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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Joint Degree-specifically an MD/JD
« on: May 12, 2006, 11:10:25 AM »
In the past, I seriously considered the MD/JD program.  I actually applied to med school and got 19 interview offers before I decided that I wanted to do law, too.  So for a while I contemplated doing both, but for now it is just law school.  Every once in a while I think it is a waste for me to have taken the MCAT and all the premed courses and to not use them.  That said, at the time, I wanted to work in policy.  I have found that in the policy world, like here in DC, if you are an MD, you automatically get more credibility in the healthcare policy world.

Have you taken the required premed courses and the MCAT?  If you haven't yet, you may find that after looking through the MCAT (which in the end is an 8 hour test) that med school is or isn't for you.  But if you have any questions about the med school application process, feel free to PM me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Mixed thoughts on DC
« on: April 27, 2006, 01:44:31 PM »
Regarding Columbia Heights, I was looking at a number of houses in that area in the past.  $500 sounds like a great deal.  We were going to pay $700 each for a four bedroom in Columbia Heights, but it was really close to the Metro, about a block down from the Giant.  As soon as the new Target gets built over that way, I think rent is really going to go up, so you may want to get in before that happens.  Personally, I like the character of Columbia Heights/U Street area more than the NoVa area, so I think that depends on personality, too.  You can also walk to Adams Morgan if you like the bar hopping scene.  And DC isn't nearly as dangerous as people say.  Just be smart.  I live in NE just blocks from H Street, and I feel safe.  Also, you can really find some good Happy Hour deals.  Just keep your eyes open.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Mixed thoughts on DC
« on: April 21, 2006, 11:13:35 AM »
OK, this may be a little off topic, but in regards to meeting new people, I think DC is more difficult than other cities.  I feel like you meet a lot of people and get to know them superficially, but it's really hard to make good friends.  And because the population is so transient, it's always difficult to continue friendships/relationships.

And if you live in NOVA, it's a pain to get in and out of the city.  It obviously depends on where you are going to school, but on a weekend, from GULC to Ballston it takes me up to an hour.

And I agree that tourists are a pain.  I think it comes from the fact that tourists forget that DC is not just a tourist attraction.  People stop and take pictures, etc. without realizing that some people actually work.  This is especially true in places like the Capitol.  My advice if you are coming to DC, remember to stand on the right and walk on the left of the escalator.  People are really mean about that, and I learned the hard way when I first got out here.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Who is going to Georgetown?
« on: April 21, 2006, 10:43:43 AM »
I sent my check in on April 5 and got the email on the 14th, but I live in DC, so I wouldn't sweat it yet.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Georgetown Class of 2009
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:02:14 PM »
Public transportation at night really depends on where you are going and at what time.  The Metro closes at around midnight I think on the weekdays, and at like 2 or 3 am on the weekends, so you need to make sure you don't miss the last train.  And safety really depends on where you are going.  You can go plenty of places and be fine, but other neighborhoods, like some areas of PG County and all of Anacostia you want to avoid.  I will just be walking home at night, so I'm not too worried, especially because I've lived in the area for a while and am pretty comfortable with it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Georgetown Class of 2009
« on: April 20, 2006, 10:46:56 AM »
I agree with WinnieCooper.  I live around Union Station in a 3-bedroom row house, we pay $2200 for the whole thing.  It's really a good deal.

Lily, what dual degree program are you doing?  I might do one too, but I'm still kind of on the fence.

Pass36, Did you live on the Eastside?  That's where I grew up!  I spend the first 18 years of my life there until I moved to Seattle proper for school.

Regarding the rain, I didn't really realize how often it was cloudy/overcast until my friends pointed it out to me.  It's really different than here on the East Coast where it may be super cold, but at least the sun is shining.  Another reason why people get depressed in Seattle during the winters is because the days are super short.  Because it is so far up north, in the dead of winter it will be dark at 4:30 or 5.  I don't mind, but it might bother some people, so it's something you may want to keep in mind.  That said, the summer's are absolutely wonderful and worth suffering through the crappiness of winter.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Who is going to Georgetown?
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:58:41 AM »
I picked GULC over Northwestern and the University of Washington (which is where I went to undergrad) because I love DC so much.  But I do think that you need to be aware of what DC is like.  Some people come here and hate it.  I think that I never want to leave, and the opportunities here are unparalleled.

Good review.  I'm not going to UW but your comments make me want to.  I'm from Seattle originally, so give me a holler if you have any questions about the area.  Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Who is going to Georgetown?
« on: April 17, 2006, 07:17:07 AM »
Regarding the confirmation email.  I only got that once they had my check in hand.  Apparently, my transcript got there a while ago, but they don't send out the email until they have the money.  So I wouldn't be too worried about not getting the email yet.

On another note, I live a little east of Union Station in a row house with some of my friends.  It's quite a good deal and I love living on the hill.  It's so convenient (except when it comes to grocery shopping).

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