Iowa Class of 2014

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smiller1
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Iowa Class of 2014

Postby smiller1 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:14 pm

Needs to start somewhere! For those admitted to Iowa or considering, REPRESENT.
And if anyone considering coming to Iowa/accepted has any questions about the area, just let me know. Lived here since birth.

So, fellow UI College of Law '14 students, let's get acquainted :)
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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby the mason nixon line » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:51 am

And if anyone considering coming to Iowa/accepted has any questions about the area, just let me know. Lived here since birth.

Congrats on getting accepted to Iowa. I'm 98.04% sure that Iowa's my choice too. As such, I'll probably be moving to Iowa City this fall without any real knowledge of the area. The impression I get is that living west of the river is generally quieter than living east of the river because of fewer undergrads. Does this gel with your experience of the place as a native?

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:55 am

someone with my stats got in today so im waiting. it would be a reach so i would have take a possible admission very seriously. never thought it would be possible until this tls users acceptance.hows life in iowa?
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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:58 am

Iowa 1L here, happy to answer any questions you guys have regarding paperwork, moving, etc.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:06 am

hows the lifestyle in iowa?

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby skirschner1 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:19 am

Just got in yesterday and I'm still on the acceptance high. By far my number one choice and will be attending ASW in March.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:38 am

drummerboy wrote:hows the lifestyle in iowa?


Cold, at the moment. But I think on the whole Iowa City pleasantly surprises people. The university brings a lot of interesting things/people here. Throw in low cost of living, nice people and very low crime and I think you'll like being here.

More importantly, the people at the law school are very, very friendly. I have never once had a problem getting notes, supplements, etc. from anybody.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:03 am

hows the nightlife?

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:26 am

drummerboy wrote:hows the nightlife?


Good, but generic. Tons of bars downtown with a good range of people from undergrad, law, med, etc. The bars are pretty much always packed because there are so many undergrads, but if you're looking for something quieter there are more relaxed spots as well.

If you're not into drinking we get a decent amount of good music and also have a pretty cool theater downtown.

So, on the whole, not incredibly exciting as compared to bigger cities, but good for the size of Iowa City and enough to keep you entertained on the one or two nights a week that you'll actually be able to go out.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:57 am

cool. drinking is essential, at least on weekends, but im a musician("drummerboy") and would love to have access to music venues. are there any big concerts that come to town?

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:47 am

drummerboy wrote:cool. drinking is essential, at least on weekends, but im a musician("drummerboy") and would love to have access to music venues. are there any big concerts that come to town?


The university does bring in some pretty big names every once in awhile. I'm going to see the Roots in a couple of weeks. The big arena shows are typically in Cedar Rapids (20 minutes away) though.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:57 pm

great to know

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:07 pm

drummerboy wrote:great to know


Also, if you like to play in public I think there are a few venues that have open mics and will let you come in and rock the drums for a few minutes on some nights.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:35 pm

cool if i get in and thats if i get in will definitely visit

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby smiller1 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:01 pm

The impression I get is that living west of the river is generally quieter than living east of the river because of fewer undergrads. Does this gel with your experience of the place as a native?


This is definitely true, though this isn't to say the East side is incredibly noisy. If you live right downtown, there may be some racket on weekends, but if you live even a mile away from downtown the noise probably won't be an issue.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:08 pm

im from south florida

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby hawkeye22 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:18 pm

smiller1 wrote:
The impression I get is that living west of the river is generally quieter than living east of the river because of fewer undergrads. Does this gel with your experience of the place as a native?


This is definitely true, though this isn't to say the East side is incredibly noisy. If you live right downtown, there may be some racket on weekends, but if you live even a mile away from downtown the noise probably won't be an issue.


If you're looking for a unique neighborhood hit up directly North of downtown. Beautiful and quiet.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby StucknUtopia » Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:10 am

Just got an email saying I was accepted. Anyone else?

And I just applied to Iowa on a whim, now I'm actually thinking about going......

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:38 am

congrats. mind sharing your stats?

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby StucknUtopia » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:44 am

3.3 and 160.

Low, I know, but I really played on my softs (my own company and speak 3 languages).

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:14 pm

not so low. i got 156 gpa 3.8 good softs good lor but im still waiting.

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby smiller1 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:30 pm

not so low. i got 156 gpa 3.8 good softs good lor but im still waiting.


I don't think your chances are bad. I get the impression that Iowa values GPA more heavily than LSAT, and with their numbers-plus policy, your good softs/LOR bode well :)

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby drummerboy » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:37 pm

hope youre right. time will tell

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby smiller1 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:35 pm

I posted something similar in the "discuss your law school" forum, but for anyone wondering what rent prices are like in Iowa City might find this helpful:

I just signed a lease on the West Side of town (about 3/4 mile from the law school) for a large two bedroom apartment (I want to use one of the bedrooms as a study/office) for $590 a month - everything included but electric, which apparently runs about $35 a month. Not too shabby for a huge place for one person.

Last year I lived in large two bedroom apartment in downtown Iowa City (Van Buren and Burlington - very close to everything). I shared that place with a roommate, and that cost us about $400 a month each, plus electric.

So yeah, thought I'd just share these prices for anyone who was wondering about the cost of rent in Iowa City. Hope it was helpful!

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Re: Iowa Class of 2014

Postby bbermud » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:33 pm

drummerboy wrote:not so low. i got 156 gpa 3.8 good softs good lor but im still waiting.



there's hope. i just got in with 153 and 3.7. good luck!




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