Searchparty wrote:I, without much foresight, scheduled to begin work the week of the HLR competition (vacations later). I really want to take it seriously and I think I can still put in substantial hours (although I am working 9-5), but I'm very concerned as I hear everyone works all day, every day on the competition. Is it really worth pushing my start date back and making myself look (feel) stupid to my employer? It's unpaid, and they seem very, very flexible, but I still feel badly about it.
If the question is: would you rather push your start date back by a week to get onto HLR, obviously yes.
But I think my question is: can I realistically get on HLR by working ~3-5 hours a day on it (except the weekend days I'll work more)?
I think it would be a good idea to push back your start date. But give me some more details, are you working for a judge? That could be a delicate situation that you should handle carefully, though I imagine that most judges would be very understanding.
It's impossible to say whether you could "realistically get on" working "~3-5 hours a day." I will, say, though that I think it will put you at a more than insignificant disadvantage. If it were me, I would get my job pushed back, which shouldn't really be a big issue other than a mildly embarrassing email, so that I could spend more than my spare hours on the writing competition. It's possible to get on though. People have done it while working. People have done it while simultaneously doing the writing competition for the school from which they are transferring from.
That's just my opinion, though. Others may feel different. Feel free to PM me if you want more thoughts (though keep in mind I can't give any strategic advice).