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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 30, 2006, 11:26:36 AM »
I think I've found my gem in hartford, but i dont know for sure yet.

Good luck with the apartment search. The west end of the city is the best part, as far as I know. I think the north end is the worst. I drove through there and walked around with a friend to take pictures for her photography class, and as soon as we got out of the car people were hassling us. I think Hartford is on the list of the most dangerous cities in the US, so I'd definitely research where you're going to live. But the same goes for any city I guess.

but now I'm going back to square one and I'll have to travel back up there again...kind of frustrating...

That sucks, but at least you won't end up renting in an area that wouldn't be so safe. How far is it from where you live to Syracuse?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 29, 2006, 07:48:27 PM »
I just got back from my Syracuse apartment hunt, and I will be going with Nob Hill. I had made appointments to see four different places, but we went to Nob Hill first and loved it. We also toured some apartments with a couple who turned out to be parents of another future 1L, and they said they had been to the admitted students thing on Friday and heard only good things about Nob Hill. So that was reassuring.

After looking at a one bedroom and a two bedroom, my mother and I drove to Rugby Square where I was immediately turned off by the neighborhood. Same thing with Grant Village, although not so much. I basically hate cities, and at Nob Hill I can kind of pretend that I'm not in a city - it's not secluded, but it is up on a hill and there's lots of grass and trees. And the commute will be really easy, just jump on the highway and go up a few exits. Rugby Square would involve a commute down Teall, which I think would suck with all of the traffic lights. I'd much rather take the highway. Anyway, after driving by Rugby Square and Grant Village my mother and I went back to Nob Hill and put a deposit down on a two bedroom for July 1st. The two bedroom is $714 including heat and hot water, and the place is really nice, so I'm psyched. They have a pool, a fitness center, and gas grills that you can use. Not sure I'd really use all that, but it's nice to know that it's there.

The two bedroom I'm getting is a decent size, and it has one and a half baths. They had a different style two bedroom with a balcony and an additional air conditioner in the master bedroom, but that was more expensive (I think $739?) and the rooms where smaller, so I didn't go with that one. The kitchen is small, but it has a garbage disposal and a dishwasher, so that's all I care about. The windows are a nice size, and there is an air conditioner in the living room. I'm really excited to move in and get some more furniture (my first real sofa, no more futon!).

I don't know anything about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, but I loved Nob Hill. They are taking deposits for apartments way in advance - the leasing lady said that before we came in she had leased a place to another student for mid-August. If you're not sure about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, check out Nob Hill.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 24, 2006, 05:33:54 PM »
Laur4447, did you go apartment hunting yet? I am going this weekend and I was wondering (if you went) what places you liked.

I'm going to Syracuse with $27,800/yr (I think I need to keep a 3.0). I did get into higher-ranked schools - UCONN, Case - but I don't think I want to do BigLaw and having massive debt scares me. Plus rent is pretty cheap in Syracuse, so hopefully I can also get by with less money for living expenses.

168 / 3.22 LSDAS / 3.93 degree

Case - $20,000/yr Law-Medicine scholarship

woah, is that like a joint JD/MD?!?!

Nope. They have a Law-Medicine center at Case, and I was going to do the concentration in health law if I went there.

168 / 3.22 LSDAS / 3.93 degree

Case - $20,000/yr Law-Medicine scholarship
Cleveland-Marshall - full in-state tuition
Quinnipiac - $25,000/yr
WNEC - full tuition
Syracuse - $27,800/yr chancellor's scholarship

I think for Case all you have to do is remain in good standing, and at Syracuse you need a 3.0 GPA. Not sure about the other schools.

I attribute the Case scholarship to my PS, which I wrote about my interest in health law.

I went to four different colleges over a period of seven and a half years before I got my bachelor's, so I can't say that my undergrad really helped me. I had basically zero extracurriculars. I did present a paper at a conference, but other than that I don't stand out.

For me it's Syracuse. I only applied to Syracuse because my mother went there for undergrad, and I knew it would make her happy if I applied there. When I got in with a good scholarship I figured it would be stupid not to visit, and for some reason I loved the school. I questioned my decision a little when they dropped out of the top 100, but oh well - I think I'll be very happy there. Thanks Mom. :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 14, 2006, 06:44:25 PM »
Thanks for posting the pics. What did you think about the apartments? What did the surrounding neighborhoods look like?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:13:58 AM »
What was that debt though?...oh yea, even with in state, you're getting PAID by SYR, which does seem to justify it...we'll have to keep in touch. see if i made a bad decision or not...

Yeah, UCONN was going to be more than twice as much as Syracuse. Plus the cost of living is higher in CT.

I'm sure you made the right decision, you obviously thought about it a lot. I'm curious about what school will be like at UCONN, though, and what you end up thinking about central CT once you've lived here for a while. I think I'm going to miss it.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:09:15 AM »
BTW, will people not wear shirts from schools they are not going to now? remove window stickers?

I got two shirts and two stickers (Syracuse and Case). I never put either sticker on my car, but I'm bringing my Syracuse sticker down to my parents' in NJ so I can put it on my new (inherited from Dad) car that I get to drive back this weekend. And I'm not going to stop wearing the Case shirt to bed or to workout or whatever - a free t-shirt is a free t-shirt. :)

I think we'll both be feeling a lot better once Saturday comes around and we're stuck with our decisions for good.

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