Columbia Students Taking Questions

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:07 pm

How is it not crap to sit and be lectured about that stuff?

Why would I want to be sit for an hour through something about not cheating and using proper citations for stuff? Is it even going to deter people who would be academically dishonest?

Similar for the inclusive community thing.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:35 pm

ss108 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:07 pm
How is it not crap to sit and be lectured about that stuff?

Why would I want to be sit for an hour through something about not cheating and using proper citations for stuff? Is it even going to deter people who would be academically dishonest?

Similar for the inclusive community thing.
You're the one that's asserting it's crap, so you can't shift the burden to me.

What's "crap" about creating creating an inclusive community?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:45 pm

I don't (necessarily) begrudge or wish to fight against the creation of an inclusive community. What I take issue with is having to sit through some sort of lecture or seminar about it.

edit: also my Q about the Examplify software has gotten lost in the shuffle now; is that what most classes at Columbia use?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by jean_nicot » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:55 pm

ss108 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:40 pm
I heard that most schools use Examplify for exams. Is that true of Columbia?
yes

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:20 pm

Crap. This is a real long-shot, but does anyone have any experience trying to use that software with Ubuntu? I guess I'm going to have to buy a new computer.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by jean_nicot » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:59 pm

ss108 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Crap. This is a real long-shot, but does anyone have any experience trying to use that software with Ubuntu? I guess I'm going to have to buy a new computer.
i have no direct experience with ubuntu but judging by the horrible experiences people with *windows* computers seem to have, i wouldn't roll the dice. (examplify seems to only function smoothly with macs for whatever reason.)

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Harvard2021 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:15 pm

Some questions about apartments, since I am now on the hunt, but dont have any experience with the Morningside heights area. I am seeing a lot of apartments on 112/113 between Riverside and Broadway, 112/113 between Broadway and Amsterdam, and 122/123 between Broadway and Amsterdam. Are those pretty safe areas? Can anyone tell me where the bad zones are, as in avoid anything north of 121rd street, etc?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:24 pm

Harvard2021 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:15 pm
Some questions about apartments, since I am now on the hunt, but dont have any experience with the Morningside heights area. I am seeing a lot of apartments on 112/113 between Riverside and Broadway, 112/113 between Broadway and Amsterdam, and 122/123 between Broadway and Amsterdam. Are those pretty safe areas? Can anyone tell me where the bad zones are, as in avoid anything north of 121rd street, etc?
Those are all safe. Pretty much the entire borough of Manhattan is relatively safe.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Throwaway910 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:42 am

Anyone up to date on what's happening with Caldwell/the Clerkship Office?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:33 am

Does anyone have any experience requesting budget adjustments? I want some more dough because I want to sign up for meal plan (I almost need to sign up for meal plan, really).

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by jean_nicot » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:01 pm

ss108 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:33 am
Does anyone have any experience requesting budget adjustments? I want some more dough because I want to sign up for meal plan (I almost need to sign up for meal plan, really).
Unless you have a very compelling reason I would not sign up for the meal plan. I don't know a single law student who does that. You will spend a lot of time alone, surrounded by 18-year-old undergrads, eating bad and overpriced food.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:04 pm

It's convenient and it makes more financial sense to take out federal loans to buy food than spend all of my meager income on food.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:31 pm

Ever heard of a grocery store?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Kümmel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:49 pm

Yea unsure if flame but makes no sense to do a meal plan. I also doubt CLS will approve that budget adjustment

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:27 pm

It makes a lot of sense. Suppose I have 0 USD now and was going to get 100 USD a month for the next few months to live. It makes more sense to just get a loan for meal plan than to try to live off $100 a month for food.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Kümmel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:31 pm

You realize a meal plan is like $600+ per month right?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:32 pm

Yes, but you can pay for it with federal loans.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Kümmel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:34 pm

You can also pay for groceries with federal loans...

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by ss108 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:14 pm

Orly.

The Financial Aid office doesn't explain shit about how almost anything works, so I didn't know it was an option for them to disburse any amount of money to the student.

In any event, I still think getting a meal plan for $1337 per semester and supplementing that with food purchases is a lot more convenient. To each his own; not sure why you guys think it's somehow objectively dumb. I like the convenience of it; I like cooking, but I don't want to do it in law school.

And I still need a budget adjustment because I opted to live in Lenfest. :p

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Harvard2021 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:53 pm

ss108 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:14 pm
The Financial Aid office doesn't explain shit about how almost anything works, so I didn't know it was an option for them to disburse any amount of money to the student.
Totally agree. This is my first time doing the whole federal/private loans thing, and they provide no info whatsoever. I know how Nebby feels about the mandatory tutorials/orientation stuff, but I will brave his response by proposing a 50% cut in mandatory community building and a 1,000,000,000 (billion)% increase in mandatory financial aid information.
ss108 wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:14 pm
And I still need a budget adjustment because I opted to live in Lenfest. :p

I'm kinda in the same boat. The apartments I can see are all $1800 and more per month, far more than what they budget you for. Anyone know how likely they are to adjust COA?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:00 pm

If you're willing to have a roommate, you can find for lower. I lived in Harlem with a roommate for $1300 month

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Throwaway910 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:41 pm

jean_nicot wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:59 pm
ss108 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Crap. This is a real long-shot, but does anyone have any experience trying to use that software with Ubuntu? I guess I'm going to have to buy a new computer.
i have no direct experience with ubuntu but judging by the horrible experiences people with *windows* computers seem to have, i wouldn't roll the dice. (examplify seems to only function smoothly with macs for whatever reason.)
Any other perspectives on this? Was on the verge of going PC for various reasons, but is the consensus around the school that PCs run into problems with the exam software?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by SopranoSaxophone » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:14 pm

Apologies if this has already been asked, but what's the class schedule look like for 1L fall semester in terms of class times? Are there 8:00am classes? (I realize this may vary by section but just want to get an idea of my own worst case scenario. I am not a morning person.)

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:18 pm

Throwaway910 wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:41 pm
jean_nicot wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:59 pm
ss108 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Crap. This is a real long-shot, but does anyone have any experience trying to use that software with Ubuntu? I guess I'm going to have to buy a new computer.
i have no direct experience with ubuntu but judging by the horrible experiences people with *windows* computers seem to have, i wouldn't roll the dice. (examplify seems to only function smoothly with macs for whatever reason.)
Any other perspectives on this? Was on the verge of going PC for various reasons, but is the consensus around the school that PCs run into problems with the exam software?
I never had a problem on my pc

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Kümmel » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:28 am

Just don’t get a super cheap PC or a computer uncomfortable/hard/confusing to type fast on. Last thing you want is crashes or broken keys in an exam

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