What should I do in college?

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What should I do in college?

Postby Precognition » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:40 pm

I'm an incoming freshman at Hofstra University. That's right, I'm not even in undergraduate school yet.

But I am excited nevertheless. I was a horrible student in high school right around the end of sophomore year when I rapidly started improving. Unfortunately for me it was too late to pull of a 1st tier school, but luckily enough I was admitted to Hofstra University, a very decent college(at least, by my standards). But law school offers me the opportunity to redeem myself and gives me a chance to prove myself worthy enough of a T14 graduate school.

Problematically, I filled out my FAFSA application very late and haven't received my final financial statement yet.

As an entering freshman, is there any advice on how to prepare my self for law school admissions?

I know most of you will say it's too early, but as a reformed delinquent I discovered that having astronomically high ambitions can get you very far in this world, even if it's not as far as you fantasized yourself getting.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby jdstl » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:45 pm

Get good grades, and have as much fun as possible=meeting as many people as possible.

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romothesavior
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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:46 pm

Party. A lot.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby gwuorbust » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:34 pm

change to a school where you can get A+s, if Hofstra doesn't do that, and get a 4.4 GPA.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby vandalvideo » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:35 pm

Be serious, do your reading, bang some hot chicks, get good GPA, and three years later prepare for the most intense studying gauntlet of your life up until that point.

Oh yeah, and take a lot of classes with a few specific professors for the LORs.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby thecilent » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:51 pm

gwuorbust wrote:change to a school where you can get A+s, if Hofstra doesn't do that, and get a 4.4 GPA.


This is so credited. Schools with A+'s = huge advantage

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:01 am

Have fun, enjoy life, develop and grow as a person, learn a lot of things, make sure this is what you really want, make sure to get as close to a 4.0 as you can, prep proper for the LSAT(I recommend prepping summer before junior year, taking it in September, personally), and get to know at least 2 professors well enough for a good rec letter.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:08 am

vandalvideo wrote:the most intense studying gauntlet of your life up until that point.


<facepalm>

It's not THAT bad.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby mallard » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:09 am

Fuck a lot of women. Not just one woman.

Take classes in computer science and philosophy.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby mst » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:21 am

acrossthelake wrote:Have fun, enjoy life, develop and grow as a person, learn a lot of things, make sure this is what you really want, make sure to get as close to a 4.0 as you can, prep proper for the LSAT(I recommend prepping summer before junior year, taking it in September, personally), and get to know at least 2 professors well enough for a good rec letter.


TICR minus when to take the LSAT. I suggest June before senior year as this gives you a month in the summer to concentrate on solely LSAT and not midterms.

And make sure you take internships and job stuff seriously. Too many people dig themselves into deep, deep, caves by putting all their eggs in one basket with law school. Then, come graduation time, they can't even afford to consider other options. Focusing on your major by getting involved with research, summer internships, etc. will not only provide you another viewpoint on life and future options, it will also give you something cool for law schools to look at when your application is reviewed.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby jeremydc » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:22 am

Don't date a girl and take classes with her. THAT IS ALL

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby Grizz » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:23 am

Drink a lot and try not to get AIDS.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby momo_08 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:29 am

Learn how to balance school/work/party EARLY!

Also something to remember...the grades you get your first semester will affect the rest of your four years because you can either take it easy and just maintain your 4.0 or you can bust your butt to bring up your 2.0 to a 3.0 (which is MUCH harder to do than you might think and may not even be possible in those 4 years). Another thing to consider, doing LSAT prep during your regular semesters may be too much of a load. I spent every single night in the library from 2-11 during my fall quarter senior year just studying for classes and prepping for the LSAT. It SUCKED! Prep during summer!


Have fun, do internships/work, explore your options and get to know people who could be useful for networking later!

:)

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby calicocat » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:30 am

rad law wrote:Drink a lot and try not to get AIDS.

wins

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby Fark-o-vision » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:35 am

calicocat wrote:
rad law wrote:Drink a lot and try not to get AIDS.

wins


+1.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:39 am

mst wrote:
acrossthelake wrote:Have fun, enjoy life, develop and grow as a person, learn a lot of things, make sure this is what you really want, make sure to get as close to a 4.0 as you can, prep proper for the LSAT(I recommend prepping summer before junior year, taking it in September, personally), and get to know at least 2 professors well enough for a good rec letter.


TICR minus when to take the LSAT. I suggest June before senior year as this gives you a month in the summer to concentrate on solely LSAT and not midterms.

And make sure you take internships and job stuff seriously. Too many people dig themselves into deep, deep, caves by putting all their eggs in one basket with law school. Then, come graduation time, they can't even afford to consider other options. Focusing on your major by getting involved with research, summer internships, etc. will not only provide you another viewpoint on life and future options, it will also give you something cool for law schools to look at when your application is reviewed.


I like that timing since you can focus during the summer(no school to worry about!) and then if you do badly, you can retake later. June might work for semester schedule, but works poorly for quarter schedule where it runs up against finals.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby Miniver » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:46 am

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby Mirrored » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:09 am

You should pick easy classes and get good grades. Few schools will seriously examine your course load, they will instead look at your gpa and your in major gpa.

You should begin LSAT studying during your sophomore summer before your junior year, take a cheap $600 class and pay for it by working any $10 an hour job for as long as you need to. Take that class and then do self study for the year, and save up to take yet another class for your junior year end. Take the LSAT in June after you're confidently scoring above 170. Then apply to the top 14 schools, using any financial aid necessary. Then go to the school of your choosing.

This plan, of course, depends on you taking college seriously and remaining focused on the goal.

You may wish to pick three activities. I recommend:

1. One Volunteer Group. Lead projects.
2. One Law Group. Consider assisting any law related interest group. Student membership at ABA and active involvement. Tap your alumni and local network to find good letters of rec.
3. One Flavor Group. Something uniquely you and interesting. When spotted on a resume it should raise positive comment.

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Beyond that, this basically depends on you picking the easiest possible classes and maxing out your GPA. Since many undergraduates are too busy partying to study, you can beat them easily.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:40 am

Eh the cheap class isn't necessary. Also, while taking easy classes for a 4.0 might be your sure ticket into law school, there's something to be said about making sure you actually learn stuff in college (you know, for the sake of being educated).

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby mallard » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:54 am

acrossthelake wrote:Eh the cheap class isn't necessary. Also, while taking easy classes for a 4.0 might be your sure ticket into law school, there's something to be said about making sure you actually learn stuff in college (you know, for the sake of being educated).


All of this is credited. Focusing on grades because you want to go to law school is ridiculous. You should treat school however it comes naturally and start sorting things out once you're a junior or so.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby 20160810 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:14 am

Make sure to join a fraternity and assume a crucial leadership role, such as historian or philanthropy chair. Holding this kind of position demonstrates leadership and is considered a very strong "soft factor," virtually guaranteeing you admission at an elite law school.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:29 am

SoftBoiledLife wrote:Make sure to join a fraternity and assume a crucial leadership role, such as historian or philanthropy chair. Holding this kind of position demonstrates leadership and is considered a very strong "soft factor," virtually guaranteeing you admission at an elite law school.


+1. I LOL'd

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby GATORTIM » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:36 am

rad law wrote:try not to get AIDS.

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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby holydonkey » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:03 am

Precognition wrote:as a reformed delinquent I discovered that having astronomically high ambitions can get you very far in this world, even if it's not as far as you fantasized yourself getting.
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Re: What should I do in college?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:03 am

GATORTIM wrote:
rad law wrote:try not to get AIDS.


Does this mean you two have kissed and made up?




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