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« on: June 30, 2005, 02:36:50 PM »
Not sure if it's been said already but Apple recently started offering a free 4gb ipod Mini with purchase of laptops for students! $179 value. If you choose a more exensive ipod, the same $179 coupon is given upon sending in the upc, etc. So it makes a nice deal if you're thinking of getting an ipod in addition to a laptop.
Regardless of the free ipod, I plan to buy a 12" powerbook. Can't wait.
My 2 yen.
Just my luck...I bought my iPod and the 12" powerbook just a few weeks ago with only the regular education discount.
« on: June 29, 2005, 04:20:25 PM »
Yea, my floor in Ames is all female with a female only bathroom. I guess the first floor's bathroom is all female...male bathrooms on the second floor because of the coed thing. Sucks for the guys.
« on: May 24, 2005, 03:30:59 PM »
Hey all, I'm also going to be at HLS this fall, and I'm living in Ames. I'm looking forward to meeting those of you who will be my fellow classmates!
« on: February 07, 2005, 10:06:02 PM »
I have gotten a lot of excited screaming from friends & family and a few, "I knew you would get in"s. People who don't know me act a little incredulous. My technique is to pretty much tell every person I see about Harvard. It's starting to border on strangers. It's always a fun reaction.
I can't wait to visit!
« on: July 29, 2004, 01:58:53 PM »
this is just my common sense talking, but it seems to me that if a school wanted to judge your writing or if it were a close decision, then that school would use your personal statement, not the writing sample.
« on: July 29, 2004, 01:50:45 PM »
you're right, it's not a big deal. if the letter has already been sent in to LSAC, it's probably too much trouble. but if you get to see the draft before it's sent in, i say go ahead and change it. why not?
« on: July 29, 2004, 12:17:32 PM »
yea one of my recommenders did the same thing, and i had him change it to "dear law school admissions" before he sent it in.
i think it's worth making the change since it may give the school who is reading it the impression that the letter was not meant expressly for them, but of course, admissions know that if you use LSAC your letter gets sent to every school.
so i'd say if it's not too much of a hassle, go ahead and get it changed, but it probably won't hurt you too much.
« on: July 28, 2004, 05:36:14 PM »
Don't really have an answer for you epi.. have been debating that myself. I don't fit in any diversity boxes, am not from a disadvantaged family, but I *did* grow up in a small working-class town that didn't even have a high school (instead had to tuition students out to another district an hour away), and my father put in a lot of work on the campaign to build a high school... which after a series of votes and some majorly contentious political wrangling eventually came to fruition, but not till after we'd moved upstate for my dad's new job (a relocation that put me in a spoiled overachieving suburban district instead). Watching my dad go through that experience really *was* something that taught me the value of fighting for public education etc etc, and it's the roots of why I care about social justice, but does it really count as a "diversity" essay? Or would they read it as a cheap ploy?
It's not like I'd try to pretend I fit into boxes I don't...
sounds more to me like a regular personal statement, one that could be very good, but not necessarily about your diversity. i guess people who are right in the middle of normal in regards to race, ethnicity, economic status, etc. will have to reach to find aspects of cultural, intellectual or character diversity that make us diverse enough to "contribute" to the student body.
and i think you're right about giving the adcomms more time with your application by writing those optional essays. it's one way to give them more of an idea about who you are, even if your idea of diverse is different than theirs.
« on: July 28, 2004, 05:00:08 PM »
so can we come to any conclusion on optional essays? is it almost always a bad idea not to write them? or, if you don't think you have anything substantial to say, will not writing one not harm you?
« on: July 28, 2004, 04:39:03 PM »
Where are you getting this info that people straight out of undergrad don't get into yale? i havent gotten that impression at all...
And to be obnoxious, i think yale is a perfectly fine choice for those who want to be a lawyer. frankly, i like the idea of a less competitive scene than harvard, and love the idea of no true grades. i want to have "some" free time in law school.
it's not necessarily that you can't get in straight out of undergrad, but i'm thinking that, in my case, plenty of people with similar numbers as me are going to be applying, and since my personal, academic and work background are fairly "normal," i will not stand out among applicants. and i think if i don't appear in at least some way unique, i'm not likely to get into that very small admitted students pool.