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Law School Applications / Re: GWU and GULC visits
« on: October 15, 2004, 06:43:15 PM »
Jamba Juice...sweet Jesus!

Yeah, the trick for apps (for my, anyway) was getting my personal statement written.  Now that it is, it's about waiting.  I'm a bit curious about the LORs on LSAC, though.  They are certainly taking their sweet time getting those uploaded or whatever.

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Law School Applications / Re: ew
« on: October 15, 2004, 06:37:44 PM »
No use worrying, though.  Have some donuts.  Donuts always make me feel better.

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It is also worth discussing the purpose of an undergraduate education.  In some way, it is for training in a specific area, but generally, undergrad is for intellectual development, for preparing young people to function as leaders in society.  As an Electrical Engineer from UT-Austin, I was surprised to hear that very statement coming from the chairman of the department.  I thought engineering was about tinkering around with stuff.

Name recognition is nothing to scoff at.  There is a reason why people put any emphasis on things like the US News rankings.  Networking plays a huge part:  if your boss knows and respects the school; if your boss went to the school.  I've worked for no one that went to Texas, but everyone here knows it's a good EE school.

Employers are interested in productivity, synergy, and making money.  In the end, qualified is qualified.  For the first job out of college, GPA and degree matter.  After that...eh.

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Law School Applications / Re: GWU and GULC visits
« on: October 14, 2004, 04:30:00 PM »
Yes, it is rolling, but not starting until Dec. 1.

I only talked with the one student I had met previously- she said that she really liked it. She chose GW over GULC, partly because of money. But she said the "professors really teach." So, it seems like the teaching is definitely quality teaching.

I forgot to ask...which did you like better?  GW or GULC?  :-)

I toured the law library at GW back in spring.  It was their break, so no one was there.  It seemed small, but I have no basis for comparison.  I spoke with a girl I met in the elevator...she was really friendly.  She mentioned that a lot of IP firms recruit out of GW.

How are y'all's apps going?  Waiting is the hardest part.  Dog gonnit.

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Recommendations / Re: current LOR processing time
« on: October 14, 2004, 04:09:06 PM »
Just got off the phone with the LSAC people.  Not extremely helpful about non-posted LOR (just told me to wait), but they did say that faxing them isn't faster/better because the ID bar code won't scan from a fax.  If anyone calls LSAC tonight or tomorrow, please confirm.

Rishi

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Law School Applications / Re: GWU and GULC visits
« on: October 14, 2004, 11:47:28 AM »
The GW website talks about rolling admissions.  Did the admissions councelor speak on that at all?  Do they start the rolling admissions Dec 1?

Did you get to speak with any students?  What was their take on the school?

Thanks,
Rishi

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Best looking students
« on: October 12, 2004, 08:32:56 PM »
10. University of Georgia
9. East Carolina
8. University of Colorado
7. University of Alabama
6. Florida State
5. University of Arizona
4. University of Florida  - GO GATORS!!!!
3. UCLA
2. Arizona State
1. University of Texas

Glad we're good for something besides taking an OU beating.  Should also mention other Texas favorites, like Tech and SMU.  Don't bother with A&M  ;-)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tonight's Debate...
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:00:37 PM »
The best way to judge is to talk to the undecided.  I felt like I learned a lot about each candidate.  What else is a debate for?  That is, unless you buy into the bullsh*t.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tonight's Debate...
« on: September 30, 2004, 10:35:04 PM »
Sometimes I wish I were a gyn...I mean...damnit.

Both these guys did ok.  I like the point that Bush made about Kerry not being able to rally support by calling the war a waste of time.

What do y'all think about Bush wanting a coalition on North Korea about nucs and Kerry wants bilateral talks, but Kerry wants a coalition on Iraq, but...

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Personal Statement / Re: quotation in PS
« on: September 30, 2004, 10:30:41 PM »
This is a great point.  But as said, only true when you have a limited amount of space.

Plus, I like how you said, "bully for him/her."  Very Teddyesque. :-)

Just because someone once said something brilliant doesn't mean you should quote him/her.

In a Personal Statement you have a limited amount of real estate to work with, often only 2 pages. To fill such valuable real estate with someone else's writing shows not only a serious lack of judgement (you've only got 2 pages - use it to showcase *YOUR* writing, not someone else's) but also shows a lack of ability to creatively expound upon ideas in your own voice.

Someone said something brilliant once? Great. Bully for him/her. Use your own personal statement to create your own marvelous piece of writing itself worthy of quotation by others. At least strive for that. Quoting someone else shows you've already given up before you've even started. Quoting someone else at the beginning of your PS *REALLY* shows a lack of ability to depend on your own self.

I think the exception to this is, as one poster pointed out above, when the quote comes from a conversation you were directly participating in. In such context you genuinely have some ownership of the quote insofar as you personally experienced/witnessed/were involved with it.

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