Law School 101, Life, Uncategorized

Law School and LSAT Stress

In October I finally took my first LSAT. It wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be.

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After about 25 days of waiting I finally received my score about a week ago. I only got a 144 but that isn’t horrible. I was looking for a 150 which is still attainable if I decide to take the test again in June.

From here I am going to apply to schools in January when my transcripts include this current semester in them, to up my chances of getting in where I want to get in. For the next couple months I will be working on my resume and personal statement. I will also need to write an addendum for my current GPA reading, it hopes to boost my chance of getting in.

The stress of the LSAT is finally over and now my momentum to apply has kind of subsided. I just need to hunker down, knock out these next few documents and get my applications sent as soon as my updated transcript comes through, then I need to start crossing my fingers.

Do you ever have those times when you get so stressed about something and then once something happens like a test you lose momentum for the rest of what needs to be done to reach your goal? How do you handle stress?

 

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Life, Monday Inspiration

Inspiration Monday // She Believed She Could

She beleived she could

This past Saturday I took my first ever LSAT.  It’s so exiting to finally have completed that daunting task.  After 4 months of studying, I was more than happy to have completed the test.  I may not have studying as hard as I could but I studied a lot, I hope once my results come at the end of the month it all paid off.  I felt really good after completing the test, which I think is a great sign.  Come the end of the month I’ll know…. Is it October 31st yet?

Just believing in yourself to complete something gives you more of an advantage then the person next to you who doesn’t believe in themselves.  Believing in yourself is what carries you the furthest in life. What goal have you set your heart out to complete? Have you completed it?

 

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Law School 101, Life

1 week

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In exactly one week I will be taking my first LSAT! All I can say is I am extremely nervous.

Studying did not turn out the way I wanted to and because I started to over analyze everything my practice scores went down from my first original test without ever even studying. Hopefully I can pull through next week!

*just to be prepared I signed up for the December exam as a back up

Wish me luck!

 

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Life

Hi There…. from afar

Hiya Loves,

I know I have been away from the blogging world these past two weeks. And although, I want to say I’m sorry I can’t because to be honest I’m really not sorry. Harsh, Right? No not really, it’s just honesty! I want you all to know it’s not because I don’t like blogging, that I don’t want to blog or that I just kept forgetting to post. It was just simply that I needed time away from they cyber space environment.

Why you ask:

Well, about two-weeks ago my Great Grandfather passed away. This was really difficult for me and I have been experiencing a lot of mixed emotions over the past two weeks. One of them being that I don’t really want to talk to anyone, and that anyone includes all of you lovely people. I’ve kinda shut people out as I grieve the loss of my Great Grandfather and I know it’s not what I should be doing, but it’s what I needed to do.

GG

RIP: Grandpa Tamm

Also, along with his passing, school has been kicking my butt. I’m having a hard time finding time to complete all my studying and readings for my classes. Not to mention that the LSAT is in less than two weeks and I’m hardly studying due to the school work I have.  Not to mention work and squeezing in a personal life.

A glance at my schedule from last week!

A glance at my schedule from last week!

But,

 When a mountain is thrown into the path you call life, YOU climb IT!

Over the past two weeks I have made lists, upon lists, of ideas for the blog.  I am really excited to start transforming those ideas into posts and hope you get just as excited as I am. I have a ton of things in-store for the blog and my life in general. I really enjoying having y’all along for the journey. Please don’t hesitate to leave me comments or shoot me an email. I love to hear your ideas, answer your questions and hear your stories.

You loves are what keep my going!

-C

 

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Life

September Goals

Lately, I have been writing lists and lists of things I want to get done this month. I thought I would post my list of goals on LMLAIKI so that y’all could hold me accountable for them.

Personal Goals: 

  • Loose 10 pounds – I am currently at 134lbs
  • Reduce body fat percentage – I am currently at 24% body fat
  • Eat less food from work – Although it’s good its not the healthiest.
  • Go running at least 2-3 times a week – Interval running is the goal 

School Goals: 

  • Stay caught up on my readings
  • Take 2 LSAT Practice tests a week
  • Follow my LSAT question practicing 5 days a week
  • Start my Personal Statement for my Law Applications
  • Create/Finish my Law Application resume

Blogging Goals: 

  • 2 posts a week on LMLAIKI
  • Work with Yelena on getting Law School 101 moving along the path we want

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I’m sure throughout the month I will add more things and I will make sure to keep y’all in the loop on how I am doing.  Hope y’all are ready to be my virtual cheerleaders. Encouraging comments are accepted in the comments! LOL!

Do you have goals for the month? If so share them in the comments so I can be your virtual cheerleader. Lets team up!

 

-Christy  

 

 

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101 in 1001, Life, Uncategorized

101 in 1001// Update

I started my 101 things to do in 1001 days list on January 1st 2013.  The goal is to complete all 101 things by September 28th, 2015.  As of yesterday (August 31st, 2013), I have completed 16 things and am in the progress of working on 14 things. Not to bad, if I do say so myself. To share in my success I thought it was time for an update.

Here is where my list stands thus far:

Christy’s 101 things in 1001 days

  1. Inspire someone else to do the 101 list Yelena over at the blog “The Twenty-Something” check out her list 
  2. Create a savings account – (created savings account on Jan 2nd)
  3. Apply for a passport – filled out the paper work – just need to schedule and appointment and file 
  4. Pay off all my CC debt – putting money away from tips daily to put towards CC debt – March 1st 2014 is goal!
  5. Travel outside the country
  6. Graduate from SFSU  – (should graduate Spring 2014) 
  7. Get a big girl job
  8. Take the LSAT  – First test is on October 5th, 2013 
  9. Apply to Law school
  10. Read 25 books for pleasure 4/25 see my list of books below.
  11. Unplug for a weekend (phone and internet) – Must be a weekend I don’t work
  12. Go camping
  13. Go Skinny dipping
  14. Visit a big city in the U.S.
  15. Throw a big party
  16. Buy the person behind me coffee or a meal
  17. Send a care package to someone in the military
  18. Send a care package to a friend
  19. Write personal letters to at least 5 people 0/5
  20. Get a minimum of 50 people to follow my blog between the blogs Facebook page and the blog directly  26/50
  21. Go a month without take out
  22. Have a no spend month (groceries, bills, emergencies only)
  23. Ride 1000 miles 46.45/1000 – see my logged miles below – check out this post about one of my rides!
  24. Go on a date 
  25. Fall in love again
  26. Dance in the rain
  27. Sing Karaoke in a bar
  28. Travel alone somewhere at least over night  went to Disney Land – 
  29. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  30. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
  31. Go Wine tasting in Napa
  32. Jump off a cliff
  33. Train for and Run a 5k (I am not a fan of running so this will be a challenge for me)
  34. Have dinner by candle light
  35. Give a 100% tip
  36. Complete a 30 day photo challenge
  37. Create and Inspiration/dream wall in my kitchen
  38. Fill my frames with pictures of people I love
  39. Invest in blog business cards 
  40. Have someone redesign my blog  I redesigned it myself
  41. Be sponsored on my blog
  42. Organize and download all my photos from Facebook
  43. Attend a blogging conference
  44. Take a cooking or baking class
  45. Make 10 recipes from pinterest – 2/10 – Pasta tacos, pesto chicken and tomato noodles, 
  46. Do 5 DIY projects from pinterest
  47. Put all of my recipes together in a cookbook
  48. Do 10 things from Sosh.com 0/10
  49. Get straight A’s one semester
  50. Buy new pots and pans *make the investment – my stepdad bought me some a set in August 13′
  51. Sponsor a child in a third world country
  52. Sponsor a Make a Wish Child
  53. Get a Tattoo
  54. Play Wii sports games for 30 days straight
  55. Buy and learn Photoshop – its been downloaded – now to learn it
  56. Do Yoga for 30 days straight
  57. Go to a concert Swedish House Mafia 2/14/13, Tim McGraw 6/9/13
  58. Identify 101 things that make me smile 17/101 see my list below
  59. Record myself singing and share on Facebook and YouTube
  60. Write a letter to myself to open when I am 30
  61. Watch or re-watch all movies that got best picture in the past 10 years as of 2013 0/10
  62. Put $10 into savings for everything completed on this list $30/$1010 
  63. Do the A-Z picture challenge
  64. Keep a line a day  for 3 months  ended up being more than a line a day see this Monday inspiration post  
  65. Call my Mom/Dad/Stepmom/sister once a month for a year – I talk to one of them at least 2-3 times a month
  66. Write a blog post for every completed item on the list –  2/101 see all posts about completed tasks by clicking on the task
  67. Have acupuncture done
  68. Go snowboarding – I love snowboarding but don’t get to go ever now that I live in California
  69. Go one month without buying coffee from Starbucks
  70. Attend a festival – Carnival with Eva, SF Pride with J, 
  71. Give 20 just because gifts 0/20
  72. Have photos taken with family
  73. Have boudoir photos taken
  74. Go to Disney World – does Disney Land count?
  75. Grow a plant from a seed
  76. Donate to a cause or charity
  77. Send a post card to postsecrets.com
  78. Send 20 postcards through post crossings 0/20
  79. Answer the 50 questions to free my mind
  80. Ride my bicycle across the golden gate bridge 
  81. Do a full ride in Marin county
  82. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast
  83. Go to the zoo by myself
  84. Finish all desperate housewives episodes 57/180
  85. Hide a note in a book in my school library
  86. Go to the ballet
  87. Make myself a build a bear
  88. Put a scrapbook together of Rae and I to give to her at her graduation
  89. Send flowers to a friend just because
  90. Have a movie theater marathon: 2 movies 1 day  Joshua and I went and saw “We’re the Millers” and “Elysium” 
  91. Learn how to golf or at least go golfing once
  92. Order new checks – they are very girly and even have my SF address on them
  93. Start reading the bible again
  94. Have a guest blogger – Yelena has been a guest blogger twice for Law School 101 
  95. Be a guest blogger
  96. Keep flowers in my apartment for a month straight or longer – now working on keeping them continually 
  97. Go to a big San Francisco Event – SF Pride Week 
  98. Try a new restaurant once a week for a month
  99. Write at least 24 vent letters and burn them 0/25
  100. Leave an operation beauty note somewhere 0/10
  101. Brush and Floss my teeth twice a day every day for a month straight the goal is to keep up the routine – not sure why I have this on here I think it’s a cheater because I do this everyday unless I unexpectedly stay over at a friend’s house! 

#10 Read 25 books for Pleasure

 Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed
Contagious

Tracking of  #23 Ride 1000 Miles on my Bicycle

January 3rd 2013 – 26.45 miles – First trip across the bridge (also completed #8 read my post about it here)

February 3rd 2013 – 8 Miles – First Mnt. Bike Ride

6 miles – Through the City Bridge to Bridge

3 miles – Bike ride to Golden Gate Park with Joshua

3 miles – Bike ride to Baker Beach with Joshua

#58 Identify 101 things that make me smile

My cat (Sweetpea)
Having a place of my own
Living in San Francisco
My little Sister Rachael
Flowers
Candles
Family
Friends
Bathes
Music
Hiking
Sunshine
Mist from the Fog
Looking at the Golden Gate Bridge
The Beach
Reading
Crappy Television

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Are you working on a 101 list? – Share your link in the comments so I can check out your list. I’d love to be a virtual cheerleader for you!

I hope y’all are having a wonderful holiday weekend and staying safe. I had a nice relaxing Friday and Saturday, today I’m working and then tomorrow will be homework and LSAT studying.  What are you doing for your holiday weekend?

– Christy

 

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Law School 101

Law School 101 // Yelena answers – LSAT Scores

Welcome back LS 101er’s –

Yelena’s here to answer my question from Tuesday, “How do I know what LSAT score I need?  I know this is a burning question for all Law School Applicants.  I’m pretty sure its the most important thing when it comes to getting yourself into law school.

So here’s Yelena’s, from Lovely Thoughts, response:

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THE LSAT: Will I pass with a good enough score?

Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is the holy grail of law school admissions – it can either make or break your dreams of being a lawyer; really though – how well you do on your LSAT will determine the course of your legal career.

LSAT scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly to get your raw score (there is no penalty for incorrect answers), which is converted into the LSAT range of 120-180.  Most LSAT practice exams and study aids provide a conversion chart to help you figure out how well you’re doing.

Nationwide, the average score is 150. To determine what score you’ll need, visit the websites of some of the law schools you’re interested in and find the school’s incoming class fact sheet. This will give you the 25, 50 and 75 percentile GPAs and LSAT scores for the last incoming class.

Your LSAT score should fit within the 25-75 percent range for the law school of your choice in order to even be considered for admission. But, since almost all law school scholarships are merit-based, if your LSAT score is in the 75 percentile or above, your chances to get scholarships (usually they’re incredibly competitive since there aren’t many) greatly increase!

If you’re aiming at the Ivy Leagues, you’ll need a score in the 170’s, but most tier-two schools accept scores in the 150’s to 160’s. Some smaller schools will go lower than 150, but that is very rare.

While doing practice exams, pick a range of scores that you’re aiming for within 5 points, based on the research you did on your dream schools. For example, a good range would be 158-163. A score within this range will get you through the door of most tier-two law schools in the United States.

Even if your practice scores usually end up within your preferred range, note that some studies show your actual score will usually be a few points lower than your high practice scores, especially if you’re not comfortable with timed exams or just have the exam jitters the day of.

Personally, I took the LSAT twice because the first time I scored lower than my preferred range. Although there is no rule against taking the LSAT twice, some schools will average your LSAT scores, which may actually make your score worse if you don’t improve with the second exam.

What if your LSAT score is still lower than you need to get into Law School X? In these cases, you can use your GPA, if it’s 3.5 or above, to balance out your application, but let’s save that for a future discussion – the application itself is really an art in itself!

– Yelena 

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So there you have it. To know what score I need to set a goal of reaching, I need to do some research on the schools I am wanting to apply too.

What is your LSAT score goal?

Tell us what your goal is and how you are doing on your practice exams. Let us be your virtual cheer leaders. 

Tune in to  LMLAIKI next week to hear about each of our processes of choosing which Law Schools to apply too.

Now before we sign out of Law School 101 this week, Yelena and I want to announce our newest adventure.

Today we are proud to launch: Law School 101. 

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We’ve created a community where you can come share your stories (triumphs and struggles), ideas, advice and questions. Everything Law School related!

Join us on facebook as part of our Law School 101 . Along side our Law School 101 blog series we have created this community in the hopes to contact with other Law school individuals. We want to contact with law school applicants, law students, recent graduates of law school and those in the law professional.

This community id here so we can hear your stories, advice and answer your questions. Along with connecting with other like-minded people we hope to be able to post useful information, articles, tips and tricks, and the like.  Our goal is to make this a spot where daily there is something new to share, discuss and keep us connected. We are all in this adventure of  Law together!

  So, hop on over to Law School 101  and LIKE US today!

Till next week schooler’s – We’ll see you on facebook : )

– Christy 

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