« on: June 10, 2008, 08:36:09 PM »
I totally agree with the last two posts. And a big "Thanks" for sharing your daughter's success story.
It is so frustrating to see that even on a board that should be littered with intellectuals, most people still get caught up in social hierarchies and the sayings of the elite.
Since I have joined this board, I have found myself slipping further into this oblivion. I have asked questions about transferring to a better ranked school and I haven't even started yet!!! It can be demoralizing, I admit, but I almost feel fortunate that I haven't taken the other path.
I CERTAINLY WILL NOT ARGUE THAT PRESTIGE DOESN'T MATTER, but I just can't help but think, "Who gives a sh!t what a bunch of liberal elitists think about my resume anyway?!?!"
Now, I'm prepared for the attacks that my comment is sure to evoke and I realize that I may not get some BIGLAW salary, but my debt load certainly won't dictate that I need one either. I have a child, which makes the idea of accumulating debt even more scary, but I challenge anyone to tell me that having $100,000+ in loan debt isn't a HUGE heartbreaker even when you make 6 figures.
I have a scholarship to a regional school in a very large city that typically places its students very well. It also boasts the highest bar passage rate in my state. USNWR ranked it one of the best values in the nation, and I feel confident that even without a T1, Top 15 logo, I will be just fine, even in this economy. Making $60K-$80K with less than $40K in debt doesn't sound too bad to me.
By the way, we haven't even hit recession yet... so who knows how easy it will be to get a job in 3 even if you are lucky enough to be at a top school?
Here's to the rest of us!!!