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lordtiandao

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    California
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    Medieval China, Late Imperial China, institutions, military, state formation, state building, state capacity
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    2018 Fall
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  1. lordtiandao

    Los Angeles, CA

    Fair enough. I’ve modified my assertion now. I would recommend people get a car at some point of their stay in LA, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It very much depends on the individual situation.
  2. lordtiandao

    Los Angeles, CA

    It depends on how much one is planning on driving in LA and to where.
  3. lordtiandao

    Los Angeles, CA

    @Stella_*** Try using Meetup to find groups you are interested in. That's probably one of the easier ways to meet new people. You can also try to take or audit classes in other LA-area schools and meet people from there. I'm over at UCLA doing Chinese history so you're always welcome to hang out here.
  4. lordtiandao

    Best Credit Card?

    If you're considering the Chase Freedom/Freedom Unlimited, you might as well get the Chase Sapphire Preferred too. Chase's Ultimate Reward Points are among the best rewards program out there (just Google it) and the CSP and CF/CFU combo will mean you will be getting a lot of points for use in future travel. The points transfer 1:1 to both airlines and hotel chains. You can also apply for both cards at the same time so Chase only does a hard pull on your credit score once. The CSP does have a $95 annual fee, waived the first year, but I think what you get with the card outweighs the annual fee, especially if you foresee yourself traveling a lot. Just something to consider.
  5. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    So it looks like we're all in Weyburn!
  6. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    I'm most likely going to accept. Since my contract is only for 10 months, I plan on moving out and finding my own place next summer.
  7. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    At UCLA? Everyone heard from UCLA about housing? I got put in Weyburn.
  8. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    Apartments near campus are absurdly expensive. It's much cheaper to find an apartment farther out. You can always try finding apartments where there are buses to UCLA if you don't feel like driving all the time.
  9. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    Yeah, it still says I'm in the graduate lottery on StarRezPortal, but I just checked with my department and they've received my housing application. They said I'll receive more information when the incoming student list is finalized.
  10. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    @eevee The deadline for the housing application is in May (I think the 19th?), so I would assume sometime after that. @mccp77 Really? My department had me fill out a housing application (in which I listed my preferences) and then e-mail the administrator to let them know what my preferences were. I guess it varies with departments.
  11. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    @mccp77 For sure! My department has blocks of housing available to allocate, but at this point I'm not sure if they can give me my preference. We'll just have to wait and see.
  12. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    @eevee I see. I applied for South, since the North apartments are too expensive. @squirrelene You can survive in LA without a car, I've known Angelenos who commute to UCLA by bus/bike. Getting a car is mainly for the convenience of travelling and doing things around LA. I strongly advise people to get a car (eventually, you don't need to get it right away), but if you don't see yourself driving that often, there is no need for you to get one.
  13. lordtiandao

    Los Angeles, CA

    You've written nothing that turns over arguments made by previous posters. Are you going to spend 5+ years only on campus and around Westwood? If not, do yourself a favor and just buy a decent, used car. They're not that expensive. I'm just going to leave it there.
  14. lordtiandao

    Los Angeles, CA

    Many people have already gone over this issue of why you need a car in LA. You can go back and read what they wrote.
  15. lordtiandao

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    @eevee @mccp77 Did you guys select the North or the South apartments?
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