Tag, but I would also like to note that in other industries, it's assumed that you're spending 60% of your time on projects and 40% on overhead (dept. meetings, training, etc).
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« on: September 26, 2007, 12:03:40 PM »
I'm part-time evening, and most of us have full-time jobs.
It's a struggle but the folks I sit near seem to be managing.
However, it does seem that it's a very precarious situation. One small glitch in your schedule and you're in serious trouble.
If work requires extra hours, or a professor dumps extra work on you, there's no free time in your schedule that you can use to get caught up again.
« on: September 10, 2007, 02:08:32 PM »
Isn't it a bit early to narrowing your focus?
I will admit that I over-reacted when I first wrote this. I apologize for my ogre-ish comments.
However, I still stand by the general message of what I said.
One missed class isn't the end of the world. I agree. However, missing a class so early in the semester because of OVERSLEEPING just smacks of someone that doesn't give a sh*t about school. I wouldn't have blinked if it was an illness or sick child or an emergency. And coupled with the statement that reading cases requires too much energy, I think this is legitimately concerning.
Maybe I should have taken a big ol' chill pill before replying.
I'm an older student. I've got plenty of years of work experience. So let me offer you some advice. Because I think you really need a wake-up call.
Your reputation as a lawyer starts NOW. When you are a student. You need to do everything you can to make sure that you don't give people any reason to think poorly of you. Good grades will not matter if you have a reputation as lazy and unreliable.
Based on your posts, you don't have the energy to read the entire case, so you just read the brief. You over sleep and so you miss class. And it doesn't seem to matter to you.
I would not want to be in a study group with someone that didn't do all of the reading.
I would not want to be in a study group with someone that missed class.
I would not want to have someone like that as my lawyer.
I would not want to have someone like that as my co-worker.
A court would not allow you to be unprepared, late or absent. Your school expects pretty much the same thing. Even at McDonald's, they expect employees to be on-time and to keep absences to a minimum.
If I were in your shoes, I would be concerned.
Thank you to everyone for responding - a couple more questions.
1. I would get the longest warranty that you can afford. Make absolutely sure it covers drops and accidental stuff. You'll be lugging this thing around all the time. It's not unlikely that something bad will happen, no matter how careful you are.
2. Don't let the rpms on the hard drive determine which laptop you choose. Processor and RAM will have a much bigger impact on your experience.
This is me speaking as an IT professional, not a 0L. =)
These are probably the best two brands, so I'd just look at the features of each machine. Which has more hard drive space? Faster processor? More memory? Think real hard about little things like touchpad placement. On my work laptop (a Dell) I am *always* bumping the touchpad with my thumb and it really makes typing more frustrating. Those are little things that you'll be glad you thought about ahead of time.
That said, I have 3 Dell computers on my desk right now and they are all rock solid. I'm a software developer, so I really put them to the test. My ancient IBM thinkpad is the one that's not currently working.
Unless people are reporting problems with easily broken screens, busted keyboards, failing hard drives/DVD Drives or other HARDWARE issues, then it's not something that has anything to really do with who manufactured the computer. In all the years that I've been doing IT work, I find that it's the operating system that causes me more heartache than the hardware.
For reference, I picked up a Gateway. I paid well under a grand and it's been a fantastic computer. A co-worker bought the same model and has been equally happy.
Just get whichever you're more comfortable with. I think you'll be fine either way.
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:18:47 AM »
I'll offer up some encouragement here. =)
I'm in my early-to-mid thirties, going part time. You won't be alone, I promise.
Hopefully, the years of work experience have taught us a bit about time management and working with deadlines and all kinds of things. All of those skills were things that I struggled with when I first transitioned from student to employee. Hopefully all my work experience has taught me how to handle pressure better.
Good luck. I'm sure you'll do marvelously.