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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 27, 2007, 02:21:54 AM »
Anyone know how bad the metrorail is in the morning?  I'm thinking of perhaps getting a place that I can bike to the Dadeland South stop and then ride it to the university.

I'm headed down to Miami to find a place in the first couple of weeks in May, I'll give my two cents when I get back from that on what I saw as far as housing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Obese and Hypertensive: what to do before August
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:12:48 PM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:11:09 PM »
That 1390 a year is built into your tuition, so beyond normal tuition, you won't have to pay any additional least that is how I read the statement there.  I looked into getting the catastrophic insurance...and it was still like $70 a month.  That is with roughly a $5000 deductible for surgeries and such, and with no payment for anything else.  At least with the university system, when you go into their health clinic you pay for nothing.  Just from experience with university health systems, I'm sticking with what Miami gives us.  My girlfriend got mono and I got an appointment and checked for nothing, with no hassle and paperwork at my undergrad.  If I lose a limb with my current insurance...which is quite good as insurance goes, it would take me a week to see a doctor, then be referred to a specialist, to have to wait till he was available, only to tell me gangrene had set in and I was going to die because I had waited so long to see him...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:48:13 AM »
Nevermind about the health insurance, I was doing some digging on the email and MyUM system and found the informations.  Looks like it's just built into the tuition from the get go...Here is a link if anyone else is interested.,1770,2553-1;31032-2,00.html

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 23, 2007, 11:59:25 PM »
I suppose I am going to do this soon, but has anyone talked to the University yet about health insurance?  I know my undergrad offered some at a decent...but not incredible rate.

Also, has anyone talked, or know if students get a discounted monthly rate on the metrorail unlimited ride price?  I know that it is $56 a month for other, which is pretty affordable, but hey...every little bit helps.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Obese and Hypertensive: what to do before August
« on: April 23, 2007, 07:24:42 PM »
Don't know if anyone covered this, but one of the first things that you said was that you were going for a 2 mile jog everyday.  Thats a damn good start in my estimation if you are actually sticking to it.

Honestly, I can understand how hard it is to make time for exercise, but in your situation, it sounds like you have to.  Keep this in mind as you are working out.  First off, try and stick to cardio, it's going to give you more of a weight drop than something like weight training, which if you are power lifting, you really aren't going to lose weight as much as turn your fat into muscle.  Both are good approaches, but if you are going strictly by weight you're going to see more of a weight loss numberswise with a cardio exercise program.

Keep in mind this number if you really are committed...3500...thats the number of calories in a pound.  So in essence if you can cut 3500 calories from your diet, you could lose a pound as you do this.  The best method obviously, is to eat a bit less, and work out a bit more to work on that 3500 calorie number.  Also, don't expect quick results from any diet, the name of the game is getting more healthy, and while weight is a predictor of that, you will be more healthy even if you lose only a bit and exercise more.

Lastly, eating on a budget is mos def something I know.  Look into they have amazing recipes that people submit and rate, so you know they most likely won't suck or be too difficult when you try them.  If you love meat, try to stick to lean meats like chicken and turkey, this will lower your fat intake a great deal.  If you are tempted by the atkins diet, I suggest against it, as do almost all dietitians.  The simple reason that the Atkins diet works for so many people is the high protein intake.  Protein fills you up quicker and longer than carbs, thus the real end result of the Atkins is that you are eating less, good...and yet if you only eat crap, that is going to affect your health regardless of diet.  Once again, yeah you can lose weight on the Atkins, but you might actually be more healthy at a higher weight with a better diet.  A great method to get a good deal of protein is to eat meals with rice and beans.  By themselves they are an incomplete protein, but together they make a complete protein just as you would get from high fat meats.

Best of luck to you on your decision to attend law school, but honestly, law school aside, the decision to go on a diet and exercise is yours.  I think it is good to heed your doctors advice and not attend if that is his best advice, but I kind of feel like that advice goes with the assumption that if you go to law school you will be devoting too much attention to school and never be able to stick to a diet.  So, ask your doctor if you stuck to a diet in law school if it would still be a good idea.

Just as others have said...I am no expert, heed the advice of your medical professional.  Good luck with the decision!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 23, 2007, 07:06:51 PM »
Anyone know how far of a walk it is from the metrorail stop to the section of the campus that houses the law school.  From what I see, it looks like the metrorail stop is on the Southeast side, and the law school is on the northwest side.

Anyone have any thoughts on the metrorail there?  From what I have seen, if I live near the dadeland south station, it is only like a six minute ride to the campus; to make the deal even sweeter, you can take your normal bike on the metrorail.  I worked in D.C. for a time and the only bikes you can bring on the Virginia Railway Express are foldable bikes, huge plus Miami doesn't require that...although they do require some sort of bike permit which I am going to mail out for soon.  The way I figure it, the metrorail seems to be a viable option to expand the area that I can be with minimal effort to get to campus.

Also, from a cost perspective; $400 for a year long parking pass and having to fight for a space; or $56 a month for unlimited rides on the metrorail, and then free rides on any buses from there.  I frankly could buy a car, but would rather go this route since my girlfriend is bringing her car and I don't see needing a car very often.  Also it seems that without a car, the ride from Dadeland South to Miami Beach, with only one transfer from metrorail to bus, is roughly 40 minutes.  That might seem long, but last time I was in Miami Beach, it was impossible to find a parking space, so 40 minutes without any cares doesn't seem bad.

Anyone from the area, or that has visited, have anything to say about commuting with the metrorail to campus?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Most Influential Books.
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:46:39 PM »
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five
John Locke - Second Treatise on Government
Robert Greene - 48 Laws of Power
George Orwell - 1984
Frank Herbert - Dune

Anyone read "A Man Without A Country" by Vonnegut yet?

Incoming 1Ls / University of Miami Class of 2010
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:27:05 PM »
I just wanted to start a thread up for the Miami class of 2010.  If this has already been started, someone point me in that direction; LSD's search is horrible and useless at best...

Otherwise, it would be cool to get a feel for where everyone is from, where they went to undergrad, how they are planning on paying for school, and where they are planning on living in Miami if they are looking or have found a place.  I'm basically looking for one thread to tie together all those other threads for people that are certain, or very certain they are going to Miami in the Fall.

I suppose I'll start; I'm currently a resident of Nevada working with as a technical editor on patents with a patent attorney. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Political Science in 2006.  I'm going to be above my head in debt to the government with federal loans once I am done with school at Miami.  Lastly, I'm headed down to Miami around the middle of May to find a place close to the school or a metrorail stop.

Looking forward to hearing from future Cane's!!!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Universty of Miami Class of 2010
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:23:31 PM »
Maybe I should learn how to spell

That will teach me not to spell check.

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