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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: June 01, 2007, 02:08:59 PM »
well miami it is.  8)

still have some doubts about my decision, but that's expected.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: May 31, 2007, 11:42:56 PM »
South Beach is GHETTOFIED regardless of what weekend it is. Seems like once 8pm rolls around every African American in the state of Florida feels the need to cruise Ocean Avenue with their subwoofers blasting at full volume. Also Don Vito, if you didn't like the law school and you didn't like the area that sorrounds the law school why in the hell are you even still considering matriculating? You have other options...utilize them.

miami offers the best job prospects for me.  that's really why i'm picking it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: May 31, 2007, 11:54:29 AM »

as for miami, the city--south beach was ok.  it was different for memorial day--hip hop festival and whatever.  so, a different crowd...but it was nice to see the area packed.

I was in Miami this weekend too!  I expected to party in South Beach but was surprised to find out about this urban beach weekend deal.  I ended up going to the Grove all weekend and one international club on Sunday.

The Grove was nice, but it reminded me of any standard college bar scene.  The other club I went to was crazy-- I can't believe the clubs in Miami don't stop serving alcohol at 2... I was there until 5am! And $20 cover... for a girl??

But to get to the point, I guess the whole party atmosphere worries me.  I hope I won't be too distracted.

yeah the grove definitely seems to be your typical college/twentysomething scene.  green street, sand bar, the bars in cocowalk.  i guess it's ok.  i mean, theyre the kind of bars i went to when i was an undergrad at michigan.  there are some swankier places too--this one new orleans restaurant (christobelle's quarter) and lounge that just opened last friday seems to be a nice change of scene.

my tour person at the law school said that he'd usually go out about once a week--in addition to watching tons of college football on saturday.  he said that people go out a lot up until thanksgiving and then everyone buckles down and studies a ton for finals.  also, he said that he would usually go to a south beach club with a group of friends like once a month and would go all out.  like chip in $100 to get bottle service and stuff.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: May 31, 2007, 12:13:43 AM »
well i just got back from visiting UM and Miami.  i will be honest...i wasnt particularly blown away.  the law quad is nice, but the building itself is a bit decrepit.  in fact, all of the buildings at UM are really unimpressive...and well, ugly.  i would understand if this was a public university--but a private one?  i just find it weird that the architects didnt follow the trends from Coral Gables--just some nice spanish style buildings.  the law quad really has a 2 star hotel resort kind of feel.  the hallways, stairwells, and bathrooms werent particularly pleasant...although i am sure that the bathrooms in the library are nice.  i actually rather liked the library.  hopefully, if i decide upon miami (which will have to be in a day), the school will get some sort of minor face lift.  just some new paint or whatever.  they actually were painting a bit when i was there.

while all the benches and tables are nice, i just can't see myself ever using them with the humidity.  i was dying during some parts of the day--and apparently, it's "cold" for miami right about now.  i'll take the nice air conditioned library any day.

i was pretty disappointed with the surrounding area.  whatever, it's not the end of the world.  even stanford has a crappy area right outside of campus (i live in palo alto).  but i really liked coconut grove.  the place had some great restaurants and bars--but no clubs from what i could tell.  coral gables was really dead when i was there--must have been bc of memorial day.  it was a cute town, but there doesnt seem to be anything to do there.

as for miami, the city--south beach was ok.  it was different for memorial day--hip hop festival and whatever.  so, a different crowd...but it was nice to see the area packed.  but the dining around there wasnt too special.  i guess i dont care if i end up living there, but as a tourist, it left a lot to be desired.  the same with the hotels.  but i found most of the locals to be very friendly.  lots of families out late at night, which i thought was cool.  and miami seems to really be booming.  so much construction going on everywhere.

i guess overall, my trip didnt really change my mind.  i kind of expected to not like miami or UM all that much.  i have to literally decide by tomorrow where i want to go.  it's just that it's soooooooo different for me.  the climate, the campus.  i mean, i had to make a similar decision in undergrad when I picked Michigan, but for some reason, picking Miami is a bit tougher.  it just seems more different.  hah.  but i was pleased with what i got out of the career person.  she was very helpful and at least for what i want to do, miami will be the best option for me.

i think i will go with miami in the end, but i definitely still have my doubts.  then again, i will have some doubts regardless of the school i pick.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:21:27 PM »
When is your ship dates?  I just checked again this morning through the link they sent to my email and it says 8/25!!!!!!!! originally said 6/6 when i ordered. ???  I wonder if i can call and get it done faster?  Ill be in school by then.

from what i read on the Notebookreview forum, it's a bug in Lenovo's system.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:19:55 PM »
if i like miami, which likely will happen, i will have to come back in mid-july to find a place.  ugh i probably should start looking already...and perhaps look for some room mates too.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Does your school support Vista?
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:17:44 PM »
i think it's pretty ridiculous that the schools arent prepared for vista.  i mean, by the time exams roll around for us, vista will have been out for over 9 months.  plus, the IT department could have been beta testing before.  the same applies with the various companies that produce the exam software.

i just ordered my T61 with home vista premium.  hopefully it will be alright.  :-\

You are going to Miami, right? If so, you are good with Vista, I called them earlier today  ;)

i think im about 70% on Miami.  i visit on Sunday.  but that's good to know that Miami likes Vista.  :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings vs. Miami Help!!!
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:15:53 PM »
well, im from the bay area and had i applied to hastings and had a chance to go there (like appeal my denial), i would do it.  it's a good school with an excellent rep in the bay area...and in-state tuition.  but i i'll probably be attending miami in the fall.  either that or a 14k/yr scholarship from Santa Clara...but I can't stand the South Bay. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: LOYOLA
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:12:17 PM »
I just received the Not For Tourists guide today.  I thought it was very thoughtful of the school, since it shows us they want us to get to know the area and feel comfortable.  Pretty nice book, I must admit.

I've rec'd no love from the school whatsoever, unless you count the Loyola sticker that came with in my acceptance folder.

I wonder if I'll at least get a second deposit reminder with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

I didn't get a sticker. I was really excited about the magnet that Loyola Chicago sent with their acceptance...I think the best would be a mug.

i got a magnet from loyola-chicago and a sticker from loyola-LA.  wooo.

miami sent me a shirt too.  don't think i'll wear it though.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:18:15 PM »
my t61 only ships on june 11th.   :'(

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