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Don't listen to people who say it can't be done. Although there's no denying it's hard, living away from your spouse or SO is doable as long as you put the effort into it. My SO and I have been together for 6 years, and for one of those years I was living in Spain (6 hour time difference from where we live). It was hard, because we had trouble catching each other on the phone due to the time difference, but we made it work. He came to visit for an entire month when I had winter break, and I came home in the Spring for 9 days during the Easter break they have in Europe. We sent lots and lots of e-mails, spoke at completely random hours of the day, and made sure to let each other know how much we were missing being together! It always helps to know your SO misses you as much as you miss them.

I'll be moving to NY in August and he'll be staying in Boston, which isn't as far apart as some people will be but will still require a 4 hour bus trip (plus, my SO often has to put in face time at work on weekends). We know it will be hard, but we're both committed to making it work. As long as both of you are committed to the relationship and don't harbor any illusions as to the difficulty imposed by the distance, I think you'll be okay!

Best of luck!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: NYU ASD April 13
« on: April 20, 2007, 07:50:15 AM »
The fact that fellow NYU students are adressed as "kids" is somewhat worrying to me, does that reflect the community that is actually there? I kinda expect people to be over the 'kids'-stage at this age.

I wouldn't read too much into the use of the word kids...I didn't meet one person at NYU when I was there who I would consider "kid-like".

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Class of 2010-collect yourselves!
« on: April 20, 2007, 06:03:13 AM »
I'm 90% sure I'll be joining you all next year (minus the Columbia folk, who seem to be obsessed with libraries).

How are you out-of-staters moving into D'ag/Mercer? Rental car? Flying with lots of luggage? I think I'll need to buy a lot of luggage for this.

Driving in with my parents and stuffing the car to the brim!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Class of 2010-collect yourselves!
« on: April 19, 2007, 02:06:38 PM »
::wanders in to give a friendly wave to future downtown neighbors::


hahahaha....who ever said there was competition between NYU and CLS.  ;)

As has been noted in the CLS thread, if you go to one, the other is a good place to go to avoid "lawcest".

Point taken!! Gotta avoid that lawcest...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Class of 2010-collect yourselves!
« on: April 19, 2007, 01:50:05 PM »
That's cool, I like dorky chicks  ;D I do actually enjoy being a student as well, but I'm expecting these 3 years to be really tough, and I also expect that being an English foreign speaker, I will have to add quite a few hours a week to my reading schedule compared to my classmates. But at least I can go to MSG and watch the Knicks every now and then.

Hahaha, I love a guy who loves a dorky chick!!

I feel you on the non-native speaker issue- I am fluent in Spanish, but as a second language, and spent a year studying in Madrid- all of my classes were in Spanish, I wrote a 50 page research paper in Spanish, took all of my exams in was tough, but doable.

And, since you brought up sports teams...anyone know a good place in NY to watch Patriots games? Hopefully I'll find a few diehard Pats fans at NYU.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Class of 2010-collect yourselves!
« on: April 19, 2007, 01:35:03 PM »
::wanders in to give a friendly wave to future downtown neighbors::


hahahaha....who ever said there was competition between NYU and CLS.  ;)

I can wait, the idea of 24/7 school isn't all that tempting in itself. That being said, might as well get it over with :)

See, I don't think like that- I love being a student, and I've missed it for the past few years! Yes, it sucks having to be working late at night and on weekends, but there's something to be said for hitting the books...I might be a dork, but I enjoy it.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Class of 2010-collect yourselves!
« on: April 19, 2007, 11:37:50 AM »
I tried this and it didn't work....maybe you'll have better luck!

Who else can't wait for August??

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Phi Beta Kappa - worth the $25?
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:55:08 AM »
Definitely worth it. I worked at a top law firm during college, and about 2/3 of the attorneys were's a great honor!

Law School Admissions / Re: NYU STATUS?
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:48:14 AM »
Thank you, I guess I'll see you there :)

You most certainly will- I can't wait!

Law School Admissions / Re: NYU STATUS?
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:44:01 AM »
Keno! Can you tell us all about your softs now, and why NYU called one of your recommenders to verify?

Thank you all, I must say I was quite stunned when I got the letter. After being rejected from Brooklyn and Cardozo, I had kinda decided to go to Rutgers Newark and didn't even consider the chance that NYU might accept me, but hell, who am I to complain.

As for the call to my recommenders, I still know nothing about it, they both told me politely they had been asked not to comment it and they wouldn't.

I can go into my soft factors vaguely, and yeah, this does prove that there's hope for soft-factor candidates, indeed. I do expect I am the single weakest candidate going to NYU this fall, but hey, I can live with that ;)

A bit of a mix of experience and soft factors I guess, but here goes;

Founded and ran a company that went from 1 to 25 employees, went IPO and sold the company very successfully. Within 'financial consulting'.
4 years military experience, 2 of which in a special operations branch (Norwegian Army). Three combat tours, 1 to Bosnia, 2 to Afghanistan
Certified helicopter pilot, as result of army service
Extensive amateur athletic background. Competetive level golf player and triple blackbelt in martial arts (yes, I know it's a weird combination).
Musical background in several instruments, featured as guitarist on two albums released on 'major' Norwegian label (The term major in Norwegian scale might be an oxymoron;) ).
Former attendance at Norwegian law school (not directly soft factor, but I expect it was a contributing factor)
Decalingual - not fluent in 10 languages, but on a coversational level or above (that means, more than just the tourist phrases)

4 LORS where as 2 were from current undergrad professors, both testifying to my academic ability and also helping me explain my 3.0 GPA, as a result of taking an accelerated bachelor's degree (3 semesters, instead of 6 which is the norm in Norway). One LOR from a partner at Skadden, former business contact, who testifies to my 'potential as a lawyer' and one LOR from a former American ambassador, as 'reference to my character'.

I don't have my application at hand, but this is essentially it. I called NYU when I got the letter to request some specific documents needed to apply for a student visa, and I got to talk to the 'Vice Dean of Admissions' I believe, and it was very clearly confirmed that I got accepted because of my 'background' rather than my numbers (no sh*t, sherlock...:p).

So yeah, long story short, I'm really excited about it, and I didn't post this to 'rub it in the face' of people with better numbers that got rejected, just to make sure people know that some schools do consider these things. The fact that my list of rejections includes schools like Brooklyn, Fordham, Cardozo, Iowa, Columbia and UTexas clearly shows that NYU (at least in my case) values this more than most other schools.

That's a most impressive resume, and I think you'll have a lot to offer your sectionmates!!

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