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  1. @sunshine59 @JSodlaw1 I got an email about half an hour ago telling me a letter got posted to my UWO Student Center, if you go back into student center now beside Accept or Decline it says "View Letter" and they post a copy.
  2. I was just browsing Western Law's website checking stuff out and saw this: "I have only seen my online offer of admission. How do I find out what to do next? You will receive a full offer package by regular mail that contains detailed instructions on how to accept your offer, pay the deposit and tuition, apply for financial aid, access housing information, and join the Class Facebook page, among other things. If you are not living at the address to which the package was mailed, have a family member forward it to you so that you have all this information at your fingertips. If you receive an offer before early February, there will also be information in the package about events to which you have invited for which we are seeking an RSVP. Please be sure to be in touch with us." So maybe they don't send emails at all?? Not sure.
  3. Accepted around noon today! CGPA: 3.3 L2: 3.53 LSAT: 160 (only write, November 2018) Exceptionally strong ECs, references, and PS Sask resident and student Likely declining. Congratulations to everyone else and best of luck to those waiting!
  4. I'd say stick with Windsor - minimize debt and stave off dipping into your LOC, stay with your family, get some good grades and keep up with your professional network and by the time you're looking for articles you'll likely be in a fantastic spot to pay off any debt you have and your network now may be able to land you a great position, and if you manage to continue expanding your network over the next three years you could have some great opportunities your way. Like others have said, you'll get a great legal education wherever you go and it's more about what you make of it!
  5. I really appreciate the angle you look at this from, hadn't thought of it that way!
  6. To be completely honest I'm not wholeheartedly committed to working in one market versus the other. I enjoy both those cities and my experiences in both of them has been fantastic, I loved growing up in Sask and I feel no inclination to run for the hills. You're right, by default it will be easier to land a job where I go to school. Being that I'm not completely sold on working in Calgary I feel inclined to stay in Sask because I do a good bit of non-profit work and it's teaching me some great stuff, I'm meeting some fantastic people, and I frankly really enjoy it - also as time goes on with these groups I'm taking on bigger roles and learning more. Going to Calgary would mean for the most part I walk away from these opportunities and I'm back to square one, not that the work I did in Sask was time wasted at all but it would mean I'm finding my way again getting involved a new place, and as a perfectionist I love seeing things through to the end. I considered getting really involved in the school there as an alternative, but I think I'd love the opportunity to do both - which I could do at UofS. As to your anecdote, I'm really looking forward to a term abroad during law no matter what school I go to and I think that'll be a fantastic experience, much like your co-op experience.
  7. Well I'm absolutely positive I'm capable of doing it, I'm talking about maximizing my success to do the best of my abilities. Yes it is a change from what I'm used to and I'm sure I can rise to the challenge, but I want to do as well as I can obviously to open as many doors as I can for myself when it's time to look for articles. I do admire your story too by the way - that is a lot for a 16-year-old to take on and it sounds like it all worked out for you! I'm not a stranger to hard work either, I've worked ~40 hours a week through uni and work on multiple boards while taking a full load (I know this was done while living at home which is different and definitely lesser). I'm not so much worried about whether I can do it or not, I know I can, but when I'm still hustling for the next three years trying to get the best damn grades I can is it a fight to willingly take on? Come articles and work I know I can do it because that's where my energy will be focused - on work and home.
  8. So I was hesitant to make this because there's been other threads including Sask and Calgary but I couldn't help myself. I'm an favourable position so there's really no downsides here but I just don't know what to do and how much weight to give to decisive factors. I was accepted to home school early January (UofS) and I got accepted last week to the school I thought I'd love to go to - Calgary. I'm from Sask and I am happy here, but this is my 4th year of uni straight out of highschool, my parents have been retired since I've been like 16 and I've been living at home my whole life. I love my parents to death and we're genuinely really close, and I recognize how much of a privilege it is to live at home and have my meals cooked for me and my laundry done, and even get a ride to school if you're in a bind for time etc. So while I could stay here and maintain my great support system - thus giving me my best opportunity to get exceptional grades throughout law - I can't help but feel like this might be my chance to step out and grow up as my own independent person. When I was prepping for my November 2018 LSAT and doing all my applications I thought UofC was my "dream" school, I have good friends in Calgary so I wouldn't be a complete stranger at all, I spend a week or two in Calgary a year and I'm comfortable there. That was honestly one of my big motivators during September-November was the thinking "work hard and you can get out of here". I thought it was my dream school to step out of Sask and do some growing up, but now I'm not quite sure how smart that is anymore. I say that because my goals for law school are solely professional. I really enjoyed undergrad (it was shitty at times, like all things) but my goals were always to pursue law to go into practice. Honestly, I cannot wait to start working. My concern is if I was to accept Calgary I may find myself so overwhelmed with all these newfound responsibilities that I would have that I'm just simply not used to - I'm not incapable of doing them, but I'm used to being able to focus my energy on school and EC's. I'm worried that these responsibilities and this very large change to living on my own will really take a shot at my grades, and naturally switching from undergrad in social sciences to law will carry some changes to it regardless - living on my own in Calgary or staying in Sask. My other concern is EC's. My grades weren't what got me into UofS early or UofC pretty early, it was definitely my EC's because my grades/score weren't anything exceptional (CGPA 3.3, L2 3.53, 160). The last six years going back to 10th grade I've been working with some great NPO's and through this work I've made some truly fantastic connections as I move into law, and going to Calgary I'd have to stop a couple of them. Like getting into law school, getting top tier jobs isn't just grades - but it is a lot of it. With my sights set on going straight into practice shooting for a top tier firm, I feel like I'm almost crazy for going to Calgary and losing my connections in Sask and starting fresh there for the next couple years, when I could stay here, live at home, keep working hard and focusing solely on school, and keep kindling these connections (not to mention I genuinely get a lot of satisfaction out of this volunteer work, not just a resume building block). But, in the back of my mind, a little voice is telling me to step out into the world and be my own adult a bit even if it means "sacrificing" some of these things - as if there'll be an equivalent payoff for moving away. P.S. I'm interested in working in either Sask or Calgary, and there's reasonable movement between the two cities and markets so I'm not super super worried about job prospects just yet. Any thoughts and opinions are appreciated. Did anyone regret staying home? Regret moving away?
  9. This is absolutely not your ceiling. You've never gone over your previous exams - in which, yes, you did pretty well on. I'd say no one's unstudied attempts are ever their ceiling. As you said, you're hoping your LSAT compensates for your lacklustre grades, so doing as well as you can is important and I think you'll be capable of doing quite well. As for motivation, I'm very goal-oriented and so doing the 7Sage course online helped me a lot because at the top of your homepage it shows how much of the course you've completed, and the small breakdown of lessons and coursework meant I could sit down for ten or twenty minutes and get some studying done. The big thing I think you'll find that is helpful is the test analytics 7Sage has. You put in your question responses for the tests you've written and it tells you what question types you're getting wrong and the question types priority. If you're scoring 162 or 163 and it turns out it's because you're getting the exact same question type wrong every time, then by figuring that out and learning how to nail that question type means you'll improve. You could input your 8 tests into the analytics and see what you need to work on! That way even if you're having a hard time getting motivated to study at least you'll be studying efficiently when you do get around to it lmao
  10. I didn't apply to Windsor and I'm not sure how Windsor's admissions process works, but my understanding is that your file would technically be incomplete until you submit another reference. So I think as of now they couldn't accept, reject, or evaluate your admission status because your file is incomplete.
  11. I'm 21 and one of my buddy's dads who'd be 55-60 decided to go back and do law! Kinda funny seeing him at school but its very possible, not super uncommon, and applaud your drive to not let your vintage impede your dreams! As for LSAT studying, I did the Powerscore books and honestly - didn't love it. I say this specifically because they were pricey and I was working fulltime and a fulltime student in five classes while studying and the way the books are split up make lessons take at least an hour. So I couldn't get much studying done here and there and I had to wait for a block of time to study. I wrote this November (my only sitting) and did the 7Sage online course during my four classes this fall amidst sending in six applications. The 7Sage course was the absolute best. If you're as computer savvy as you are book savvy you can use it and the analytic services the course has is awesome and ensures you spend time studying the things you're bad at. So in terms of studying its broken up into sections and videos with lessons and worksheets interspersed. If you got ten minutes to kill you can do a lesson. So I could study around my classes and schedule so it helped to stick with it. The videos were great, the instructor JY is funny and makes it interesting (and the Powerscore books were soooo dry) so it made studying enjoyable honestly. You write practice tests and enter it into the answer sheet on 7Sage and it provides analytics and shows your trends based on section and question type. This is broken down into importance - question types you never get right and are historically the most frequent on the LSAT will become prioritized. The analytics ensured I spent my time studying my weak-points so I could use my time well. Would definitely recommend. Most importantly, it is very competitive in terms of cost, I did three month subscription and I think it was 180 Canadian?? Definitely a course to check out! Best of luck!
  12. It being first-year, I wouldn't do anything to hasty. Honestly dude, I don't know if anyone really enjoyed first year of undergrad lol. I graduated grade 12, didn't think I wanted to go into uni even, I applied on a whim with three weeks left until classes commenced and started my undergrad then, loosely thinking maybe one day I would maybe wanna be a lawyer. I wasn't sold on it, I didn't love it. I took the normal array of first-year arts & science classes. Psychology, Sociology, English, Anthro electives, Religious Studies electives etc. etc. After first year my grades were lacklustre at best, I took a look and noticed I was doing best in sociology and I didn't mind those classes so I went back second year and decided to major in soc. Second year classes were way better, way more interesting, and my grades sky-rocketed. Now I'm in my last sem of my honours in sociology and I've been accepted to two schools and I'm absolutely positive that law is what I want to do with the rest of my life! Moral here, don't rush. Wade through the murky shitty waters of first-year undergrad and take an array of classes because at this point in your academic career any class you take will likely fit into your degree requirements somewhere. If you want to switch schools that's fine, but don't feel like you're world is collapsing because first-year psych isn't as great as you thought it may be. First sem next year try take five very different classes you think you may be remotely interested in. Try hard and do well. Keep law in the back of your head and if over the next couple years you think that's what you want to do start studying for the LSAT and then pursue law at a great Canadian school where you'll be setup for success afterwards! Best of luck my friend. Trust me, undergrad does get better.
  13. I've been accepted to uCalgary off the waitlist yesterday with a CGPA of 3.3 and a L2 of 3.5 and a 160, so it's definitely not improbable. I think nowadays with the holistic admissions process having solid EC's is really what vaults a borderline student into an acceptance or a rejection. What are your EC's and references like? Do you think your PS was strong?
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