ColumbiaGirl1984 wrote:Hi everyone, I hope some current students can answer my questions! (and hopefully my questions are not redundant)
1. Of the four NYU residential buildings, which one is the best? Which would you recommend for a 1L? I am somewhat shy so I need to be immersed in the law school experience. I know if i lived offcampus I would probably isolate myself and not meet many new people. So considering that, what do you think? And what are the drawbacks?
2. Someone told me that Columbia law students are wined and dined by employers and the school every weekend. I am not sure that's the case today with the economy and all, but is this true for NYU students as well? have you heard this or was i lied to?
3. When do they start sending information to admitted students? once we send in the deposit? I'm anxiously looking at the mail every single day hoping for some more information from NYU!
4. I am pretty poor - i mean, i have a decent job - it doesn't make that much - i got laid off this year...and i am 25 so only my income will be counted in the financial aid determination and my parents do not intend to help me out (nor can they - they are poor too.) Am i about to make the biggest mistake of my life by enrolling? BE. HONEST. Like, do you know other piss-poor people who went, and came out o.k. financially, i mean, who weren't killing themselves with guilt and struggling more than the rest of the people, and who didn't have to drop out due to finances?
I do anticipate the loans, but i guess my mom is whispering in my ear and it's getting to me. (she also just doesn't want me to leave.....)
I figured I'd add on to living in NY question. I've done this in a few threads where people bring up the cost of NYU, and no doubt going to law school is expensive. The problem is that people think that NYU is far more expensive than other schools due to COL, and thats, honestly, not true. I doubt an NYU student will leave school with more debt than a student in nearly any other law school in a major city (Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, Georgetown, etc).
The good thing is living in NY doesn't have to be as expensive as people make it. Part of the reason people spend all their money in law school is they go to bars a lot and they go out to eat a lot. If you don't do this your cost of living will drop significantly. I'm not saying don't go out to bars or don't eat out, but in moderation you'll find your COL isn't as awful as it sometimes is portrayed.
Also, living in a dorm is a good idea if you are shy. Living in Queens or Brooklyn is a good idea if you want to save money (anywhere from $300 - $600 a month depending on how far away you go). Everyone has to decide which option is better but if saving money is important you can go live about 30 minutes away and not take out as many loans (also groceries are cheaper in these places). Another option is to live in Chinatown, Harlem, etc.
I always love busting my NYU Law friends about this - it's like they begrudge the undergrads for going to a fun school in a cool place.
I begrudge the undergrads because they are really annoying when I want Chick-fil-a.