5/26 - officially enrolled at DU and withdrawn from the other schools. I hope this helps those on waitlists at UO and SCU. This was an agonizing decision but there are so many other things I want to do with my life than just focus on studies or work as I have in the past (i.e. my art, pre-wildlife vet stuff, being outdoors, ) that DU's pt program made the most sense. A year ago - a month ago - I never thought I'd be moving to Colorado - now I have another great adventure ahead of me!
5/23 - back from a visit to DU. Great new 'green' buildling with plenty of study space. Had extensive conversation with an e-law professor Friday night - SO down-to-earth and charismatic. Even though it would be quite a commute, Boulder would be perfect for wildlife work opps, hikes with dog, general quality of life. This trip made me realize that I do need to be in a PT program. So barring some extraordinary new insights into OU with my discussions today, it's DU vs. SCU.
If I know I'm headed back to the NGO world/independent consulting route and I'm fairly certain I want to end up in N. California, do I go for the school with the better e-law reputation (DU) or a slightly lower-ranked school with few e-law offerings based in N. Cal???? Hilfe!
5/14 - broke off great momentum with my job in europe to come home for law school, and I have very solid reasons for going, so I'm going. Buying time at UO, Denver and SCU - major drawbacks to all of them for different reasons. Will be discussing all of this with students and staff from the schools this week.
5/11 - sure L&C uses the 'holistic approach' - thanks for stringing me along for 3 extra months when it was a numbers game all along! i'm mortified but moving on quickly.
Now I need advice desperately re UO vs. Denver. Won't have time to visit Denver before they want a decision from me. Like their facilities but would prefer to live and work in Boulder (I have good contacts at Nature Conservancy there). Any advice on whether this is possible??Eugune/UO are okay but leary of a FT program in my early 30s and wouldn't be able to continue my environmental ngo career momentum or do much fieldwork. we know where the boarding is better, but which is the dog-friendlier location?? What is Denver as a city like??? How do the schools' international programs match up??? Help!!
5/8 L&C is the only school that really makes sense for me at this stage in my life and for the lifestyle I want, and of course, they are the only hold-outs at this point. ;) But open to last-minute compelling reasons for doing environmental law at any of the other schools!
I will be working in ecology part-time in the field and writing appeals briefs at night. I can't understand what the difference is between waiting to admit students until late in the cycle (late April/May) and deferring them earlier in the cycle and waiting to make a final decision even later (!!L&C!!), but I hope they sort things out soon. Have put the first half of a seat deposit down on UO but will gladly open up seats at UO, Denver and SCU if L&C sees the light. If not, I'll have some very serious soul-searching to do. I may just end up a wildlife vet after all.