steindle wrote:I will be 26 in Fall of '09. I'm not even vaguely put off by age. Do people here not have friends of various ages? I've maintained friendships with people from 20 to about 35 since I graduated from undergrad; I didn't realize that cross-generational relationships were such novelties.
I'm glad that I've had four years to work, achieve, and experience "real life" before coming strongly to the conclusion that I would like to study law. I rushed into (and through) undergrad with relatively little thought and that's why I changed my major 3 times and ended up with a B+ average that has put me at a disadvantage that will last throughout this app cycle. I'm glad that I didn't make the same mistake twice -- had I gone directly into grad school from UG (which was a possibility), I would probably be an unemployed film editor with $80k of debt right now.
As for pop culture knowledge -- this is something I haven't possessed since I was a senior in high school, so being out of the loop about whatever horrible music is currently popular will not be much of a change. I know that I sound like an elitist here, but honestly, if the primary content of a conversation revolves around last night's American Idol and Lil' Wayne, I'd rather just not have the conversation. The fact that someone is 21 or 22 doesn't make them incapable of discussing contentious issues.
Was just talking to a couple of friends at SLS yesterday about this. They said it has more to do with "what stage of life" you are in. In other words, the married folk and those in serious long-term relationships tend to stick together more, and the single people and those more interested in going out, etc. stick together. They both said (and they're both 24 - a 1L and a 3L) that they had 30-year-old single friends and even a couple with young kids who are totally willing to get them a babysitter and go out clubbing with the younger folk(!!!), but then also knew a lot of 22-year-olds who were more into their serious relationship and not as social, etc. Like most things, I think it's a birds of a feather thing more than age alone.