guppy55 wrote:A couple last miscellaneous questions (Note: I am very grateful to everyone who is answering all of these!)
1. I went to a notoriously bad public undergrad -- a consistent top 20 "party school." When I've traveled abroad or gone to conferences at other schools, people tend to assume I'm a joke (or, that I'm the one to take out to the bars for a good time). Is the name of my undergrad going to follow/haunt me down the road, or will the shiny Harvard Law name listed above it on my resume make this irrelevant?
2. My notoriously bad undergrad was in a lovely warm sunny city. Does anyone have any tips for adjusting to the cold? Are the winters just really, profoundly horrible? I've been advised by a Boston-dwelling friend to buy a sun lamp...
I would think, and I'm just speculating, that your undergrad can't really hurt you, unless you actually need the substance of your degree to do your job (e.g. IP work needs science background). I didn't go to a great undergrad by any means, and I don't think anyone looks at me weird:)
Also from the warm, warm, warm weather. I honestly didn't think it was so bad. For me, the key was investing in a good, good jacket with down filling and a "shell" (two part jacket, one part down filled puffy jacket zips into the one part windbreaker material). You could either drop $300 (yes
that much) on a new north face jacket (or the like), or try to go to TJ Maxx/Marshalls in Boston before it gets really cold to look for a jacket that could work. Also boots that are waterproof because there is always some large, deep puddle of melted snow where you need to cross the street. Thick gloves, and a beanie cap to cover your ears/ear tips.
ttime97 wrote:Also housing is confusing me the most at this moment. Is it worth it to spend the first year in the dorms at all? does it make a difference to your social or quality of life? Have people found that it makes a difference or should you just go look at Boston housing if you have time over the summer?
Totally happy with being pointed to a past post that speaks to this topic.
I would say dorms will help your social life and quality of life if the other option is being a long walk away. Also, there will be a loooot of people that live in the dorms in your section, and so there will be people wanting to do stuff in the common areas.