lol, not to be mean, but i think all of you who are negative towards UM and it's ASW are kind of nutty! you really didn't think the campus was amazing? it's not like i haven't visited other schools, prestigious ones like princeton, georgetown, columbia, gw, american, etc--and i was blown away by UM. and sure, some of the profs were boring, but three were very engaging, one was the dean and had to be there, and the other dude wasn't bad, it was just late in our attention span and right before lunch.
considering that they had to scramble because in the last week, tons of students suddenly said they're showing up for ASW, i think they pulled everything off rather well. they weren't planning to do the panels in the acoustical nightmare that was the gym but there were too many people. they weren't planning on separating the guests from the students, but again, too many people and much too late to tell the caterers. plus, if you can't sit down and meet new people, i don't think that's the school's fault. we're adults now, we should be able to make small-talk with other adults, and we shouldn't expect to be entertained by the alumni. if you were bored or had questions about "why UM", you had your chance to ask.
and the coral gables area not being very nice? um, i thought the multi-million dollar homes all over the place were damned nice. sure, if you stayed only on US1, which is like a highway, you're not going to have nice residential homes and anything besides strip malls. but wander five minutes away from there bordering the other three sides of UM (i know because we drove all around), and it's reeeeeally nice.
i can't remember what else everybody said. i'm usually a pessimist, but i honestly was sold by ASW. i didn't want to nitpick on everything because it seemed like a beautiful university with genuinely friendly students and faculty. it also seems like if you do the work, you can find that job you want, wherever you want. what more are you looking for?
In terms of evaluating my choices of where to enroll, I feel exactly the same now as I did before going to ASW. I'm familiar with FL and the Miami area, and basically wasn't shown anything that I didn't already know. So in that sense, I was unimpressed. I realize that a large portion of this is going to have to be solved by me and UM can only do so much. It's just that I was hoping for something to happen to get me off the fence. Isn't that the point of ASW, particularly when its held before the seat deposit deadline?
Did I really think the campus was amazing? NO. But amazing means so many different things to many different people. Also, Bittersweet, I'm 90% sure you didn't mean your statement this way, but I have to ask anyway. Are you saying that there is a direct correlation between prestige of school and campus appeal??? Take Yale for instance- New Haven blows. I really hope this isn't what you meant, but again, thought I'd ask.
Yes some of the profs were boring and some were great. Its like this at every school. I'm merely saying that its an instance where I was looking to be sold, and wasn't...
You bring up an interesting point about them scrambling to pull things off rather well. Here's an interesting question, Why didn't they make the RSVP deadline earlier- as a way to give them more time? It's not like ASW hasn't happened before. In terms of space and accomodating guests, I can make allowances. The time in between the RSVP deadline and the actual event, I cannot. And yes, I realize that they only have a small window to schedule these due to the nature of the beast that is the law school admissions cycle.
I was exchanging phone numbers and email addresses during breakfast and received business cards from the alums seated at my table so I didnt have a problem talking to anyone. I was looking to find a potential roommate and definitely want a job after graduation so I definitely made sure I was as outgoing as possible. Honestly, I did ask the question "Why UM" to alumni, current, and prospective students.
In terms of Coral Gables being nice, I was definitely happy about the area. The cost of living not so much, but again, I already knew what to expect. BTW, when I break down the budget numbers UM has on their website(not sure where, my Dad actually is the one that found it), it budgets about $890 a month if living off campus with a 12-month lease. My question to all is, do you thing you'll be able to live within this number?
Expanding a little bit more about the Law School's surrounding area, I think determining its attractiveness is extremely subjective so let's all keep that in mind. I personally have said over and over again that I am a huge fan of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami....
Also, US1 is congested but like I said in another post, it seems like you can take lots of backroads to avoid it altogether.
One thing that I think is worth mentioning is the following: I was a little uneasy when we (on the Housing Bus Tour) drove through "bad" area of Coconut Grove. I don't know actual crime statistics and maybe the tour guide does, maybe he doesn't but nonetheless, I was uneasy. And I was uneasy because this area just happened to be the one that had the largest amount of African- Americans walking around. When I see African- Americans, I don't automatically associate that with it being a dangerous situation. It can be argued that some do....I just found my self struggling with trying to determine if he said this because there are African- Americans walking around or if it was actully a dangerous neighborhood.
NOTE: I'm not saying that by pointing this area out as bad means that anyone is rascist. If it actually is dangerous AND also does have a proportionately larger percentage of African- American residing there than in other areas surrounding the school, then this is unfortunate. I'm ok with it if its true, but it just makes me a little uneasy when I'm on a tour bus (with HUGE glass windows) and I see every prospective student and his/her parent react to driving through this neighborhood and the guide's comments. It was just something I observed and it wasn't like the guide made a big deal out of it. Just thought I'd share. Hope you guys don't mind.
Bittersweet I agree with your last paragraph. The school does seem like it has a good quality of life and the students seem to be enjoying themselves. I'm familiar with South Florida and definitely know that with good grades. I can do well for myself.
As you can see, I wasn't concise at all. Hope everyone doesn't mind. Look at it this way, UM or otherwise, we ALL have to get used to the reading.
I'm gonna get back to dinner now...Im eating Thai with peanuts, so YES I guess I am kinda NUTTY!!