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Acceptances / Re: IN AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-ST. LOUIS!
« on: March 18, 2005, 12:30:25 PM »
Muncie is definetly interesting.  I am guessing you are from there?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How is this a bad plan?
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:57:09 AM »
You will have to do all the general business stuff as mentioned by the above poster.  i.e. mkg.  If you are going to run it out of local colleges you will have to get permission from the school (I dont know if colleges have agreements with Kaplan that you would have to contend with).  If you were going to run it out of a high school, you would have to go through the administrative channels there.  Since essentially you will be running your own business, you will prob have to do all the extra tax/administrative stuff that comes with it as well, I would assume (not sure exactly how that runs with a such a small business).  May want to check and make sure you dont need any special permission other than through the school either, like licenses (i doubt it, but do the legwork first).  You will want to make sure all the possible loose ends are wrapped up first, especially if you are studying law (i.e. make sure nothing can possibly haunt you later, esp if you are thinking about business law).

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How is this a bad plan?
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:41:00 AM »
When you make tons of money, share the wealth ;)

j/k.  Good luck :)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How is this a bad plan?
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:17:20 AM »
It sounds like a great way to make money.  You might want to make sure that Kaplan cannot claim predatory pricing, though.  Just a suggestion.  Check out this article.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-169es.html

Just a quick search.  You might want to do a more extensive one to see if it even applies to you.

If all checks out, go for it! Thats what competition is all about! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: My problem with the LSAT..
« on: March 15, 2005, 12:09:41 AM »
If you do well on something so important to the admissions process you certainly should ve proud, particularily if you worked hard and prepared well and then proceeded to receive the benefits.  Congratultations to those who did well.  The test can generally be agreed upon by all as being difficult.  

There is however, a difference in being proud and being arrogant/boastful/rude.  One can certainly be proud and maintain humility.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: My problem with the LSAT..
« on: March 15, 2005, 12:09:04 AM »
If you do well on something so important to the admissions process you certainly should ve proud, particularily if you worked hard and prepared well and then proceeded to receive the benefits.  Congratultations to those who did well.  The test can generally be agreed upon by all as being difficult. 

There is however, a difference in being proud and being arrogan/boastful/rude.  One can certainly be proud and maintain humility.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: My problem with the LSAT..
« on: March 14, 2005, 11:37:01 PM »


A valid arguement certainly exists for both sides.  The ability to do well on the LSAT does exist for everyone, however unequally.  In the admissions process, an equalizer for GPAs that different in extreme amounts is definetly helpful and necessary for making admissions decisions.  If the LSAT did not exist, people would complain that a GPA from one school is better then another, or that classes were inherently harder in their specific program than in another.  These are arguements that have certainly been discussed in many different forums.  

I am partial towards the unfair side of the issue, particularily because I did not have the time nor money to prepare effectively.  An overload student the semester before I took the exam, a full time student the summer before I took the exam, and an overload student the semester I actually took the exam, while working 35-40 hrs a week (days in an office, nights in a restaurent) while keeping a 3.9 in an honors program did not allow me the time to spend that many do have.  I also definetly did not have the extra money to spend on a course or special tutor.  But enough of my "unfair" speech.  I ultimately did poorly, as would be expected.  

Despite my own personal problems with the test, I do think an equalizer is necessary.  Perhaps the focus needs to be shifted from wether or not the LSAT is fair or unfair as negatives have been proven for both sides.  Perhaps a better focus would be a constructive solution to an already analyzed and inherent problem with not only the test but the admissions process.  Then, we all must remember (myself included) the cliche "Life is never fair."  Those who are likely to be successfull will overcome those "unfair" hands that are dealt to them and turn those issues into an opportunity.  Every great leader has had some major problem to overcome.  Roosevelt was disabled by polia; Churchill was a POW before he came to power; Oprah Winfrey was sexually abused, etc.  Regardless of who you think is a great leader, odds are they overcame something that would be considered "unfair."

I am sure I will be attacked for my optimism, but oh well...

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As many posters have acknowledged this situation is very unfortunate for BigTex, whom I truly believe has no intent to deceive, and although none of us really have 100% of the information from both sides, from what it appears, the school may have handled this situation poorly.  

BigTex, as said before, keep your head up.

I do think that much of the situation was handled poorly, either intentionally or unintentionally.

All of us must remember (myself included) that anything we say anywhere can be used against us at anytime if it becomes important to a specific situation.  This includes verbal or written comments either online or offline (granted sometimes these comments are not able to be used in a courtroom, but still may have impact in terms of an investigation or a creation of suspicion, note:as I am not a lawyer yet my specifics may be blurred).  When using an online board that reveals personal information, despite how helpful it may be to others, one runs the risk of having that information traced back to that person.  This is why there are so many warnings about sharing personal information over the net.  Identity theft is part of this problem.  

If BigTex claimed to be hispanic in his application, due to his specific situation, it appears he has the responsibility to further explain his reasoning behind this, i.e. make his case.  Granted, if the school does not accept addendum, that would limit his ability to do this.  My question: did he alter his personal statement for this particular school to address what was addressed in his addendum to the other schools?  In this case, the actions of the school seem unnecessary.

From what I have gathered, this school contacted other schools to which BigTex applied.  I would be interested, as are many other posters, as to the issue of the right to educational privacy and its application in this instance.  It would appear that the school had a responsibility to address to situation to the applicant before contacting the other schools.  

Many posters are unhappy that schools are reading these boards and using that information against us in the application process, as am I.  This is unfortunate, however, we must remember that this board is an enormous source of information to anyone who choses to use it.  There are no limits to who has access.  This includes adcomms, attorneys, etc.  I certainly feel for BigTex as it seems the situation is very unfortunate and that no intent to deceive was made.  At the same time, one can not assume that the ONLY people reading and commenting on these boards are future students.  

I would also be very intersted in hearing the school's response to the situation, however, as mentioned by another poster, this would probably be unwise for the school.  It is definetly appropriate to give the school the opportunity though, just as the school should have given BigTex the opportunity before contacting the other schools.


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Denials / Re: UF
« on: March 10, 2005, 09:50:55 AM »
My numbers are almost identical only I have no military experience.  I will be expecting my rejection soon :(.

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Acceptances / Re: Not QUITE in at Valpo
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:51:20 PM »
Same thing.  I thought it was my safety.

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