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Everything posted by Astrowelkyn

  1. I met with a Scotiabank representative in my hometown and set up my PSLOC already, even though I intend on moving to Vancouver for UBC.
  2. I do know that a ketogenic diet (low carb, high fat) has shown to improve some pathological and functional outcomes in animal models for pathologies of the central nervous system. Either a fatty diet exerts opposing effects in the healthy or injured CNS, negatively acts in synergy with high sugars, or sugar is in fact the main culprit. It is possible, dare I say a near certainty, that we've been lied to all these years and sugary cereals are not in fact part of a balanced breakfast!
  3. While exercise neurophysiology is not my specialty (neuroscience-background though), there appears to be plenty of evidence that moderate-to-high intensity cardiovascular exercise can directly improve blood flow, growth factor production, neurogenesis and/or neural plasticity in your hippocampus. This can be associated with improved memory retention and cognitive functions. I believe there is also similar pre-clinical research showing a negative impact of high fat/sugary diets (or "Western diet") on hippocampal function, but I'd have to do more reading on the subject to provide any significant insight. For what it's worth, I've also read a recent paper that suggested the same diet can trigger inflammation and other pathological responses in the otherwise healthy spinal cord in rodents, which suggests our diet can have a far greater impact on our long-term health beyond our waistlines or cardiovascular system. Therefore, it's likely best to exercise regularly and cut out those sugary/fatty foods!
  4. I don't think this is something that is unique to law, if it ever did happen. My academic supervisor told me that while she was completing her post-doc at UofT, she knew of someone that actively sabotaged another student's cell cultures by secretly dosing their media with alcohol or something. Not saying its only UofT, but higher levels of education probably attract determined people that may resort to unfavourable ways to get ahead of their peers.
  5. Time for my logical brain and irrational heart fight it out over whether itโ€™s best to move to BC for few or no in-person experiences, or stay home and save nearly half a year in costs. Ugh.
  6. If UBC offers partial in-person/online courses, I wonder if they will still open on-campus residence. I had intended to live on campus, so I'm worried I might have to study in Manitoba or pay extra to live off-campus for just a few in-person courses.
  7. https://globalnews.ca/news/6913377/bc-reopen-schools-amid-covid-19-pandemic/ Seems like they intend to open post-secondary schools in September for mixed in-person and online courses. Hopefully this includes the Faculty of Law!
  8. Hope so. I was looking forward to moving into Green College this Fall ๐Ÿ˜”
  9. Following this post for future reference to good advice, but I also agree that fellow 0L should probably take time to relax this summer and not make COVID-19's job any easier by depressing your immune system with stress before even starting law school!
  10. If anything, I'm looking forward to living with one or more fellow law students. Saves money and may help build lasting friendships. Just have to be careful who you choose to live with. That's why I intend to live on campus for the first year, meet people and then see what I can arrange starting in 2L or the preceding summer. However, COVID-19 closure of the university might negatively impact that plan ๐Ÿ˜….
  11. While I am 0L, I would guess that it would be more productive to read regular novels that you enjoy, and practice reading large volumes of texts while trying to improve your focus/concentration and comprehension. Better that than to start reading law textbooks and being overwhelmed because everything is new and intimidating.
  12. The second bullet seems the most relevant, no?
  13. I was really looking forward to the social aspect of law school. But if it stays online, I guess I can delay my move to Vancouver and save money on rent. Definitely will get more stressed once winter deep-freeze rolls around again though ๐Ÿ˜.
  14. Based on how my graduate work is going while working remotely from home, then 1L might be very rough.
  15. Half the reason I accepted entrance to UBC was so I didn't have to experience another Winnipeg winter. But seriously, I would also be disappointed to have to start the degree remotely for the first few months, as I'm similarly concerned about learning law coming from a science background.
  16. Bumping an old thread. I've been notified that I've been accepted for membership residence at St. John's College. Have any other law students lived at SJC and have any experiences they'd like to share? Is it worth accepting the spot or risk waiting for other options or looking off campus? I would prefer to live on campus for my first year to ease with the transition, so I applied to SJC, Green, YRH and Winter residences. I'm mostly concerned by the structured meal plan and dining with how they may or may not interfere with socializing opportunities with fellow law students living elsewhere.
  17. I am just finalizing the procedure right now. I met with a few banks but settled with Scotiabank as they were offering the best package. To begin the initial approval stage, you just need to provide a copy of your acceptance letter. Afterwards, I met with my rep and signed the forms after being approved. I do not get access to the funds until I can provide proof of registration, which I probably won't get until the summer, so I anticipate having access to the first instalment within 3 months of the Fall term. I will also be applying for government/provincial student aid and university scholarships in May/June.
  18. Yeah, I decided to cancel my flight from Winnipeg as a precaution. So hopefully all those who do make the trip or live in Vancouver enjoy the event!
  19. Iโ€™ve heard that entrance scholarships were already given, but applications for others open in June.
  20. I might expect about $11,000/year from MB student aid in Canada/MB loans and/or grants, and $135,000 from Scotiabank PSLOC.
  21. Ooh, good idea about checking out the housing. That would be an added incentive.
  22. I just received the email notification about Allard Law Day on March 25th. I am wondering if it is worthwhile to go to the event in Vancouver? Is there any essential information provided, or is it mostly a chance to give undecided (but accepted) applicants a tour the campus and chat with some of the other prospective students? Anyone else considering attending the reception? I am a Winnipeg resident, so it would require flight for me to attend. I am already committed to attend UBC, but I was planning to travel there and arrange a campus tour eventually just to familiarize myself with the layout. I also have family in Vancouver that I can possible visit for a short trip.
  23. I currently use a Surface Pro 3, which has served me well in the past. But before entering 1L next Fall, I hope to get a MacBook Air. Hoping to wait for the 2020 version (based on concerns about the previous versions keyboard, but donโ€™t know how accurate this is), and maybe for their summer/back to school deals.
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