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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. UVA
« on: July 09, 2006, 07:17:11 PM »
UVA is not definitively better than Penn.  They are pretty much equal schools, with each having their own advantages in different areas.  Go with whichever one you like best after visiting.

Penn troll  ;) :-*

 ;)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. UVA
« on: July 09, 2006, 06:28:38 PM »
UVA is not definitively better than Penn.  They are pretty much equal schools, with each having their own advantages in different areas.  Go with whichever one you like best after visiting.

why didn't you even apply to UVA, just out of curiousity?

I knew I didn't want to live in a rural-ish area.  just a personal preference.

hahaha...charlottesville is a bustling metropolis compared to where i go to school.  that's understandable though.

 :D

funny.  well i guess it's all a matter of perspective.

in my case, I would have gone to one of my urban safety schools before I'd have chosen UVA, so I figured it wasn't worth the app fee.  Seems like a great, fun school though, if that's your scene.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. UVA
« on: July 09, 2006, 05:48:23 PM »
UVA is not definitively better than Penn.  They are pretty much equal schools, with each having their own advantages in different areas.  Go with whichever one you like best after visiting.

why didn't you even apply to UVA, just out of curiousity?

I knew I didn't want to live in a rural-ish area.  just a personal preference.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. UVA
« on: July 09, 2006, 03:23:38 PM »
UVA is not definitively better than Penn.  They are pretty much equal schools, with each having their own advantages in different areas.  Go with whichever one you like best after visiting.

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Health care quesh: did you guys get the packet?  There are a lot of copays in the Penn plan, but otherwise it seems OK as long as you stay in-network.

Since I'll just have had surgery and will have lots of phys therapy coming up, I'm thinking about COBRAing my work insurance--anyone else doing this?

Thats a VERY expensive option...

So is paying large copays on physical therapy, when you're doing it three times a week for six months.

So, to, are all the follow-up visits if my surgeon is out-of-network.

Then you should do a comparison, I know that my mom's health care just changed recently, and she was told if she wanted to keep it through COBRA, it would be in the vicinity of 1k/month

I'm waiting to hear back from HR, but I recall a coworker telling me it was in the neighborhood of $400/month.... so I'm thinking COBRA for the four months of fall would be $1600, plus I'd have to buy the Penn coverage in the spring/summer for $1565, so total for the year is $3165 versus $2348 for a year on the Penn plan.
So, the difference is $817.  Since phys ther is taken out of the deductible ($250) for the first part, we're looking at $567 more in payments if I COBRA for the fall.

So, if my doctor follow-ups and the rest of my physical therapy aren't fully covered, it could be worth it.... even if my doc is in-network, there's a $25 copay for office visits (vs. $10 with Oxford), a $35 copay for x-rays, of which I'll need several (free w/ Ox), $150 copay if I need more surgery, which is a possibility (free w/ Ox), and so on...

Basically, because my knees are janky and need lots of medical care, it may be worth it.

just a comment on the part about paying extra for the spring/summer at Penn.  that $2Kish number that they quoted for insurance is for a 12 month plan.  I know because I already signed up for an extra month (and therefore the whole year).  My 13 month plan costs about $2500 - I'm starting August 1st because COBRA from work would have been around $500.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: One more time... Mac vs. PC
« on: June 29, 2006, 03:14:30 PM »
Goodgal, I thought Penn wasn't down with the bootcamp situation?  Did they change their minds?

yeah, really recently though.  I guess they were waiting to hear from the Examsoft people.  They've sent out unofficial approval to the schools, and Penn is just waiting for the official word before they update their laptop recommendations.

The only reason I know all this is that I've been emailing them a ton since the spring asking about bootcamp  :D

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: One more time... Mac vs. PC
« on: June 29, 2006, 02:50:00 PM »
That scrolling trackpad is one of my favorite features.  You lay down one finger and it moves the mouse.  You lay down two finders and it scrolls.  How sweet is that?  Everytime I use someone else's laptop I think to myself "wtf? oh yeah, this isn't a sweet ass Mac."

i also love the "right click" function.

i think you just just to tap with two fingers instead of one, and it right clicks. or you can lay two fingers down, and then click the button.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: One more time... Mac vs. PC
« on: June 29, 2006, 02:46:10 PM »
you should definitely upgrade the memory. i think i'm going to do 1GB

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My mom is inheriting the IBook, since she bought it for me and is likely buying or paying for most of the new one as well-she's not happy about it, but I think it will be okay as long as the next one gets me through three years.  I think for right now, I'm more concerned about adding the stress of an inconvenient/unusable computer to 1L.  I feel like the last thing any of us are going to need right around exam time is a beta program that does not want to behave!

Very true.

here's what's making me feel less worried about the whole beta issue.  I'll have an entire semester to get used to the ins and outs (and the full bootcamp program might be released before the holidays!).  I feel like if I use windows frequently throughout the semester, and never have any problems, I will feel fine on test day.  if, however, i'm having tons of issues, i will definitely just rent a computer for exams. 

Also, I think that problems with bootcamp would manifest themselves during the windows set-up, rather than afterwards once windows is up and running. (I could be wrong about this, but that's my understanding.)  So if something went wrong during installation, you can just delete and start over again, without doing any damage to the OSX side of things.

anyway, i guess there's definitely a bit of risk involved, but I have enough confidence in Apple to take the plunge.  I've been reading a ton of reviews and things like that online and in different newspapers, and pretty much all of them have had high praise for macs running Windows through bootcamp (beta).

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Ahh, because I spilled a bottle of water on my Dell a few weeks before finals and in a panic bought a new computer as quickly as I possibly could.  I was so disgusted with my Dell in general at that point, that a Mac seemed perfect because I had heard such great things about them.  So instead of doing my research and figuring out that a few extra months of wait time would be a good idea, I just went ahead and made the purchase. At the time, I also didn't bother to check IT policies the schools I had applied to. My own fault, but nonetheless, here I am stuck with a fairly new computer that serves no purpose for next year.

you should try to sell it on ebay or something.  you probably won't get anything close to purchase price, but at least it would offset the cost of a new one a bit.

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