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Reread your post and noticed you talked about the army.

I understand that it's necessary to compare LS to something, but I think it's going to be a very different type of intensity than the army would offer.  I mean, it may actually be less stressful than the army, especially than Iraq.  But the type of intensity that law school will cause may actually burn you out faster.  Because even though there's less stress -- and the consequences of not succeeding are, in some ways, not as great -- the constant intellectual rigor (as opposed to physical rigor or emotional stress) may actually be worse than what you come up against in the army.

I'll be interested in seeing how you compare the two experiences after a semester, though.

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Yes, I hear you.  The first year of law school is going to be intense.  It's easy to forget how such intellectual intensity can wear on you.  When everything is new and nothing is routine, burnout can be a factor.  I think a relaxed summer is worth protecting against that.

I also think it's necessary to make sure you spend some time with your family and friends (especially your sig other).  Because if you have to deal with difficulties in those relationships while you're trying to deal with your first year of LS, it'll be a disaster. 

So relaxing it is for me.

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I haven't read all three pages here, but I think I get the idea.

I might read a book about law school before I start.  But that's about it. 

I do think that recently graduating from UG (I graduated in May '04 BTW) does probably correlate with not "preparing" for school as much.  But I don't think it really is a matter of priorities.  I think it's more a matter of feeling academically confident.  B/c let's face it -- if it's been several years (or for some people, more than eight or nine years) since you've been in school, you probably are a bit more nervous about going back.  And you probably don't remember quite how academics can burn a person out in a way that a 9-5 job can't.  But this is just my opinion, of course. As always, I reserve the right to be wrong.

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Pittsburgh / Re: Getting state residency while in school
« on: April 06, 2005, 12:44:48 AM »
I don't think it would guarantee it, but I'm pretty sure you'll have a good chance.  I have a friend at Pitt who said that she knows people who've gotten in-state after the first year.  I don't think it's impossible, and you seem to have as good a claim as anyone.

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Pittsburgh / Re: Where to Live in Pitt
« on: April 05, 2005, 10:48:04 AM »
I just got back from Pitt, in fact.  I picked out a really great apartment in the heart of Shadyside.  But squirrel hill is really great too. 

And I think Regent Square is really a great place to look for a house/condo.  There's a decent amount of activity and shopping in Regent Square.  And it's a really short hop to Forbes and Murrey in Squirrel Hill. 

I personally think Greenfield is a little too boring, a little too far out, and a little too hilly (winter is probably hellish if you live in Greenfield) for my taste.  I'm not sure I'd be too hot on buying there myself.  And Lawrenceville and the strip district do seem a little shady.  I think I'd be sketched out to have to walk there at night much.



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Pittsburgh / Re: Will be Looking for a Roommate for Fall...
« on: March 08, 2005, 04:39:17 PM »
Can you imagine four 1L's living in the same house though?  Talk about stress levels!

 :D

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Pittsburgh / Re: Will be Looking for a Roommate for Fall...
« on: March 08, 2005, 04:37:43 PM »
Yea, perhaps Bloomfield might be just a bit far I guess.  Somebody recommended www.craigslist.org and I've been looking at prices today.  I found 3 bedroom apartments in Squirrel Hill for like $850:

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/apa/62414363.html

That's just an example, of course.  I'm not sure what you'd pay in Kentucky for something like this -- but in Ann Arbor you'd be looking at $1300, probably more.  I was especially struck at the range in prices.  You can pay $850 for a really nice three bedroom in a really great area, or you could probably pay that for a one bedroom in a nice area.  It's so odd.  But this was true of Ann Arbor (where I've lived for several years) as well.

It seems that three and four bedroom apartments (or houses) would be a better deal, both for rent and for utilities.  That's what I may end up trying to do -- share a three or four bedroom apt or house.  It might be a good call for you, as well.  If you could find a few people that don't mind a dog, it might make a dog a lot more managable in law school (all the people to give her attention too).

I am tempted to try to find a couple people and jump on something good before this summer.  I'm not a big fan of waiting until June or July.  It just seems like prices are pretty good now, and in the near future.  Why take the chance of waiting...

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Pittsburgh / Re: Will be Looking for a Roommate for Fall...
« on: March 08, 2005, 01:29:42 PM »
An extra note:

I was just on a Pitt Law Chat thing for Admitted students.  And one had some good advice about housing.

He said that Bloomfield is a great area.  It borders Shadyside (so it's only a few more minutes added to the commute) and it's safe like Shadyside.  But it's a lot cheaper.  He shares a nice, four-bedroom house with one other person for $300 each (each of them has a bedroom and an office).

Anyhow, I found that interesting. 

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Pittsburgh / Re: Will be Looking for a Roommate for Fall...
« on: March 07, 2005, 05:22:49 PM »
Wow!  Huge congrats!

I'm interested -- is it a $10,000 scholarship? 

I actually applied for it, and then later withdrew my application for various reasons.  But I never learned for sure what the amount was.

Anyhow, you'll love Pittsburgh.  In the market for a roommate?

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Pittsburgh / Will be Looking for a Roommate for Fall...
« on: March 03, 2005, 09:12:28 PM »
Looking for a roommate this fall ... at pitt...

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