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i never thought i'd be excited to go to W&L, but after visiting and interacting with their awsome faculty/administration i couldn't say no, and i am a true northerner, but am pyched about the low cost of living in lexington and the slower pace of life period, especially law school....

plus i can't imagine getting a better quality of education with the class size
Same response with W&L. 

I applied to over 27 schools and thought I'd go to the best ranked school that gave me the biggest scholarship, like so many others. If nothing came of that, I would go to the U of Illinois (my in-state school).

After Illinois was "out," I was almost certain I would go to Baylor because I got a full scholarship, but them SMU chimed in with a near full ride, and I was torn between them.  But then I got W&L's invitation for the admitted students weekend, followed by a nice scholarship offer (not a full ride, but handsome nonetheless).  After visiting and meeting the other admitted students who were my potential colleagues along with currrent students who were definitely my future colleagues I was even more torn. 

I visited a few top 25 schools (but nothing higher than 18), and W&L's students seemed to have the best combination of intelligence and modesty. The faculty I met was top-notch, and by about Saturday night of the admitted students weekend I was almost certain I'd be attending. 

Once I got home, and everything set in, I knew it was the place for me, although I could have never imagined I'd end up out east or at such a small school without a ton of money backing me.   

i'm backing you all up on w & l! i applied because it was free, and never really thought i'd actually attend. though i wasn't able to attend the admitted students weekend, i did schedule a visit on my own. the administrative staff was incredibly attentive. they went out of their way to make sure i would be able to speak with a variety of people who would be able to answer any and all questions i had about the school. when i arrived, it was obvious that everyone i met with had read my personal statement, read my application and my resume, and knew exactly who i was. i was really impressed. the students had nothing but good things to say about the school. the small class size and teacher/student ratio combined with a scholarship and an inexpensive cost of living makes w & l my top choice. to be honest, even if i got off of one of the waitlists i'm on, i doubt i would go. w & l has made a great impression on me, and i'm looking forward to spending my next 3 years there.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Furnishing an apartment
« on: May 13, 2005, 08:14:44 PM »
craigslist is pretty good. there are alot of college people moving out of their places this time of year and looking to get rid of stuff fast, so you can find some great deals. i see alot of ikea stuff there, and you pay the garage sale prices without driving all over the city rummaging through junk.

not to mention that this way you won't have to spend a couple hours figuring out how to put it together  ;)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Furnishing an apartment
« on: May 13, 2005, 05:18:16 PM »
what a fun thread! i am really looking forward to moving and setting my place up!

i hate to say it because their commercials are so damn annoying, but has some good deals on furniture, and they ship for $2-3 for your entire order.

estate and garage sales are awesome, you just have to be willing to sift through a lot of junk to find the good stuff.

ross is a good place to get cheap houswares, ie sets of dishes, wine glasses, knives, silverware, etc. target has cute stuff too, but sometimes i think it is sort of overpriced.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: brooklyn
« on: May 12, 2005, 02:01:05 PM »
thats interesting thought that they are afraid of losing students to other waitlist movements.  I was really surprised to continue receiving emails and letters from BLS after the 4/15 deadline after I had not sent in my deposit.  I thought that was really cool of them.  Even when they sent me a letter reminding me that it wasn't too late to give in my deposit even though it was the last week of April or something.

I dont see howe their FT class could be full if they are still trying to get admitted students to send in their deposits after 2 deadlines have already passed.

April 1 and April 15

i withdrew from brooklyn, and i also did not send in a deposit. they keep sending me email and regular mail extending the deposit deadline and trying to convince me to go there! it's like they won't accept the fact that i am not going to attend! although it is flattering, i also find it sort of appalling. i know there are people that are still waiting for a decision, and people on the waitlist that would love to go to school there. i hate to think that someone who actually wants to attend is still waiting while they hold open spots for people who don't have any intention of enrolling, and have already expressed that to them. not to mention that i was awarded a sizable scholarship - funds that could be redistributed. good luck to those who are still waiting. hopefully brooklyn can get it together soon.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Washington and Lee (W&L) - Who is Going????
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:10:56 PM »
looks like i'll be there as well, barring a surprise acceptance from cornell or uva. i'm still getting used to the idea of leaving california, but am actually getting really excited, and will be heading out to lexington in about a week to check things out. for those of you who have already visited, any suggestions on things to do, places to visit, or good restaurants i can check out while i'm there?

have you tried emailing the dean and asking if there is a possibility of receiving any scholarship money? i did this...told her about the reasons i wanted to be at w & l, but that i had received a significant amount of scholarship money at another school. i had actually received a bit of money already, but the dean emailed back and upped the offer. if you think w & l might be the best choice for you, it's worth a shot. good luck, maybe i'll see you in lexington next year!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: W & L Housing
« on: May 03, 2005, 06:44:38 PM »
just wanted to tag this thread as it's looking like i'll be at w & l in the fall! i'm visiting in a couple of weeks, so if anyone has any tips, i'd love to hear 'em...

That's pretty much how I feel about USF even if it is a third tier toilet and I started this whole process as a total snob thinking I had to go to a top tier school. Anyone else think I'm crazy going to a third tier school with a 168 LSAT score? It was my damn GPA that screwed me, but I also didn't apply to that many schools, so I limited myself from the begining.

Anyway, I like USF a lot and think it all worked out as it should. If Hastings decides they want me, I'll think about it, but I'm not sure I'd go.

ambs...i definitely do not think you are crazy for going to usf. it is a beautiful school in one of the greatest cities in the world, imho. it sounds like you eventually want to wind up in sf, and so usf is probably a great choice for you! i think if you had cast a wider net, then sure, you may have gotten into some schools that are more highly ranked according to us news. but, i think there is entirely too much emphasis placed on that damn magazine. the most important thing in choosing a law school is what your goals are and how the school can fit those goals. the priorities a magazine uses to rank schools may not be your priorities. good luck with hastings, but if you wind up at usf, it doesn't sound like you'll be disappointed. 10 years down the road, you'll be a lawyer, and that's what counts!  :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: bc priority wl...
« on: May 03, 2005, 04:11:28 PM »
Good luck!

thanks, kristay! congrats on notre dame, by the way. you must be ecstatic!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: wake forest news?
« on: May 03, 2005, 04:10:50 PM »
i just withdrew from wake yesterday, hope that makes a space for you waitlist folks. good luck!

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