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VIETgrlTerifa
05-21-2011, 07:35 PM
I graduated Cum Laude from my university. I became the first person in my father's side of the family (his older sister has 10 children and his younger sister has three but the older ones are successful in their business endeavors) to graduate college.

I don't know if any of you had a tinge of paranoia in the days leading up to your ceremony. I kept having these anxiety dreams of not graduating (in one dream I had a woman with a thick accent telling me I did not qualify for graduation because of a precedent from 1930). What exacerbated the problem was that my university did not really give me any sort of confirmation that I graduated. I did all the steps prior (apply for graduation, apply for a degree, graduation checklist, grad fest and confirming how my name should look on my diploma) but all of that happened either in the semester prior to my final one or early in my last semester before final grades were submitted. There was not even an email specifying when we should get to the arena or what the procedure was for the commencement. I learned from my friends who graduated from other universities that that is pretty much the norm.

Now, my next step is the LSAT in October and Law School applications. I'm going to study hardcore (especially the logic puzzles and logical reasoning portions) because I am hoping to score in the high 160 and even 170 range. Easier said than done. All of my friends who recently graduated from law school and passed the bar are telling me not to go into law school because of oversaturation and how hellish the experience was, but deep down, law is something I feel like I have to do. I weighed other options and I took so long to graduate college because I dabbled in doing other things before I realized what my goal in life was.

I wanted to make a celebratory thread because I have been in college in forever and it doesn't feel quite real yet.

P.S. The best part was that I got to wear 5 honor cords. At first I thought it would be tacky, but an etiquette site told me that graduation was no time to look modest (only act like modest). Also, a friend of mine convinced me to go ahead and do it when he told me that I should wear it like Mr. T and "pity the fool" who thinks I'm elitist.

Garden Kitty
05-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Congrats! Enjoy your accomplishment

LuckyCharm
05-21-2011, 07:53 PM
Way to go! I can imagine how proud your family must be. And if the law is your calling, then go for it. Do you know where you're going to apply yet? Good luck with the LSAT. My brother just graduated law school last week. He did pretty well on the LSAT (160ish, I think,) but I remember him saying that if he had it to do again he would have spent more time practicing the "games," so it sounds like your study plan is a good one. Also, I love what your friend and the etiquette site said about honor cords. So true!

VIETgrlTerifa
05-21-2011, 07:59 PM
I'm going to let the LSAT score sort of dictate where I should shoot. However, my dream school in NYU. I always wanted to live in New York and I have family that live there and a few friends who say they can't wait for me to move up there.

However, I'm also looking at schools from all tiers because I know that if I only look at tier 1 and tier 2 schools, I may end up with nothing but rejection letters. Plus, the biggest factor that I need to consider when I choose a school is financial aid packages. I know I have to take out loans no matter what to live on, but I want to minimize my debt as much as possible.

MikiAndoFan#1
05-21-2011, 08:17 PM
Congratulations! :cheer2:

milanessa
05-21-2011, 08:17 PM
:respec:

KikiSashaFan
05-21-2011, 08:19 PM
Congratulations! :cheer:

modern_muslimah
05-21-2011, 08:20 PM
Congratulations! This is an awesome achievement! :respec:

Good luck on the LSAT.

skatesindreams
05-21-2011, 08:25 PM
Congratulations - your future is bright.
May all doors open to the path meant for you!

Matryeshka
05-21-2011, 08:25 PM
Chúc mừng! Congratulations!

Some statistics on NYU and the LSAT:

LSAT Score Percent Admitted
168-180 100%
164-167 99%
160-163 71%
156-159 15%
148-155 12%
120-147 4%

This site might be helpful too: law school stuff. (http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/) The bratling, my younger brother, got a 178 using PowerScore. (http://www.powerscore.com/) I know they have a program that's just for logic puzzles.

skipaway
05-21-2011, 08:26 PM
Congratulations, what an accomplishment!

Eden
05-21-2011, 08:27 PM
Congratulations! :respec:

hydro
05-21-2011, 09:29 PM
Congratulations! :respec:

Wyliefan
05-21-2011, 10:40 PM
Congratulations! :) Best wishes with the LSAT!

BigB08822
05-21-2011, 11:14 PM
Congrats, I am so proud of you! I know exactly how it is to take a while to finish. I will be graduating next May at the age of 29. Hey, at least I will have gotten it done before I turned 30! lol I am sure it wont feel real. I am still undecided on if I will even walk or not. I get all anxious and nervous at that type of thing and I am not graduating with any friends so it will feel a little lonely as an experience, perhaps. On the other hand, I took so long to do this so perhaps I should make sure not to have any regrets. Anyway, this is about you! Congrats!!!