dixiecupdrinking wrote: PeanutsNJam wrote:
dixiecupdrinking wrote:Also, you know, the idea that, even if you have it, you can just blow $3500 on a vacation immediately before embarking on a $200k graduate program.
The $3500 spent is in lieu of your regular monthly expenses (rent, food, insurance, incidental expenses, entertainment, etc.). So you're "blowing" about 1k, which seems worth an entire month in Europe.
I also happened to have a big fat scholarship, which is what justified the trip for me, so it certainly wasn't a $200k graduate program.
My larger point is that not having gone to Europe isn't the social handicap people make it out to be, it doesn't brand you as a plebeian poor, and it doesn't mean that everybody who has gone to Europe is some spoiled silver-platter brat.
How would you know whether it's a handicap, as someone who has gone to Europe?
Did you know that 2/3 of Americans don't even have passports? You don't have to be a silver platter brat, but you're in rare company.
I don't think there is anything magical about visiting Europe, but the ability to drop thousands of dollars on international vacations is a privilege that many people don't have - - even many people who go to law school!
The fact that you might not think it is remarkable to spend a month in Europe speaks to the social class of people you associate with.
I know it's not a social handicap because as someone who has been to Europe, I don't think less of anyone who hasn't. You might be excluded from a conversation about Europe between people who have been, but I've never been to a live Superbowl/NBA Final/World Championship game, so I'm excluded from conversations between people who have. I've never been to a Beyonce concert, so I'm excluded from those conversations. It's not a "social handicap" to not have had certain experiences.
And it's not particularly remarkable to spend $3500 in one month (total) if you've saved up for it and plan to treat yourself before you start 1L. What you do during that month is up to you.
Where is this "drop thousands of dollars"? Do I need to remind you what "in lieu of" means?
My girlfriend didn't have a passport, but her family is certainly upper middle class. Growing up, they went to Disney once a year. Not having passports means nothing.
@Nony, my point is if someone deduces that a majority of law students are rich spoiled brats because they went to Europe, then that is a faulty conclusion. Looking around my school parking lot, any BMW/Audi is owned by an international student. The "median" car is like a 2010 civic (of the people who own cars; plenty of my friends don't own cars and bike/walk/public transit to school). Where are all these rich oil baron kids?
Yes, if you come from POVERTY, you will be unique in law school. But I don't understand people who blame their lack of friendship/interviewing skills/etc. on not having a combined family income of over 6 figs. I took a cab to my prom. I didn't own a car until my 2nd year of undergrad, and it was a 1997 Camary. I'd say my "class" (whatever you call it) is the majority in law school.