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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:30 am

delusional wrote:
TheMostDangerousLG wrote:Random Q (as always, I apologize if this has been answered previously): for 1L courses, how cool is it to get a prior edition of textbooks? Is it like undergrad, where it depends on the prof, or do you pretty reliably need / not need the edition recommended by the bookstore?
In theory it depends on the prof and the textbook. Some textbooks are not changed much at all, and some profs don't use cases from the last 30 years (although to be fair, the 1L professors are a bit more dynamic). But when I was a 1L I would not have wanted to be hassling with figuring out which is which while also taking 18 credits of totally Greek material.

acrossthelake wrote:I did this on accident for one class temporarily until I could get the proper edition and it was a total pain and not worth whatever amount of money I would've saved.


Thank you both! :) Looks like I'll stick with the recommended versions, at least this year.

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Postby TripTrip » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:42 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:
delusional wrote:
TheMostDangerousLG wrote:Random Q (as always, I apologize if this has been answered previously): for 1L courses, how cool is it to get a prior edition of textbooks? Is it like undergrad, where it depends on the prof, or do you pretty reliably need / not need the edition recommended by the bookstore?
In theory it depends on the prof and the textbook. Some textbooks are not changed much at all, and some profs don't use cases from the last 30 years (although to be fair, the 1L professors are a bit more dynamic). But when I was a 1L I would not have wanted to be hassling with figuring out which is which while also taking 18 credits of totally Greek material.

acrossthelake wrote:I did this on accident for one class temporarily until I could get the proper edition and it was a total pain and not worth whatever amount of money I would've saved.


Thank you both! :) Looks like I'll stick with the recommended versions, at least this year.

Someone at the school will be selling their old book.

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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby esperanto » Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:48 am

Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!

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Postby despina » Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:57 am

Sadly, buying insurance as an individual in the United States is quite expensive. Most people are insured through their employers, schools, or government programs. As I understand it, the only people who end up waiving the student insurance are those who have a cheaper option through a family plan or spouse; I don't think I've ever heard of someone just buying their own. The student insurance isn't cheap, but it's a decent plan.

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Postby TripTrip » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Yeah, most of the insurance waivers are family or military. They have minimum requirements for insurance plans that aren't met by cheaper alternatives.

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Postby hlsperson1111 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:41 pm

This obviously comes down to individual risk preference, but I would strongly advise you not to pinch pennies on health insurance. The HUHS plan that the law school offers is expensive, but it's a great plan and it's priced competitively with other comparable plans. More importantly, you really do not know when you are going to need a good health insurance plan. I and at least two other people in my section had serious and unexpected health issues arise in law school. I'm fine now, but I would not have been fine without good health insurance. The HUHS plan let me see a very good specialist, subsidized the cost of some expensive medications that aren't available as generics, and generally helped me contain costs without compromising my health. Again, it's up to you, but this is a corner that I wouldn't try to cut.

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Postby Searchparty » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:43 pm

esperanto wrote:Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!


Also, they will reduce your budget the amount of the health insurance plan. So even if you find a cheaper insurance plan, you'd have to finance it on your own. The $2k in loans is probably not a lot compared to the rest. That is, if you are on loans. For grant students, it should be that the grant amount is reduced, so to waive would be giving up free insurance.

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Postby despina » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:45 pm

Searchparty wrote:
esperanto wrote:Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!


Also, they will reduce your budget the amount of the health insurance plan. So even if you find a cheaper insurance plan, you'd have to finance it on your own. The $2k in loans is probably not a lot compared to the rest. That is, if you are on loans. For grant students, it should be that the grant amount is reduced, so to waive would be giving up free insurance.


Are you sure? I was on all loans, and my 1L disbursement was about $2k higher than for 2L. I had thought this was because I waived insurance my first year and not last year, but I now can't figure out where I got that idea.

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Postby wert3813 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:02 pm

When does our resume have to be finalized by? Bidding ends tomorrow but can I still update my resume after then? I checked the website and couldn't find anything?

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Postby Searchparty » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:06 pm

despina wrote:
Searchparty wrote:
esperanto wrote:Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!


Also, they will reduce your budget the amount of the health insurance plan. So even if you find a cheaper insurance plan, you'd have to finance it on your own. The $2k in loans is probably not a lot compared to the rest. That is, if you are on loans. For grant students, it should be that the grant amount is reduced, so to waive would be giving up free insurance.


Are you sure? I was on all loans, and my 1L disbursement was about $2k higher than for 2L. I had thought this was because I waived insurance my first year and not last year, but I now can't figure out where I got that idea.


Last year I got the full budget regardless of whether or not I waived. This year my budget was reduced because I waived and I received message (same place where they tell you your assessed contributions) telling me my budget was reduced by this amount. Had I known, I wouldn't have waived...

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Postby happymonkey » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:48 pm

When does the orientation schedule usually become available? And are all the events mandatory? Thanks!

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Postby acrossthelake » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:59 pm

happymonkey wrote:When does the orientation schedule usually become available? And are all the events mandatory? Thanks!


Nope.

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Postby wwwcol » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:00 pm

wert3813 wrote:When does our resume have to be finalized by? Bidding ends tomorrow but can I still update my resume after then? I checked the website and couldn't find anything?


The fact that a couple firms ask students to bring an updated resume to the interview leads me to believe the resume cannot be updated after tomorrow. Perhaps a 3L can confirm this?

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Postby tomwatts » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:07 am

Last year, you could update your resume until the end of the add period, which is a few days after bidding ends.

I also vaguely recall bringing as many resumes as I had screener interviews, because it seemed as though nearly every firm requested them. If you have an update between when the add period ends and when the interview actually occurs, you can just bring updated resumes to the interviews and no one will bat an eye, and probably they'll just trash your old resume. (You might get asked what changed, though.)

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Postby malleus discentium » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:31 am

happymonkey wrote:When does the orientation schedule usually become available? And are all the events mandatory? Thanks!

This seems to be a loose schedule. (LinkRemoved)

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Postby sjgonzalez3 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:41 am

Searchparty wrote:
esperanto wrote:Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!


Also, they will reduce your budget the amount of the health insurance plan. So even if you find a cheaper insurance plan, you'd have to finance it on your own. The $2k in loans is probably not a lot compared to the rest. That is, if you are on loans. For grant students, it should be that the grant amount is reduced, so to waive would be giving up free insurance.


I read somewhere on a Harvard website that you can get your budget increased by the cost of a third-party health insurance plan. So, if you are on loans, you can still find a cheaper plan to finance with loans, and if you are on grants, it's really just whichever plan you want because no matter which you choose you can get your grants adjusted to their cost.

That being said, the student health insurance is a PPO, so it's better than most simple/cheap health plans, so if you're a grant receiver, you may as well get the "free" PPO coverage.

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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby Searchparty » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:17 am

sjgonzalez3 wrote:
Searchparty wrote:
esperanto wrote:Hello Everyone.

I'm trying to find an insurance plan so I can waive Harvard student health insurance,
as I found it quite expensive. Is there anyone waiving the insurance?
I'm an international student so I don't have a family insurance that will cover me!

Thanks!


Also, they will reduce your budget the amount of the health insurance plan. So even if you find a cheaper insurance plan, you'd have to finance it on your own. The $2k in loans is probably not a lot compared to the rest. That is, if you are on loans. For grant students, it should be that the grant amount is reduced, so to waive would be giving up free insurance.


I read somewhere on a Harvard website that you can get your budget increased by the cost of a third-party health insurance plan. So, if you are on loans, you can still find a cheaper plan to finance with loans, and if you are on grants, it's really just whichever plan you want because no matter which you choose you can get your grants adjusted to their cost.

That being said, the student health insurance is a PPO, so it's better than most simple/cheap health plans, so if you're a grant receiver, you may as well get the "free" PPO coverage.


Ah yes, this is true. Just as long as the student is paying it, not a parent.

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Postby meowmeowmeow » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:04 am

Booking a flight back to Boston for after winter break. How feasible is it to fly in that Monday that classes start? Does the Problem Solving Workshop start early in the morning, or does it just depend on what section you are in?

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Postby hlsperson1111 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:07 am

PSW generally starts in the morning. Taking a redeye in is fine, but I would not expect to make it to class if you get in late morning.

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Postby meowmeowmeow » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:22 am

hlsperson1111 wrote:PSW generally starts in the morning. Taking a redeye in is fine, but I would not expect to make it to class if you get in late morning.


Thanks!

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Postby despina » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:35 am

I believe PSW is 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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Postby Mr. Elshal » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:06 pm

meowmeowmeow wrote:Booking a flight back to Boston for after winter break. How feasible is it to fly in that Monday that classes start? Does the Problem Solving Workshop start early in the morning, or does it just depend on what section you are in?


Do you know which professor you have? You can PM it if you like. Some professors will let it slide if you miss the first day, while for at least one it's an unforgivable sin.

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Postby mommalee » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:22 pm

Mr. Elshal wrote:
meowmeowmeow wrote:Booking a flight back to Boston for after winter break. How feasible is it to fly in that Monday that classes start? Does the Problem Solving Workshop start early in the morning, or does it just depend on what section you are in?


Do you know which professor you have? You can PM it if you like. Some professors will let it slide if you miss the first day, while for at least one it's an unforgivable sin.


I also wonder if some of the willingness to let people miss the first few days this year was due to the terrible weather and not a general reflect to their attitudes towards missing the first day.

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Postby Single-Malt-Liquor » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:47 pm

Am I crazy or did I read somewhere that 2Ls/3Ls get their Books/Supplies Allowance advance earlier than the rest of the student budget advance (like mid August)?

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Postby blckwsl » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:40 pm

Hello,

I'm looking into buying plane tickets home for Thanksgiving and I noticed on the academic calendar that 1L fall semester classes end on December 1st, which is the day after Thanksgiving break. Does this mean that I could come back to school later since it's just exam review week (I'm assuming no classes then?)

Thanks for your help!




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