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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn State Dickinson
« on: March 22, 2005, 06:26:51 AM »
Accepted 3.84/154.

I live in York (30 min. away)and have visited.  If you like a small town atmosphere, then Carlisle will be a nice place.  I really liked the campus.  It is immediately next door to Dickinson College (not affiliated, but same name, go figure). Dickinson also has a good reputation in Central PA.  Carlisle has a summer fairground series where they bring in classic cars, motorcycles, antiques, and all kinds of other stuff.

I am not going to attend here for two large reasons. $$ from them.  Two....I have lived here for wayyy too long and the sun of Florida sounds nice in my life about now.  Other than that, I was impressed with their staff when I went to the open house and the couple of faculty I talked to were extremely approachable and nice. 

i have a toshiba and have had nothing but problems with it. it's only 6 months old. it overheats and shuts down frequently when i'm working and as a result, i've lost documents which cannot be recovered. this would be a big problem if you were in class taking notes. the mouse works when it feels like it. and a lot of times it refuses to recognize that it's plugged into the wall and runs off the battery instead. save yourself the time and trouble...don't buy a toshiba. the only good thing i can say is that at least they'll take it back and try to fix it, and if they can't they'll replace it.

I solved my overheating problem with my Toshiba by blowing it out with compressed air once in a blue moon, but yeah, I was surprised at that problem.  I am also very tough on laptops.  I had the same problem with the power cord once in a while too.  Both problems were relatively minor for me, but for others, they may be a big deal.

The VAIO is wayyyyyy overpriced.  I did one of those Internet offers for a free laptop that actually wasn't a scam and got mine for free or else I couldn't have justified the money.

There are a lot of should i get this, etc. posts- but what kind of laptop do YOU have?

Dell at work....seems ok, but I have never taken it out of the docking station, so I won't speak for durability.

Toshiba at home.  Heavy, but has handled my abuse pretty well.

Just got a Sony Vaio last week.  Very light and overall seems to be a great laptop except for putting the USB ports on the left side....some left-handed engineer is laughing at me right now.

Acceptances / Re: Who's still in at NOWHERE??!!
« on: March 20, 2005, 10:26:32 PM »
I've just come from digging a huge pit in front of my mailbox, complete with pungee sticks in the bottom. Thankfully with today being Palm Sunday, I was able to get a whole bunch of palm fronds to cover the hole. Now I've got him...

I was wondering what to do with those extra palms!!

Law School Applications / Re: Dogs (& pets) in LS
« on: March 18, 2005, 02:17:06 PM »
>:( I later found out that West Highland terriers are particularly vendictive little shits when you leave them alone too much (it was just 7 - 4 typically). Guess it pays to research breeds first.

I have a Westie as well.  I am very glad I chose this dog, but they definately have that terrier attitude and if you haven't experienced it before it can be frsutrating.  Fortunately, I have a fiancee and a daughter who help keep him occupied.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Stetson?
« on: March 17, 2005, 02:30:06 PM »
I visited there in the middle of January.  The campus looks much better in person than the website.  The houses around the school were nothing to brag about, but it was very quiet and residential.  The library is very new and in great shape.  The gym was a good size and they have a really nice pool on campus.  The cafeteria wasn't anything to brag about either, but the food was good.  They have wireless all over and each desk had its own port and plug.  Beautiful fountains and towers all over.  This is definately one of the nicest campuses I have visited so far.

I just mailed my seat deposit to them today.  The largest factor was the area rather than the school itself.  I was really looking hard at Loyola(NO), but being that close to some awesome beaches is too hard to turn down.  I know I won't have much time off, but if I can sneak away for two hours, I can go to the beach and be back very easily.  The neighborhoods seemed pretty safe and the proximity to Tampa (10-20min) is ideal for my fiancee to find a job.

My biggest impression I took away from my tour was meeting the students.  They were very friendly and laid back.  None of the frantic, competitive stress mongers I was expecting (of course it wasn't finals week either).  I even got a call from one of them the other day offering to answer any questions I might have. 

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stetson Financial Aid Info
« on: March 15, 2005, 12:28:35 PM »
Damn....that is basically what they told me a few weeks ago, except for after the deposit part.  I guess I better send that in and maybe have to eat the cost later.

Denials / Re: Denied at U. Florida
« on: March 02, 2005, 02:05:04 PM »
Who would want to live in FloriTTTa?

I don't think it would bother me at

Denials / Re: Denied at U. Florida
« on: March 02, 2005, 01:56:00 PM »
Sorry to hijack.  ;D

lol...that's ok.  Have any of you checked out Stetson's housing?    The school's houses are supposed to be pretty nice on the inside and the price is very good, but I wasn't impressed with the outside.  I found some nice apartments a few miles away. 

Denials / Re: Denied at U. Florida
« on: March 01, 2005, 09:28:09 PM »
Nope....I applied for fall semester.  I am also out of state, and I know they are restricted to only 20% or so from out of state.  So I imagine that the out of staters prolly have a much higher LSAT score

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