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Let There Be Internet! (and Other Comments)

On Internet: So I guess one thing to keep in mind when you’re moving into an off-campus location is to call your internet provider ASAP to set up an appointment for a technician to come over and install the internet.  Otherwise, you’ll end up like me, in the law school library on Facebook trying to like everyone’s status and comment on every new picture while checking email, paying bills and surfing Youtube during the ten minutes between orientation activities because there’s no internet in the house.  (Oh, and FYI, if you get Time Warner’s Extreme internet, don’t be surprised if it’s extremely slow. Pun intended.)

On books: Unfortunately, I’m still waiting on some of my books.  Right now, I’m having the biggest issue with Biggerbooks.com.  I would recommend avoiding them altogether if possible because none of my books have even shipped yet and I ordered them over a week ago.  From what I’ve read on their website, their books ship from an off-site warehouse, which probably explains the delay.

Also, from what I’ve gathered from talking to professors and 2L and 3Ls, it’s better not to buy supplements until later in the semester, when you have a better idea of what you actually need.  

On Homework: If you haven’t checked already, make sure that you know whether or not you have homework due on the first day in any of your classes.  I just found out today that I have homework due in all of my classes.  FML.

On Socializing:I had a sever case of déjà vu when I went out with some of my classmates to meet some of the 2 and 3Ls on Friday.  If any underclassmen are reading this, please note the following: You will still be drinking Keystone Light (or it’s effervescent equivalent) in law school.  Also, start honing your flip cup skills now; they will prove invaluable in the future.

Orientation:Tomorrow is my first official day of orientation (I attended an additional optional orientation this past week, which consisted of mock classes and a mock exam).  I will also get my picture taken.  I am extremely unphotogenic, so I’m probably going to have to get up at six in the morning to practice smiling in front of a mirror for a few hours so that I don’t mess this up.

 

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Book Report

I bought most of my books last night and spent $544.14.   I’m expecting to shell out another $250 to $300 for the remaining books.  I used the following sites to compare book prices (listed in descending order of helpfulness):

directtextbook.com

bookfinder.com

bigwords.com

Cheaptextbook.com

The worst part about this whole book buying process is that many of the latest editions of my required textbooks cost at least $30 while the previous editions cost only a fraction of the price.  

Example: I just bought a book for $181.  The previous edition of that same book, which was published in 2006 (seriously, how much could have changed in 5 years?) costs six dollars with shipping.

The second worst part of this process is ordering from Half.com.  I’ve ordered from them before, but never needed any customer service help.  Today called because I have a question about my order.  Apparently, even if you call their toll free number, which I’m not going to bother posting because of its overall uselessness, it’s impossible to talk to a real person.  If you decide to ignore my warning and order from Half.com anyway, here’s a code to get 15% off of orders of $50 dollars or more: BTSAF15.  Good luck.

If you don’t want to buy all of your books, you also have the option of renting your books.   The sites listed above will also show results of books for rent.  From what I saw, it may be worth it to rent if you are (1) absolutely certain that you don’t want to keep your books (duh) and (2) if you know how long you will need to keep them.  Books are generally rented by quarter or semester periods.   If there’s a chance that you will need to re-rent your book, it’s probably not worth renting it because it will probably end up costing as much or more than actually buying the book.

Some Final Book Buying/Renting Tips:

1)      Expect to spend a ton of money.  No matter how cheap, thrifty or savvy you think you are, you will get owned.  Accept it now, avoid tears later.

2)     Buy your books enough in advance so you actually have them before classes begin.  Websites will usually give you an estimated delivery date (I almost bought a book that had an estimated delivery date of September 8th and my classes start next week.  No wonder it cost only $15.).

3)     Never fill up your shopping cart with books and walk away from the computer to watch Jersey Shore and come back and expect all your stuff to still be there because, odds are, sexyangelbunny85 snatched them up while you were busy watching Ronnie trying to dance.  If you see a book you need at an awesome price, BUY IT NOW!

When budgeting for books, I suggest going by whatever your school tells you.  My school estimated about $1,000 and they were pretty much right on the money.

If you have any suggestions of how to get a good deal on books or have any experiences you would like to share about renting books and 1L books in general, please comment!

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