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For anyone who might know, how good is financial aid at Emory? My GPA is 3.95 from a mid-size regional school, and I expect my LSAT to be around 166; also, my income is probably low enough to qualify for pretty much any kind of need-based scholarship- what kind of scholarships could I expect to receive?
This is another semi-pointless game, but it could be fun... we will rank the schools one by one. I will start with the top spot, and the person below me will list the next best available school. Pretend that money isn't an option and no rationale is required... if you could have a full ride anywhere, where would you pick. No listings- if your school is taken, pick the next best.
I'll start with the #1 ranking- let the games begin.
1. Harvard University
Can't take credit for this, because I didn't write it- from Source from TLS:
We all did fine... We all did fine... We all did fine... We all did fine...
Thought the RC was impossible? So did everyone else. You didn't second guess yourself and choose the wrong answer, those changes you made were correct. The comparative reading? Everyone was confused. The answer choices seemed arbitrary, but your gut instinct led you to ultimately the right answer. Well done.
Logic Games did you in? Relax. Even though the dancers and cakes weren't standard, the questions weren't that complicated. You may have done some guess and check, but it paid off. You didn't forget a rule, and that's the important part.
Logical Reasoning? It wasn't too easy to be true. You just aced it. That damn f*cking cow question is surely to be thrown out.
Regretting not cancelling? Don't. Cancelling is for p*ssies. You tested to your diagnostic, it just feels different because you can't know right away. Trust me.
Regretting cancelling? Stop, you did the right thing (p*ssy). You completely messed up a whole section. The guy next to you had avian flu. The proctor was drunk, and stopped the test 5 minutes early. You'll dominate in October.
Curve not going to be high? Of course it will. Do you realise how many dumbf*cks take this test, none of which are on TLS? Those non sequential logic games were set up so that average people would miss them all. Just a few more days till you see that magic -12.
Test scores not coming in fast enough? They'll come early this time, they always do. 1 week away. Get a job. Go to the beach. Get drunk for seven days straight. July 3rd will be here before you know it.
Log off the forums. Take a shower. Go for a run. Then come back, and tell me I'm right, so that I will believe this too. Thanks.
This is similar to my other thread (your top 5), but it is different enough that it deserves its own thread. This is a way for us to kind of expand our perceptional horizon- what you do is this: list the top 3/4/however many schools in your state and rank them. Don't rank them by US News or Leiter or anything like that. Rank them as you see them- definately take into account factors such as price, quality, and general perception throughout the state. Many people are indicating that they have a national preference- it is important that we know a school's perception within that school's state.
I'll start, and since my state only has three law schools, that is all I will look at.
1. University of Kentucky
Most lawyers I know have a degree from UK. Blame it on the size, blame it on the basketball team, blame it on whatever you want- UK means more than any other school here in Kentucky. While it is the most expensive of the 3 law schools (not by much), it really seems that you get the most bang for your buck here.
2. University of Louisville
Barely- U of L was almost third. Louisville's a really nice city too- lots of culture and tradition, and a really good pie shop. It's just that, when you go to Louisville, most people in the state assume that it is because you can't get into UK. Is it fair? Probably not... but anywhere outside of Louisville (and maybe inside as well), a UK degree will beat a U of L degree.
3. Northern Kentucky University
This is an odd ball school. I don't know a whole lot about the actual academics of the school, but I do know that they have a bad reputation within the state, so I imagine they have no reputation outside of the state. Also, the campus is a mess... really ugly place that is nicknamed the "concrete jungle". There is a plus, and it is a pretty huge one- the median LSAT is very low, and NKU is very generous. In fact, around a third of the students there are receiving full rides.
Now it is your turn- list your state. If your state has already been listed, list it anyway; different opinions are both accepted and encouraged.
A lot of us on here are at kind of a stand still, either awaiting acceptance, awaiting August classes, or awaiting (dreading?) the all-powerful LSAT scores. This is a way for us to learn more about each other and kill time.
Here's what you do- list your undergrad university, then list your top five schools. Don't list your dream schools- list what is currently your realistic top five list with an explanation of why it is where it is. I'll go first.
Undergrad: Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
1. U of Kentucky- best school in the state, very affordable, I think I can pull down some good scholarships
2. Vanderbilt U- best school in area, I love Nashville/ Bowling Green area, places well everywhere, probably too expensive without some great aid
3. Duke U- great reputation, beautiful area, very selective and way outside of my budget, a little (lot) far from home
4. U of Louisville- close to home, nice city that I could see myself in, not a great reputation, inferior to UK
5. Northern Kentucky U- very cheap, could probably get a full ride plus big big money, lousy school, terrible campus
Hopefully this will catch on and we can learn a little more about each other.
edit: I knew they were VU and DU... just forgot
I am still pretty new to the board, so I really don't know what is proper etiquette for asking this, but I was wondering if a couple of you guys would be interested in taking a look at my first draft of my personal statement and telling me what you think. I'm not looking for gramatical advice because that can be hammered out later- I just want to know what you think about the general layout and concept (which ended up being I think pretty unique). Anyone interested, just let me know.
I am going to get started early on my personal statement, and, as much as I would love to come up with some big unique way of saying things, I plan on going with a pretty basic topic instead- potential. I plan on talking about (maybe) how I will be a first generation college graduate, and how even though I come from an inpoverished and low-education-rate county, I have excelled in college and am one of the top 10 students in my major. From there, I will probably talk about how I have a lot of potential to excel, and how I want to make the most out of the abilities I have been blessed with.
Does this sound like a pretty decent idea? I realize it is pretty basic and ordinary, but I am not too shabby of a writer, and I feel like I could turn it into something pretty good. Any advice is both welcome and appreciated.
I took the LSAT a couple of days ago, so that is done. Today I send a transcript request form for my university to send to the LSAC, so that is done. I have already gotten 3 professors who have told me they would write letters of recommendation, and I mailed them the required forms today. I am already registered through the LSDAS.
I guess what I am asking is if anyone can see anything I may have missed. I find getting this stuff together a good way to pass time until the score comes in- if anyone sees anything else to do, please let me know.