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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: June 17, 2008, 02:48:09 PM »
Not at Penn yet, will be applying this upcoming cycle. Just wanted to tag this topic and ask this question.

When you tell people you are going (or want) to go to Penn, how many think Penn State? How many know the difference? I live in Wilmington, DE which is practically a suburb of Philly and most of my friends are clueless that an Ivy is in our backyard. If I get in should I just grab a Nittany Lion hoodie and be done with it?

I've honestly never met anyone who didn't know the difference, unless you count comment trolls on Above The Law.

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General Board / Re: Attire for EIW
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:35:51 PM »
Just wanted to weigh in on the women's suit debate...I will be a 1L in a few weeks but for the past 3 years have been working at a large company in NYC where I have to wear suits 5 days a week...and i LOVE LOVE LOVE my jcrew suits. I can't say enough good things about them. I think the jackets are perfectly tailored and as long as I wear fairly high heels I dont need to hem the pants (Im 5'4"). They will run you $400+ but mine have lasted a long time and its worth it. (and they have good sales when you catch them).

My coworkers also like Ann Taylor (regular, not Loft), but I don't prefer their suits for my body type. If you have the extra money I would spring for a Theory suit, but they are regularly $600+. I also do not own one skirt suit and no one has ever said a word.

Lastly, one bit of advice that I think I would have taken while buying my first set of suits: buy two pairs of pants per jacket if you can afford it - the pants wear out so much faster than the jackets and it can prevent you from buying an entirely new suit when they do.

On the other end of the height spectrum, I want to say I've had good experiences with J. Crew suits, too.  So far, I've only found two places (J. Crew and Banana Republic) where you can buy nice-looking suits for tall women.  By this I mean, not just different skirt and pants lengths, but jackets too.  I don't get why it's taking the clothing industry so long to realize that people with long legs have long arms too.  (And some long torso, but not me!)

Anyway, I'm finding the Banana Republic suits to be a little more interesting in terms of styling, while still being perfectly appropriate. 

Thanks for reminding me about BR suits -- I hate when jacket sleeves are too short and make me feel all gangly.

Right now I have the opposite problem, though -- I bought a suit at Ann Taylor in January for 1L OCI, and now it's getting a little loose, so I feel like I'm dressing up in someone's grown-up clothes.  I'm trying to decide if it's worth the money to have it tailored or if I should just donate it to Goodwill and take the tax deduction.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: June 07, 2008, 04:35:05 PM »
I'm pretty sure Comcast has a monopoly on cable/internet around here, which sucks, as they're pretty expensive. 

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thanks for your responses.  Are any of you familiar with Hopkins' biomedical engineering program?  I recall in high school that a few of my classmates applied to their program and weren't accepted - I wonder what would have happened had they put electrical engineering or mechanical engineering down as their proposed majors (I guess this analogy is probably better than what I used before)  Hopefully the both of you are right, because I'm going to just be truthful anyway and put down that I'm interested in international law.



It really doesn't matter. Like I said, the programs here aren't "programs" as such with waitlists and applications and what have you (for the most part). As Indy said, they're also not like college majors. HLS won't discriminate against you for what you check off so long as it doesn't otherwise make you look like an undesirable candidate (EG: checking off every box; not checking off any box and writing "Supreme Ct justice only" in the blank space; etc re things that make you seem like a nutter).

So THAT'S why I got waitlisted.  Crap.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:20:32 PM »
I actually liked West Philly - it had a very urban feel to it and reminded me a lot of DC. I don't think it's as bad as people make it out to seem. I looked at the new condos at 49th and Cedar. I almost didn't go because a lot of people (not necessarily on here) made it seem like 43-45th was as far west as one should ever go. I'm glad I did. They were awesome and I didn't think the neighborhood was "scary" like I expected. While 49th is too far from the law school it really was not what I expected it to be - I thought it was cute, urban, and had some character & diversity. And street parking seemed really easy/convenient - beats $200/month for a garage in my book.

Street parking is easy and convenient right up until your window is smashed in and your car is stolen.  ;)  I'm mostly kidding, though my friend did have her car broken into right in front of the dorms.

Also, Mahler, raising your hand when the professor asks a question doesn't make you a gunner -- nothing is more painful than when nobody wants to respond and class hits an awkward standstill.  Especially because when that happens, the profs start cold-calling instead.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:28:55 PM »
Hello, everyone!  I'm new to LSD, and I have a couple of questions about U Penn.  I couldn't make it to the ASW (sorry to have missed out on meeting everybody), but I'm going for a visit in a couple of weeks, just to make sure Penn is a good fit for me.  I'll have a few days in Philadelphia; what should I do besides visit campus?  Did anyone find it useful to look for housing so far in advance?  Also, I would really appreciate any suggestions on hotels.  Thanks in advance!

Your first question: It depends. If you like art, go to Barnes Museum (or the Philly art museum). I've heard the zoo here is good also. Rittenhouse square is cool. Team Pam may know this one, but I don't: I think there's a farmer's market that's pretty cool to walk around. If you like sports, go to a Phillies game. If you want to be scared for your life, head about 20 blocks west of campus.

 There's a ton to do here.

If you gave a better idea of your interests, we could tell you what to look for.

I think Eggshell means Reading Terminal Market, which is a pretty cool place to grab lunch or shop for cheese and random PA Dutch products.  I'd recommend going Wednesday-Friday when all the Amish vendors are there.  From the Market, you can either head north and go to Chinatown or south to fun shopping in the gayborhood. 

I second the recommendation for a Phillies game -- the stadium is really nice, and Philadelphia sports fans are really intense, so it's a fun place to be.  Unless you're rooting for the visiting team, that is.

Another cool thing if you've got the stomach for it (I don't) is the Mutter Museum, which is filled with medical oddities and grossness.

Old City is a fun neighborhood to walk through during the day, and to bar-crawl at night.

I thought the Betsy Ross House was kind of fun, and there's also Franklin Court, the Mint, Elfreth's Alley, and the National Constitution Center if you're into historical stuff.

Or you could sit in on classes for a full day and see if being a 1L is really as fun as it sounds now.  ;)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 29, 2008, 08:27:37 PM »
The ASW was great!  Definitely confirmed the decision to come to UPenn next year (not that I was reconsidering).  Thanks to all the current students that answered questions... even the ones that weren't technically involved in events.  I do have a quick apartment question for current students... does anyone know about the apartment building at 19th and JFK?  I found a studio there that seems to be a pretty good deal and just wanted to get confirmation before I planned a trip to check it out. Its 400sq feet with a balcony and includes all utilities (except internet) for $800/month.  Also, I've seen in several places that Penn will subsidize public transportation fees... what exactly does that mean?  How much of a discount would that be?  Thank you!!!! 

Here's a link to the transit info:

http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/partnership/

If the building you're talking about is the Sterling Apartments building, some friends of mine checked it out this week and it seems pretty sketchy.  There are a lot of bad reviews of it on apartmentratings.com, too:

http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/PA-Philadelphia-Sterling-Apartment-Homes-AIMCO.html

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 28, 2008, 09:41:43 AM »
hahaha, get out of here.  i'm going to come upstairs and stuff your cute little dog, team pam :)

Don't you ever threaten Team Pam's dog.  >:(

T - 1 hr for ASW. ah!

Seriously!  Remind me not to let m1 know my new apartment number.  And thanks for defending P, 'tiki!!

0Ls, hope you're having a good time at ASW!  I'll be wandering around the activities fair this afternoon, probably mostly at the Lambda table.  Hope to meet some of you soon!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 27, 2008, 09:23:10 AM »
its a mock class, don't worry about it.  I went to the Wagner mock class and exactly 0 questions came from the reading.

Just don't be a gunner in the mock class like m1 was.  ;)  (jk... the real gunner ended up going to NYU instead)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 20, 2008, 10:55:15 AM »
What is an acceptable time lapse for sending a second scholarship request? I really love Penn, and I sent a request to the scholarship committee about three weeks ago, but I have quite a few great other scholarship offers, the deadlines of which are impending. Can I nag?

CALL THEM.  Email takes about forever to get through the finaid system, but if you call, Dean Henry will usually call back the same day or the next -- this is what I had to do when I was up against scholarship deadlines last year, and he was very nice and helpful.  You can wait til ASW if you want, but if it were me, I'd call today.

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