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Oh the Life of an Academic

It’s been no secret that I’ve been applying to law schools this cycle. It’s very intimidating and stressful.

I think I’ve figured out the schools’ admission strategies thus far. So far, I’ve only been admitted into the lower tier schools. All of these schools need to know if I’ll be attending their institution by April 15th. The higher tier schools do not promise to have made a decision by that point. Plus these schools might only waitlist me and I’ll be in limbo.

This is how the lower tier schools get students. They create an unnecessary deadline so students will get worried (like me), panic, and send in a personal check for so-and-so amount to reserve their spot.

I refuse to settle. This ploy will not work! But we’ll see when April 15th rolls around. Then I’ll be panicking like crazy!

Wish me luck.

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Somethings are Worth Losing Sleep Over, Others are Just a Waste of Time

There are types of everything. You know what I mean… Types of people. Types of attitudes. Types of beliefs.

 It is because everyone has a separate, personal spin on the mundane that makes the world interesting. There’s no denying that there is a certain “cause and effect” correlation in how everyone forms their views. For, as strange it may seem, people gradually grow into every opinion they have ever had. After birth, we all have learned new lessons very quickly to survive and to fit into society, and in some sense, because of the order of these experiences have been different, combined with the extremities and severity in how they take place, we all have different views about certain things—may it be the best kind of spaghetti sauce, the most comfortable kind of throw cushion, or the easiest subjects to learn in school.

For example, I once read that there is an educational theory where it is thought that children build upon what they already know. Say Timmy has learned to share his ball with the other young students. Later on, Timmy may add upon this lesson to make an opinion. Three months later, Timmy sees another child having his lunch money stolen, so he shares his lunch with him. Years and years down the road, the combined experiences that Timmy has had in relation to this very first experience, that of sharing his ball, will shape Timmy’s experiences about giving money to nonprofit medical foundations. By this time, however, maybe he has a different opinion than the simplified childhood one that he had so long ago. Maybe this time, when he gets a phone call asking for a donation, he politely says no.

For some reason, I’m beginning to think that people’s beliefs are only a small part of who they really are. I mean, beliefs are in some degree the driving force behind the aforementioned types: of people and of attitudes. But there are so many layers of human interaction and conflicting views. It becomes difficult to explain your point of view without offending someone else indirectly.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that people’s opinions matter, but they should be taken with a grain of salt depending on who they are, and what their motives are. If, say, they are a dog catchers union, they collectively have a different view than PETA or dog owners in some aspect of how they handle and treat dogs on a regular basis. Or, if two co-workers have fun bowling in a night league, and they repeatedly show up tired but cheerful to work the next day, should there boss be mad at them? Does he have any right? Maybe the boss has had a negative past experience with bowling that makes him lash out. But what have the co-workers done wrong in the situation? They both are doing their jobs on the same level as they were before, and they are having fun, off the clock, that has nothing to do with their boss, in their free time. Their job performance isn’t affected or anything.

It all depends on the situation, the parties involved, and the beliefs being challenged.