Tales from Admitted Student’s Day

April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm (Uncategorized)

Me: “Hi there! I’m law school dreamer!” (extends hand with a smile)

Sherry: “Hi, I’m sherry. I am SO glad to see other older folks here like you! I was afraid I would be the only one.”

Me: (noting she appears to be 10+ years older than me). “Yes, um, me too! Wow. Great.” (Mental note: call hairstylist on Monday, need new ‘do – looking old).

Sherry and I may not have clicked right away, but by the end of the day I had 5 new facebook friends and 3 new Linked In contacts. My admitted student day: a success!

I was really nervous about attending. Mainly because first impressions are a big deal (and rather irreversible) and I wanted to get off on the right foot with my future classmates. . . and I think I did.

I will say this though, I was very surprised that so many of the attendees were still deciding between law schools. The fact the Admitted Student’s Day (ASD) was after April 1st (in other words, after many seat deposit deadlines, including this particular school) didn’t seem to make much of a difference.  I heard lots of comments about students paying multiple seat deposits or being waitlisted elsewhere. I guess I will have to wait for the orientation to “really” be among my future classmates. But even then, I heard from some of the alums at the event that some of their classmates took off after orientation (to attend another law school or drop out completely) and some were admitted after orientation.  Talk about last minute!

Overall, the orientation was a wonderful experience and a fabulous way to get more excited about attending law school in 132 days! I met many great people including attorney-alums and current law professors who were kind enough to come out for the event. I was surprised that it had turned out to be quite the networking event, too!

If given the opportunity, I highly recommend attending an ASD. Though I was already committed to attending, it was still an exciting event to learn more about the school!

By the way – what should I use to refer to my future law school? I figure since you are the ones reading about it for the next three years, perhaps you should help me decide! Whichever name gets the most votes wins!


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Seat Deposit: Paid

March 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm (Uncategorized)

This is probably one of the most exciting posts for me to write since beginning my journey nearly two years ago. After a lot of worry, hard work, and stress I have finally arrived at the part of my journey in which I commit to attend one law school. I feel so giddy – like a little girl who just received a giant pink-haired pony with a glittered star on its butt! If I could stick some sparking glitter on to this blog posting, believe me, I would!

Last night as I logged onto the school’s admitted student website to pay my seat deposit I was so excited that I couldn’t resist jumping up to do a little “happy dance.” (You know, the one we all have but put on reserve to be used only when we are so overjoyed that it can no longer be contained – and we are sure no one is looking).

I’m just really thrilled to know where the heck I will be in 155 days. Now I can start planning ahead (official law school t-shirt, check). Since this means I will be relocating, I feel good about getting a head start on my housing plans, too. 

Happy day!

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Greetings from my new Mac

March 11, 2011 at 2:14 am (Law School Gear, Uncategorized)

As luck would have it, my PC died the day before the new Apple Macbook Pro’s came out. So I went shopping for a replacement the next day and like magic, I came across a Macbook Pro (herein, “MBP”) for just $900 (a discount of over $300) that had been the brand spank’n new model until the newest MBP model came out (in other words, I have the April 2010 edition). Needless to say, I jumped on it and am now blogging from my new (and first-ever) Mac.

Having been a life-long PC user, I was very concerned about the transition from PC to Mac. But Macs are so intuitive, that I really haven’t had much difficulty acclimating.  For a few days I constantly was looking to the upper right-hand corner of the page to close/reduce/maximize but am now instinctively knowing where to go to get what I want.  Originally, I had thought that I would run bootcamp so I could run Windows with Microsoft Office. The only two applications which I use that are not available on the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 edition are OneNote and Publisher. However, there are many good non-Microsoft alternatives to Publisher – though compatibility issues would likely arise if I were to collaborate on a Microsoft Publisher document.  However, I am delighted to discover that Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac has a “notebook” view that is nearly identical to OneNote – including the ability to audio record and link recordings to typed-text. For example, say I take notes during a lecture and later want to refer back to a particular part of the lecture. I would simply refer back to the text I typed at the point I want to listen to and voila – the audio recording plays back to me whatever was recorded as I typed that text.  That said, I’m told there are several really good alternatives to OneNote, including Circus Ponies Notebook and OmniOutline.  I’m currently on day 2 of a free 30-day trial of the Circus Ponies Notebook.  Though I still have no clue how to make use of its wealth of features, I’m intrigued.  (If anyone wouldn’t mind sharing their circus ponies notebook template or an example of a law school setup, please send it my way to lawschooldreamer at gmail dot com!)  Additionally, this forum is dedicated to lawyers who use Circus Ponies.  I’m sure this is handy for paralegals, too!  My firm happens to be hopelessly devoted to PCs and Blackberrys, so I’m actually a little surprised to find that so many lawyers and firms are actually using Macs. The Mac Lawyer has certainly enlightened me. Also, checkout the Mac Law Students Blog. Though it could use some updating, its been a great starting place for me to explore using my Mac as a (future) law student.

Lastly, a few oddities that I hope some of my Mac readers can help me figure out:

1) How do I “insert” instead of “delete” text. For example, as I proofread, I tend to want to change text from the beginning of a word where my cursor already lies – not at the end of the work and backspace to delete the word. How can I delete the text in front of the texture, and not behind?

2) How do I make shortcuts to a flashdrive that would appear on my “finder?”  I save everything to a flashdrive and because I’m so “Type A” I have everything organized 2-5 layers (folders) deep. How can I make a shortcut to a particular folder on my flashdrive that I use frequently?

Mac users – what are your favorite apps? Please share your tips and thoughts with me! Your comments are always appreciated.

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Seeking Questions/Ideas/Feedback

December 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m thinking about all the things I want to blawg about in 2011. Next year will pose some new challenges for me and open a new chapter in my life.  I will be completing my undergraduate degree, saying goodbye to the firm, relocating to a new city, and entering law school. Of course I will bring you along this journey and include tips and insight along the way but I also want to know what you want to hear in 2011! Is there something I haven’t covered yet that your dying to know more of? Want me to reveal the schools I have been admitted to? Want to hear more about a particular topic? Let me know!

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