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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: which schools did you NOT apply to?
« on: February 04, 2005, 11:25:34 AM »
Harvard and Stanford.  I didn't think I had a realistic shot at getting in, but given that I haven't gotten any dings from the schools I did apply at (NU, GULC, Columbia, NYU, University of Chicago), I think that I might have been a more realistic candidate than I first anticipated.

It's private, but I assume that it gets some money from the state.  Even if it were a public university, I don't think the first amendment means that taxpayers are obligated to provide someone a platform for speech.

So Ballpark figure, How much you think you would need $ to make it worth it?

I wouldn't mess with a Eurail pass, point-to-point fares are often cheaper, and give you a lot more flexibility.  Eurail passes are only worth it if you're going to spend a quite a number of days traveling between cities that are quite far apart.

Here is how I would budget:

Daily costs: Lodging $20, food $10, entertainment $20.  If you're in Eastern Europe, you can cut these costs by about 1/3.

Plan to pay 20 - 50 dollars to go between two cities that are relatively close, and 50 - 100 to go between to that are farther apart.

I would say that if you want to backpack for 4-5 weeks, you could get by for 2k +  airfare.

Lastly, I tried not to act too American.  We were there right at the start of the Irag war, so we had to tell people we were Canadian.  I made the mistake of telling someone I was American who asked and spent 5 minutes with him in my face yelling at me for killing people.

She is SO right. I made that same mistake in France. They actually outed me because I didn't know enough about Canadian history, so they marked me as the "American Pig." Lots of words they don't teach you even in Upper-Level French started rolling out, and I was promptly asked to leave....

Yeah, never try to pretend you're not American. They'll know, and then you look like an ass *and* a coward.  I've never had anyone give me too much *&^% in my years living here, and while I'm not going around announcing "I'm American," I don't pretend to be from somewhere else either.  People may try to engage me in a conversation about politics, but I just say, "I don't want to talk about politics," and they invariably let it drop.

My wife and I and a friend are planning a backpacking trip through Europe. We think now's the best time as we're still young and nimble (mid-20s), and we'll be between commitments (jobs and school).

Has anyone done the backpacking thing; if so, what suggestions do you have?

Is anyone else doing something somewhat adventurous before burying our noses in books?

It's all about Eastern Europe.  I've lived in France and then Switzerland for the last 5 years, and while Western Europe has some cool stuff, it's hard to do much on a budget (though Barcelona is highly recommendable).  As a possibility, I would suggest starting in Berlin, moving south to Dresden (which is a surprisingly beautiful town), and then to Prague, eventually making your way to Vienna and then up the Danube to Budapest.  I'm actually currently trying to convince my wife to make that very trip this summer.

Also highly recommendable is the coast of Croatia.  It's stunningly beautiful, relatively inexpensive, and not overly touristy.

Places to avoid in the summer include Paris, the south of France, and most of Italy.  There's definitely stuff to see in those places, but they're overpriced and over-crowded with tourists, particularly in the summer months.  If you're looking for interesting cultural experiences, they won't give you much.

I'm not particularly conservative, but I don't see why this is a constitutional issue.  The first amendment protects you from government interference with speech, and from government sanction for offensive speech.

It does not, however, mean that there can never be adverse concequences for speech.  If CU wants to can him because he reflects poorly on CU, I think they have that right.

There may be other good reasons not to can him (though I can't think of any), but the 1st Amendment isn't one.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Columbia!
« on: February 01, 2005, 07:39:33 AM »
Thank you guys....oh, I am soooo happy!!! :D  Is anyone out there attending one of the admitted student days in March?

I'm going to try to go to the early one.  Depends on whether or not I'll be on the east coast then.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Um, help: Geneva housing advice?
« on: January 31, 2005, 04:35:56 AM »
I live in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, which I know doesn't help you that much, but I'd advise you to just show up.  You won't have trouble finding a place.  Geneva has a huge turn over of people doing exactly the sort of thing that you're looking at.  You'll have no trouble finding a ex-pat community who will find you a place to stay.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern
« on: December 22, 2004, 12:48:31 AM »
hey i was just wondering if nu would consider working a year as a noncommissioned officer in iraq during my senior year as enough valid work experience. i was going to graduate this december but i got caught up with the war for 16 months so i wont graduate tell next december and i would really like to jump straight into law school. i also would like to attend a place like nu where alot of the students r a little older and more mature even though i will still be fairly young. on a side note how much do u think serving in iraq will give me a boost at the t14 schools. i heard that some schools give vfw's um status. thanks in advance for your help

I think that would probably make you more than qualified.  From what I understand, military service is a big plus everywhere.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern
« on: December 22, 2004, 12:46:40 AM »
So if I have 60% on chiashu for Northwestern, but NO WORK EXPERIENCE at all, and NO ECs (yes, I'm a lazy bastard), I shouldn't even apply to NU?

I'd apply, but consider it a reach, and have some really good reasons you've applied without WE.

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