Nebby wrote:This is the thing I fundamentally do not understand. I do not think anyone but absolute weirdos would wear a backpack to a work-related engagement, such as a client meeting or court.
I am specifically talking about the joys of merely using a nice backpack to go to and from work. I don't know why, as rpupkin pointed out, people thing that us endowed backpack wearers are also wearing them to important things.
I carry a backpack to and from work daily. Not everyone else does, but no one has ever cared. But I guess I'm also in California where every firm is casual to business casual unless you're at Snell & Wilmer. For the most part, it's only on me as I travel from my car to my office and back again.
For court, I generally have a leather briefcase I use if it's not insanely document intensive, but if I've got two or three big binders of documents I need to bring, I've taken a backpack before and have never gotten any flak for it. I try to avoid it if possible just because of the strange perceptions people have like in this thread. But I also think a backpack looks no worse than people lugging around giant crates or luggage-looking bags around as if court were an airport or hotel, and a backpack is certainly more convenient than carrying
a giant box of documents.
But going back for a moment to the original topic, which is what the OP (or anyone else) should do on the first day, my only advice is that your primary goal for the SA is to lock in an offer. If something that you can change takes away even 0.0001% chance from that, and changing it really won't affect life, then I'd do it. Will 99% of people care about a dude with a beard? Probably not. But you don't want to run into that 1%, and saying "if they care you wouldn't want to work there" is difficult when it's showing up for a summer associate position now, not an interview or callback.