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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Maybe we can keep our Macs
« on: April 11, 2005, 09:36:36 PM »
CUA is allowing Mac users to take finals with Securexam this term.

Check the specs on your laptop to see if there is an internal mic.

To those who have recorded lectures this way, how is the quality/clarity?  Does your mic pick up a lot of typing sounds?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Kent PT or Catholic FT?
« on: April 09, 2005, 11:56:39 AM »
I thought he meant the State Department, not Illinois state government, but maybe I'm misunderstanding.  I think the opportunities for federal work will definitely be better at Catholic.  Everyone seemed to emphasize that on admitted students' day.  As for living expenses, how much cheaper would it be to go to Kent?  Balancing that with better opportunities for externships, etc., is it worth it?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Kent PT or Catholic FT?
« on: April 09, 2005, 10:51:04 AM »
Abevigoda, what are your impressions of the two schools from visiting?

3. Then there are working moms who are passionate about their careers. They do whatever they have to do to maintain the balance. These women are time management savvy. They can sometimes be a little critical of the thought of being SAHMs but don't usually criticize others who choose that path.

I hope to be one of these kinds of moms.  I've encountered the first kind, but not really known any of the second yet.  I think your second sentence is the key.  You have to decide what your values are and from there go about living your life according to those values.  I value my family above my career, but both are very important to me.  I may sometimes have to choose my career over my family to meet a short-term goal (like studying for exams), but on the whole, my family comes first.  

I am occasionally critical of the thought of being a SAHM for many years, but just for myself, not in relation to other people.  It's an individual and family choice.  I've been a WAHM since my maternity leave ended and will continue until probably the end of July.  It's been great to be home with my daughter -- really the best arrangement I could have hoped for.  And I think it will be great (though maybe just in retrospect!) to be able to go to law school, and know that my daughter is in a safe, loving environment with a provider I trust, while I'm accomplishing my dream, getting into the law.

As for having more babies... we definitely want at least two more.  They're going to wait until graduation, though (I'll be 27 then).  Now that I know what pregnancy does to my body, I know that I don't want to handle school and deal with that at the same time.

Catholic.  Also applied to the Law and Public Policy program but haven't heard anything yet.   :)

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Baby and in law school?
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:19:51 AM »
My daughter will turn 1 in August.  My husband works full time, and I'm going to attend LS full time, so we're in the middle of interviewing daycare providers.  I don't know if my school has a childcare center, but since we want to put our daughter in a family daycare near our house it doesn't really matter.  Rates we've been quoted range from $150 - $225/week.

Stafford loans can be used for living expenses.  Usually the money gets credited to your student account and then you can use it to pay your bills.  There might be a delay of a week from when the school receives the money to when they can disburse it.

You won't have to make payments on any of it while you're in school. 

Even if they are private loans?

Not even if they are private loans.  They will still charge you interest, but you won't have to pay it.  Then, when your loans go into repayment after graduation, they will also send you a bill showing the total amount of interest you didn't pay while in school.  That amount will be capitalized unless you pay it off right away.  That was the way it worked with the private loans I got for undergrad.  Unsubsidized Stafford loans are like that too, in that you get bills for interest that you don't have to pay, but that unpaid interest (I think they call it deferred?) capitalizes at the end of your grace period.

BTW that baby is too cute ;)

Why thank you.  :)  I probably should update the picture since she has teeth now!

No problem.  I understand where you're coming from.  If your spouse really doesn't like DC, is it worth it to come to Catholic?

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