Olive, thank you for your very thoughtful responses. I would like to say, I'm not sure why people assumed I'm not performing well. I am actually in the top 15% of my class and on law review. People have been predictably presumptious as to my ability and as to my personality. I was a spring entering student, working full time at a "regular" job. I have neither applied nor been rejected for any legal positions yet. I am trying to plan ahead.
I simply started looking into alternatives to big law since I have no desire to do big law, and I noticed they all paid $10 an hour. This was dismaying to me, because, like I said, I can't afford to make that income. I did not mean to insult those who were able to make it on the $10 hour salary, I can see that is how it was perceived. And saying, go back to making 60k is, well, pointless, if you have any understanding of the effort and sacrifices a person has put into following their dream to attend law school. Some very mean and nasty and unfounded comments were made, but it doesn't really matter, since, being false, they do not hurt my feelings. I was reaching out to OLDER people, like myself, I indicated that in my first post. I figured they could share their similar experiences and give pointers on what to do.
I still don't like you.