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General Off-Topic Board / Re: gmail
« on: June 22, 2004, 03:56:16 PM »
Gmail shows its convenience when you start having "conversations."  You'll see.  I think its biggest push is the gig of memory.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Where are you waitlisted...
« on: June 22, 2004, 02:46:06 PM »

General Off-Topic Board / Re: gmail
« on: June 22, 2004, 01:40:43 PM »
I love gmail and how it has already impacted our capitalist ways.  It is about time the other carriers started giving more memory..........

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone from Wisconsin?
« on: June 22, 2004, 09:12:46 AM »
"Why did you move to Cali? Wisconsin too cold for you? haha . .

The undergrad school of U of Wisconsin is next to their lawschool? If so that means I have to find out more info about the undergrad school . . . like is it a party school?"

I moved to Cali for a job and now I am going to law school here...even left the fam...

I would suggest looking at a map of the campus online...that will help you picture it a lot.  The law school is smack in the middle of anything.  The libary is newly renovated...actually while I went to UG.  Many of the facilities are updated as well.  I love the feel of the libary.  You sit in this really huge, open-aired room and can look over Bascom Hill...the large but beautiful campus hill.  The building is right next to the Botany/Ecology building and Music Hall.  Across the way is the Geography/Environmental Studies building where I always was and the Education building.  You're right in the middle of everything.

Party school?  Yeah.  No one drinks like they do at Madison.  Again, though if that is not your scene, there are also a lot of people that don't party.  A lot of everything.  I drank like a fish personally...I found it a blast.  Just be careful though...a lot of people who aren't used to that can really mess up their studies.  I worked w/ a Botany PhD student for awhile and she went to UG in Virginia and grad school at Madison...she really started drinking a lot and had to adjust.

I personally loved it though...put it this way...UW - Madison's student union is the 2nd largest beer vendor in the to the Brewer stadium in Milwaukee.  A state of alcoholics.

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone from Wisconsin?
« on: June 22, 2004, 08:47:06 AM »
I am in Cali now, but I was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee and I went to UG at UW-Madison.  I have to holistically disagree w/ the posts here. 

Madison is left-leaning.  However, like all places that had hippie movements, it isn't quite as out there as it used to be.  Madison has students from all over the country.  You'll experience an interesting hodge podge of Midwestern folk, East Coast princesses and West Coast hippies.  With faculty, grad students and UGs totaling over 80,000, I guarantee, no matter what type of person you are, you will find people you love.  I absolutely love Madison and most people who visit do as well.  There is sooooooo much to do there if you explore even a little bit.  From cigar bars to jazz clubs to South American's there if you know how to find it.  They have a great network of bike trails over the entire city which is good for rollerblading or running as well.  People are really involved in campus activities and if you have a cause, you'll definitely have 20 others to join ya.

With that said, regarding the racism...there are a solid # of folks that are from the Midwest.  I would say that you're not going to experience a lot of racism at a large university campus.  However, because it is in the Midwest, diversity can be lacking.  One of my best friends in UG actually headed up the multicultural organization because he wanted to have a prominent role in bringing more diversity and greater understanding to the Midwestern campus.  The school itself still recognizes this as a weak area and understands that they need to improve their recruting of non-whites.  I know for my friend, who is Indian, it was sometimes hard for him to not be around a diverse crowd sometimes...he took a proactive approach though and ended up living in Madison 3 years after a 5 year undergrad.

Milwaukee: Definitely more blue-collar.  However, you'll be on a university campus if you go to Marquette.  Waterstreet can be a good place to experience culture.  There are large parks and great festivals in the summer, especially Summerfest which is a musical extravaganza.  I could have gone to Marquette, but Madison is a much better school and is a much better town.

If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them.  I have been to a lot of university campuses.  For me, nothing compares to Madison in terms of the feel/size/& culture.  I loved it.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Fahrenheit 911...Opinions?
« on: June 18, 2004, 11:52:35 AM »
Do you know that the one of the main goals of the Republican campaign is to portray Kerry as a flip-flopper?  You are spilling out Republican ad slogans and you don't even know it!!! 

Kerry hasn't been flip-flopping.  Any and I repeat ANY politician be it Republican or Democrat would look like a flip-flopper unless you took the care and time to understand the concept of riders and how they are added to bills.  Even though you want to vote for certain things, sometimes the opposition party attaches riders that make it impossible for you to vote for the bill.

I agree that it is painful to watch ignorant people vote.  Why, for example, do Southerners typically vote Republican when they are also the greatests recipients of the social programs that Republicans vote again and Democrats are for?  Do you know after the last election, there was a study done on the relationship of bookstores per capita and the way a county voted?  There was a very strong positive correlation with bookstores and folks that voted Democrat.  Correlation without causation?  Doubt it.  Republicans know that the more educated people become, the  more liberal they become. 

I know I used to be for the death high school.  Then I continued my education and learned of the myriad reasons why the death penalty is useless and morally repugnant.  I also dramatically changed my stance on immigration.  If I had only graduated high school, I may have kept these ignorant views.  Unfortunately, your Republican party keeps trying to derail the education system...they know who votes for them.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Fahrenheit 911...Opinions?
« on: June 18, 2004, 11:24:45 AM »
Gimme a break.  Because before people were voting based on tons of research and thoughtful consideration?  If that were the case, these candidates wouldn't even invest a dime in television ads because there is no substance there...I think we can all agree on that.  I hope Bush loses votes as a result of this and I love how much it is pissin' off Republicans.

Law School Admissions / Re: DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 18, 2004, 11:06:45 AM »
Ahhh, the painful salary/raise math.

Yeah, I job last year gave me the same raise, which was considered huge!!!  My boss said "Now you have lunch money."  No, I am dead serious.

I think what all of this boils down to is the Mid-Twenties math.

I am going to be working for the next 20-40 years of my life. 

I can either make $40,000 or $150,000 +.  It is a painful thought but I KNOW all of you have had it.

I will have worked for 3 years by the time I set foot in ls.  I am going because I have always known I wanted to go.  I just didn't want to be an UG yahoo who sets foot in ls w/o work experience.  These past 3 years were invaluable for ls.  I cannot imagine graduating from LS, never having worked in the "real world" before.  I have learned a tremendous amount about people and business practices.  UG just can't provide that.

The reason I have always known I want to go to law school is that I enjoy adversarial environments.  I enjoy working hard, competition, and analytical tasks.  I also love to research a lot in ways that would drive most folks crazy.  I also acknowledge that the legal field is no place to hide from working w/ people.  I also am excited about the prospect of working with other intelligent individuals in a business to business setting.  Most of all, I enjoy reading about and studying the law.  It is fascinating to see how the law affects almost every transaction and interaction in society. 

I actually spent a good deal of time in my personal statement talking about my need to work for awhile to KNOW that I want to go to ls.  I knew it was an awesome thing to write about since most kids really don't think about it.  They get scared to graduate their UG and they freak out and go to ls.  I emphasized how much time I actually put into the decision...over 10 years.

Law School Admissions / Re: Please Clarify
« on: June 17, 2004, 08:40:22 AM »
What grade do you teach?  I taught 4th grade in East Palo Alto for a year.  (If you don't know East Palo Alto, it is a very poor area right next to Palo Alto, arguably one of the wealthier areas in Cali.)

It was BY FAR the hardest year of my life.  LS will be cake compared to that.

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