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Temple / Anyone want to get a place?
« on: June 07, 2007, 12:51:16 PM »
Ok, I'm going to put this out there & see what happens. I'm looking to get a place somewhere in an area close to restaurants, shops, & nightlife that is convenient to Center City & Temple through SEPTA. So far I've been looking at all the areas around Center City, South Philly, and the Manayunk/East Falls area. Living alone is going to be pretty expensive, so I'd like to find a roommate (or two) if possible, but I am somewhat hesitant about living with strange people whose company I may not enjoy.

Hereís what Iím looking for in the place: ideally rent+utilities would be around $800 but Iím flexible, wood floors (I friggin hate carpet), a decent kitchen cuz I like to cook, access to SEPTA & grocery, internet access, a nice porch/balcony or yard, not bug infested & filthy, perhaps some sort of breakfast nook??? Iíve found Manayunk/East Falls to have some good places that offer all of this.

About Me: New to the Philly area from New Mexico < Oregon < Kansas City. 27 years old with a B.A. in anthropology/psychology & an M.A. in political science. My girlfriend will be attending medical school at Penn State so she (and our extremely well-behaved dog) will be visiting every now-and-again and I will be visiting her on some weekends as well. I enjoy the following activities: brewing/drinking beer, racquetball, softball, reading, watching some sports (MLB, college B-ball, & football), cooking & food, compiling & listening to music, some video games now-and-again, outdoor-type things, writing, & hopefully the study of law. Iím currently employed full-time, I take studying seriously and remain pretty quiet during the week. When I have the time I like to relax, drink some beer, and keep low-key. Iím not the kind of guy that dresses up fancy in collared shirts and expensive jeans with frosted-tips in my hair and fancy colognes. I do not spend my time out on the town ďgetting female private part,Ē starting fights, or getting totally wasted (although I do occasionally get totally wasted). I do not smoke & generally I do not use any drugs, but I can be persuaded upon occasion.

About You You should probably be between the ages of 25-30. You should probably be a male because it tends to be easier that way. You should like having a dog around every once in a while. You should not be the type of person that spends a lot of time in front of a mirror listening to Fifty Cent. You should be intelligent and conscious of the world around you and afar, but you should not obsess about these issues to the point of depression. You should be critical and have a sense of humor concerning everything. You should be responsible, independent, clean, mature when needed, and considerate. You should not have drama in your life. You should be relaxed. You should be able to say ď@#!*-itĒ when necessary and move on. You should not read celebrity magazines & you should not own porno or think that watching porno with a bunch of dudes is cool.

Here are several things that may or may not express my personality to some degree: The Simpsons, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Kurt Vonnegut, zombies & zombie related literature, the color orange, secular-humanism, Hot Fuzz, Royal Tennebaums, Sufjan Stevens, TV on the Radio.

I'm looking to start a lease sometime in late July/early August. I will be heading to Pennsylvania on July 20th and will spend some time getting my girlfriend settled before coming to Philly for good. Please donít take any offense if this message seems to stereotype or exclude your type of person. I like and get along with everyone, but I canít necessarily live with everyone.


Cheers.


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Transferring / Re: Buying one's way
« on: June 04, 2007, 01:36:10 PM »
Egads, that's rough. I recenty made the same decision and accepted a hefty scholarship renewable with top 50% finish in lieu of severa other offers from better schools. I did, however, research this problem a bit and discovered that several schools (especially DePaul) give out scholarships to 60% of their student body and only renew those in the top 30%...seems like a dirty way to recruit people to raise the admission numbers only to abandon the students. My advice, stick with it. 

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 29, 2007, 10:48:38 AM »
It's not bad.  I'd live further off of Broad toward the river, though, if given the choice.

I won't have an automated transport machine so I'm trying to live fairly close to the Broad Street SEPTA. Why would you want to live further towards the river as opposed to the Broad/Snyder area? How would you classify the immediate area surrounding Broad/Snyder & Passyunk on a scale of 1-10 (1=decrepit festering cespool of vice & murder; 5=some prostitution, petty crime, moderate level of filth; 10=shimmering icon of urban development and Morman ideals)? 

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:31:38 AM »
Everyone reading this needs to consider the benefits of living in South Philly.  Sure, it's dirtier and you're in a working class neighborhood, but it's much cheaper ($550 for 1Bed / $800 for 2Bed) and the Broad St Sub line is right there.  South Philly does have a slightly higher rate of non-violent crime than Center City, but very little violent crime.  Besides, the food is better and cheaper in S Philly--Cheesesteaks, Italian BYOBS, and Korean BBQ.

What can you tell me about the area around Passyunk & Broad/Snyder? All I know from my brief visit to Philly is that it's fairly close to the cheese-steak junction but I didn't spend much time checking out the neighborhood.

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 21, 2007, 07:31:02 PM »
i signed up for the refferal thing.  It would be nice to find someone who knows the philly area.

What referral thing are you talking about? Are you talking about the roomate search through the University Office of Housing? I think I'm going to break down and get a roomate after all is said and done.

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Temple / Re: philly inquirer article about starting law salaries
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:28:26 AM »
Nice link...thanks wooshi! I certainly don't expect to be making $140,000 out of law school, nor would I have the nerve to ask for such a large salary. I think a lot of first year students expect this sort of compensation and many of them will probably be shocked to realize that they won't be making the BIG $$$ and have $150,000 in debt to pay. I don't expect the legal market to be booming 3 years from now...then again there are a large number of baby boomer attorneys headed for retirement soon. I don't know where I'm going with this, but minimize debt is the moral.

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I am unwilling to live outside of the Center City area and so far it looks like I'll be settling on a $900ish studio.

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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 02, 2007, 01:24:41 PM »
While we've got you here. Can you give an overall assessment of your first year at Temple? Was it easier or more difficult than you thought? Better or worse quality of experience? Overall impression of fellow classmates? And anything else you wish you knew going into Temple.

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