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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: PENN!!
« on: March 24, 2005, 05:26:15 AM »

given your numbers, i think it is fair to say you swept the friggin floor with you applications this cycle! i am so proud of you! you were a regular shoot em up tex!

are you really still considering u of h with all those fancy T20 schools up on your jock?

Hey, thanks!  I'm wearing my "Defied All Predictions" badge with pride.  It's a good thing that Penn likes MA's.  :)  The weird part is that I missed at the T14 schools where people predicted I would be accepted.  But, after rereading my application and visiting Penn, I realized that I couldn't have done more to tailor myself to fit their profile (they mean it, they really do, I'm proof!).  It was complete dumb luck, but hey, it worked out.  :)

I'm from Houston and UT is no longer impressed with my prodigal daughter routine (but it worked for grad school!), so UofH is my only chance to return home.  And I can do so with less debt than buying a car normally entails.  Am I going to take it?  Probably not.  Is the possibility of winding up in the same place 5 years from now $150,000 less in debt going to haunt me for a very long time?  You betcha.

But I also have a relationship to consider.  Penn puts me much closer to the boy and doesn't tie me to one city like UofH does (boyfriend is in med school, he'll be matching to residencies the same year I finish law school).  Long-term, it probably is the better choice for me.  Now I just need to convinve some loan officers of that.  :) 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: PENN!!
« on: March 23, 2005, 05:24:52 PM »
Yup, Guy Incognito, I sure did meet you, I'm the blonde chic that studies Chinese.  :)  Let me know how your decisions go--you'd be a cool classmate.  :)

I still don't think that I met InVino Veritas, though, which is really too bad.   :-\

Site Suggestions and Announcements / Re: Financial Aid Board?
« on: March 22, 2005, 10:17:51 AM »
Just yesterday I was posting some information about financial aid packages and was wondering where I should put it... :)

Law School Admissions / Re: Houston, Texas
« on: March 21, 2005, 05:14:48 PM »
lol, not that rich. But my husband and I are looking for a house no more than $150,00 in a nice area. What is the best area in our budget?

Are you looking at new or used? Do you have kids? Is your relocation temporary or permanent?

I'm doing the same thing. However, being from CA I'm prepared to make quite a haul for a commute. Here's the list that people have suggested to me:

NOT Fresno or Missouri City

1st Choices: Near the Beltway, The Heights, Houston (Montrose, Midtown, Medical Center, Bellaire West(or something)

2nd Choices: Pearland, Sugarland, Stafford, Kingwood, Humble

3rd Choices: Katy, League City, Pasadena (but only near Fairmont Parkway)

$150,000 in Houston will get you a nice house, particularly in the burbs.  A couple of comments on Scurvy's list:

--Keep in mind that parts of Houston have no zoning (Montrose is a good example).  Pay attention to what's around you in terms of potential development.
--Neighborhoods vary GREATLY in both the Heights and Montrose.  Make sure you hang around at night.
--Bellaire is really expensive.  I would be surprised if you can find a decent home for $150K.
--West University is even more expensive.
--The commute to UofH from Pearland isn't bad at all, especially since you don't have to take the 59.  Pearland is really varied.  Silverlake is nice, but that's another area where I would be surprised if you can find something for $150K.
--The local traffic in League City can be REALLY bad (and this comes from someone currently living in LA).  But it's a really nice area.
--I'm not a Pasadena fan.  I think you can get more bang for your buck, especially in terms of your home holding its value.

towanda, my numbers twin!!

Nothing but loans from W&M, which sucks when your EFC is 467. They are getting a withdrawal tomorrow or the day after.

That's really bizarre.  Where are you thinking at this point?

Thanks!  This cycle's been very good to me. 
Those are both absolultely terrific schools (though W & L is a better environment IMHO). I think your awards are both generous. Congrats on your achievements!

Both were via USPS.  No need-based aid in either place (so the only news was in loan eligibility).  I forget when I heard about the merit award from W&M.  Seems like it was a few weeks after I was admitted... the date should be in my LSN profile.

EDIT:  It was 1/24, which turns out to be less than a week after I was admitted. 

Got my finalized financial aid awards from both schools today.  Merit awards I already knew about plus loan eligibility.  Damn, W&M sure is cheap.   :-\

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: PENN!!
« on: March 21, 2005, 10:52:57 AM »
In a world where my choice of law school impacted nothing but my career prospects and where I'd be spending the next three years, I'd choose Penn in a heartbeat.  Unfortunately I, like you, have lots of other factors to consider.  I will probably still wind up at Penn in the fall, but the decision is by no means an easy one.

That's a great deal you got from UCLA.  You're in-state, yes?  That's nearly a full-ride, right? Congrats!

I didn't apply to any of the top 6, but lots of people remarked that Penn was a much more cohesive community than NYU, if that helps.  Strictly hearsay though.  :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: PENN!!
« on: March 21, 2005, 09:10:46 AM »
InVinoVeritas--do you think that you're going to go?

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