Monday, January 31, 2005
I just wrote this really cool post [if I say so myself--which I do] so I hit post but of course I didn't copy the post so of course I got an error message and lost my post.
I could curse, really I could but I'm watching cricket [yes, cricket - have you figured out I'm not American yet?] and I think my team's going to lose so I'll save the cursing for then.
Also...cricket rocks, so much more fun than baseball - this is a purely prejudicial statement based on no actual comparison on my part as I've never actually watched a baseball game that wasn't part of a movie.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Speaking of rediscovering things, it seems as if all my friends have rediscovered Friendster. A few months ago my email was bursting (these were the days when Yahoo! only offered 6MB and Hotmail only 2MB of space – remember those days?) with these invites. These are people I see fairly often, speak to almost every day on either IM or the phone but suddenly it’s imperative that I join their “online community” and meet their friends (who in many cases I happen to already know and there’s a reason they aren’t my friends. Seriously though, I’m just ragging on Friendster because I’ve never really sat and surfed around trying to meet people. I guess it must work for some people though because I’ve started getting the invites again.
How did I get to start talking about Friendster…?
Oh yeah, and no I still haven’t been able to access what is more than likely my rejection letter from Northwestern. Bums.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application for Admissions. To view your decision, please log-in through our “Check Application Status” webpage (https://www.law.northwestern.edu/form/adm_checkstatus_entry.cfm). To retrieve your decision you will need your Applicant ID Number. For your reference your Applicant ID is *****. Your decision letter will not be mailed.
**Please note: your decision will be available AFTER 6pm CST (01/28/05)**
The Admissions Committee
I could address the fact that I think it's supremely tacky of them not to actually mail the letter but I won't - oh wait, I already did when I made it bold. Anyway here's the kicker, I log onto the site about 9:00pm and they still haven't updated my status.
So basically, Northwestern is too cheap to mail letters notifying applicants of their decision even though their application fee is one of the most expensive and they're apparently too cheap to pay the people who update their site, or just don't care to reconcile the emails they send out with status updates.
Friday, January 28, 2005
1. damn I'm poor (sad but true)
2. damn these people want a lot of information
3. this is taking me a so little time cause I'm so poor.
Looking back, filling out my college financial aid forms was the easiest; no I don't have a second home, no I don't have mutual funds stashed away, no..., no..., no..., you get my drift.
Yah, it would seem I've found one of the few advantages of being poor. How sad is that.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
What a Difference a Catalogue Makes
My other main problem with Cardozo was the fact that it's so young (approximately 25 years) and consequently its alumni network would be limited as well. They had this page called ClassAction which was basically the cool things that happened to their Alumni, the whole thing took up maybe 3 pages. On some level I'm comparing it to my UG which is many hundreds of years old but still, it's something to think about. But yeah...my point...the catalogue did more harm than good in my case.
Also...they should put the thing in colour, black and white is just depressing.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Basically I’m just saying that I think people who expect BIGLAW life to be a bed of roses and start bitching when it isn’t primarily have unrealistic expectations. I don’t expect to be fulfilled my first 3 or 4 years on the job, I expect to be flush. If you hop off to Public Interest Law there’s really no guarantee that you’ll be fulfilled, you’ll still have to start off at the bottom, they’re be a numerous frustrations AND you’ll probably not be able to make your car payments on top of it. There’s no easy way folks, lets face it, we’ll have to pay our dues.
The last thing in my little rant is this; so your 125K a year job sucks, how do you think the custodians or the paralegals, or even the temp attorney’s (they’ve got the loans, the familial obligations and no stead job) feel? All I’m saying is; look for the silver lining…
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Why Not Me?
- I’m not surprised this dude lives in Nebraska – stereotype? Yes. Based in part on fact? See link above or here.
- "People will always comment on something out of the ordinary," Fischer said in his sales pitch. "People like weird." Umm…yah I’d comment on the fact that I think a guy advertising SnoreStop on his forehead is weird, and may end up with bad acne but do I feel inclined to purchase SnoreStop after seeing this guy walking by me with it on his forehead? No not really.
- "I look forward to an enjoyable association with Andrew — a man who clearly has a head for business in every sense of the word," SnoreStop CEO Christian de Rivel said. Christian…dude…give the 37K to charity.
Seriously, why can’t I come up with the next crazy, yet successful money making scheme…
Monday, January 24, 2005
Is It Too Much to Ask??
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Acceptances are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Cardozo (lots of money)
Cornell (probably a little)
Miami U (lots of money)
Temple (probably a little)
Washington and Lee (probably a little)
So I’ve at this point narrowed it down to Georgetown and Cornell which are similarly ranked – 12 and 14 respectively. Every now and then I think to the schools that are giving me lots of money but I’ll ignore those thoughts for now.
I’m probably going to be naïve here and say that I don’t think that those 2 points really make that much of a difference in the long run, so all things being equal which one do I choose? I think I may have to flip a coin…
Saturday, January 22, 2005
The Cheap Tier 2s or the Horribly Expensive Tier 1s (Top 14)
Having embraced my paranoid soul and the advice of all law school sages such as Richard Montauk (How to get into the Top Law Schools) and PrincetonReview.com I applied to the required amount of safeties, of course the safeties were just if I didn’t get into my reaches. Here’s the thing, I got into all of my safeties with a TON of money and a couple of my reaches, both of which I’d go to in a heartbeat but more than likely I’ll get no money from them. Do I take the money and have a debt free graduation with maybe average career opportunities or do I go to my reaches, be indebted for approximately $120 000 and have above average career opportunities – assuming of course I do well among the super competitive really bright folk that are going to be there? Don’t misunderstand; I’m not saying that the people who go to Tier 2 through 4 schools are any less than the Tier 1 folk it’s just that from what I gather, this distinction matters a LOT to prospective employers.
I should mention I am somewhat of an academic snob, but not so much that I can’t change (with a little counseling perhaps) for zero debt and a job in 3 years time? Is that name on that little piece of paper worth it? Right now, I tend to think so, but would an objective financial advisor agree? Pity I’m too poor to afford one.
I'll post the schools I actually got into later...or maybe tomorrow...I'd love some feedback.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Tony Pierce includes a guest post here that I think articulately comments on (without the swear words) my thoughts on the 43rd President of the USA and his latest lil' party.
America...what were you thinking??
Thursday, January 20, 2005
I think that to an extent he's right, numerous psychological tests (which I'm too lazy to look up and link to right now) have proven that males tend to have better spatial abilities than females off the bat. This imbalance can be erased through social conditioning so I would argue that females tend to not rise to the same levels as males in professions such as the sciences because they haven't undergone the necessary conditioning to wipe out the differences in spatial abilities etc. From an early age not as many women tend to take science classes as males - and this isn’t' at an age where ability is really discernible but since the pattern begins from such an early age then clearly more men than women are going to end up being scientists.
Slithery D has some views on this whole issue and he's looking for a fight too :). He agrees with Summers' original thesis. He's pretty disappointed no one’s taken him up on it yet.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Big Fat Liars
You know it’s true…
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
My life or the Law, I gotta have both...I hope...
This has been the aspect of BIGLAW that’s scared me. The most that the majority of the lawyers seemed able to squeeze into their busy schedule was a weekend golf session with their practice group (which we all know was just another place for them to discuss business. The thing is if you listened to all these people it’s like at the end of law school you make a choice; red pill or blue pill (sorry had to say that, I’m a huge fan) anyway, the choice is between life and your law firm. Once the choice was made it was irreversible and they were doomed to become boring lifeless workaholics. I’m very convinced that without some sort of hobby or regular distraction I’d simply burn out or alternatively, be really boring which I’ve mentioned these people are in large part. I think that although there’s no question that being a lawyer is hard work, these people never really made an effort to take back a small portion of their lives. So basically I absolutely refuse to believe that it’s simply impossible to have a hobby while working in BIGLAW, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it because if it’s really impossible, I’m royally screwed.
There are still a couple of schools that I haven’t heard from that are total reaches for me so I know I’d be over the moon if I got in…with some money. I mean this isn’t only me either, every time I tell my Mom I got in another school it’s like…”hmm…OK, congrats (I guess)…so would you go to that school over the others you got in?”
All that being said the one thing that I am aware of constantly is how lucky I am to be in this position. I’m extremely grateful for that. I mean it. Am I redeemed in your eyes? Yes? Ok…I like you too and you’re forgiven for wanting to smack me.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Where's the fun?
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Of course it’s her right to have a child but I think when you have a child at 66 years old you deny that child so much. Although I know active 66 year olds, I don’t know that many who want to be chasing a child around, when the kid is 10 she’ll be 76 if she makes it. Is she going to be able to carry that child to football practice and stuff or will the child be stuck feeding her apple sauce as she totters around the house trying to remember where she left her walking stick?
Also as the BBC article mentions she was supposed to have twins and unfortunately one died in the womb…but seriously how would she have handled all that and what effect would it have had on those kids?
Saturday, January 15, 2005
*New* Way to Lose Weight: Eat Less, Exercise More (FDA Approved)
Any tips from the U.S. government on success in law school? Study hard perhaps? Do all reading? Don’t skip class? Am I even close here? Help me out you guys…please!
Friday, January 14, 2005
The one thing I can say that has made a world of difference to me is the fact that I applied early. I had the majority of my apps in by mid-October and I got my first acceptance letter the first week of December. It was fantastic because my holidays were set, regardless of what happened I knew I was going to be at *some* law school. I honestly believe that the admissions folk are a bit more lenient in the beginning. So that’s my scintillating bit of advice: APPLY EARLY. Not very original but Narkoleptik friend can be happy.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Today I came across two other blogs; one called Anonymous Recent College Grad and another Called Anonymous Law Professor and yet another called Anonymous Law Student. See a trend here...?
I'm sure there are more.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock…or just don’t give a shit, you must have heard about the Ipod Shuffle. It’s gorgeous and I want one. Of course I already have a 15gb Ipod and since I’m a lazy bum who doesn’t jog, run, walk or do many (read any) of the activities that people will invariably use the Shuffle for so really now that I think about it…there’s very little reason for me to actually get one. There’s also the fact that I’m on my way to racking up 120K worth of debt. Narkoleptik friend mentioned that perhaps it wouldn’t be a good idea to get even more debt, I think…what’s another $150 added to 120K?
And no, I’m not planning to be a tax lawyer.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
This is troubling; I know being a lawyer is nothing like TV – very few of the lawyers I met were cute enough to be on TV. Anyway, my point – why do all these people hate their jobs? Will I hate it too and am I just a sucker for still wanting to be a lawyer despite all this talk that being a lawyer sucks? I have visions of being stimulated by my job, you know…actually wanting to do it, not just for the money but because it’s what I want to do and because it…fulfils me.
Is this a pipe dream? Am I about to borrow 100K to pay for an overly expensive boat ride up shit creek? Should I sell all my worldly belongings (very few) and go be a tree hugger?
Monday, January 10, 2005
I ask because I do believe that I’m capable of doing something like that depending on my mood. I’ve never done it mind you, and there’s a 99.99% chance that I never will but there’s that possibility that I could feel just that idle one day or that someone else just might. I know I’m not the only idle one out there. Don’t pretend.
The reason I bring this up is because I happened upon a very passionate (read angry) discussion on LawSchooLdiscussion about the unfair admittance policies of some of the top 25 law schools. The whole thing degenerated into a mud-slinging match centered around affirmative action because as some of our main characters claimed some of the scores of the people on LawSchoolNumbers who got into top schools are only possible because they’re minority (read black…or African American if that’s more politically correct). I won’t touch on the affirmative action issue right now as it is relatively late and I won’t be able to do it justice but I think that it is important that some of these things have to be taken with a grain of salt, I mean here I am writing all this stuff, for all you know I’m Paris Hilton pretending I can make complete sentences. OK, no, that’s too much of a stretch. My point is, however, that even if I say that whatever I’m writing is true doesn’t necessarily mean that it is and it’s certainly not a good idea to use unproven facts as a basis for a serious debate.
I’m female, went to one of those top colleges where people always claim that if only we were a little bit older we’d have been ivy. We do have enough ivy on the buildings to comfort some of us.
I did decently in college. Also did decently on the LSAT (sans $1200 prep course). Could I be any more vague? My paranoid soul rests happily. (Don’t worry decently isn’t a euphemism for 2.5/150)
Seriously though, the reason I am so vague is because I have already been admitted to a few schools and my scores aren’t particularly relevant at this point and I may casually encourage friends to stop by this “blog I came across on the web” and I don’t want them to figure me out quite yet. Yes I have to troll for readers I admit it.
I thought it would be best for my chances and my blood pressure to get in my applications as early as possible, and if my acceptances are any indication, earlier is better. As for the actual application process: I did my LSATs in July 2004 and got my recommendations in to the LSAC by late August. The beginning of September I started calling my target schools to find out when they started accepting applications and filled up my little database in Excel. I then proceeded to submit all applications as early as possible. I started getting acceptances in early December so it has been a good end to a really stressful year.
Now of course I have to deal with troubling issues such as financing law school and actually deciding where to go, but I’m infinitely more grateful that these are my troubles as opposed to not having anywhere to go next year.
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Seriously though, I figured it's time I get with this whole blog thing because...well...everybody else is doing it and because for the past few months I've been eating, breathing and sleeping law school admissions. I'll tell you about a few of my nightmares if I can face them later.
As I was reading a few of the law blogs that I frequent during my law obsessed phase I realized that the vast majority of blogs all link to the same blogs. You know like Brian Leiter, JD2B.com and so on. One more point on the lack of originality that seems to infuse myself and other like-minded wanna-be-lawyer folk. In that vein, as soon as I figure out how this link thing works I'll link to some of the more popular (and interesting) blogs out there.
I'm really quite curious about how this blog is going to turn out because based on my history; this doesn't seem to be a project that I'll keep up for a long time. All attempts to write a diary have all failed miserably after a couple days. Hmm...maybe I'm just not that interesting of a person. Also for some reason every time I consider writing a diary I become infused with paranoia and start thinking about people reading my deepest thoughts and feeling exposed when I very well know that due to said paranoia I'd never write my deepest thoughts in the diary anyway. Did you get that? Was it confusing and essentially pointless? Hey, maybe I am cut out for this lawyer thing.
All that crap about my paranoia of course explains why I’ve decided to spend my free time (I’ve got lots) detailing my law school drama with you all. Is it this mythical anonymity that the internet provides that’s possibly steering me? Well yeah, that plus it’s free. I like free and who wouldn’t love to chronicle every boring moment of their lives for free in a place where people can read it if they’re bored enough?