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  1. I spent like all week taking awkward selfies on my lunch break. 😂
  2. Yaaas, cheers to the Bear Mountain plug! The pub at the top has a fantastic patio.
  3. I'll chime in here, as a long-term resident of Victoria! Your basic neighbourhoods around UVic are Gordon Head and Cadboro Bay. McKenzie Ave runs straight into campus, and there are a handful of buses that run along that road or roads that intersect - such as Shelbourne and Cedar Hill. If you're looking for beaches and walking distance to UVic, Cadboro Bay or Gordon Head Rd. are great options. Good luck finding something in those areas though, places go quick and are usually on the more $$ side! If you are sad about not being able to live on the beach, Gyro Park is just down the road from UVic (about 20 mins walking) and has a lovely beach for naps and happy hour. If you don't mind more of a bustle, Shelbourne Rd. has lots of stuff (fast-foodie style restaurants, a few banks, a pet store, yoga studios, etc.) and a pub. If you like malls and want to be close to a massive Canadian Tire, the area around Hillside Ave (dubbed Oaklands) is decent - and the #4 bus runs right along Hillside to UVic. Oak Bay is a bit too far for a walk, and the buses kind of suck, but if you're a cyclist or have a vehicle it's a gorgeous area. Lots of old rich white people though, and rent is a little pricier. The area between McKenzie Ave and Lambick Park tends to be packed full of undergraduates living off campus for the first time, so it can get pretty rowdy, if that matters to you. Downtown is definitely an option, if you're into the big city living. There are several buses that go direct to UVic or connect along the way. James Bay used to be a pretty sketchy area but it's getting fancier. Esquimalt has been described as the Surrey of Vancouver Island, but it's also getting a bit fancier. They even have a Red Barn now, which is a really important place for ya'll to visit because the SANDWICHES, OMG. But you'll be adding some transit time if you head across the bridges to Esquimalt/Gorge. Then, of course, there is Langford/Colwood/Metchosin/Sooke... Like rkathleen said, I'd avoid that area. Lots of people are buying out there because it's cheaper but the Colwood Crawl is a huge line of traffic that's super uncool and inconvenient. Oh, and the Uptown area - again for those who love malls. Uptown (funk you up) has a Walmart and a Whole Foods and a Cupcakes (super critical) and is pretty decent for buses. Mayfair Mall is down the road and just got a facelift and has a Sephora, Chapters, Aritzia, and some other less important stores. There tend to be apartments in those areas. No, we do not have an IKEA. If you're more of a small-town person (hehe) and have a vehicle - heading up the peninsula is a lovely option (towards Sidney). There is definitely less to do but lots of farmland and horses and stuff. I've seen a few places available around Elk Lake too, which is about 10km's around and great for dog-walking/training for marathons/solitary walks while listening to Nickelback. Anyways, if you have any questions, as the others have said, feel free to send me a message!
  4. Aw! You're so sweet! See you in Sept 😊
  5. CANT BELIEVE I'M FINALLY MAKING THIS POST. Accepted this morning!! 🤗🤗🤗 3.64 163 890 Walrus: Me Guy with Fish: UVic Law Admissions
  6. Anyone else losing their minds waiting for the rankings? When did the days get so long? Haha. Fingers crossed we get some movement this year 😅
  7. This is helpful - thank you very much!
  8. Hi everyone, I am waitlisted at UVic and have been accepted to U of A. Given my current application status at UVic, this is totally hypothetical, but I don't have any lawyers in my circle and would love some informed advice as I think forward to September! I'm comfortably established in Victoria and have two degrees from UVic. I'm assuming I'll end up practicing in BC or AB, - undecided. I'm open to the type of law that I'll end up pursuing, but fantasize about running my own small community practice. I have some interest in completing a JD/MBA program. I'm not concerned about Alberta winters, but don't love the size of Edmonton. I don't have much of a network in Edmonton, but I do have family in both provinces. While I would be super happy to stay in Victoria, there is a part of me that's itching for a new adventure - to meet new people and explore a new place. How does it look to employers if I'm applying with a bunch of degrees from the same school? Worth mixing it up a bit and trying something new? I've also been accepted to U of S with a conditional acceptance to their MBA program - just to throw that in the mix 😀 Thanks in advance!
  9. 100% - I was improving but not by much, basically fishing with like, an old rod. Grateful for the time and opportunity to take a prep course and learn how to level up, haha. (Pokemon, anyone...?) 😁
  10. Submitted: 25-Oct Received: 10-Apr Hope that helps! 😊
  11. Do you mean on my online application? I haven't checked my status online, I just received an email this morning.
  12. Hi all - this forum has been so helpful (and anxiety-inducing, at times!) that I wanted to share my personal adventure on the road to law school acceptances - for those needing a bit of love and support at this time in the application cycle. When I first considered applying to law, I wrote the LSAT on a whim and scored in the 140's; a few months later, I tried again, with a one-point increase in score. I had applied to UVic that year (also on a whim, so stupid), and was rejected (duh). My self-confidence was bruised, and I figured law wasn't for me, so I put the idea of law school to bed. After a good deal of wallowing, some painful self-discovery, and way too many episodes of Gilmore Girls, I decided to pull my socks up and try, try again. I was in graduate school at the time and self-studied while completing my thesis (so stupid - see a theme here?). I wrote the exam and scored in the 150's. Forever the idealist, I re-wrote a few months later, still in time for that application cycle at UVic, and scored the exact same as before. This was a fantastic wake-up call, fueled by two years of rejection. The LSAT is a beast, I was not "smart enough" to take it on without support - that's something I needed to accept. I dished out a painful $1,000, took time off work, and gave myself one month of full-time studying to try, try again. I told the instructors of the course that my goal was a 160, because I truly thought that's all I would be able to achieve. Progress was slow, but as the month came to a close, I saw improvement, scoring on practice tests between 160-162. I wrote the exam for a fifth time, and scored a 163. This year, I applied to five schools: TRU, U of M, U of A, U of S, and UVic. I've been accepted to all/waitlisted at UVic. My approach to the LSAT was sloppy, I recognize that. I was nauseatingly idealistic about my ability to self-study and receive an offer with some cheesy 80's music playing the background with smiles all around. For the majority of us, getting into law school is tough, admissions committees are ruthless - but that stubborn determination paid off, even if it took a few years! So, for those of you tackling the LSAT right now, or waiting anxiously to hear from the schools you applied to, know that if it doesn't happen this year, or on this exam, you have options, and you have time. One way or another, you'll make it happen. Be ambitious, stay strong, keep hoping, and be the badass future law student that you are. Cheers! 🍻
  13. Accepted this morning! B2 somewhere around 3.6 LSAT 163 Master's degree and minimal SK connection. Acceptance deadline: May 3rd.
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