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  1. I know a little bit more since last time I posted. UVic tells me I will receive a scholarship, but I'm guessing I won't hear the exact amount until late summer. They are clear that their scholarships usually range from $4000 to $10,000. UBC is able to offer a small number of scholarships that are above the $10,000 range. UBC admissions told me that I had the third highest index score in their applicant pool and that I would be guaranteed a minimum of $8,000 but would likely be offered somewhere around $15,000. UBC lured me away from UVic for undergrad by giving me more money, but I'm ready for a change so I'm going to UVic anyways, even though it promises less cash up front. stats are 170 and 89% FYI (haven't done the index calculation myself).
  2. Talked to the admissions and scholarship people at the breakfast in Vancouver last week. They told me I'm on the scholarship "shortlist" and that they're trying to get around to assessing files this week. I have no idea what kind of money there is to be won or how many individual awards there are. They hyped their bursaries pretty well too - apparently there's quite a bit of money available if you can demonstrate some need.
  3. Target Practise - I can't tell you how glad I am that people like you don't want to go to UVic. I can't wait for September, and the feeling of being surrounded by people who are smart AND give a shit.
  4. My stats are 89/170 now. It was a letter attached to my acceptance package that came in the mail.
  5. Got a scholarship offer from UBC today. Stipulates a minimum amount but doesn't say anything about how the selection process for the bigger scholarships will work/when they will be awarded etc. Anyone else hear anything similar, or know how the award process works for the bigger scholarships?
  6. talked to admissions on the phone yesterday. said they still hadn't even opened a number of files (mine included) that had feb LSAT scores. the weird thing is that I had an october lsat score and i'm pretty sure my stats even with that score should guarantee me admission but they still haven't even looked at the completed application I submitted in december (89% GPA and 161 LSAT). said they'll get to it in the next few days.
  7. talked to admissions on the phone yesterday. said they still hadn't even opened a number of files (mine included) that had feb LSAT scores. the weird thing is that I had an october lsat score and i'm pretty sure my stats even with that score should guarantee me admissions but they still haven't even looked at the completed application I submitted in december (89% GPA and 161 LSAT). said they'll get to it in the next few days.
  8. That seems like really good news for prospective UBC law students. It might be kind of cool to have a law student hub in that corner of campus....right next to the grad student pub etc. That space, even before it was renovated, had an almost 'cozy' feel to it and i would certainly rather spend time there than in Swing or in the old law building. the misinfo on this board sounds like, more than anything, the result of a bit of a communications clusterfuck. I just spoke to someone at admissions and she had never heard of UCLL and thought everything was going to happen at Swing next year. I referenced the website that you (law09) directed us to and she said that it could be that they are having trouble meeting their original goals in terms of timing due to lags in renovation completion dates etc, but the long and short of it was that she really didn't know.
  9. also, workinggirl, obvioulsy individual experience doesn't signal a general trend, but I know lots of people who have gone all the way through their degree at UBC without ever having to pay a cent due to some pretty generous UBC scholarships. things are pretty different in the states, given that 'scholarships' at all the big name colleges are calculated based on how much they expect your family can pay. big scholarships are common...but you need a lot to make a dent in $30,000 for one year's tuition. At the end of the day, i really don't think canadians are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to paying for undergrad education. also, the stuff about Piper and scholarship funding/condos etc. just isn't true. I'm no fan of piper or all the new condos in the endowment lands, but the budget of Student Financial Assistance and Awards went up massive amounts during her tenure precisely because the university was raking in cash from new development projects. by the time all the development that she started is finished, the university's endowment will have increased from approx 700 million before her time, to approx 1.5 billion. (UBC has endowment envy and is trying to pass UofT (approx 1.5 billion in theirs) ). While some of the development is regrettable, and i don't even want to guess where some of the endowment is invested, it's the annual return on the endowment that funds stuff like renewable scholarships.
  10. thanks hdawn. i'm in my fourth year of political science at UBC. In polisci here you can take lots of electives and i've been fairly strategic about what i've picked for those. I've also taken mostly only four courses per semester after a full first year because I had a bunch of credits from the IB when I started. i think that made it a lot easier to put lots of time into my hard paper writing classes. all that being said, i did work my tail off too.
  11. that being said...if they've found a building that is smaller that they could fill up with first year law, that might be actually a huge improvement over what life would be like in first year in Swing. i just haven't heard anything to that effect from anyone who's in the know.
  12. JC33, from where are you getting the idea that first year classes won't be taught in Swing next year? what's the name of the 'new' building that you think they're going to be taught in? what would admissions' motive be sending me an email saying that my first year classes next year would be in Swing if that's not true? not that i take admissions' word for everything, just wondering where you're getting that info from cause it doesn't jibe with everything i've heard from current students, the admissions office and my friend who works there.
  13. for me, and some people who have lived in Van for a long time, the East Side is the eastern gateway to the downtown peninsula, and would (loosely) not extend much further south than Prior st. and no further east than Clark and then run all the way back west until about Crosstown. almost synonymous with the DTES, but more inclusive of the surrounding low-rise old residential + industrial stuff. my east van, on the other hand, is massive and goes east to Burnaby and south all the way to at least 41st. That being said, for a lot of people, East Van is more narrowly thought of as commerical, nanaimo, renfrew. it's kinda like the way West Van is different from the West End which is different from the West Side. Although i suppose those distinctions might actually show up on a map whereas I don't think my distinctions are formal, just something i grew up with. they're somewhat useful though, as I find most of my 'east van' pretty palatable but would hesitate to look for any accommodation in my "east side." long story short, for people not from the city, there's a huge variety in east vancouver, from the scuzzy to the funky to the gentrified. depends on the neighborhood.
  14. sorry...Swing is on west mall, not east. and i realize JC33 already mentioned Marine Drive, but year-round housing doesn't operate on the same lottery system as the 8 month contracts. it is certainly luck of the draw to get a spot anywhere in 8-month housing.
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