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  1. I spoke with Laura some time ago and she mentioned: "We will be sending out more information in early April about the second deposit and further information." As early April has more or less passed us by, I imagine we'll be hearing from them very soon.
  2. I absolutely love ME - even more so than DA. For all the rage and flack ME3 got, I actually loved the ending. I've never actually tried Baldur's Gate however, as I've never met someone who's played it. How would you rate it in comparison to DA and ME? I have no issues with older games; I still regularly replay some of the oldest Final Fantasy games.
  3. Yesssss. I just moved onto DA2 and am thoroughly enjoying all the copy/paste map levels.
  4. I'm replaying the Dragon Age series. I'm reliving the glory days from before BioWare burst into flames.
  5. Oh my god, that sounds amazing. Definitely makes me feel better about arriving prepared. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Some of my friends from the moldy HUB studios moved into Newton. They loved it.
  7. Yep. We ended up on the news and in the newspapers because it was so bad. They launched a bunch of investigations and tons of people came forward with horrible stories. A general consensus was that the 50 year old kitchen's were disgusting. People couldn't use the ovens because they'd never been properly cleaned and you "could taste 50 years of food." Another common issue was that Residence Services staff would show up randomly for cleaning/inspections and would shoo you out of your bed at 6:30 AM because they had been told you were moving out that day (when you weren't) and they had to clean for the next tenant. They also famously withheld tons of security deposits. It doesn't matter how much you clean your unit after you move out - they still hire professionals to clean the whole place anyways and then deduct the cleaning bills from your deposit. If an assigned roommate leaves early, you get charged for those cleaning bills even if you're still living there. Again - this was a few years ago. They might've smartened up since then.
  8. Stay FAR away from HUB. I lived there for two years. It's infested with pharaoh ants in half the units. Studio units are generally on the bottom level, and a few of my friends had those and had horrible flooding problems and mold. The ant problem was the worst - we lost hundreds of dollars in groceries. The ants are so small they even infested our Tupperware, so we couldn't protect anything. They got into the fridge, our furniture, and our beds. Residence Services moved us into three different units - different sides of the mall and different ends of the mall. There were ants everywhere. At one point, they said it was because the kitchen equipment was from the 40's, so they replaced our entire kitchen. The ants were still there. They cut a hole in the wall and thousands of ants poured out. HUB ended up giving up and resorted to spraying the unit with poison once a week. My roommate and I ended up with constant migraines and nosebleeds. Finally, they just moved us to East Campus village. They told us the only solution for HUB mall was to empty the entire building, remove all the shopkeepers and vendors from the main floor, and tent the whole place for a month. They said it wasn't possible due to the lost revenue it would result in and said they just had to hope people wouldn't complain too much. It's been a few years since this but I haven't heard of them tenting the entire building since then so I feel confident in saying the issues are still there. My own thoughts, anyways.
  9. Adding to this: Laura told me that they "will be sending out more information in early April about the second deposit and further information."
  10. I agree with what's already been said: avoid the north side and anything near 118th like the plague. Even if you pick somewhere not on the north side, vet your landlords carefully. Avoid property managed by Avenue Living regardless of where in Edmonton they are. I lived on Jasper for a few years and loved it for both the convenience of amenities and being near the LRT. I've also lived in Strathearn which has an amazing community, cheap rent, and fantastic property management. The downside is that the buildings are older and have an expiration date: the community is going to be bulldozed in the next few years to make room for the LRT expansion. Transit also isn't the most convenient in this area.
  11. TD gave me all my approvals right away and promised me access to my funds yesterday. I followed up with them and suddenly they are now saying that they can't do that until I can provide verification documents for my enrollment. Just an FYI that TD might promise immediate access but they don't seem to follow through.
  12. Damn, I forgot about the references thing. Guess straight-up honesty is best! Definitely. Perhaps my telling them will make them view the legal profession with a more positive light. Maybe their fondness for me will overcome their dislike of being sued. One can always hope!
  13. Don't read too much into this, but they just lost a wrongful termination case based on discrimination against religious requirements (something like that - I don't know the full story since I came in after it happened). They've internalized it as the law being unfair and lawyers working against them instead of them just being less than accommodating. The accounting department is still paying off the lawyer bills and each time one comes in, they start bitching about the entire legal profession all over again and how all lawyers are crooked assholes.
  14. Sorry for the delay in replying to everyone - I've been having a crazy time since I got my acceptance on Friday. You all raise some great points and I certainly have a lot to think about. It's promising to hear some of the great stories about giving months of notice without issue. I think I'm going to spend the next month or two gauging the waters. We just had an employee who ended up leaving last year due to family problems brought back and moved into a more accommodating role for her situation, so that seems to suggest that my employers will be on the more flexible side of things when I tell them. Definitely hoping I won't burn any bridges. I think they'd be supportive if I went into anything but law school. Might just tell them I'm going to graduate school rather than any specifics. You guys are an amazingly wonderful community. I can't express just how much I admire you all.
  15. There is no opportunity to grow a legal career here. In fact, the owner and most of management look down on the legal profession. Once I leave, I think I'll be cutting quite a few ties. Despite that, I still want to leave a good mark on the company. I like the idea of a month or two of notice. I imagine anything more than that might be excessive. Thank you for your input! I would still like to hear a few more thoughts to see if I could face a penalty of too much notice.
  16. Hi guys! I just got my acceptance letter and am totally pumped to attend the U of A this September. I do have concerns about giving notice to my full-time job, however. With past jobs, I've been perfectly comfortable giving two weeks' notice, but I am currently managing the customer service department for a company that growing and completely revamping its infrastructure. I feel very invested in the growth and success of the company and want to make sure I don't leave them hanging in any way, while at the same time not jeopardizing my own financial security from now until school starts. The company is in the middle of growing and but also has an unfortunate tendency of putting things off. They're supposed to be hiring me a full team to train this summer but I think they might end up pushing this further back. I'm worried that if I don't say anything and only give them two weeks in August, then there won't be adequate time to train my replacements and make sure the department is running smoothly before I leave. At the same time, I don't want to give notice too early in case they're able to lay me off early or something. I'm not sure if laying a person off because they plan on leaving eventually is even legal. Could someone with a bit more professional experience be able to give me some thoughts on this? Should I give the standard two weeks' notice in August, or should I let them know earlier? (Regardless, I plan on securing all of my appropriate funding beforehand, including students loans/LOC, etc. - I want to make sure I can actually afford to go to school before I tell my employer that I'm bailing.) [Not sure if I'm submitting this to the right section. Sorry!]
  17. Just got my acceptance letter! I'm guessing that means they calculated my GPA with my language courses!
  18. Just got my acceptance letter! GPA: 3.92 [unconfirmed] LSAT: 155 This was the only school I applied to, so I'll be accepting if I can secure the appropriate funding.
  19. Exactly. Those junior level courses won't be counted unless my faculty flags them as my language credits. And if they don't, then that means instead of my 20 most recent classes being counted, it'll roll over and include an extra semester which happens to have a couple of C- grades. It's a huge impact and I'll be pretty sad if that's due to an administrative error. I'm literally taking two extra classes this semester just in case the faculty screws it up. --------- Ultimately, it looks like I just have to be patient. I appreciate everyone's assistance and input, and I hope you all succeed in your current law careers/law programs/law applications. Crossing my fingers for everyone!
  20. Gotta love them miracles! I'm not waiting on any LSAT scores. My 155 was the result of about two weeks of studying a couple of years ago - basically my diagnostic. If I don't get in this year, I'll gratefully be taking advantage of the extra year to pay off some debt and actually study for the LSAT. At this point, I'm trying to gauge whether or not I have a good enough chance of getting in that I should be making a conscious early effort in securing funding since I can't access student loans. Even if I get in, if I don't have the appropriate funding, acceptance doesn't matter. It seems I might just have to wait and see. Your words have certainly given me reason to hope - and to think more actively about my financial planning. BTW - congratulations on your acceptance! I wish you all the best in your studies.
  21. I would normally operate under the assumption that the 3.66/155 would be an immediate rejection. I'm surprised you so optimistically describe it as just "a little low," haha. The A+ ruling makes me sad; my A+ grades make up a massive portion of my GPA; it's frustrating to hear that the extra effort appears to go unrewarded. Based on the other stats, do you think I have a somewhat realistic chance of getting in?
  22. Hey guys - trying to figure out my chances and GPA here. My degree is a bit convoluted. When U of A calculates GPA, does anyone know if they calculate A+ as 4.3, or if they only calculate it as 4.0? I'm aware that they cap the end result at 4.0, but not sure how the A+ is treated. I also made the mistake of taking two 100 level language courses within my last two years, but the Admission team told me that if my Faculty counts those as the language credits required by my degree instead of the original ones I took years ago, then they'll count them towards my last two years of classes despite not being senior-level courses. Of course, my Faculty is known for making mistakes on requests such as these, so I can't bank on them following through. As such, I have four potential GPAs I'm applying with: 4.04 / 155 [4.3 / language courses included] 3.92 / 155 [4.0 / language courses included] 3.77 / 155 [4.3 / language courses not included] 3.66 / 155 [4.0 / language courses not included] I'm also finishing up two more courses this semester. I'm not sure if the U of A will count my winter courses, but if they do, then it doesn't matter whether or not the language courses are accounted for. Any thoughts on my chances with my convoluted GPA calculations?
  23. Maybe I should've mentioned that I'm a U of A undergrad... Since the U of A considers A+ and A to both be 4.0, that means I'm in a sad pickle. It does seem a bit unfair if they just accept other schools' grading methods that consider A+ to be 4.3. Since there seems to be a bit of disagreement here, I think I'll give Heather a call on Monday to hear it straight from her. But thanks for everyone's feedback!
  24. Question - when calculating your score with the GPA*22.5+LSAT formula, is the GPA calculated with A+ as a 4.0 or as a 4.3? I ask, because if calculated with 4.0, my GPA is 3.68, but with 4.3, my GPA is 3.8. (Once my winter grades are calculated, I'll have a 4.0 score of 3.97 and a 4.3 score of 4.1). The difference matters to me because I did shit on the LSAT (155) and the 4.3 pushes me above the 242 index. Any insight is great.
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