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  1. Switch tutor or over reacting

    1) are you improving? Is what he is teaching effective? 2) do you feel you are getting what you're paying for? If the answer is no to either of those questions then switch. You're paying for a service, and unless you've entered into some kind of contract, nothing is forcing you to take lessons from someone whose teaching method you don't find value in.
  2. Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I'm on my $175 chromebook right now. Was meant to be my back up or "use at the beach so I don't get sand in my mac" computer. But it boots up so fast with no lag time ever that I actually use it more than my macbook pro. The mac is still a great machine! But a 15" chromebook will for sure work fine for note taking/paper writing/internet slacking etc.
  3. Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I have an 8 yr old macbook pro and its a great computer despite its age. One day it just shut off mid use and wouldn't turn on again. Managed to get the issue fixed, but thankfully I also have a chromebook and all my work saved in cloud storage or I would have been screwed for about a week.
  4. Laptop recommendations for law school?

    cloud is pretty efficient though when your computer crashes halfway through a major project that's due in the morning and you have to find a different machine to finish it on
  5. Suits for Women

    This, even my jeans. I also have to alter any pencil skirt or dress that is fitted through the hip and isn't made of material that has a lot of stretch, since I usually fit an 8-10 in the hip, but a 4-6 everywhere else. I was hoping the popularity of curvy celebs like the Kardashians, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce etc. would make off the rack clothes more available to me, but not so far! Tailoring is well worth it though, for BOTH comfort and appearance. No weird bunchy spots, no puckering or pulling, no constant adjusting or riding up/down. I buy a lot of bottoms at winners and plato's closet to make alterations more affordable. I also wear a lot of leggings and a-line dresses/skirts to avoid the cost of altering entirely. I just bought my first suits at Banana Republic during their 40% off sale, and after alterations I will basically just have paid full price lol. @providence I'm impressed at you doing your own alterations! I can do a basic hem, but taking in a waist/leg seems like tricky business.
  6. Dean's welcome attire?

    I went to the Edmonton one on campus, so I am wondering if there is a benefit to attending the Calgary one as well?
  7. Best GPA boosting tactic or U of A?

    U of A will consider classes after you graduate, but most other schools don't so I think you're right in delaying your graduation if you plan to apply broadly. They do consider your fall grades as well if you are an active student. Have you started your LSAT prep? Do you have an idea of where you stand to score?
  8. Job Satisfaction: Love and/or Money [spliced]

    I have not yet started law school, and for a long time I had written off going at all because of the time and expense of 7 years of school. I chased money instead, and I worked on my bachelors degree in my spare time. I got lucky and ended up in a job that had great hours, and that I actually enjoyed doing - but I wasn't ever passionate about it. Something important that I found out in my pursuit of money, is that I didn't actually need to make a lot of it to live comfortably, even as a single parent - the year I hit 65K was the first year I could loosen my budget, afford my home, car, bills, school, childcare comfortably and still have money for savings (retirement, kids RESPs, rainy day fund), leisure/vacations, and investments that would later generate their own passive income. I left my job making significantly more than that, but the only measurable improvement in my quality of life hit at around 65K. Beyond that, it simply became easier to save more/generate additional income. So I mean, depending on how extravagantly you want to live, money may not be as big a factor as you think in your ability to provide for your future family if that is a real concern of yours. I would fully recommend chasing something that you love to do, or at least genuinely like to do.
  9. I pretty well said what I needed to say in the subject, but yes, applications are now open to apply for funding if you are an Alberta resident. https://studentaid.alberta.ca/
  10. Iono, I am also a Commerce major, and like any degree it has a fairly balanced requirement mix of core classes and electives that you still end up with a pretty well rounded education. Of course not everyone chooses electives like I did, where they overtake all your study time and you wonder what the hell you've done (Note: organic chem & advanced stats are not great elective choices if your goal is just to get the highest GPA for law school, however interesting they may be). But yes I agree, a lot of the core material (even the more difficult material like finance) is pretty intuitive, especially if you've ever had any kind of job ever, or have ever been exposed to advertising or money, or have even minimal and practically unavoidable understanding of the economy. I don't know that I would necessarily call it flaccid, but I also think there are much more intensive degree streams to choose from.
  11. What I found is that the math/science based courses I took (at least one stats at every level, intro calculus, 2nd & 3rd yr organic chem, finance, econ) were not courses I could do well in if I didn't put in time every week throughout the class, and they often monopolized my study time. But, you can check your work and be pretty confident in the grade range you will fall within if you are understanding the concepts. The social sciences I took (communications, sociology, psych, aboriginal studies, history, econ etc), still required doing the work, but I could get an A having never looked at any material prior to writing a paper, and it was generally fine to read through the class lessons and make notes in the day or 2 prior to an exam and expect to do well (most of these were taken through distance ed, so literally learning half the class 2 days before the midterm). The main difficulty with these classes is that the marking is so subjective its difficult to know if your analysis is what the prof considers adequate. It always seemed like I was handing in the first paper blind as a means to figure out what I needed to do on the next papers, since there was so much variance in expectations between profs/courses. Even still, the math and science classes were decidedly more difficult for me, simply based on the minimum effort required to do well. Not to say a class that evaluates students on the basis of four 20+ page research papers is EASY, I just didn't find it as consistently laborious as the math/science based classes.
  12. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    I agree that they should know and forward you to the right person, but consider that most banks have a really high turnover, and in any industry you deal with you ideally want to deal with a specialist (would you get a complex balayage color from a mens barbershop, even though technically they CAN do it?), and some onus is on you to find the right person to deal with. Luckily scotia has a list of contacts posted online when you look into their PSLOC, and if I went through a scenario like OP's, as soon as the person I am dealing with says something like "I'm not even sure I can do this for you" and treats me like my business isn't important, I am going to ask for a superior to assist me (or take my business elsewhere depending on the product I need)...
  13. Summer before Lawschool?

    I just might, but I am going to make efforts to line up some sort of summer position. If it doesn't work out, I'm sure my garden won't mind me having the time off....
  14. Summer before Lawschool?

    I've had a full time job my whole damned life! This might be the only opportunity I ever have to do literally nothing for 3 months, because after this summer the hustle is on - for who knows how long but maybe forever. Screw work for now! I mean ...if you can. If you have to work this summer, I apologize for my lack of humility which I will now continue. I finish work end of this month, and and most of my summer will be spent in and around my hammock. I don't know how to/if you can add a photo, but I have two hammocks in my garden oasis to choose from so I may have some tough mornings deciding which one to climb into with my coffee and reading material of choice.... I do have a trip to Nashville planned too, and may possibly road trip down the west coast with my kids, but i also may possibly not do that. I'm already enjoying the lack of plans to be honest, I'm just going to stock up on sunscreen and hope for the best. I also don't recommend crying about money, because as you said it helps nothing. As someone who has operated within every tax bracket, I can tell you that money & tough times can come and go, but there are always ways to make it. Law school is a huge expense, yes, but you are making an investment in your future. That said, as an unemployed student, if you are funding your education through debt I would suggest reminding yourself periodically (without tears) that you have to pay back every penny you use plus interest. Try not to make it worse on yourself by not budgeting to use as little of that as possible.
  15. How many lawyers use Mac computers

    Macbook has the best screen reader, I have used it to read me texts while I make notes for years. I use a chromebook as well, and I love it because it was cheap and it powers on in half a second, but the accessibility options do not compare to macbook
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