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Messages - sarbinson1
« on: January 01, 2007, 03:40:21 PM »
It's a losing battle...
Many of my friends have taken up smoking from the pressures of law school. I too have put on about 12. Still, I think that eating a little too much is better than filling your lungs with toxins. I have managed to drop much of the weight during the break. A little cardio (hard cardio for 20-30 minutes 4 times a week) and try to make a big salad at least one meal per day. with chicken or turkey
I feel your pain. Hopefully by the end of this, my pockets will stick out further than my belly!!!!
Thanks all for the advice. I just got a gym membership and will plan to use the elliptical 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes. I figure this burns about 300 calories and also speeds up metabolism for the whole day. I have heard, as someone mentioned here, that merely decreasing calories doesn't work because your body adjusts- but I have also heard of people losing weight on Weight Watchers through calorie control alone. I guess I'll have to experiment with a few things- and stop spending so much time going to class.
« on: December 31, 2006, 10:18:44 PM »
So I am genetically predisposed to have somewhat of a gut, but it's getting a little out of control. I'm 5-9, I was around 150 before law school and now I'm at 165. I know I'll never have a 6 pack but I would like to at least lose some of the fat. I was figuring since I'm in my late 20s I need to take in less than 1800 calories a day to slowly lose weight. I'm moderately active (usually walk a total of 3-4 miles a day). Any advice about what I can eat to cut down on the gut? I don't have the time or inclination to cook vegetables and I've heard that canned vegetables have basically no nutritional value- so should I just go with PB and J and spaghetti and other stuff that's not very high in fat? Any advice much appreciated...
« on: December 10, 2006, 10:24:22 PM »
I'm fighting but I don't think I'm winning...
« on: December 10, 2006, 09:56:51 AM »
I do have one for the summer- of course that's no guarantee of anything after the summer. Anyway I'm taking pretty much the hardest classes available during 2L year- so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that if my grades go down some I'll get a little bit of pass.
« on: December 09, 2006, 02:07:02 AM »
So if you don't want to clerk, do your second and third year grades matter at all? I've heard you need to really bomb to have a summer offer revoked and once you get in the door for the summer you start letting your work do the talking. I know, it's just rationalization but I'm resigning myself to some ugly grades this time. Part of the problem is taking all classes that are curved (and are hard) while I know a bunch of people doing some phenomenal grade padding this year. One would hope people realize that since there is no standardization at all after 1L, the grades aren't really comparable across students...
« on: October 10, 2005, 09:57:09 AM »
At least fight it out through the first semester and go through finals. Don't quit right now in the middle of the first semester. Someday, you may change your mind and want to go to law school, but you'll have this drop-out experience that will make it very difficult to ever get accepted into LS again. Finish the first semester and then re-assess. If you quit after at least completing the first semester, then at least you've accomplished something and you might be better situated for a return later.
Also, although there might be some parental issues involved, look honestly into your heart. Is part of it the fact that you're freaked out b/c you're not the "golden child" anymore? Most of us have the experience of having been extremely successful back in our "little ponds" but find out we're just average in the "big pond" of law school, filled with lots of smart and aggressive fish. It's a humbling experience, and you're not alone - we're all going through it. I'm just saying that if this fear of inadequacy is the real reason for your desire to escape, and you're just looking for a more acceptable reason for bailing out (i.e. "my parents made me do it"), fight the temptation to do so. You can make it, and you'll feel proud of yourself for battling this fear once it's all over.
Good point, Tex- this sure isn't good for the old ego.
« on: October 06, 2005, 05:45:09 PM »
« on: October 04, 2005, 09:54:43 AM »
I knew going into law school that I did not want to litigate however I am interested in doing transactional work. I would like to work the 8-5 or 9-5/6 hours with a pretty decent salary and benefits.
I would like to find out what options will one have when they graduate and pass the bar exam? (options that do not include going to trail...or even going to court unless it is only to file documents w/the court). Im thinking government work..but what areas?
Any suggestions would be helpful.
If you find a gig where you're only working that many hours, please let us know... even if it's much less money, it's worth it for the lifestyle.
« on: October 02, 2005, 10:26:57 PM »
The spoonfeeding can be a perk. I've been a little tough on my fellow classmates lately. I fell for the 1L hubris. I'm beginning to feel guilty about it. It's a good thing I've kept it to myself at school. It would suck to make enemies 6 weeks into a three year process. I take it all back. That last post I made was harsh. Those people have been pretty nice to me for the last couple of weeks, and I owe them more than that. I'll quote what my property professor said about me. "Pay no attention to anything Mr. [Hammer] says."
I have yet to be called on in class... not once! I'm just hoping to graduate, even if I'm last in the class, and then see if something decent shakes out. If it doesn't, bury me upside down so the world can kiss my ass.
« on: October 02, 2005, 03:25:54 PM »
I am also at a Tier 4.
It sounds to me like you're on the right track. I do about the same things you do and I feel like I have a decent grasp on most everything. Wherever I feel like I'm slipping I will focus on that area for a day or two. For example, the last couple days of civ pro have been tough, so I plan on spending the rest of the day looking at each case again very carefully and unpacking it in baby steps.
I agree with what every other poster has said here. As far as T4 v. T1 schools are concerned, we are all learning the same law and will someday have to take the same bar exams and practice amongst each other pretty much as equals. Bradzwest says it all well though. I think the T4's spoonfeed more. They almost teach to the lowest common denominator in the class, but not quite. And, I have to say I've been shocked at the apparent ineptness of some of the other admits at my school. I am amazed that some of them are actually going to be handling people's serious affairs in three short years. We're playing with monopoly money right now, but I wonder what some of them are going to do when we have to start playing with real money. Sometimes I'm sobered by the fact that my class, and including me I guess, are among the lowest qualified students in American law schools this year.
Hammer, I think most T14 students would welcome at least a small dose of spoon-feeding, rather than the hide-the-ball that gets played all the time, to steal the phrase from Planet Law School.