Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

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Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby adammac17 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:35 pm

So my SO and i are considering two schools about an hour away. UIUC law for me and an ISU psych masters program for her. Ideally we'd like to live together as she can keep a pretty sweet part-time job and make 12-15K doing so working nights/weekends.

Anyone have any experience commuting 45min to 1hr and have any comments on how you think it effected your 1L performance? I realize id be missing out on some things by not living in town but.............

Anyone at UIUC know if there are an abundance of 8AM classes that commuting would suck for?

Thanks

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Sentry » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:37 pm

xeoh commuted like 3-4hrs a day and was #1 in his class at UCLA.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Arelikefoxes » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:38 pm

I commute 2 hrs each way and have had no problems.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby adammac17 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:39 pm

Ive heard the name around here b4 but isnt he also cited as a super-awesome gunner?

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Sentry » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:40 pm

adammac17 wrote:Ive heard the name around here b4 but isnt he also cited as a super-awesome gunner?

Yep. But if he could have that long of a commute and still find time to study 14-16 hours a day I'm sure you could do it with a more normal schedule.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby jacketman03 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:43 pm

If I wind up at one of the schools in Houston I'll have about a 1 1/2ish hour commute both ways and I was a little worried about it, thanks for this info, guys.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Fred_McGriff » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:48 pm

Don't know about you, but some time to and from wherever you work / go to school is great. I used to have a 45 minute commute and it was an awesome time to listen to tunes and chill out.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby adammac17 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:58 pm

Thanks for all the great comments, glad to see not all of TLS is negative junk :wink:

@fred and foxes, you guys feel like you missed out on anything not living closer/had god-awful 8am classes everyday that ate penis to commute to?

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby BarbellDreams » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:21 pm

Largely depends on if the commute i by car or by train. If by train this is entirely doable. If by car its a bit harder and also ends up being a bit expensive. With that said I know people at my school who got good grades doing it, just realize it will be very tough.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:02 pm

How come she'd get no commute and you'd get the hour? Why not live at the halfway point?

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby BEAST_mode » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:07 pm

Dealing with a similar issue myself. My SO will be attending grad school at American and I'm almost set on Maryland. Would be a 45 minute commute each way, but we've done some dry runs and it doesn't seem like it would be too bad.

Main Point - I would rather deal with a long commute as opposed to the stresses of a long distance relationship in law school. I think that the latter would be much more likely to generate time consuming issues.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby nigelfrost » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:09 pm

I do 1 hour commute each way, everyday. No biggie. You'll live.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby bk1 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:11 pm

Depends on you.

Commuting sucks (I currently commute 1 hour each way to work) and I would definitely be willing to pay more to live near LS. That being said, if you are okay with it you can definitely do just as well as if you didn't commute, you will just have to give up some of your leisure time to the commute.

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Postby Arelikefoxes » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:12 pm

adammac17 wrote: @fred and foxes, you guys feel like you missed out on anything not living closer/had god-awful 8am classes everyday that ate penis to commute to?


I am definitely less involved in the social scene, but I'm married and frankly, your 1Lwill keep you busy enough that it will not be full of socializing anyways. Early morning classes can be brutal if you are coming from traditional college schedules (IE up at 11am), but I was working before school, and was already getting up at 5:30a. It sounds tough, but you definitely get used to it.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby kalvano » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:14 pm

I commute about an hour each way. It sucks, but I don't think it affected my grades at all.

The key for me is I can study at home better than at the library.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Guicciardini » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:18 pm

My current posting in finance means I'm working at a minimum 10 hr days, and that can easily (way to bloody easily) go up to 12-16 hours plus weekends.

My commute's roughly an hour each way.

When you get *out* of law school, if you work at a large New York firm (eg), you're going to suffer at least as bad as I'm suffering now.

Why on earth would you want to replicate the shit you're going to have to take for at least the first 8 years of your career? (assuming there's not serious financial inducement to live an hour away)

I know that as soon as I get to law school, I'm going to live as close as I can. I abhor my life right now.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby paulinaporizkova » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:20 pm

Sentry wrote:
adammac17 wrote:Ive heard the name around here b4 but isnt he also cited as a super-awesome gunner?

Yep. But if he could have that long of a commute and still find time to study 14-16 hours a day I'm sure you could do it with a more normal schedule.

lol 63 posts and he's heard of xeoh. what a legend

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby bigkahuna2020 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:20 pm

I loved this long of a commute when I didn't drive. You can get a LOT of concerted work with headphones and a textbook/notebook on a bus for two hours

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby adammac17 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:22 pm

i would be driving not taking a train and we probably would be living somewhere where id have a 30-45min drive vs 15 for her because theres no city halfway between and shed be paying the bills and working the job on top of work :mrgreen:

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby bk1 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:23 pm

bigkahuna2020 wrote:I loved this long of a commute when I didn't drive. You can get a LOT of concerted work with headphones and a textbook/notebook on a bus for two hours


I wish this was the case for me.

Commutes make me sleepy which is probably a learned response to being in a train/car due to my motion sickness, so even if I did stay awake I wouldn't be able to read without throwing up after 5 minutes.

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Re: Feasibility of 45-1hr commute as a 1L

Postby Fred_McGriff » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:01 pm

adammac17 wrote:@fred and foxes, you guys feel like you missed out on anything not living closer/had god-awful 8am classes everyday that ate penis to commute to?


I'm a 0L, I used to work 12 hours a day excluding the 1.5 hours total in the car. I loved where I lived, don't feel like I missed anything. There was a small sense of angst in the "aah, what would I do with an extra hour and a half every day" sense, but nothing major. I needed the time to wake up and decompress every day, and it's a great way to break up your day and routine.




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