Dr. you raise some valid points and I appreciate your argument. My anecdote clearly is not the "norm" for my graduating class, and for that I agree with you that I am fortunate. My message was not intended to combat the significant number of posts cautioning a tier 4 education (for any reason). Rather, I DID intend to encourage anyone who truly wants to follow their dream. It cannot be overstated that YOU decide your future, not your school. That is my point. This post originated primarily out of my own uncertainty as to my decision as I entered law school, and I just wanted to convey my story. This is perseverence from MY life, and no one elses. Please realize that overcoming adversity does not have an objective standard. I do not intend to belittle anyone who has overcome much greater obstacles in life, such as those you have mentioned. So, to the extent that I sound shallow and sheltered, I apologize, but I think you may have misinterpreted my address.