rynne: (college)
Got my grades for my final semester and straight As, though it's three A- and an A. But dude, I got an A- in Theory of International Relations. I hadn't gotten better than a B+ on any of the papers I wrote this semester, so I thought I'd get a B or a B+ in the class, but my participation grade was great and then I got a 95% on my final paper. This would be an 18-page paper that I wrote in a day and a half, and I kicked so much ass on it that it kicked me over into the A- range. Considering how hard a grader my professor had been all semester, I am very proud of that.

So...now I'm trying to find something to do in between now and the new school year. Hopefully a job, but also hopefully a job that makes use of my shiny new BA. *snorts* Good luck to me. I'm trying for some online writing tutor positions, but we'll see how that goes.

Tomorrow, and actually in just over twelve hours, is my interview with an alumnus from Georgetown. I am nervous because I've never really had such an important interview before, but my parents helped out with questions I am most likely to be asked, and advised me to make notes of my talking points. It helps that it's a phone interview, so I can have all my notes on hand. I am still nervous, though. I do tend to be an articulate speaker, which is why I agreed to this interview even though it was optional. But still. Important. I am nervous. I really want to get into Georgetown!

Time to go make notes now.
rynne: (you're a star)
Last post of 2010! However silent I've been over the past months, I had to post now.

So, things of significance since I last updated...

All my law school apps are in. Most of them are still being considered. I got waitlisted by Fordham, and no news from anyone else. Well, except for Georgetown, because they wanted one of their alumni to interview me. That's happening on Tuesday, so I'm practicing for interviews. I've never had such an important one before.

I'm done with my undergrad! Grades are supposed to come out on Monday so then I'll know how I did, but considering I've done all my work, I can't have failed, so. I won't get the diploma until the ceremony in the spring, but I've finally earned my BA.

I saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader today. I did enjoy it, though it could totally be subtitled My Plot Is Pastede On Yey.

I got a new computer! Shiny, shiny Macbook Pro. I am very happy with it, and more happy that I'm done with the old one, because the old one was certainly about done with me.

I've been getting really into Star Trek TOS/XI. I don't know why now, but a few months ago I watched the movie again and something clicked. So then I watched the original series and the TOS movies and OH MY GOD I can totally see why Kirk/Spock started slash fandom. They're like, the most canon pairing to never actually be canon. So, there we go. It really was inevitable. I always go after this kind of ship. And at least, it being such an old fandom and pairing and having just been revitalized by the new movie, there's plenty of fic for me to read. I don't particularly want to write fic myself at the moment, but I am trying to resist the urge to meta.

I have no plans for tonight right now. One of my friends is going barhopping with her boyfriend, and I don't like barhopping, so I'm not doing that. I'm not sure about the other friend, since she hasn't texted me back yet. I would not be opposed to a quiet night at home, but we'll see what happens.

Happy New Year, everyone!
rynne: (bookstack)
Got my LSAT score. 171.

I'm sort of disappointed, because I'd been hoping I did better, but I'm trying to keep it in perspective because 171 is still actually a really good score. 98th percentile. I should definitely be able to get into at least some of my choices with that.

I sent in my applications on Wednesday, though now I'm sorta wondering if I should have held off on them a bit longer. My letters of recommendation aren't in yet (I'm told they've been sent, but they haven't been processed yet), and a couple of the schools I applied to don't require letters of rec, so the official reports for those schools are done but they don't have a component that I want to be in there. Gah. I gave my recommenders a month, and they both told me they'd rather get it done sooner than later, and then both only sent the letters off in the past few days. Hopefully, when the letters get processed, I can still get them into the reports or to the schools, or else hopefully the lack of them won't matter too much. And at least they're not the schools I most want to attend.

That is...pretty much my news. I haven't been posting because nothing's been happening. Or at least, nothing more interesting than me going to class and reading fic. Hopefully more noteworthy things will happen in November.
rynne: (bookstack)
It's fall break, and all four of my suitemates are off doing something. Four day weekend, and I get the suite entirely to myself. AWESOME. I am so looking forward to making enough money that I can afford to live by myself.

Along that line, sort of, there has been an unexpected snag in my law school apps. I went to see my pre-law advisor a few days ago just for some last-minute questions, and he was looking at my transcript and could not find my spring 2010 grades, from my study abroad. It hadn't occurred to me that they wouldn't be there because I first got my grades for that semester from Puget Sound sending me an unofficial transcript, and why the hell would grades be on my unofficial transcript but not my official one? I am still waiting for the answer to that question, btw.

So I start emailing the study abroad program, both in London and here in the States, trying to get my study abroad transcript sent off to the law school service. Except they tell me that they sent the official copy of my grades to my school, and therefore the official copy of my study abroad grades should be my transcript. Except it's not. I even went to the registrar to check and make sure. My study abroad grades are not on my official transcript.

I emailed the program, but it was Friday so I didn't get a reply. I'm just hoping that they don't have fall break the same days we do, or else I'll have to wait until Wednesday to even start to figure out what's going on. And of course I could do that, but I've got all my applications done except for this thing, and I want to send them off as soon as possible. I can't send them off without knowing what's going on with the transcript because they all want me to list my undergraduate institutions and I don't know if I should list the study abroad program as a separate institution.

I have no idea where my official grades are for that semester. Gah.

In other law school news, I think the LSAT went pretty well. I got plenty of sleep the night before, and the actual test was easier than I thought it would be. As long as it wasn't a huge trick, I should have done pretty well. I just have to wait another two weeks to find out. XD

In non-law school news, I...somehow got into Star Trek Reboot. IDEK. I found it on Netflix Live and have watched it like three times in the past month. And in the past few days I've been reading rather a lot of Kirk/Spock. I knew I'd get into that if I ever actually watched TOS (which I still haven't; all the ST I've seen, apart from the new movie, is maybe two episodes of I think The Next Generation), because the few things I actually knew about Kirk and Spock before Reboot came out had already pretty much hit my bulletproof kinks. I love a good bromance that is also romance (or at least, that fandom turns into romance :p). Still, getting into the fic now, a good year and a half after I saw the movie, rather blindsided me.

There it is, though. At least there's plenty of it. And maybe at some point I'll actually get around to watching TOS.
rynne: (good luck kanji)
I'm taking the LSAT in about twelve hours. Eek. I'm trying very hard to convince myself it's just another practice test.

Several weeks ago I bought a book of previously-administered tests to study, but these are all around fifteen years old. I didn't realize until recently, too late to get more recent tests to study from, that I really should have had more recent tests. On Wednesday I actually got a 177, but that was from an old test, so I don't know how much I can trust it. And the other test books I have around don't advertise their practice tests as being actual LSATs, so I don't know how much I can trust those either.

I'm...going to try not to worry about it. There's nothing I can do about it now. I'm just going to do the best I can tomorrow.
rynne: (cold Eowyn)
So today was my 23rd birthday. Not been the best birthday I've ever had. I made plans to go have pizza and drinks with some friends, but everyone ended up canceling on me. Everyone. I probably should not have tried for plans on a Thursday night, even if the Thursday is my actual birthday.

It's been drizzly/rainy, but not hard enough that I can actually hear it, so it's been more an inconvenience than a nice soothing noise. My internet/computer hates me no less today than it usually does.

Well, at least I don't have homework tonight since I did it all yesterday, and my family and best friend from home called. *sigh*

Otherwise not much has been happening. I've been doing a lot of LSAT practice and got a 167 on my last practice test, and I still have three weeks until the actual test, so I'm pleased with my progress. School is going well, though I'm pretty busy since I'm taking all upper-division courses.

Writing is not going so well. I've just...not wanted to, and it shows, because everything I try to write sucks monkey balls. Gah. I've grown less interested in writing fic, but I've got a Doctor Who virtual season fic to write, except that right now I suck. Gah, again.

Well hasn't this been a happy birthday... *sigh*
rynne: (four chillin')
Okay, so...it's been over two months since I last updated. Um. I'll try not to do that again. It's not so much that nothing has been happening as much as I just haven't really felt like posting.

But anyway! There's one very important thing going on and a few other things that have just grabbed my interest.

i. Big important thing is that I've decided I want to go to law school. It was sort of a spur-of-the-moment decision (my mom's bugged me about the idea for the past few years, but I hadn't really thought about it), but it actually feels really right. I've been adamant for a long time about not wanting grad school because I'm tired of school, but I'm really getting excited about law school, so I think it's a good decision. Especially after studying abroad, I'm really wanting to go into international law. I think that'd be awesome.

I'm signed up for the LSATs in October. Ack! Normally I do very well with standardized tests, but I've only been getting about 160 on the practice LSATs I've taken, which is not good enough. The Logical Reasoning sections keep kicking my ass. I'm doing great with Reading Comprehension and Logic Games/Analytical Reasoning (I've seen that section called both ways), but I keep making mistakes with the Logical Reasoning. *sigh* I've only been studying for about two weeks, which is maybe too soon to expect real improvement, but whether or not it is too soon, I'm going to look into taking an LSAT class when I get back to Tacoma.

I've updated my resume and wrote my personal statement, though the personal statement needs definite editing. I might ask around here for concrit at some point. But I really need to do well on the LSAT. (Obvious statement is obvious. :p)

ii. I finally saw Avatar: The Last Airbender! The show, not the horrible movie, though I did see that too. (I only went because I knew I wouldn't have to pay for it, and after it was over I was so glad I hadn't spent money on that thing. There were some things adapted that I didn't mind, they made sense, but mostly it was a big pile of DO NOT WANT.) And the show was awesome! Thank God it's on Netflix Instant, because I've already watched the whole thing twice and my favorite episodes several times.

So of course I went to look for fic, as you do. I like the canon pairings, but was bemused to look on ff.net and find myself in the minority. Usually canon pairings are not the minority. But I did find some good fics, and I will always have the show, so I'm happy.

iii. Twin was home for the middle two weeks of August, but she left on Saturday. My parents decided to give us our birthday presents a month early, while we were both home. I did not object to this, because I have a brand new XBox 360, and Final Fantasy XIII. Finally! I have been waiting months to play this game!

Even though I know I should be studying for the LSAT, I couldn't resist starting the game. It's very fun. The battle and leveling systems remind me of a mix between the FFX and X-2 systems, though I appreciate the addition of the AI. I'm really enjoying the characters and the story, and I think Lightning is full of awesome. Right now I'm in the middle of chapter nine, but I'm probably not going to get the chance to play much in the next few days because I am leaving on Saturday for Tacoma and I have to clean and pack and say goodbye to friends. And study for the LSAT. Bloody Logical Reasoning...

I think that's about it for new stuff in my life.

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