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Do you have a job? is it good/in your field?
It's not in my field but it's a cushy job.
2. Has your social life improved or plummeted?
Swan dived into the fiery depths of hell.
3. Do you feel like you have more or less time on your hands?
A lot more, actually.
4. Are you happier or more stressed post-academia?
Much happier overall, but lonelier.
5. What do you miss about college?
Direction, hope, things to look forward to, people.
6. Do you feel like you truly learned anything in college? What was your major?
No lol. I majored in business/finance.
7.Have any student loans
Yeah, almost paid them off (love my job xx)
1. I had an ok job (~50k in small city) but then I went to law school LMAO
2. At my job there were a few other recent grads who I talked to a lot at work. Then two older women who I started working out with. But since leaving work I don't talk to any of them, so they were definitely "work" friends
3. Probably more free time, but I was more worried about making the most of my free time. One time I cried in my car because I had to make a left turn to go home, the woman in front of me made an excruciatingly slow u-turn, and I got stuck at a red light for two cycles. It probably made a 5 minute difference.
4. I really hated my job. It could have been an okay self-paced job but my manager was awful.
5. I actually miss living in close quarters with other people. I hated having a roommate, but I loved living in a dorm with common spaces and the weird hijinks you could get into.
6. I believe in the importance of a liberal arts education in helping me learn critical thinking, languages, and diving deeply into things, but I also think that it's nothing I couldn't have been taught in a better high school curriculum, and most education is filtering out people who can't pay for college, or aren't willing to put themselves in debt
7. I think I graduated undergrad with about $15k. Accumulating more now even with a full scholarship because rent.
Graduated spring 2019. I feel terrible for everyone plugging away in zoom university. I lived in the same town the first 18 years of my life and being on a college campus exposed me to things I would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise
I have a work from home job in my field that pays decent. I'm not happier now that I've graduated, I still struggle with quarter-life crisis identity stuff, but I know finances aren't a stressor for me right now, and that's a blessing.>>680295
Anon do you like law school? Have been considering it (or a masters in public policy) but I don't plan on applying until I know in person classes are good to go again, and by that time I very may well have paid off all my student loans. Even though more education can help earning potential, it's not a burning desire within me to get a JD and the prospect of being 26 with no debt sounds really liberating.
I liked it more than I thought I would my first year, but this year has obviously been very hard.
I went in with the goal of NOT being as miserable as other law students, so I went to the gym up until finals, hung out with friends, went out on dates, etc. But a lot of people really do not flourish here.
It's also important to look at the attached chart - you either earn $50-80k your whole life (completely attainable with only a BA/BS) or you leave law school already making $200k. And that 99% of the time only happens if you're able to attend a top-14 law school. If your undergrad GPA is less than 3.5 you'll have to do extremely well on the LSAT to make that happen (though the LSAT is immensely learnable).
I might recommend taking a practice LSAT on Khan Academy. I was able to improve my original score by 8 pts but many study programs say they can increase your score by 10-15 points (I'm lazy/ADHD and didn't stick to any program). Then you can guess what type of school you'll get into. If you're not passionate about the law, I wouldn't recommend going anywhere below the top 14 OR the best school in the city/state you KNOW you want to spend forever in.
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tl;dr see if you can get into a great law school (it's easy/very numbers focused), if not focus on advancing in any office/corporate-y career, maybe see if they assist with pay for part-time MBA classes
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This is the salary progression for top law firms. Most people don't stay past 5 years or so though (they help you find new employment unless they think you have partner potential). I honestly don't think I'll even last 5 years of such a high pressure environment, but even after 2 years I'll break even on the opportunity cost.