Archive for September, 2011

Gone Fishing09.07.11

My brain can only focus on three things at a time. Right now, it’s bucket list item 2 which is learning how to stop drowning so efficiently, study for test, and spend whatever leftover time with my friends and family. While writing on a blog is hardly mentally draining, if I feel like it’s something I “should” be doing, it’s another dead squirrel that I need to taxidermy and after a while, the pile of carcass becomes too smelly and I forgot where I was going with this.

I will be back after test day on October 1st. Good luck to everyone taking this test.

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Test Center09.03.11

October 1st is the next LSAT test date.

I knew since I saw my last test scores back in June that I would be retaking the test. Of course this meant, I should have registered for the next test right away, since I knew when and where I wanted to take the test. Should.

Of course since I was so busy studying for the retake *cough* I forgot to register for the test until the very last minute. I’m going with that excuse and no one can get me to admit otherwise. By the time I got around to registering, my test center of choice (couple blocks from my condo) was full. I was dumbfounded for a moment. Seattle University wasn’t that small. Couldn’t they just add another chair for me? I stared at the screen for a long time before sighing heavily, like I just discovered I have an ugly belly button. Not quite the end of the world, but not ideal either. I clicked on University of Washington for test center choice even though I would rather not retake then to have to fight traffic to get to UW, then fight for parking, and then fight off rabid squirrels all the way across the giant campus. It’s a lot of fighting just to take a test. I don’t know if I have time to train for the fights and the test.

Right after I registered, I wrote to LSACInfo and asked them if someone happened to be gravely ill and canceled at SU (I thought about killing someone for the spot, but then they wouldn’t be able to cancel their registration then), could they switch me over. Their response was:

“You will need to monitor the website to see if a spot opens up at that center.”

Which said a couple things to me. First, they are condoning and maybe even encouraging any poisoning I plan to do. It would definitely keep with the spirit of good old fashion competition, with the test being on a bell curve and all. Second, their website, even though it feels completely archaic like it was designed by one of the five COBOL programmers left in the world who didn’t have much to do after the Y2K scare and they designed it with the intention that it’s navigated completely by UNIX text commands (which is one of the main reason why they are okay with a website that is a clunky mess), is actually capable of useful functionality. That is, the website knows, soon as a spot opens up at a center, it will smartly unclose that center.

For the next week and a half, I checked the LSAC site more obsessively than a stay-at-home mom checking her Facebook account. I really didn’t want to have a showdown with aggressive squirrels, especially not at 8 in the morning. Then one day, it happened. SU became a limit availability test center choice. It ended up costing me another $35 (seriously? 35!? it’s not like someone had to touch paperwork to make that happen, it’s all computer clicks), but I got my test center of choice.

This is good because looking up “how to fend off squirrels” resulted in things like, get an attack dog and a bb gun. While both sounds like fun, I don’t know if they will fit in my gallon sized ziplock bag.

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