URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:52 am

Just finished reading Beloved for the first time as an adult. The prose in that book is sick!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby sashafierce » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:03 am

I just stumbled across this: The Black Student's Guide to Law School 2014

http://www.onbeingablacklawyer.com/word ... hools-2014

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby okaygo » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:45 am

toshiroh wrote:Just finished reading Beloved for the first time as an adult. The prose in that book is sick!


I love Toni Morrison. Have you read Sula?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Trippel » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:10 am

Have any of you tried/had any luck asking for waivers for the non-custodial parent's financial information? I am going on a decade now without any contact with my father, and am not able to obtain any of his information. Being raised by a single parent was hard enough, and I can't imagine law schools would further penalize an applicant for this.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:13 am

Trippel wrote:Have any of you tried/had any luck asking for waivers for the non-custodial parent's financial information? I am going on a decade now without any contact with my father, and am not able to obtain any of his information. Being raised by a single parent was hard enough, and I can't imagine law schools would further penalize an applicant for this.



I tried, and contacted one of the schools I was interested and they kind of flat out denied me. I had to go through A LOT to get my dad's info.

I didn't know I needed a copy of their tax returns too, and I am really worried I will not get that at all.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby EvMont » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:24 am

Trippel wrote:Have any of you tried/had any luck asking for waivers for the non-custodial parent's financial information? I am going on a decade now without any contact with my father, and am not able to obtain any of his information. Being raised by a single parent was hard enough, and I can't imagine law schools would further penalize an applicant for this.


I'm in the process of doing this. I submitted need access with all zeros and unknowns for my noncustodial parent, and I thought I was all set. Then, one school emailed me asking for third-party verification of the "estrangement. :roll:

I get that I'm basically asking for free money, so they need to be thorough, but I feel like for me, dealing with this ish EV.ER.Y.TIME. I try to get a bit of education can be legit traumatizing. I do all this work to compartmentalize, put things in the past, etc. etc. and now you want proof. I'm just like: Ugh!

RANT OVER.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby okaygo » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:28 am

So up until this point I've been kind of ignoring the UCLA problems because I didn't feel like watching the videos on YouTube but now I'm all caught up and I'm slightly confused.

The video I just watched had the minority law students voicing their displeasure at being the only minority in the classroom and the pressure of people taking them as the only voice for their race and all of that.....but should any of that particularly surprising? I've been dealing with being the only black kid in my classes since middle school and I expect it to be even worse in law school.

Yes the schools administration and handling of the situation is awful, and the backlash from the student population is ridiculous. But the original problem seems to be something that's faced by all black students regardless of location or education level. Am I missing something here?

ETA: I guess I'm asking I'm we are shocked and outrage or just outraged
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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby alllaweverything » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:33 am

sashafierce wrote:I just stumbled across this: The Black Student's Guide to Law School 2014

http://www.onbeingablacklawyer.com/word ... hools-2014


this is a really interesting read. thanks for sharing!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:34 am

okaygo wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Just finished reading Beloved for the first time as an adult. The prose in that book is sick!


I love Toni Morrison. Have you read Sula?


Yeah I read Sula years ago. I plan to re-read it though. I'm trying to read 35 books this year. So far I've read 7, so it's going well.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby okaygo » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:40 am

toshiroh wrote:
okaygo wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Just finished reading Beloved for the first time as an adult. The prose in that book is sick!


I love Toni Morrison. Have you read Sula?


Yeah I read Sula years ago. I plan to re-read it though. I'm trying to read 35 books this year. So far I've read 7, so it's going well.


What were the 7?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby applelover » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:45 am

ThePiedPiper wrote:
okaygo wrote:
Dr.Zer0 wrote:Just finished watching 2.5 seasons of Scandal.

Wow
much cliffhangers
many sex
very plotwists
so scandalous
wow


Ready for Thursday, Gladiators?


I have been ready. I've been going through withdrawals lol


+1

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby applelover » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:46 am

Is anyone ITT attending Harvard's March ASW? If you don't want to post it publically, please PM me. Thanks

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:52 am

okaygo wrote:
toshiroh wrote:
okaygo wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Just finished reading Beloved for the first time as an adult. The prose in that book is sick!


I love Toni Morrison. Have you read Sula?


Yeah I read Sula years ago. I plan to re-read it though. I'm trying to read 35 books this year. So far I've read 7, so it's going well.


What were the 7?


Beloved- Toni Morrison
More Than This- Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
Song of Solomon- Toni Morrison
Monsters of Men- Patrick Ness
Communion- Bell Hooks
New Black Man- Mark Anthony Neal

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby californiauser » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:31 pm

okaygo wrote:So up until this point I've been kind of ignoring the UCLA problems because I didn't feel like watching the videos on YouTube but now I'm all caught up and I'm slightly confused.

The video I just watched had the minority law students voicing their displeasure at being the only minority in the classroom and the pressure of people taking them as the only voice for their race and all of that.....but should any of that particularly surprising? I've been dealing with being the only black kid in my classes since middle school and I expect it to be even worse in law school.

Yes the schools administration and handling of the situation is awful, and the backlash from the student population is ridiculous. But the original problem seems to be something that's faced by all black students regardless of location or education level. Am I missing something here?

ETA: I guess I'm asking I'm we are shocked and outrage or just outraged


Agree. I don't condone what's going on at UCLA, but at the end of the day, what did they expect going into a top law school? No top law school has tons of black students, except maybe Harvard.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby August Wilson » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:25 pm

californiauser wrote:
okaygo wrote:So up until this point I've been kind of ignoring the UCLA problems because I didn't feel like watching the videos on YouTube but now I'm all caught up and I'm slightly confused.

The video I just watched had the minority law students voicing their displeasure at being the only minority in the classroom and the pressure of people taking them as the only voice for their race and all of that.....but should any of that particularly surprising? I've been dealing with being the only black kid in my classes since middle school and I expect it to be even worse in law school.

Yes the schools administration and handling of the situation is awful, and the backlash from the student population is ridiculous. But the original problem seems to be something that's faced by all black students regardless of location or education level. Am I missing something here?

ETA: I guess I'm asking I'm we are shocked and outrage or just outraged


Agree. I don't condone what's going on at UCLA, but at the end of the day, what did they expect going into a top law school? No top law school has tons of black students, except maybe Harvard.



I don't think it's just the isolation that comes with being one out of a handful of black students on campus, it's also the isolation that comes with many of your classmates thinking that you don't belong in the first place. I think that's the particular problem we're seeing at UCLA with all the Sander stuff and now the n-word in the mailbox stuff. There's a tremendous amount of pressure put on you when you're not just expected to represented your race in terms of explaining the whole race's viewpoint on an issue but also when any mistake you may make regardless of degree is then extrapolated to the entire race. In turn, it's hard to feel like you're in a safe space to contribute your ideas when you think everyone (and know that definitely some) around you already think that whatever is going to come out of your mouth is stupid.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby alllaweverything » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:28 pm

toshiroh wrote:Beloved- Toni Morrison
More Than This- Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
Song of Solomon- Toni Morrison
Monsters of Men- Patrick Ness
Communion- Bell Hooks
New Black Man- Mark Anthony Neal


totally using this as a to-read list. i read Beloved and Song of Solomon a few years back, but i'm thinking a reread is in order for both. just finished Jazz a few weeks ago and loved it. i'll also look into Patrick Ness.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mt2165 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:38 pm

JUST GOT INTO COLUMBIA!!! First T-14 :))))) I cant even express my happiness

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby El Principe » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:41 pm

Congrats!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby jlk411 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:50 pm

alllaweverything wrote:
sashafierce wrote:I just stumbled across this: The Black Student's Guide to Law School 2014

http://www.onbeingablacklawyer.com/word ... hools-2014


this is a really interesting read. thanks for sharing!


+100

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby August Wilson » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:52 pm

mt2165 wrote:JUST GOT INTO COLUMBIA!!! First T-14 :))))) I cant even express my happiness


swag swag congrats!!!!!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:05 pm

alllaweverything wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Beloved- Toni Morrison
More Than This- Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
Song of Solomon- Toni Morrison
Monsters of Men- Patrick Ness
Communion- Bell Hooks
New Black Man- Mark Anthony Neal


totally using this as a to-read list. i read Beloved and Song of Solomon a few years back, but i'm thinking a reread is in order for both. just finished Jazz a few weeks ago and loved it. i'll also look into Patrick Ness.


Patrick Ness is great. He mostly writes Dystopian type fiction, totally different from Toni Morrison and Bell Hooks.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:06 pm

mt2165 wrote:JUST GOT INTO COLUMBIA!!! First T-14 :))))) I cant even express my happiness



Congrats!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:06 pm

mt2165 wrote:JUST GOT INTO COLUMBIA!!! First T-14 :))))) I cant even express my happiness


Congrats!!!!

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Postby runinthefront » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:15 pm

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby teampeeta » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:48 pm

mt2165 wrote:JUST GOT INTO COLUMBIA!!! First T-14 :))))) I cant even express my happiness


Congrats! So exciting!




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