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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Downtown Chicago Roll Call
« on: July 21, 2006, 07:12:57 PM »
checking in...

NU living in very east uki village. about 20 min by bus to school, but the stops are RIGHT in front of my house and RIGHT on the corner of campus.

have laundry in unit (SO EXCITED) but it is a 3 floor walkup and i have no idea who i can bribe to help me move furniture up. once i buy some, that is.

(cough volunteers? cough)

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Plus it is nice to have a human in the house to keep the lawn mowed and the place from getting that unused dusty, cobwebby look.

Good luck to you too, greengrl.  If you are anything like me, it will come down to throwing stuff in random bags and boxes for the two days before the move and anything not packed is thrown out. ;)  Unpacking is like Christmas: you never know what is in the box.  :) 

Please, someone, tell me you have a stack of papers that need filing before you start school and you don't even have files or folders for them yet?  It will make me feel better.  I have my birth certificate in my underwear drawer on the logic that I am definately packing my panties and won't forget it.  :o

oh *&^%. we need our birth certificates? will a passport do? i have no idea where my original birth cert is...i think i only have a copy of the translation.

i just did all my filing, but your panties document filing system might work better than my "wait...which of five bankers boxes is the ls health form copy in??" system.

:D

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With my move only eight days away I'm pretty sure the slight anxiety has now turned into full out panic. I can barely sleep, I'm terrified to leave my friends and my life and I still can't shake the idea that I might be making a huge mistake in my choice of school. I really feel like I should be excited by now and I'm not--not one bit. I feel like I've waited so long for this day and I'm compromising--I'm really afraid that a year from now I will regret this decision and three years from now I will be stuck with a degree from a less than ideal school and a ton of debt.

And if I do completely fail next year and/or am completely miserable I'm not convinced that I will have the heart to up and leave. Maybe it's normal to feel this way..I don't know. I just really expected to be excited and I'm not...it's kind of disappointing.

Ok, whining over. drying eyes...time to pack.

totally normal, don't worry. i know very few people who don't second guess their big commitments, and law school is a big ass commitment. so some panic, some fear, some uncertainty - all totally normal. when you mix up a big ass commitment with leaving your life and support network...well, that makes it even harder to focus on all the reasons you started it in the first place.

and here's the best part...ready? you can always change your mind. if you want to transfer to a "more than ideal" school, you can work towards that goal. if you decide after one year of law school that it totally isn't for you, you leave and pursue something that makes you smile every day. if you are totally convinced right now that this IS a mistake, defer for a year, maybe move to the new city and find a job, and then see how you feel.

be creative in your problem solving....maybe all you need to do is invite your friends to come visit you in the first few weeks of school, so the transition to the new place isn't so lonely. i am doing just that with at least four different people/couples - and they all know that i plan to be studying at least one day of the weekend they are coming to visit. makes me excited about being somewhere brand new, where i know no one, and maybe exploring a little of it with people i love and who support me.

as for me, i spent my afternoon reading every single one of my rejection letters. helped give me perspective in a weird kind of way, knowing that i got rejected from some of the very very best. :D

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especially since i am going next week across the country to look for an apartment. if i don't find a good and reasonably priced one in three days i am hosed.

Assuming you're going to NU, I recommend one of these two agencies:
http://apartmentpeople.com/
http://www.chicagoapartmentfinders.com
We used the Apartment People, and based on our somewhat vague criteria they came up with a list of 5 places to show us, then drove us around to each one, and with the place we rented we even got a discount off our first month's rent.  Both services are free, and these people know the neighborhoods.

thank you thank you thank you....

i had heard of apt people, but good to have a second company to compare with...and thanks for the personal feedback too.

and momo, i decided on one of the hostels - who can beat the price? and at least the dorms are not coed the way they are in central america...

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Making the decision
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:48:55 AM »
or wear thick dark tights...

i'll lend you a pair if you want, but i need 'em back before winter hits the windy city and i freeze my sun lovin' tootsies right off.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Making the decision
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:45:00 AM »
ooops...i should have been clearer...i meant the business of changing the world, not for the money....

and hey. style is a personal thing. you want to wear your cape with birks, that's cool. ;D

just my white socks to keep my feet warm.

LOL

i have such a visual and i don't even know you.

LOL

never seen a guy wearing socks with birks?

yes. yes i have. but the addition of one of our company capes is the touch that sent me over the edge.

are you sure you don't want to reconsider the strappy heels? ;)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Making the decision
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:14:16 AM »
ooops...i should have been clearer...i meant the business of changing the world, not for the money....

and hey. style is a personal thing. you want to wear your cape with birks, that's cool. ;D

just my white socks to keep my feet warm.

LOL

i have such a visual and i don't even know you.

LOL

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Making the decision
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:06:01 AM »
ooops...i should have been clearer...i meant the business of changing the world, not for the money....

and hey. style is a personal thing. you want to wear your cape with birks, that's cool. ;D

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Personal Statement / Re: Is this a decent topic?
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:26:35 AM »
my $.02...

write something that when your friends or family read it, they say, yup, yup, that is totally why you are you. then you will know that the adcomm will get that too.

and some more tough love to both paige and weesqueak...unless you have been out of school for a long time (more than 7-10 years) and are doing a significant or seemingly illogical career change, do not write about why you want to go to law school.

paralegal---->law school would make sense to just about anyone.

new college grad---->law school, very common and no offense meant, but even if you think you know what you want to do with your jd when you finally get your piece of paper, almost no one over 30 will believe it till they see it happen. that isn't a slam at ALL on your potential, or your dreams, or your goals. it is just an observation that almost no one i know over 30 could have guessed at 22 that they would be doing what they are actually doing today.

the point of the ps is to show that you can write. crisply, concisely, and with your own personal voice. it is also to show that you have the maturity and commitment necessary to make it through law school. find a subject that illuminates those qualities, no matter what it is, that you can write about passionately and you will have a ps to remember.

sincerely hope this helps....

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Just applied for my loans (or confirmed the Stafford award) and it gave me a nasty feeling to take on all that debt . . .just for one year!  The relocation anxiety is really getting to me too, since I still haven't sold my house.

Hanging in there though!  :)

I hear ya -- a friend was with me as I went over my budget paperwork last week.  I showed her the total and she was, like, "Ouch!  That's a lot of money!  But hey, it's for three years -- not so bad." 

Of course, I then had to explain that no, that figure was for ONE year.  *Gulp*


hahahahHAHAHAHA!!!! that is SO MY LIFE!! this belongs in the stupid things people have said to you when finding out you are going to law school thread...

i wish i could record the faces people make when finding out the total for one year, and then sloooooooowly doing the math and realizing how much money that is.

the relocation stress has me going too, especially since i am going next week across the country to look for an apartment. if i don't find a good and reasonably priced one in three days i am hosed.

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