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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: June 05, 2007, 08:52:51 AM »
Here's my situation - I've been at a job since January that required me to give a verbal 2-year committment, but at the same time told me that it wasn't really official.  They put me through 2 months of (paid) training, and the job kinda sucks but it pays the bills.  My justification for taking the job was that I didn't really know for SURE if I'd be going to law school, although it was obviously a distict possibility.  So, my game plan now is to give my 2-week notice in 2 weeks, with my last day at the end of June.  I would give them more notice, but I can't say whether they'd just let me go on the spot or not, and I need the cash from that few extra weeks.  I'm not really worried about the verbal committment because the only reason they do it is because of the high turnover, but people still leave all the time.'s the awkward part.  Friday my boss called me into his office, and I'm terrified he knows that I've been shopping online for bikinis all morning for my impending move to LA.  Instead, he tells me they're giving me a raise because they realized I was underpaid compared to the industry standard for my job.  Not a huge raise, but still.  I was just shocked and thanked him, but on the inside of course I'm thinking "oh $hit, he's going to be pissed when I'm sitting in this seat in 2 weeks giving my notice..."

Anyhow, I considered telling him tomorrow that I'm leaving so they don't have to give me the extra money (it wouldn't make a big difference over a month anyway), but now I'm thinking I might just stick to the original plan.  I just feel bad.  Plus I've been lying to all of my co-workers, because the way my department is, if I tell one person everyone else will know within seconds.

Any advice/commiseration?  I just feel very guilty and needed to share my pain I guess.  All in all, it's a stupid corporate job that I don't believe in anyway, so I know I shouldn't care...but I do.

It means you are a human being that you feel guilty over this.  It means you have a conscience.  That said;  ignore your conscience on this - you need to do whats best for you, and that is going to law school.  You feel some responsibility to the company because they engineer their operation this way.  I can assure you they feel no such responsibility to you, when it becomes fiscally disadvantageous to have you around, you won't be.  At least in the business world, don't give them the benefit when they aren't giving you any.

Financial Aid / Re: Okay so I just did my FAFSA..whats it mean?
« on: June 04, 2007, 06:00:57 PM »
Talked to the finaid guy at SMU today and he said their total cost was something like 52k this year (includes cost of living) so if that minus your EFC is greater than 8500, you'll get the full subsidized loan amount.. the rest is unsubsidized.  So I'll pretty much just take the subsidized loans.  Whee.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 29, 2007, 09:56:43 PM »
I think the problem is people get way too caught up in flashy, fancy weddings, and whats "easily" spent is immaterial - you've got a guy willing to go way out on a limb to show his girl he'll do anything, and you've got a woman desperate to show how "together" her life is - bang, 30k on a wedding when they make 50k/yr together.  I've seen it.  Personally I made money on my wedding (love asians giving money rather than useless gifts) but I think we spent about 15k.  Even that was too much imo.

I think it's silly to say what is and is not too expensive. It's all relative. If you can easily spend 30k on a wedding, why not? It can be easier for one person to spend 30k on a wedding than it is for another person to spend 5k. The dollar figure is meaningless.

It must be the lawyer connection, because she's definitely not playboy material.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Please help --- Thinkpad vs Sony SZ
« on: May 29, 2007, 09:13:42 AM »
Compatibility with equipment like that isn't really an issue. Very little of the hardware has any relation to Sony anyway, so I wouldn't make that an issue. They're good computers though, so nothing wrong in getting one either. Personally, I'd lean towards a Thinkpad.

^^ This is correct.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: X60 vs. T61
« on: May 29, 2007, 09:09:01 AM »
Personally I think 12" is too small.  I went with the T61 because of the 14" screen rather than the 12".

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 26, 2007, 03:27:11 PM »
All the divorce statistics mean is that there's a bunch of people getting married who shouldn't.  It also shows that today's society places alot more importance on career and independence than family.

In my mind, getting married means you make sacrifices of yourself, your choices, and your time to make the relationship work.  If you've chosen well the other person will too; and whatever the future brings, you'll face it together as a team.  That doesn't mean.. hey I want to do X, but if I do it I won't be able to stay with my SO.. oh well, guess it wasn't meant to be, BYE!

Too many people do not take marriage as an actual commitment, they take it as a convenience or something they were supposed to do.  Thats why the divorce statistics are what they are.  If you're not ready to make that sacrifice, of course you shouldn't get married - do yourself a favor! :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:31:14 PM »
I don't really have any specifics at the moment, I'm still a few months away from starting school so I'm mostly just reading all this crap about law school while trying to stay interested in work for another month.  I'm starting SMU in August.  Only semi-unique thing about me is that I'm a nontrad, worked for 10 years, software developer background with a computer science degree.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 25, 2007, 03:21:25 PM »
^^ what he said.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 25, 2007, 12:08:30 PM »
August seriously needs to go ahead and get here.  I'm ready.

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