Thanks for the input...I'm looking for places right now (will be moving next month). If you have any other suggestions I'd appreciate it.
Let me just say that I will miss California's harsh anti-smoking laws. I wish people could only smoke inside their own home or their own car with the windows closed. If you want to do it to yourself, be my guest but don't give me cancer while you're at it. For goodness sake, the innocent passerby doesn't even get the filter!
It doesn't seem like a big deal until I go to another state where people smoke in restaurants and bars--then I remember how thankful I am for CA's laws.
You're from California and you're worried about second hand smoke?!?! I'd probably be a little bit more concerned that you live in a state with one of the highest levels of air pollution. You should be complaining to your state representative about our president's environmental policy.
Anyone Boston Bound? Post your school here and why you chose it.
I'm going to BC, and am happy that a decision has been made.
I will bring my car, and am living with someone near Harvard Square in Cambridge (soldiers field won't take too long in the morning, I hope!). Prices are a bit high, but I would pay double to live in Cambridge over roach-infested Allston or Brighton.
Hehe.. thanks. Something else good about Boston: Beacon Hill!
I plan on cutting back through the summer until I'm only smoking say three or four cigs a day (from my current 10 a day, many, many more while drinking). I'd quit all together except i really do like smoking. A lot.
Painting: It's worth mentioning that the nicotine-memory connection has only been demonstrated using rodent studies. Further, it has been hypothesized that any positive effects on memory are highly limited by encoding specificity. ie, you can only recall the information you memorized while smoking with added efficiency if you're smoking during recall. Also, if I recall correctly, they only demonstrated a correlation in procedural memory, not episodic or semantic memory, so the positive effects on recall of facts would be minimal at best.
I'm an extremely occasional smoker for an entirely different reason. Nicotine causes serotonin release. I smoke irregularly enough that I've never felt addicted, but when I do smoke I feel mildly euphoric. I keep myself in check by only budgeting one cigarette for each time I work out. If I want to smoke more than seven cigarettes per week, I have to start hitting the gym twice a day. No stress.
The exception to that during undergrad was midterms and finals. I might go all month without smoking more than half a pack on average. During finals week I'll blow through two packs pretty easily.
Heading to BU in August. Honestly, BU was on my competitive-ish list of schools that I kind of wished I wouldnt be attending. I would KILL to be at GULC or NYU right now, but that's life. Admissions season was a rude awakening, but I guess its always good to get a dose of humility before this craziness starts. A shallow little pick-me-up came when I found out that now we're T20.
I visited a few weeks ago and I had a great impression of the city. Its smallish and easy to get around. I had the T pretty much figured out by the end of the weekend. A problem: I was just looking at rents on craigslist like two minutes ago.. its not cheap. At ALL. Boston seems to rival NYC prices and destroys Pittsburgh prices. Oh well.. thats not going to break any deals. Just something new to whine about.
My goal is to end up in DC or NYC, but if I do end up living in Boston for a few years after law school, I definitely can see myself settling down and really enjoying myself there.