So this graded memo due by 8AM Monday is worth eighty percent of my legal writing grade and while I've got a portion of it written (and even edited), right now I cannot give a damn about the thing.

Here, have some the Blood-Sibs being Not Completely Right In The Head. (Fact: the Blood-Sibs are all rather shameless in incorporating Lailya's children into their pranks on one another. In the process, however, they learn valuable life skills such as subterfuge, blackmail, guerrilla warfare, and the art of the double- and triple-cross.

Yes, Lailya's perception of a proper education isn't exactly normal.)

Read more... )
Hope everyone on the flist is doing all right!

I'm fine myself; didn't lose power at all, although it flickered a little bit last night. Campus was closed yesterday and today, so I've spent the past two days curled up in a nest of blankets and pillows. In the event that power did go out, Tony the Tablet was fully charged, as was my 3DS, I had fresh batteries for my flashlight so I could read, and I had plenty of bottled water and snacks.

SEPTA is still clearing the rail lines, though, so I'm going to have to bum a ride from a classmate tomorrow at least.

Friday's going to be fun because I'm going to the Philadelphia County Court in Philly for a court observation assignment for my criminal law class and just observing the proceedings for about three hours. Afterward, I'm going to Reading Terminal Market for lunch (gonna get myself a roast pork sandwich from Dinic's and chase it down with some ice cream from Bassett's) before heading home. Probably going to end up missing civil procedure, but eh, no big deal.

Of course, Friday is contingent on whether or not rail service, at least on my line, has resumed. It freaking better...
It's been a while since I've said anything of note, so I figured it was about time to let the LJ crowd know I'm still alive.

Fall break starts tomorrow (it's just four days, Friday through Monday, but a break's a break), and Mom's coming down to spend the weekend and YAY I get to see my mommy! Class has been going well - civil procedure still makes no sense, criminal law I'm slowly starting to get my head around, and torts is awesome even if it is at 8:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays - and I survived my first law school exam yesterday (torts midterm). I can decide if I love or loathe legal writing, but I suspect many feel the same; my professor is amazing, though, and I definitely feel like I'm improving.

Been hanging around on tumblr a lot recently. I've gotten back into SWTOR and there's a really awesome SWTOR community on tumblr (made some really awesome friends, and one even lives nearby and she came to visit me shortly after I moved to Ardmore when I was still really down in the dumps and homesick and she flat out told me that if an emergency came up to call her ASAP and really, that made me feel so much better knowing there was at least one person in Pennsylvania I knew I could count on), so I've been bouncing around there a lot. Also just haven't been up to long and involved posting a la LJ, and tumblr's good for quick bits of fangirling and squee.

I've also been posting my perfume reviews up on tumblr, for both BPAL and Delightful Rot Perfumery; they can be found here.

Oh! One of the really awesome things about living in Pennsylvania is that horse country isn't too hard to get to. This past Saturday I took the train up to Devon for Dressage at Devon at the Devon Horse Show grounds and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ALL THE PRETTY HORSES AND DRESSAGE AND THE PRETTIES THEY WERE SO PRETTY THERE WAS A FRIESIAN I DON'T HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY SQUEE SATURDAY WAS THE BEST DAMN DAY EVER I TOOK SO MANY PICTURES OMGOMGOMGOMG SO PRETTY OH MY GOD.

*ahem*

Right. I need to get going, I want to talk with one of my professors before the end of her office hours, so I need to scram. I'll be doing a baseball/Red Sox post either tonight or some time this weekend, because I have Feels about My Boys. *sigh*

Ugh

Sep. 7th, 2012 04:39 pm
Red Mass tonight followed by an after party at the law school and then an after-after party at a bar hosted by the Pro-Bono Society. Definitely not going to that last one - I am not a bar person - but there are going to be alumni at the after party hosted by the law school and, well, networking opportunity.

"Networking." I am really beginning to fucking hate that word.

Mostly that's because I'm still getting over a nasty cold and while I'm no longer congested or have a runny nose, I have started coughing. Was coughing so hard and so often today that my abdomen actually hurts. Cough drops have stopped working, I don't have any other medication in the house, and the CVS is too damn far a walk for me.

Fuck but tonight is going to suck.
So today was my first day of law school.

It went well! Just Legal Writing and Civil Procedure today, and I had four hours in between that I used to get a lot of work done. I really like my Legal Writing professor; she's very enthusiastic, excellent at explaining concepts, and seems very approachable.

Civil Procedure... *sigh* Well, it's at the end of the day (plus it's four days a week, ugh, and my only Tuesday class what the hell), the subject matter is incredibly dry to begin with, and the professor, though certainly knowledgeable, is definitely beyond his teaching prime: he's just not engaging. This class is going to be torture, methinks.

Tomorrow is Legal Research (part of Legal Writing) and Criminal Law (plus more Civ Pro, blargh). Monday is Torts for the first time; I've heard really good things about that professor, so even though it's an 8:15 class (KILL MEEEEEE), I'm hopeful it'll actually be fun.

Also, VLS received a big donation this past spring to establish a center for the study of sports law, which is a huuuuuge interest of mine, and while there's no other concrete information yet about the program, I've heard rumors of potential internships with the Phillies and other teams. *happy dance*

So, here's hoping the rest of this semester goes well!
So I am officially moving to Pennsylvania in one week on August 12!

I'm simultaneously very excited and very nervous. This is the first time I'll really be living on my own, so I think I'm justifiably freaked out.

On the bright side, I'm not going to have to worry about money. I took out some federal loans through Villanova Law to cover my housing and living costs (BECAUSE I HAVE A FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP TO LAW SCHOOL BOO-FUCKING-YAH), and my parents and I did the math and I should be comfortably set. I'm going to be living in a nice building with good reviews that's popular with Villanova law students and seniors, so I'll have people to meet. I live close to the train station, so getting to class won't be a problem and I can head into Philadelphia on the weekend. There are various shops (there's a fucking DSW half a block away JACKPOT) and restaurants all in walking distance, plus a Citizens Bank and a CVS and a goddamn Trader Joe's (*worships*) so I'm not going to starve. I bought a nice mattress at a decent price as well as a super-awesome-comfy loveseat that folds out into a twin bed so I can have guests over, and most of the rest of my furniture is stuff my parents put in storage because we had no room for it in the Cape house. I'm set.

I guess my biggest worry is making friends with people who will share my interests beyond studying law and who I can hang out with outside class. I'm happiest hanging out with one, two, three other people than a large crowd, so I don't intend to party, and I tend to be a little quiet and shy when first meeting people, but I hope I can overcome that to make new friends.

In the meantime, I've been packing and making lists (I pretty much have finalized which books I'll be bringing with me), and also discovered a REALLY perfumery called Delightful Rot that does geeky and nerdy themed perfume; I bought ten samples from them for dirt cheap and I received my package on Thursday, and I've slowly been testing each out. I'll try to remember to post some reviews for them a bit later. :3
dt_maxwell: ([Anime] Smiles are Free)
-Called Grandpa to tell him the news
-Reduced him to one-word responses
-Patted self on the back, because damn, that's twice in my life I've reduced my verbose, former English teacher grandfather to speechlessness!
-Called Villanova back to formally accept offer because full tuition scholarship holy shit
-Based on how excited the assistant admissions director I talked to sounded, possibly made someone do a jig in their office
-Found an apartment in Ardmore, miracle of miracles, that was in walking distance of the train and shopping, had great reviews, AND cheap rent
-It was the last studio left, Villanova University doesn't have housing for seniors so apartments get snapped up fast
-Paid the deposit on said apartment
-It's off the market and MINE NOW, bitches!
-Bought Diablo III for myself because full tuition scholarship, I am totally allowed to get myself a present
-(My battletag is Lailya#1671, come say hi if you can!)
-Received an official copy of my financial aid award letter
-Saw exactly how much "full tuition" meant
-Hyperventilated again
-Told Mom
-Reduced Mom either to speechlessness or just forgetting her English entirely
-Told Brooklyn Law kthnxbye (politely, of course)
-Made Dad very pleased that I am officially no longer going to a school with the acronym "BLS"
-Screamed in frustration that the BPAL 13 scent sounded fucking perfect BUT I HAVE NO MONEY
-Reminded self, A) full tuition scholarship and B) Diablo III, best stress relief ever

It's been a good week.
dt_maxwell: ([Anime] Menchi Roll)
So I'm hyperventilating right now.

Villanova Law School called me. They're trying to get some of the people who've withdrawn their deposits (like me) to rethink because they're able to offer more scholarships.

So, um. Yeah. They offered me one.

Full tuition Dean's Merit Scholarship, renewable for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 provided I maintain good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a 2.0 GPA. A fucking 2.0? That's nothing, I can manage a 3.0 in my sleep.

My hands can't stop shaking.
dt_maxwell: ([TV] Xander)
So I'm taking a quick break from paper writing just to get my feels out, because I have a lot of them right now.

End of college stress and start of law school - this past weekend was me and Mom running around getting paperwork together so I could mail it en mass Monday - and holy God, I am graduating on May 20. My last day of classes was yesterday, tomorrow is the Senior Breakfast, I turn in my last paper Friday, my last final is next Wednesday (only two, thank God), then Senior Week (I bought tickets for the whale watch and the Sox game), and then Commencement.

Mother of God.

I don't think it's quite hit me yet - too caught up in the stress of papers, I'm sure. But I'm also going to law school and Mom came up Saturday to drop some stuff off for me and I was just sitting in the car with her and chatting and I suddenly started shaking and crying and God. It's scary, in a way.

I got un-wait-listed by Brooklyn Law School (Dad was...not amused when he realized what its acronym is; admittedly Mom and I had been waiting for him to notice with amused trepidation), and I have to admit the place is kind of amazing. Expensive, yeah, but that's because they have guaranteed housing for first year law students. In Brooklyn Heights. Just a short walk from the law school itself, so I don't have to worry about transportation costs, and their new(ish, it opened in 2005) apartment building is fucking gorgeous and has furnished apartments. I freely admit that not having to worry about housing the first year is one of the school's biggest draws (something Mom admitted to, as well), but the program's damn awesome, and if the financial aid package is any good and I don't hear from BC Law about being taken off their wait list, it looks like I'll be living in Brooklyn this fall.

Excited and terrified, it's all I can say about that.

Trying to maintain my sanity by scrolling through silly Tumblr blogs (haven't gotten my own Tumblr, because like I need to fully immerse myself in that level of crack) and listening to music and writing out Mistwrought scribbles and playing WoW (yes, I fell off the wagon; no, I don't regret it, because I missed my guildmates something fierce) and following news about The Avengers because RDJ in all his snarky glory and the adorableness that is Tom Hiddleston just make me happy and I really need some happy right now.

I also need a hug.

And now I should probably bullshit the last hundred words for this damn religion paper so I can concentrate on the nine pages I need to churn out for my anthropology research paper.

So I've been pretty busy of late, but I just wanted to leave a quick update because I'm actually feeling pretty good today, and I forgot to do this when it actually happened because I was really distracted and then was fighting The Cold From Hell for a solid week, so updating here slipped my mind.

So! Because I'm still riding the high from finding out:

I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!

On the evening of February 17, I was at home on the Cape when I was checking my e-mail on the phone. I noticed I had just received something from Villanova University School of Law, and tapped it, curious.

"Congratulations on your acceptance into Villanova University School of Law!"

The following is a rough estimate of what happened next:

Me: O_O Mom!
Mom: Hang on!
Me: MOM!
Mom: One second-
Me: MOOOOOOOOM!
Mom: WHAT?!
Me: I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL!
Mom: sdlkfjasl;dkfjslksdjf OMG *CLING* OF COURSE YOU GOT IN!
Me: :D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dad: *on the phone* One moment, Jerry, my daughter just got into law school. I'll call you back. *hangs up, dials Grandpa*
Me: GRANDPA I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL!
Grandpa: *at a loss for words (which never happens), but obviously choked with pride*
Mom: Call your brother!
Me: BILLY BILLY BILLY I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL.
Billy: OHMYGODOHMYGODCONGRATSOHMYGOD :D :D :D :D :D
Me: *on Facebook* GUYS I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL!
Facebook: *fifty bajillion likes*
Me: *starts dancing around the kitchen* I got into law school, I got into law school, I got into law school~.
Mom: :D
Cats: ...?
Dad: So, can I start drawing up a list of people I'd like you to sue?
Me: Yes.
Dad: >:)

Besides Villanova, I've only heard back from American University (waitlisted), so I've got ten more law schools to hear back from. But my first response was an acceptance, so I am guaranteed somewhere to go this fall!

I got into law school, I got into law school, I got into law school~

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