A. Nony Mouse wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:I don't think that's analogous at all.
Well, I can't tell you what to think.
My point is that going back and taking an additional year of exams after a chunk of time off isn't like having to immediately turn around and rewrite a memo you didn't save in the same night. It's more like the difference between writing your first memo in LRW and writing memos now, which can't take you anywhere near as long/require as much effort as that first LRW memo did.
This is jrass (accidental anon):
But with each of those memos I've written, I have taken a step, maybe a small step but still a step forward. Each was a learning experience, but also was required to be able to move onto 2L where I learned more about writing memos, then I wrote more memos and moved onto 3L and so forth. Each time OP took a leave of absence in the middle of a semester, all the work they did during that semester was for naught, at least in terms of moving up to the next level.
At some point having to restart leads to feelings of hopelessness. There's an old story from the Soviet Union about a political opponent who was sent to a labor camp in Siberia. His hands were tied, and he had a wagon full of bricks attached to his body. He was told that if he made it out of Siberia then he would be freed. The man journeyed day and night, and although he was lugging 100 pounds of bricks he made it 15 miles the first day. He was driven, and so driven he didn't even notice the pain in his back and legs. Then he was picked up by a truck and brought back to the labor camp. The next day he was back on the road again, and he made it 20 miles this time before he was picked up and returned to the labor camp. They fed him a nice meal, let him bathe and even had a barber give him a nice shave. The man waited a week, and rested up. He finally set out again, but instead of being reinvigorated, he had no motivation. He made it a half mile before collapsing in the snow, and eventually dying of hypothermia.