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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Ragged » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:53 am

How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby BriaTharen » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:54 am

Why should I transfer to NU?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:56 am

Ragged wrote:How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?

i would say it's somewhat competitive. people know the economy is bad and that they're not going to be handed jobs. a lot of people in our class got laid off in the recession and seem like they have something to prove. that's my experience anyway. except the JD-MBAs who generally stop gunning halfway in.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Thirteen » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:57 am

IAFG wrote:
Ragged wrote:What's it like to know you will be unemployed and in debt in a couple of years?

it feels, tastes and smells like cheap beer on the breath of a trashy blonde.

delicious.


WANT

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Ragged » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:58 am

IAFG wrote:
Ragged wrote:How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?

i would say it's somewhat competitive. people know the economy is bad and that they're not going to be handed jobs. a lot of people in our class got laid off in the recession and seem like they have something to prove. that's my experience anyway. except the JD-MBAs who generally stop gunning halfway in.


second time I'm hearing this about JD/MBAers being less competative, why is that?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:58 am

Ragged wrote:How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?

Up until the second half of the semester, I feel like most people were doing the reading and sometimes reading supplements, but nothing too intense. Before finals, we all (of course) got a little crazy with the studying.

Everyone wants to do well, but I wouldn't necessarily say "competitive" is the right word for it. For the most part people are pretty open about sharing and trying to help with things.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:58 am

Ragged wrote:How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?


It seems like it varied section by section but it was surprising non competitive. Everyone did the work necessary to learn the material, a few really gunned, but most just did what they needed to.

My section was extremely collaborative. Things like emailing each other parts of outlines, taking practice tests together, answering questions were extremely common.

IAFG set off a arms race of gunning in her section from the way she tells it. In mine that didn't happen.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:59 am

BriaTharen wrote:Why should I transfer to NU?

IAFG's bewbs.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:59 am

Ragged wrote:
IAFG wrote:
Ragged wrote:How competative is your class? Is everyone studying 5hrs/day?

i would say it's somewhat competitive. people know the economy is bad and that they're not going to be handed jobs. a lot of people in our class got laid off in the recession and seem like they have something to prove. that's my experience anyway. except the JD-MBAs who generally stop gunning halfway in.


second time I'm hearing this about JD/MBAers being less competative, why is that?

well, they're Kellogg MBAs. they're not here for a crack at a T14 OCI. they're here for whatever it is Kellogg MBAs want, with a JD on the side.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:00 am

BriaTharen wrote:Why should I transfer to NU?


You want Chicago Big law

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:00 am

How often do you hook up with someone of the opposite (or same) gender? What's the party scene like up there?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:00 am

Desert Fox wrote:
BriaTharen wrote:Why should I transfer to NU?


You want Chicago Big law


Oh so I should transfer to U Chi?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:03 am

rad law wrote:How often do you hook up with someone of the opposite (or same) gender? What's the party scene like up there?

people go out a lot. i was worried that the proportion of olds/marrieds would mean people don't go out a lot but they do.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:05 am

IAFG wrote:
rad law wrote:How often do you hook up with someone of the opposite (or same) gender? What's the party scene like up there?

people go out a lot. i was worried that the proportion of olds/marrieds would mean people don't go out a lot but they do.


People reliving college after knowing what real life looks like while they can.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flustercluck » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:06 am

Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby kk19131 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:07 am

I haven't been in the law school in years, but is it still dark and dreary?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:07 am

Flustercluck wrote:Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

Most 1Ls live near school; I do not because I think Steeterville sucks and is highly overpriced.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:07 am

Desert Fox wrote:
IAFG wrote:
rad law wrote:How often do you hook up with someone of the opposite (or same) gender? What's the party scene like up there?

people go out a lot. i was worried that the proportion of olds/marrieds would mean people don't go out a lot but they do.


People reliving college after knowing what real life looks like while they can.

Very true. Law school is the college experience I never had.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Ragged » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:08 am

Where does the student body place on the attrativeness scale?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:09 am

Flustercluck wrote:Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

i know HGL will handle the other side... i would guess 75% live in streeterville the first year and move to other neighborhoods for 2L. i did and i thought it was worth it. when it's 2 a.m. and snowing, being two blocks from home is nice. it will be the most annoying when it matters most (right before and during finals).

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:10 am

Ragged wrote:Where does the student body place on the attrativeness scale?

it's a tight curve around average.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:13 am

IAFG wrote:
Flustercluck wrote:Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

i know HGL will handle the other side... i would guess 75% live in streeterville the first year and move to other neighborhoods for 2L. i did and i thought it was worth it. when it's 2 a.m. and snowing, being two blocks from home is nice. it will be the most annoying when it matters most (right before and during finals).

OTOH, as long as you live somewhere that's reasonably accessible via public transportation, the commute really is not a big deal at all. And you can get twice the space for the same price. For what a lot of my friends pay for studios, I have a fairly large 1-bedroom loft with central air, diswasher, in-unit laundry, etc.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flustercluck » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:15 am

Holly Golightly wrote:
IAFG wrote:
Flustercluck wrote:Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

i know HGL will handle the other side... i would guess 75% live in streeterville the first year and move to other neighborhoods for 2L. i did and i thought it was worth it. when it's 2 a.m. and snowing, being two blocks from home is nice. it will be the most annoying when it matters most (right before and during finals).

OTOH, as long as you live somewhere that's reasonably accessible via public transportation, the commute really is not a big deal at all. And you can get twice the space for the same price. For what a lot of my friends pay for studios, I have a fairly large 1-bedroom loft with central air, diswasher, in-unit laundry, etc.


Any neighborhoods you recommend looking into/best ways to find places other than say craigslist?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:16 am

Holly Golightly wrote:OTOH, as you live somewhere that's reasonably accessible via public transportation, the commute really is not a big deal at all.

it would be for me, because i hate commuting when i am working long hours. basically, it's a personal question and you have to know yourself. though i do think if you've never seen snow before, you should err away from a long commute.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby 09042014 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:16 am

IAFG wrote:
Flustercluck wrote:Just a couple questions on housing.

What percentage of people live right next to campus vs. living further out, and is it worth the extra rent to be closer?

i know HGL will handle the other side... i would guess 75% live in streeterville the first year and move to other neighborhoods for 2L. i did and i thought it was worth it. when it's 2 a.m. and snowing, being two blocks from home is nice. it will be the most annoying when it matters most (right before and during finals).


Yea 2am two nights before your first final and it's 12 degrees out. You don't want to have to catch a bus.

Next year I'll probably live amonst the bros in Wrigelyville or the tar addicts in Uptown.




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