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Job Search / Re: Interview tips you wish you knew before you went!
« on: February 28, 2007, 09:54:38 PM »
Thanks so much for your tips, Ron. Greatly appreciated!

The hardest part, I think, is trying to make it seem like I really want the job. I'll be honest - I applied for everything under the sun, and I've been lucky to pull a few interviews out of it. But, let me tell you, it's really, really hard to convince myself that I want to work for the DMV or for an ambulance chasing firm (even if the $$ is good)!

Thanks again. Hopefully the next two interviews will be better than my first!

Job Search / Interview tips you wish you knew before you went!
« on: February 27, 2007, 10:24:35 AM »
I've been lucky to garner a few interviews even though I'm just skirting the edge of the top third of my class. I've had one rejection, and two more coming up. I've read through the career center pamphlets on interviewing but I feel like I can do better, I'm just not sure how.  Any tips?  ???

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone Attending Albany ?
« on: April 03, 2006, 08:02:36 AM »

]Here's a link to Albany's housing page:  I just sent in my application/deposit for UHA housing. Personally, it's easier for me to pay it all in one shot and not have to deal with it, you know?

What really sucks is that we don't find out if we get housing until July 31st (the latest) meaning if we didn't get selected we've got LESS than two weeks to find a place to live! 1L's start Aug 14th, meaning I'd like to move in on the 12th..


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone Attending Albany ?
« on: March 29, 2006, 08:20:30 PM »
After the open house I went to in March I cut them the full deposit check on the spot. I was extremely impressed with everything they had to offer, the openness and friendliness of the staff, the facilities, the clinical programs (especially their new JD/MA in Bioethics), the area..

Yeah. I can't wait.. :)

Most law schools say they have "limited" funds for need-based aid, and give their need money to a few really extreme and worthy cases.  But I once looked at Albany, and as I recall (could be wrong), they don't even PRETEND to give out aid based on need.  Their only finaid programs are merit money, loans, and a few scholarships to attract URMs.

Yeah there's lots of URM love at Albany. Or poor/disadvantaged folk or whatever. Their 25% GPA is like 2.8 now. Yikes! Oh well. If you get in and you cut it, good for you!

Loans up the wazoo, I guess.

Hooray! My favorite TTT stayed in the same spot. Good ol' 101.

I just bought a Dell Latitude D610 with a Pentium M (2.0 GHz), 14.1 XGA, Windows XP Pro, 80 G HD, and 1 GB RAM with on-site service and accidental damage repair for $1186 total.  Got a coupon for 20% off refurbished price.  Retail with their current special would have been $1700.

That's precisely the computer I want to buy. It's down to about $1000 now. :D

Financial Aid / More fun with EFC and Parent Contribution Questions!
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:39:09 PM »
Because this board hasn't been beaten to death already..

Anywy, my EFC is bupkus. I got my financial aid "package" from Albany Law a while ago (just found out now from my parents, gee thanks) and I got the full stafford business and private loans of $32344 or whatever it was. Now, they never asked for my parents' information. I *did* fill out the NYS Tuition Assistance Program thing (which the top amount they give is $550, but I guess I didn't get any.) My parents' AGI was less than $60,000 (more than $55,000.. I forget).

So.. did I get squat in aid because ALS doesn't have any to give? Or, am I generally in a position in which I should expect to have nothing? I already knew I'd be $200k in the hole (I've got $50k undergrad loans, a mix of private and subsidized only) so I'm not too flipping-out about it.. just curious. ???

Financial Aid / Re: My EFC is....
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:16:44 PM »
My EFC is $0. I made ~$5000 last year working summer/winter breaks. I made about $400 working during school. I have my entire undergraduate education paid for through loans($50,000) and about $10,000 in scholarships (for 4 years, total!)

My parents made less than $60,000 and aren't contributing other than signing over their house in loans.

All I got in "aid" was $8,500 in subsidized loans, $10,000 in unsub and a whopping private loan of $32344.

No aid? @#!* you very much! *weep*

Ah well, same as everyone else, I gather!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Blowing off the last UG semester
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:01:55 PM »
I'm not going out of my way to do well, but I'm trying not to be TOO lazy. I'm taking a really hard philosophy class (metaphysics) and took it as pass/fail, but I'm also writing my thesis and taking medical ethics and a 400 level history. I'll get above a 3.0, and that's fine with me!

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