgh / Golf in August
« on: May 10, 2005, 12:12:04 AM »
I'm thinking about organizing a couple dozen Pitt 1Ls to go golfing in Pittsburgh in about mid-August.  Perhaps best ball or scramble.  There's a pretty nice city owned course in the city I believe.

And then drinks afterward.

Anyhow, if anyone is interested, reply.  I'm thinking about the third week of August -- a few days before orientation.

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