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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Thomas v. Nova Southeastern
« on: June 05, 2005, 08:17:33 PM »
FLorida Law - you are right - UF has a satellite campus there - Not FSU - oly Gators, not Seminoles to go with the cowboys in Davie

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Thomas v. Nova Southeastern
« on: June 03, 2005, 06:40:16 AM »
I was accepted at both schools and even though St Thomas is further than Nova from my home (I live one town over from Davie and could ride my bike there) I picked St Thomas.

I have been dealing with Nova for the past 10 years for various things - they have a private high school on campus and are big into early childhood education with a preschool and such, and just find it to be a very snotty school as far as the staff and faculty go.  It is also a much larger school and very congested - you have FAU, FSU, Broward Community COllege, plus 1 high school, 2 elementary schools and 1 middle school all along the same road - traffic is a nightmare in the AM and parking is not great.  It is a safe neighborhood however, but I think the rents there are very high.  It is much more of a commuter school than anything. I have no idea if they have dorms or not.  It is surrounded by either trailer parks, shopping malls or apartment complexes.

St Thomas is about a 1/2 hour further from where I live and yeah - the neighborhood it is in is pretty gross.  I just like that it isn't as large a school, the faculty seemed very helpful.  Would I walk around outside of campus at night>  No way - but there really isn't a need to.

If you live in S FLorida - you need a car - I couldn't even imagine dealing with public transportation.  If you need any other info let me know................

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tell me if I should buy this Dell Laptop
« on: May 29, 2005, 08:29:23 PM »
Take a look at the reconditioned Dells - the same warranty's are available, and they seem to be cheaper that if you customize.  I have an Inspiron 8500 - it has a huge screen and is kind of heavy, but I am driving to school and am older than the average student, so the larger screen will be an advantage!!  Also, Dell has a really good credit line available.  This is my 3rd Dell - we have 2 desktops plus my laptop and I am happy with it

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone Attending St. Thomas?
« on: May 19, 2005, 07:27:54 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone Attending St. Thomas?
« on: May 19, 2005, 07:28:13 AM »
Go away Florida Law - you never have anything good to say........

I am excited about St Thomas - and I don't find it necessary to bash other schools.....

fliingdutchmen - hope you like lots of snow and corn - that's what you will see in Iowa the next 3 years.....

I love FLorida - after growing up in the northeast and living their until I was 24 I don't miss the cold or snow at all!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone Attending St. Thomas?
« on: May 17, 2005, 05:30:11 PM »
Yes - I am.  I tried to start a board under the school names.  Are you from the area or are you moving here from out of state?

I have lived in S FL for 10 years - going back to school after a loooong time.....  How about you?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: May 15, 2005, 12:10:23 PM »
My 2 cents...

I bought a Mobile Edge bag on Dell - fake croc - I have a 15" laptop ( what was I thinking??) and it fit perfectly along with a couple of books anc accessories

My friend has an adorable sriped tote bag/purse from Bath and Body Works that she carries her Sony VAIO in ( tiny thing) that has quite a bit of room for extras....

The Target bags are absolutely adorable but are really sleeves with handles.  That's about all the inspiring and informative info I have......

I have lived outside Fort Lauderdale for 10 years - being a homeowner and having to put up shutters and stuff is a major hassle, but the community really comes together during the watches and warnings......

Last September was a pain in the ass - we just got over one storm and took everything down and another came through.  BUt do I feel unsafe?  No.  I have lived in Kansas where they have tornados - now THAT was scary.  Like the last poster said - everywhere has some weather negative, and January in florida more than makes up for the negatives!!!

let me know if you have specific concerns etc - I'd be more than willing to help.  And by the way - I am going to St Thomas which is inland.  Even if you live near the beach, there will be people to help if you have nowhere to go.....

Just my 2 cents.....
Have you actually been to St John's?  I went there undergrad and my dad was a college of business teacher for 30+ years.  I can't see liking Jamaica Queens over North Carolina.  St John's is the largest Catholic university in the country - the Law School is on the far side of the campus and a whole world unto itself - I don't have direct experience with it. 

St JOhns has built dorms since I was there, but I think it is still primarily a commuter school.  The area to the north of the school is ok, but you definitely don't want to go too far south of the campus. I would worry about walking around campus at night.

Think about what type of environment you would like - an urban school or a college town. 

Hope this helps

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