We have a federal Judiciary . I thought everything over the State Supreme Court was Mob rule!Did anyone else find the email from financial aid just a tad bit insulting to their adult sensibilities?
Don't get me wrong. I do find such sage advice as "Using the library instead of bookstores and movie rental stores and brown-bagging your lunch are a couple of simple ways to keep your expenses low" incredibly compelling. I think, however, that anyone capable of completing an undergraduate degree, then completing the process of applying and getting accepted to law school will be able to solve such complex financial conundrums without the emails from mommy reminding them to save money. I fully expect further emails along the line with tips such as "studying hard and attending class are sure ways to improve your grade point average," and "leaving a little early in the morning is a fun and easy way to make sure that you are on time for class." Perhaps we could hire a medical consultant to write to us that "eating right and getting more sleep are a few simple cures for law school exhaustion." How could we possible navigate the maze of 1L without such sound little notes from the pen of experience?
Okay, rant over. I feel better now.
You will never get emails telling your to arrive to class ontime, only the financial aid department feels the need to treat you like a child -- and career services will too, but that is necessary.
And while I agree that this particular email seemed condescending, you will find very shortly that law school, like every other level of education, has its share of idiots. (You will discover that there are students in law school that have no idea how a bill becomes law, trust me. Or, have no basic idea of the federal judiciary, things I thought every law student should know before they arrived) But having said that, many students are fresh from undergraduate who have never lived outside mommy and daddy's protection. I was shocked recently by a fellow 3L asking me how much he/she should borrow for living expenses because he/she never had to pay them before now. Considering the sizable amount of money it costs to go to PSU, you should feel happy that financial aid attempts to in every way help you figure out how to save money.
I'm glad they sent that info. I already developed a budget, but It reminded me to go back and redo some of the figures. I've been on a spending spree this last week. My auto insurance has dropped, and my rental payment is exactly at my budgeted high limit. I took my pooch to the vet and he needed an extra vaccination I didn't budget for but I was prepared with a buffer and extra savings during my spending spree (and donations from the fam and friends). I haven't even started on my books, and school supplies. I still need a bed, and the are a dozen little things I need. I have to have this all hashed out, and determine my fixed costs before I order my cable and internet.