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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: July 06, 2005, 03:18:08 PM »
I've made my final selections:

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This sleeve fits my Thinkpad 14.1" T43 perfectly!  I had originally ordered the Sumdex ImpactGuard sleeve, but it was really ill-fitting, and not padded on the corners.  I returned it for this, which is much better and cuter!  I'm thinking of getting the asterisk one in blue too.

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This backpack is so awesome.  It's really well-made.  The straps are so padded and spongy.  There's a special padded section for a laptop, and a special section for an mp3 player.  I couldn't decide between this one and another model called "Oleander," so I ordered them both.  They were both good, but I like this one better.

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This is so cool!  The large one is big enough for a power cable, a lock, and a network cable.  It's perforated so the heat can dissipate.  And stylish!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Stanford Bound!
« on: June 21, 2005, 02:04:39 PM »
I had Sprint and AT&T and Cingular during the time I was there, and they all worked fine.  Can't speak to specific grad housing, but they all worked in the undergrad dorms and all around the law school.  Also, reception can differ from phone to phone even with the same carrier.


I saw your post to me in another thread.  I'll summarize my LSAT experience.  I took Kaplan because I need a structured class.  I didn't want to do any of the other classes because they have way too much in-class time.  I work full time, and Kaplan was only one night a week, so it was perfect.  I'm good at standardized tests, so I just needed the class to keep me on schedule and teach me about the test.

I took the first diagnostic cold, knowing nothing about the LSAT.  I got a 166, and I gradually saw improvement over the course of the class, with my last few diagnostics being 178/180.  So, I did pretty much how I expected on the actual test - 179.

At this point, the test is so close, I would focus on what you can do test day to reduce your stress.  Pack a lot of food.  The day is really long.  I brought crackers, grapes, a sandwich, some energy bars...  A lot of food.  And I ate all of it.  You don't get out of there until after 5pm.  And I remember getting there at like 10:30 or something.  I brought a book to read, which helped with all the waiting.

Also, definitely use a timer on the test.  You can buy a kitchen timer at Target for like $4.99.  You can remove the beeper - just unscrew the back, pull it off, and look for a metal disk about the size of a quarter.  It will have a couple of wires attached to it.  Cut those, and put the back on.  Voila, a silent timer! 

Get a lot of sleep the night before the night before your test.  (Monday test = Saturday night sleep v. important)  Don't drink alcohol for a week before the test if you can.  In addition to just being helpful on its own, this also helps you by cutting down your staying out late.

Just try to stay relaxed, keep your energy up, and don't worry about a section once you've finished it.  That's the best you can do at this point.  Also don't freak out and try to take all the diagnostics the weekend before.

Well, it is a tough decision.  Because lots of people have my number now.  If I change it, I won't necessarily be able to let everyone know about the new number.  People will lose the ability to get in touch with me!  On the other hand, when am I going to let go of my southern california area code, since I don't intend to live there again...

I think I'll just have a Boston area code for 3 years and then change again when I decide where I want to live when I grow up...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New Laptop Models??
« on: June 01, 2005, 09:03:30 AM »
right before Christmas.   ;)

Incoming 1Ls / Cheaper to Move My Stuff or Buy All New Stuff??
« on: June 01, 2005, 09:02:45 AM »
I'm moving from Los Angeles to Boston for law school.  I was thinking that I'd just get rid of all my stuff here and buy new stuff when I get there.  (I heart Walmart!)  Then I started thinking about what a hassle it is to go shopping for things.  Then you have to figure out where the stores are in your new town, plus how to get there and get your stuff back.  The more I thought about all the work that it involves, the more I started thinking about just shipping the junk I already have. 

One of those door-to-door containers is like $1,400.  I could definitely fit everything into it.  On the other hand, I could probably replace everything I own for less than $1,400. 

I just don't know what to do.  Are there cheaper ways to get my stuff there?

If I keep the number I have now, I'll be the only person I know with my area code.  My boyfriend will be in a different area code, my parents are somewhere else, I'll be living somewhere completely different in the summers.  I can't decide which area code to pick, so I think I'll go with my law school's area code, just because.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Health insurance: special notice for women
« on: May 08, 2005, 09:05:15 AM »
I would read the fine print on your Cobra carefully.  I don't know that you can keep it if you move out of your home state.  It specifically says that if I move out of the area, my Cobra coverage ends. 

I have mine in California, but it only allows me to stay on my current health plan, which has offices only in southern California.  When I move to the east coast, I won't be able to keep my Cobra insurance.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Post Your Movie Review: Sin City
« on: May 04, 2005, 11:38:28 AM »
The violence is really graphic, but like an earlier poster said, it's cartoony.  Like, there's a scene where someone's arms and legs get cut off and he's tied to a tree with the oozing stumps hanging out and then someone sics a dog on him to eat the rest of him alive.  And yet, somehow it wasn't so gross, because it's not very real-lifey.  I'm not a Tarantino fan, but I liked Sin City.  There were parts where I had to cover my eyes, but overall it was fun.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at Yale
« on: April 19, 2005, 09:27:58 AM »
There's no biglaw for me; I'd rather default on my private loans.  Actually, I think NYU would be easier to pick if I wanted biglaw, because salaries are about the same unless you want Wachtell or Covington, which pay more than others.  I want to go into academia, which neither of their LRAP programs will pay for, but Harvard's will pay for the PhD, which I am interested in.

Harvard's LIPP will pay for academia.  As I recall, Harvard's pays for any job where you earn under 70k.  There's a rule that if you work for a for-profit corporation, it has to be law related.  From what I recall of their fin aid presentation, they were pretty generous. 

I also think the $2300/mo number for loan repayment was high.  As I recall from their presentation, borrowing the full amount (>$150k) resulted in loan payments closer to $1200-1300 per month.

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