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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 12, 2007, 02:52:53 PM »
There aren't too many applications up on LSN so it's hard to tell where they actually are in the process...BUT more half of the accepted people have withdrawn (including me), as well as a couple pending people.  I'd imagine that most people who apply there have other options and are getting pretty fed up - hence this thread - and have probably sent seat deposits elsewhere.  So I wouldn't be at all surprised if they end up sending a bunch more acceptances, or pulling a lot of people off the waitlist.

I applied there because it's a very solid school with a good rep in Philly and is less than 10 minutes from where I live, but the attitude there annoys me.  I think it's a holdover from years ago, when Villanova was easily the second-best law school in Philly.  But they haven't done a whole lot to keep that status while Temple and Rutgers-Camden have been working pretty hard to catch and surpass them.  I can honestly say that the lawyers I know here (some of them Villanova alums) agree that the name doesn't really carry extra weight nowadays.  Plus, Villanova is expensive and seems to be pretty stingy with scholarship money.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:19:22 PM »
According to the datasheet on Lenovo's website:

X60 is 3.15lb with 4-cell battery, 3.64lb with 8-cell.  Dimensions 10.5"x8.3"x.8-1.39" (depends on battery used)

X60s Ultralight is 2.93-3.33lbs depending on display and battery used.  Dimensions 10.5"x8.3"x.8-1.11"

X60 Tablet is 3.76lbs with 4-cell battery, 4.23lbs with 8-cell.  Dimensions 10.8"x9.6"x1.1-1.3" with smaller battery or 10.8"x10.5"x1.1-1.3" with larger battery.

So yes, it is "larger and heavier" but not substantially.  If you're really concerned with weight, the X60s is probably the best choice, but none of them seem like back-breaking monsters.

ETA: The biggest choice for me, I think, is going to be whether to fork out for the multi-touch screen or not.  It would be kind of cool to use my fingers as well as the pen...I'm a big fan of touchscreens...but it's a lot pricier.  Choices, choices.

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I'm sorry, Sarahlina, that really makes things difficult.  Especially since you didn't even wait until the last minute to apply.  What are your other options at this point?

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Sarahlina - they said that they had a lot more apps than they thought they would this year, which could account for the slowness.  At the Open House, the woman I was talking to said that they were up until all hours the night before trying to put everything in order, so we wouldn't trip over files (or see what was in them...) when we were wandering around.

Everyone I've talked to when I've called is really nice -- I don't think they'd be mean about it if you called to find out whether you'll be getting a decision sometime soon, especially since it is seat deposit time.

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My laptop meets all of the requirements that Seattle sent me. That said, they really seem to think I need to purchase one from Dell. Is this in any way worthwhile?

Well, if you're thinking about a Dell, I'd say definitely keep your current one.  :D

zone, you and I are on the same wavelength...

I was going to say this in my original post, but I didn't want to offend any Dell-lovers (are there any out there, though?)...

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Unless they require you to buy a Dell, do what you want to do.  If you're happy with your current one and it meets the specs, you should stick with it -- you're already paying enough for school, don't let them push you into buying a computer you don't want.

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I'll be at Temple, though I didn't post in the "School X" thread.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Rankings-How valid?
« on: April 02, 2007, 02:25:46 PM »
Agreed.  Also, it's pretty short-sighted to base your decision on this year's rankings, since three more sets will come out before you graduate.  This year's #16 might be 2009's #26...or vice versa.  In a general sense, there will always be the elite schools, the solid but regional schools, and the "others." But it seems pretty useless to rank all schools against each other once you get past the elites.  Regional rankings (i.e. Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, etc) would make a whole lot more sense.

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Financial Aid / Re: Accepting Loans or Scrounging up the money?
« on: April 02, 2007, 11:35:11 AM »
The max for Stafford loans just went up to $20,500 per year ($18,500 was the previous amount).  $8.5K subsidized, $12K unsubsidized.  Definitely take the subsidized loans - even if you don't have to use the money, you aren't paying interest and you can stick it in a high-yield savings account or a CD and make money on it.  Just make sure your lender doesn't have a prepayment penalty, and then pay it off when you graduate.

Is your soon-to-be-husband going to be making enough to cover the cost of living for both of you?  If so, then you can probably get away with just the subsidized loans.  In my opinion, though, it's better to keep some money in the bank for emergencies than to spend all of your savings on tuition right away and have nothing in reserve.


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Today I have to tell my dentist because I won't be able to set my next appointment because I'm not sure what my dental insurance situation will be in six months.

Argh, I have to do the same thing tomorrow.  But my dentist is awesome and it's hard to find a good one, so I might just have to suck it up and pay out-of-pocket if my new insurance doesn't work at his office.  The dentist I had with my old budget-plan insurance was a nightmare, and I'm not willing to go through that again even if it costs me dearly.

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