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August 5, 2008 | 09:18pm
Mood: something of an anomaly.
Music: The Pipettes - Dirty Mind

Which should I take?

PORT 101 - Elementary Portuguese
2(50.0%)
HIST 382 - Soviet History
2(50.0%)


PORT 101 - Elementary Portuguese I
+ Since I've already studied French, Italian, and Spanish, it would be really, ridiculously easy
+ Good grades = good GPA = good law school
+ I've wanted to learn Portuguese for about 1.5 years
- It's a 100-level class... and I'll be taking two others
+ It's a 100-level class, and I'll be taking two others!
- I'll have to go to tutoring... ugh
+ The professor's supposed to be good
+/- This would just be an elective/GPA booster (and no, I'm not ashamed to admit it)

HIST 382 - Soviet History
+ I absolutely love the professor
+ I absolutely love the subject
+ I KNOW I'll learn a lot
- It'll be a lot of work, and I'd like to have a nice, easy semester for a change
- Amanda's not taking this class any more (due to studying abroad in Germany), so it'll just be me and Christopher
- This would not be an easy A
+ The professor gave me an A in the last Russian History class I took with her, so I know an A is possible
+/- This would just be an elective - I already fulfilled the History requirement for my Russian major

I would just base my decision on how much the books for either class cost, but the difference is negligible. As in, Soviet History is 75 cents more expensive.

Also, if you've read this far, I'd just like to thank you for your help. I obviously have problems making decisions without the advice/scorn of my peers (read: people I don't know and will never meet). So. Thank you, anonymous internet stalkers! <3

I'm doing surprisingly well on verbs of motion. As in, I've barely been making any mistakes. I'm kind of impressed with myself, actually. We just have three hours of grammar tomorrow, our final Thursday, and we get grades/the program ends on Friday. Where did the summer go? Christ. School starts in t-minus 2.5 weeks. I still have to go to Chicago and then Missouri and move to my new apartment and buy books and study for the GRE/LSAT and apply to random jobs and scholarships and programs...

It's been over half a week and I'm still liking the idea of law school. If I go through with it it'll be in the distant future - maybe four or five years from now, give or take a year or two. But whatever. I plan to hit the 170s on the LSAT and raise my GPA a point or two over the next year. With enough studying, I'm fairly certain that I can accomplish both tasks. Okay, I'll shut up about my ever-changing life plans. But hey, this is what's been on my mind lately, so y'all can deal.

A woman I talk to occasionally tried to convert me today. That gave me warm fuzzies. I don't know if she was more distressed to hear that I'm ethnically Jewish or that I'm an atheist.

Also, I'm voting for Paris Hilton. Are you? (And doesn't her energy plan make a lot of sense?)

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Eric O. Scott

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from: lofro
date: August 6, 2008 01:56am (UTC)
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I'm not sure why Soviet History is necessarily more attractive than some capacity in yet another language. Multilingualism is a good thing.

I would take Soviet History myself, but that's just because it sounds more interesting.

-E

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 6, 2008 02:07am (UTC)
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Thanks for your thoughts! I agree, multilingualism is never, ever a bad thing... but I'm not necessarily planning to become fluent in Portuguese - I'm just interested in the language and the potential GPA boost, haha. (I'm such a horrible person. But that's okay... I hope.)

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Amanda

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from: amandas2006
date: August 6, 2008 04:54am (UTC)
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Even though learning Portuguese would be pretty cool, I'm not sure how much one year (or semester) will do for you. Wouldn't it be confusing to learn because of the similarities with the other romance languages you know? (which is awesome if you are able to keep them separate in your mind..I've never learned two languages from the same family yet, so I don't know how that is) If you take Soviet History, you might show that you could stick to something and have a greater knowledge of one subject area instead of a limited one of several.
And I know that Soviet History just won't be the same without me...but there's still another member of Russian club there.
hhmmm..a Russian major in law school? Sounds like it would make a pretty interesting application. What makes you want to go into law?
But yes, Paris Hilton totally made sense. which is insane.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 7, 2008 03:48am (UTC)
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You're right re: Soviet History... it probably would look good to have, well, sticktoitiveness, haha. However, I discovered that law schools don't care about WHAT classes you take, just as long as your take 'em. You're also right re: Portuguese - a year probably wouldn't do much good, plus, I'm not really planning to do anything with it after I graduate. However, way back when I was learning French and Italian at the same time, I never had any problems confusing the languages. Italian was actually easier, since I already had the base in French (and Spanish). Plus, without you, Soviet History will be worthless. :'( :'( :P

Law school... is a new desire. I was surfing around the internet, minding my own business, when I saw a message board for people interested in law school... so I read a few posts and I decided that it sounds interesting. It actually isn't too much of a stretch from my current interests; I'm very interested in international relations (constantly reading BBC and CNN and so on). Russian would give me more international options. Plus, I think I'd probably do better on the LSAT than the GRE, haha. Now I just need to try to improve my GPA a bit and hope that Jumper won't totally destroy it with the 4 classes I'll be taking with her over the next two semesters... ick.

Paris Hilton + making sense = do not comprehend. However, I would, in fact, be willing to vote for her, based on her ad. (Plus - how funny would it be if she were to paint the White House pink?)

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Amanda

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from: amandas2006
date: August 7, 2008 05:21am (UTC)
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well...if you need a gpa booster (to make up for Jumper's classes) for law school, then maybe you should take Portuguese. I hope you like Portuguese better than French. ;)

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from: brittnik
date: August 6, 2008 05:05pm (UTC)
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I'd say Portuguese, just because of the long-term effects, and I have to admit it sounds like a cool little language. BUT, on the other hand, Soviet History might be much more catering-to-your-interests. So I guess I'm not a lot of help. My final answer: Portuguese- easy + good grade, even if you only come away with some of the basics.

PARIS HILTON!!!! thank you for showing that to me. best political ad ever.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 7, 2008 03:41am (UTC)
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Hmm... I'm still having trouble deciding... but thanks for your thoughts. (Probably I'll end up with Portuguese - good grades trump classes with multiple papers any day of the week, haha.)

YES! I love that ad. Paris Hilton = a celebrity with a sense of humor. Wait, what?!

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.sara.

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from: andendquote
date: August 7, 2008 03:57am (UTC)
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study the history of what you already know and love.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 7, 2008 04:02am (UTC)
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But isn't one of the joys of life having the opportunity to experience new things? To open your mind?

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Amanda

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from: amandas2006
date: August 7, 2008 05:22am (UTC)
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This totally sounds like you really want to take Portuguese, but can't justify it unless other people do. Just do want you really want to do.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 7, 2008 08:41pm (UTC)
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You're right... I really do want to take Portuguese. I think the main thing holding me back is that I'll be taking three 100-level classes next semester. I've never even taken two 100-level classes in a single semester, let alone three.

But yeah, like I said, you're right... probably I'll end up doing Portuguese. Merci beaucoup pour l'aide que tu me donnes :)

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.sara.

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from: andendquote
date: August 8, 2008 04:05am (UTC)
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agreed.
take the other language since it sounds like you want to.

and yes, it is to open your mind.
but we love what we love for a reason.
we can't do, see, and learn EVERYTHING.
we'd lose our minds.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 8, 2008 03:55pm (UTC)
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imho, there's no reason not to try to learn/experience everything we possibly can - it makes life that much more exciting. wouldn't it be boring if everyone only did the things they loved? :)

*nerd*

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William

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from: areyouevolving
date: August 7, 2008 02:25pm (UTC)
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Prep like HELL for the LSAT.

I ended up practice scoring in the late 160's and managed a 159. The best schools want you to have a good GPA, but it won't mean anything without a good LSAT to pair with it.

It all worked out...I ended up in the top 5 students at my school and just transferred to a top 10 school, but that is exceedingly difficult. When you take the LSAT and get your score, let me know and we can talk application strategy.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 7, 2008 08:51pm (UTC)
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I've taken two practice LSATs thus far - no studying beyond that - and I've scored in the low 160s for both (160/163). I don't plan on taking the LSAT until February at the earliest, simply because I don't plan to apply for another 2-3 years. That'll give me plenty of time to prep. Also, my GPA isn't too awful, and with some work over the next year, I can probably raise it a full .1 point. I don't necessary want to aim for Yale or Harvard - but schools like UMichigan and Penn would be pretty sweet. (Good places for teh gheys = awesome in my book. Plus, I'd actually have a chance in hell of getting accepted!) I tend to work best and most efficiently when I have a goal at hand, so since I want to do well on the LSAT, I'll end up studying and prepping like a madman.

I knew you were accepted to Georgetown, but at which top 10 school did you end up?

Also, thanks for the advice/offer for advice. I'm sure I'll take advantage of it in due time :)

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from: anonymous
date: August 8, 2008 03:56am (UTC)
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Michigan...prepping to move as we speak. I'll be sure to give you a full report. :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 8, 2008 03:53pm (UTC)
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oh, VERY cool! Congrats on the acceptance!

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