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Financial Aid / Re: Okay so I just did my FAFSA..whats it mean?
« on: May 24, 2007, 04:48:39 PM »
I am under the impression that everyone (graduates) get the full subsidized and unsubsidized amounts.  I did.

Not always. BU didn't give me the unsubsidized amount right off the bat because I make too much money. I had to fill out a form stating that I would have no income in law school before they would give it to me.

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Personal Statement / Re: Rape - Topic for PS
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:59:09 AM »
OP- I just sent you my thoughts in a PM. I'm happy to talk further if you want!

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Financial Aid / Re: Okay so I just did my FAFSA..whats it mean?
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:46:45 AM »
My EFC was approximately 33K. NYU gave me the max in stafford loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized. If your school doesn't automatically give you the max, you can call and ask if they have a form to fill out indicating that you will not have an income once you start law school. This is usually enough to get the subsidized stafford loans.

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Id say college is 25% IQ test, 50% work ethic test, 25% responsibility test
community college?

Err... no, that is 98% finger painting and 2% showing up, duh

I take offense to this, even if was meant in jest. My SO started off at a CC while working a 60+ hour week, and then transferred over to our state university system while continuing to work a 60+ hour week. It took him 6 years to graduate since he went part time, but- his company paid for his education, so he graduated with no debt, AND he worked his ass off and graduated magna cum laude. Now he is being promoted at work and will be making more $$ than I do right now.

Is college for everyone? No. Can you completely discount the group of students who choose to start off at a CC? No. My SO is the hardest working person I know, and is easily more intelligent than many of the students who went to the top private university I graduated from. Same applies to many of his classmates, who I know well.

To be fair, I'm pretty sure the comment was a joke, and either way he was just referring to the difficulty of the classes, not judging the students at CCs.

And even as a joke, I still take offense to it. It wouldn't be much of a joke to someone who started off at a CC, would it?

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Id say college is 25% IQ test, 50% work ethic test, 25% responsibility test
community college?

Err... no, that is 98% finger painting and 2% showing up, duh

I take offense to this, even if was meant in jest. My SO started off at a CC while working a 60+ hour week, and then transferred over to our state university system while continuing to work a 60+ hour week. It took him 6 years to graduate since he went part time, but- his company paid for his education, so he graduated with no debt, AND he worked his ass off and graduated magna cum laude. Now he is being promoted at work and will be making more $$ than I do right now.

Is college for everyone? No. Can you completely discount the group of students who choose to start off at a CC? No. My SO is the hardest working person I know, and is easily more intelligent than many of the students who went to the top private university I graduated from. Same applies to many of his classmates, who I know well.

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As sophomores in high school through a Jewish youth group.  ;D

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 17, 2007, 03:02:49 PM »
Engagement rings have become so outdated in the world we live in. I could understand a woman wanting the biggest diamond or ring she could get back in the 50's when the social expectations of women were to be housewifes, but in today's society where women make there own money and sometimes make more than their husband, why should he go broke trying to impress you? Whatever happened to falling in love with a brother with a buspass? Yeah, I guess the best things in life, like love, are not free.

Amen, I totally agree. That's actually what I was going to say - what are we, back in the 1950's???

Oh, on another note, I don't understand why engagement rings are such a big deal in the US. If you look at Europe, no one there gives a toss. All my cousins over there have really plain rings (if they have rings at all), and most of them have happy marriages/partnerships. Hell, ironically, my richest cousin who got the whole she-bang from her husband (gorgeous house, jewelry, car, ring) had to get a divorce as her husband was bopping his secretary (I guess that's a no-no in marriage, haha). My parents were poor growing up and my mom got a small 5 dollar trinket from my dad's mom as her "engagement ring." It was a simple silver ring that she wears to this day, and my parents are still married. Whoever thinks big-ass engagement rings are a prediction of the union's future are clearly misguided and need a definite reality check.

I personally don't like wearing rings, period. Give me big-ass earrings, a necklace or a bracelet. I find rings to be a huge inconvenience. I hate washing my hands wearing them - as the wet platinum or metal or whatever the hell they are made of nowadays getting wet and touching my skin gives me the heebie-jeebies. Plus I hate the fact that you constantly need to clean fancy jewelry - I have a ton of fancy jewelry laying around from all my exes that I don't bother wearing as I don't feel like getting it cleaned. It's just a nuisance to me.  :(


Don't know where you got this from...it's a big leap from "Ooooh, diamonds are pretty and I want one" to "the bigger my diamond, the more successful my marriage will be".

My Mom has a big ring...and big diamond earrings, and a necklace, and my parents have been happily married for 25 years. And fancy jewelry isn't very hard to clean yourself- buy a small bottle of cleaning solution, drop the jewelry in for a minute or two and viola!! Clean jewelry.

Plus, it's a lot harder to get away with wearing "big-ass earings" at a conservative law firm than a big-ass ring...  :)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:10:22 AM »
1.  An engagement ring is a gift to/from a loved one, and I don't think there's ever anything wrong with that!
2.  As a woman who is typically happy with nice-looking fake jewelry, it is extra special to have something "real" for my engagement ring and wedding band.
3.  This varies, obviously, but often it is the man rather than the woman who is into the size (surprise, surprise) of the diamond.  Men do often see this as something to symbolize their success to their friends and acquaintances, while many women just want a pretty piece with a sentimental/symbolic meaning.

Credited. When I was a little girl, I would go to the mall with my Mom and when we passed by a jewelry store window we would play "pick your future engagement ring", hahaha. Because of that, it has become a habit for me to stop and look at rings whenever I pass by a display window. When my boyfriend is with me he'll play along, and he usually picks out a bigger diamond for me than what I pick out for myself!

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NYU continues to be RUDE whenever I call. Doesn't matter which office I'm calling.

Everyone keeps saying this about NYU...but they've been great to me over the phone! Especially the finaid people and the housing people, who were both more than happy to spend a significant amount of time on the phone with me.


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I applied for housing too because, like ljg, I don't live anywhere near the city and navigating the housing market from afar seems like a pain. I'd also have the additional expense of having to take time off from work to fly out there and look for a place. Not having to buy furniture is also good.

As for seeing the same people day in and day out, that's why I applied for the "cheaper" Mercer units. The one thing I still have trouble getting over is the dorm feel...

I think 8 months of a "dorm feel" isn't so bad...at least you'll have your own room.  :)

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