Friday, January 30, 2009

Stupid school...

Got a rejection from a school today. It's ranked 59th. It's fine though, cause another school ranked 59th DOES want me, so there. Stupid school.

In other news, I looked at an apartment today with my roommate today. It's really nice and really close to the law school. Only downside is the A/C units in the windows, but it's big and the kitchen has... counterspace! Which my current apartment is completely devoid of. So, needless to say, I like this new apartment much better than the current one.. but we'll see.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Applying Early...

is such a fantastic idea.

Today, I got into a school that according to (which is not the authority on law school admissions, but is given a lot of credence it seems) gave me a 45% of being accepted to. Granted, my LSAT was slightly (like a point) below the reported 25th percentile score and my gpa was above the 75th percentile score. Also I wrote a "Why us?" essay.

Its just exciting because this was the first law school I applied to as well and they want me. Yay!

Now if only they will give me money....

I dropped my terrorism class today. Though it's probably my most interesting class and the professor is fantastic, the students in the class are... well, to put it politely, they express themselves rather poorly and needlessly. I think they speak just to hear their own voice. Plus, a project in the class that is worth 50% of the grade is due at the same time as my senior capstone project, which is necessary to graduate. And you know what? I've gotten attached to the idea of graduating in, yeah.

Capstone wins!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Status Checkers

I have a love/hate relationship with status checkers. I love them because they let me know what's going on with my application - whether it's complete, in-review, decision rendered... I hate them because they only give so much information, they tease you, just please you enough so that you keep coming back for more, yet you're rarely satisfied...

I have six schools still to hear from. Three of them have status checkers. One of those has now gone to 'Decision made' Yikes. It's a school I'm about 99.9% sure that I'm going to be rejected from.

Bah! Even though I'm about 80% sure on my school, I still want more acceptances. Then again, I have gotten into the schools I am more interested in and most likely to attend, so I am grateful for that.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Long Day

I started the day at 7:00 a.m.

I am not a morning person, but honestly it wasn't so bad getting up. Probably because I've been having nightmares about missing class... which didn't happen today. Though I did miss now President Obama's inaugural speech, which really really bummed me out. Oh well.

My professors assigned a lot of reading, but my classes don't seem so bad. I started the day with Law & Economics and I like the professor (he's also my capstone advisor). The material doesn't seem to difficult and he's fairly funny for 8 a.m.

Then I have History of the Ancient Greek World. The professor obviously knows the material, but he's a bit intimidating, especially when he goes on the whole time about how he very rarely gives out A's.

At 2, I have an honors class - Terrorism and Conflict Resolution. The material is interesting so far.

After that I have my Modern Philosophy class with one of my favorite professors in the University, so it's a good way to end the day. Well, class wise that is. I'm not looking forward to next week when my day goes from 8 am to 7 pm, instead of 8 am to 5 pm like it is now. Ugh.

Could be worse, I guess.

I had more things to say about law school websites (like and and about financing a legal education, but maybe next time. I'm sleepy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Recently I've been having some awful nightmares. For the past few days, I've been dreaming that I've missed classes. Not skipped them, but like I completely forgot about the classes in the first place. And in my dreams, this went on for weeks. Weeks where, apparently, I would just completely forget about going to class. I don't know what I did instead, but I guess I wasn't going to class. The strange thing is I've had multiple dreams of this type. Dreams where I only miss one week of classes, or specific classes, and the worst dream was when I skipped about half a semester's worth and received midterm grades where I got 2 A's, 2 B's and 1 C. All of these dreams have been incredibly upsetting too.

I think partly the issue is everyone I know has gone back to school, except me (and my friends at my Undergrad school). We don't start until Jan. 20th. I guess that just has been throwing me off.

The other part I think that has contributed to these dreams is that - I'm a nerd, obviously. I mean, dreaming about freaking out about missing classes. Seriously, who does that? Especially since I've already been accepted to some great law schools and really, this next semester, doesn't matter so much, grades-wise that is. Of course, I won't slack off...much. Just, yeah. Long story short, I'm a nerd. Could be worse I suppose. And by worse, I mean I went to a club last night with some friends and saw an erotic hypnotist (umm, yeah...a story for another time) but just listening to the people in line... good grief. I'm a little surprised that natural selection hasn't gotten to them yet. A couple of tidbits I remember:

A girl: "OMG those lasers are making me trip balls." wtf and oh, there were NO lasers...

A guy talking to his friends: "Yeah, just have sex with her. Then it's done. You don't have to talk to her again..."

A little later he uttered these gems, "It (sex) doesn't count if it's consensual. It says so in the bible. It only counts as a sin if it's not (consensual), then it's just sex." Again, wtf. That's all I've got.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Busy past 2 days...

In the past two days, I've been accepted to two law schools. One of which I would LOVE to go to...except tuition is a little high, so we'll see.

Today I received my first rejection. It was from a school that I kind of, sort of expected to be rejected from, but it still sucks. Even though I probably wasn't going to go to this school (it's in Boston and Boston is way too expensive to live in) it I feel like a door has been slammed shut in my face. I suspect I was rejected because of my LSAT score.

I'm so ordering pizza now...though in all fairness, everything is covered in snow and Little Car hates snow, so yeah, no other options really... (I'll just keep telling myself that).

Oh well though. I have 7 other law schools that want me. Ha.

I withdrew from a school yesterday too. Just sent a little email. It was a 3rd Tier school in my state and since I already got into a school ranked in the top 60 and would way rather go there, I withdrew. So now I have 6 more schools to hear from. Ugh. I expect at least four of these will likely reject me too. Oh well. I would rather go to the schools that I've already been accepted to anyway.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

For if we don't find the next whiskey bar, I tell you we must die

I'm in love with that song. I get like that, with things. I just keep listening to that fantastic Doors song over and over and over again. I can't get it out of my head. I think I'm about to drive my mother and brother crazy because I keep replaying the song over and over again in their presence. But really, that wasn't what I was going to write this blog post about, at all.

I had intended to write about law school choices. And here's the thing kids... well, there are a few things actually. In choosing the schools I applied to, I applied to safeties in which they were the only school in their city, and preferably, their area. Why? because I thought that would mean better job prospects. For example, I didn't apply to any 3rd Tier schools in New York City because my rationale is that I'd have to compete against all the 1st and 2nd Tier schools already there. Instead I picked 3rd Tier schools in states I could practice in, like Michigan and other states. Also, I only applied to a couple of safety schools. Mostly because, here's a big piece of advice,

I applied early.

I truly believe that makes a difference. I've already been accepted into a couple of schools where my LSAT is below the median score. I honestly believe that by applying in late October/early November, that helped me be accepted into these schools. Had I be applying now, maybe I'd still be accepted into them, maybe not. Mind you, these were target/slight reach schools as well. I applied to many of those. I followed the same rule with them too - meaning I applied to schools that were the only one in their city or region, and if not the only school, at least one of the top ones. It's important to go to a school that has a good reputation and try to discover that as best as you can. I was fortunate, my dad knows a lot of attorneys and talked to them about some of the schools I was more serious about to discover their reputations. That's important, I believe, in terms of job prospects after graduation. Why would you go to a school with a poor reputation? That doesn't make a lot of sense, so try and discover a school's reputation if you can. Honestly, the ranking of the school is probably, at least, somewhat indicative of the reputation...

Also, I applied to schools that had strong specialties in areas that I am interested in. Like I applied to a few schools that have nationally ranked and recognized environmental law programs and dispute resolution programs. To me, it seemed to make sense to at least apply and consider schools that are nationally known for something, if anything, that gets the school's name out and probably enhances their recognition and reputation.

Of course, I am only a 0L, so if you're a future 0L and stumbled upon my blog, take this advice with a grain of salt. A big grain. Investigate as much as you can. Research, research, research. It is so important in your law school quest (yes, quest). Know as much as you can about the schools you are intending on applying and perhaps, even attending. Afterall, you'll be investing a bunch of money and three years of your time in these schools.

So, yeah, if a 0L or future 0L is reading this, I hope my advice has helped some and good luck!

Monday, January 5, 2009


So, I've made a preliminary (read: subject to change) decision concerning where I will be going to law school this! fall. As of right now, it's Undergrad school. Mostly because it is in-state for me and it's public, making it by far the cheapest school. I have received two scholarships from other schools...but I would rather go to Undergrad school over those. However, if a school I would like to go to more (and there are a couple) offer me scholarships, all bets are off.

You see, the thing is...with going to Undergrad school, I'll graduate with no debt. If I choose one of the private schools, I'll have debt and with an uncertain and unsteady economy looming in the future, it just seems a better idea for me to attend a school that I know and could/would be potentially happy at. And if I get more scholarship offers, I'll consider those of course. Afterall, it is only January, I have only heard from 5 of the 15 schools I applied to so far, so there is plenty of time for me to hear from more schools about money/acceptances.

I'm content with the decision.

I'm not going to tell my Dad about it though. He's been pushing Undergrad school for months now and he hasn't really been talking to me since December 31st when I told him I liked and would rather go to another school more (another school whose tuition is twice that of Undergrad's tution per year... eek!). So yeah, I'm going to wait for him to stop being silly and then I'll let him know what I've decided-ish.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Mother

Sometimes I think my mom was born in the wrong decade. She has no desire to clean or cook and obviously hates doing either, especially the cooking. She would much rather be working, she's very independent. If my dad asks her to do something (like an errand or something) my mom is just like, 'meh whatever' if she wants to do it, she will, but otherwise, not a chance. She has no problem going to movies and running errands and taking trips on her own, she doesn't have to have my dad with her, in fact I think most of the time she prefers to be on her own. Also she has to fix things on her own. She's the one that maintains the vehicles and the computers (well my brother helps with that). And this is a women who turns up the radio to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Who discusses Vonnegut with me and was so excited when she saw that Barnes and Noble had a copy of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

I think that because my mom was born in the 50's in a Midwestern farmhouse to Baptists, she felt compelled to major in education in college (though she hated it when she was a teacher) and get married then have a couple of kids. I think if my mom was born now she'd have a career and forget the marriage and kids part, but I don't know if she'd be any happier. Who knows.

Also, happy new year. I don't really have any resolutions, except I'd like to be healthier (eat better) and I'm going to work on becoming a morning person. I just think that would work to my advantage in the long run.