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Acceptances / Re: another school vs. school question; duke vs. umich
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:52:50 PM »
I applied to Duke and was rejected, so let that inform what I'm about to say.

I applied only to NC schools because I wasn't ready to move out of state, but I got an application with a letter sent to me by Michigan based on my lsdas stuff...and the letter was SO nice (even without a fee waiver).  And they have a great Q&A section for those that are waitlisted...in fact, I found thier website really helpful in general.  On the other hand, Duke sent me nothing, when I met some of thier people at various forums, I wasn't all that impressed by the way I was treated (though I wasn't treated unfairly either-more indifferently).  I guess what I'm getting is that neither of these schools necessarily need to do recruiting, but Michigan for whatever reason wanted me to have thier application.  Even at my most cynical (they just want people with good numbers to apply to help out thier rankings) seems to me the fact they are taking active measures to help out thier ranking will only serve me in the long run as a graduate.  If things don't work out for me this year, I'll definitely be applying there next year (and not to Duke).

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Future Gamecocks?
« on: April 21, 2005, 02:09:05 PM »
I used to work at USC, and have lived in other parts of the US before that.  For some, coming to SC can be a bit of culture shock-but Columbia has come a long way in the three years since I lived there.  Lots more for grownups to do around town now (by grownups I mean grad students and professionals...always has been a good scene at 5 points for the undergrad types).  

As for the law school, be prepared to practice in state.  I think there's also a fair amount of 'good o'boys' politics linked to that school, since I'm pretty sure about half (if not more) of the state politicians got thier law degrees there.  So again, good if you want to move to SC, limiting if you wish to work outside the state.  Also, do some checking into faculty changes...I heard that the new law school in Charleston was drawing away some USC faculty (that school is due to be ABA approved in a year or two).  Also, the NC board of governors recently approved the opening of a law school in Charlotte.  So they won't be the only game in town long!

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My immediate supervisor already knows.  But that is between the two of us.  I will submit my resignation and deliver a surprise on all two weeks before my departure date. 

This is an excellent point.  In retrospect, it would have been better for me if I had kept this plan a little more to myself.  My supervisor wrote one of my recommendations, so of course that person knew.  But it's been creating some interesting (and not always positive) vibes in the office, from people who are gunning for my position should it become vancant.  People are also starting to leave me out of some decision-making.  And the uncomfortable thing-I haven't been admitted.  I'm waitlisted.  So now, I may not be able to plan a graceful exit as I had originally intended.

In general though, I think for most professional positions, a month is about right.  Two weeks for hourly positions, especially those with no benefits.

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Wait List / Re: Waitlisted at UNC
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:33:38 AM »
The CALLED you to let you know that?  What is THAT about?  Call you so you can hurry up and wait?  So you don't withdraw your application in the hope that you'll be pulled from the waitlist?  I've been waitlisted since early March and it's killing me-this process makes you evil.

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Looks like someone has been accepted off the waitlist as well on LSN.  Keeping my fingers crossed...

Congrats!

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Just curious to see how many are paying seat deposits for UNC who had today as a deadline.  More curious to see who is withdrawing thier application if not paying deposit (I'm waitlisted...)

Thanks!

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Wait List / Re: Waitlist, (I'm not a big) fanclub
« on: April 14, 2005, 04:26:33 PM »
I applied to so many to be on the safe side...I am staying on BU and GW's WL but I am still thinking about the others.

And you were admitted to 13...with money.  Man, sucks to be in that position!  Have you withdrawn from any of the schools you've been admitted to, since many may be waiting for either your spot or your scholarships?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC admits
« on: April 08, 2005, 03:27:12 PM »
Here are a couple of maps/sites of interest.  The first is a map of park and ride lots (Chapel Hill transit is FREE) and the second is the CH Transit site, which has a route map you can use when looking at apartments in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

http://www.dps.unc.edu/dps/maps/park_and_ride_map.htm

http://www.chtransit.org/

Thanks for the well-wishes. Got my fingers crossed!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC admits
« on: April 08, 2005, 12:46:32 PM »
I'm not admitted, but can I still post?  (Duke reject, UNC Waitlist, and number 1 choice, only two schools applied to this year)

I've been working at UNC for three years now.  The first two years I lived on a busline in Carrboro.  My apartment was in Autumn Woods...on the expensive side ($800/month for one bedroom with den (basically two bedroom one bath, or one bedroom with office). 

Parking is as bad as everyone is saying-I don't even qualify for on-campus parking and if I did I would pay $400/year.

So I took the bus every day.  Great for gas milage, but you pay to live on a busline (though there are much cheaper options than Autumn Woods on the 54 Bypass (J bus line). 

Last summer I bought a townhome in Southwest Durham (or wanna-be Chapel Hill but cheaper) near Woodcroft.  It takes me 15 minutes to drive to the Friday Center Park and Ride, where I park for free, and take the bus the rest of the way in.  There are several buses that run out there (until about 9pm at least) and it stops right by the law school.  Many LS students seem to use this option..you can always tell by the books they carry and the size of thier backpacks :)  And night parking is doable on-campus, so you can always take a break, ride out to pick up your car (or if you exercise, run out and get your car...it's about two-three miles from the school and half of it is bikepath, and you can fit your workout into the break) and bring it back so you don't have to worry about missing the last bus while you are in the library.

Durham is typically cheaper than Chapel Hill, so it's worth the look.  And although parts of Durham have a reputation for being on the sketchy side, South Durham and Southwest Durham are pretty safe, and rapidly growing areas (esp around Streets at Southpoint mall, and the Hope Commons area (near the intersection of 15-501 and I-40).

For the poster who wants to live near the nightlife...There are some complexes on Franklin, and a couple of condo type places on Rosemary Street (parallel to Franklin) and Airport Drive (close to the intersection of Franklin and Columbia St., aka what you saw in the arial footage of our Championship celebration (Go Heels!).  But I agree that this is largely an undergrad crowd...noise might be an issue.  And no one will want you to be the crabby grad student neighbor that always calls the cops just when the party is getting going!

hope that helps!


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Acceptances / Re: accepted to UNC
« on: April 07, 2005, 11:50:16 AM »
Thanks for updating-as a waitlister I really appreciate it!

Best of luck wherever it is you decided to go!


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