Thomas Jefferson wrote:
I will take any action you're willing to lay on that bet, if you promise to drop out, admit how wrong and stupid you were, and then finally stfu when you lose.
Firstly, you'd lose that bet.
Secondly, you want me to "admit how wrong and stupid" I've been?! What in your addled mind do you think there even is
to be "wrong and stupid" about? Wrong and stupid about the bare electrical wire dangling from that hole in the ceiling? Wrong and stupid about the chains and stains? Wrong and stupid about the P&P fiasco? Wrong and stupid about having incompetent LW and PP adjuncts? Wrong and stupid about the crappy career prospects that 90% of graduates face? Or wrong and stupid about not "loving" all of the above?
And thirdly, while I have tried to at least keep in mind that the purpose of starting this thread was for the benefit of 0Ls, at this point I think I should just directly address the troupe of UMN devotees, who seem to cruise by fairly regularly now to lash out at me and unleash their troglodytic grunts of school pride. So, UMN defenders, this post is for you:
I really don't mind the criticism, but if you plan on "defending" this dump of a school, some effort to focus
those comments might prove perspicuous. To that end, I would suggest you to run through the following list of issues to clarify precisely what your problem is, prior to posting here:
1) Is the fact that I don't love UMN what bothers you? Are you upset that someone didn't enjoy the UMN Law experience? Do you feel that everyone
who goes to UMN Law has some sort of moral obligation to enjoy that experience?
2) Do you think that I secretly love UMN? Do you think I've been dishonest about my opinion of UMN? Do you believe that I actually
enjoyed my UMN Law experience, and I am lying about it on this forum? If so, why do you think I would lie about that?
3) Do you feel that the photos and video that I've posted have been edited or tampered with in any way? Do you think that they are pictures of some other school
? More generally, do you deny the factual bases for my opinions? Do you think I invented the P&P disaster? Are my allegations of there being a mandatory non-upgradable laptop purchase (with no opt out) slanderous lies?
Now, if you answered "yes" to any of the above, I would be very interested to hear why.
Else if you answered "no" to all of the above, then I would posit that the only reason you've got left is that I had the audacity to express
my honest opinion. So take a step back, breathe deeply, and ask yourself whether this is really something you want to be criticizing. Is the point that you're trying to make that anyone who doesn't like UMN should just suffer in silence? I mean, are you really
taking the position that people shouldn't express negative opinions about their law schools, even when those opinions are honestly held, good faith opinions, based on scrupulously detailed facts? Really? I mean, really?
Ask yourself if that
is really a position you want to take.
Because, frankly, I just can't understand what motivates this small but vociferous band of UMN loyalists, who've apparently decided to coordinate some sort of lame attempt at "counter speech." I mean, are you really
going to the trouble of making new accounts, logging on here, just to post wild and strange personal insults (e.g. bizarrely accusing me of wearing a white suit on the first day of school -- which I didn't do) against someone who's had a pretty legitimately crumby law school experience at UMN, which is representative of a large number of students?
Specifically, I want to know why on earth do you care
so much? I can tell you why I care
. I care, because even with a very generous financial aid package, I'll still be leaving this place with a substantial debt, I'll have wasted three years of my life here, the school is incompetently run, I've had a horrible
experience (notwithstanding excellent professors and generally pleasant colleagues) and I feel like I was screwed over by this dump of a school. On this forum, there are other people who are considering making the same investment of time, effort, and money, who risk having the same regrets that I have. That's why I've
been posting here. Seems pretty reasonable, right? So why are you
posting here? I mean, is it some sort of moronic herd instinct to bash the one who sticks out from the flock? Is it a lynch-mob mentality that you gotta go "git" the guy who's acting uppity? Gotta haze the guy who doesn't want to salute the flag? Or whatever -- pick your metaphor (I like villagers with pitchforks and torches storming the castle, personally).
It just blows my mind
that any sane person who isn't currently a 0L genuinely undecided about where to attend law school even cares
what gets said on this forum. I mean, it is outright creepy
that this cadre of UMN partisans feel so moved to defend their friggin' law school. I mean, seriously
? Why? I cannot fathom what would compel any sane
person to give a crap. And anyone who feels some sort of primal instinct to bash me personally for having the temerity to air UMN's dirty laundry should feel like a creep. A creep
, I say. You're succumbing to the worst, most base instincts when you do that. Truly, there are any number of entirely valid reactions that a UMN student might have to what I've posted here: agreement, indifference, ambivalence, disagreement
. What is not
a valid response is to feel that someone must be "punished" for having "betrayed" UMN, as if I ever "owed" something to this vile institution, which has put me into debt and will have wasted three years of my life. What is not
a valid response is the despicable reactions that have been on display by the panoply "UMN apologists" that have suddenly popped up on this forum over the past couple of weeks. If you feel such a reaction bubbling up, then you need to take a hard look in the mirror, because you just might be an abysmal failure of a human being.
Put it this way: I am a Minnesotan. If someone says Minnesota is a horrible place to live, because it's so cold during the winter, then I might reasonably agree or disagree with that person. However, I would feel no compulsion to bash the person, nor to attack them. Similarly, I am an American. I'm happy to be an American. But if someone criticizes the USA, then I feel no particular reason to attack that person, to undermine their credibility, to gossip about them behind their back, nor to harass them. Indeed, even if someone were to say that overall the USA is a horrible country, I can pretty much guarantee that I wouldn't care. Likewise, my undergraduate school was NYU. I was very happy with my NYU experience. And if someone were to criticize NYU, then I would feel no compulsion whatsoever to personally malign its critic. Indeed, particularly if the critic bases his opinions on facts, and he is criticizing in good faith, and expressing his honest opinions, I have no quibble with him. Why? Because I'm not a freaking psychopath. And you see, that's
the problem with this handful of people who have taken to "responding" to my posts here lately. They're freaking psychopaths. They are disturbed, emotionally-stunted people, who have the all the maturity of the characters in Lord of the Flies.
So I had a bad experience at UMN Law. A horrible experience. Worst experience of my life. So what? Seriously, if you're not a 0L looking for information about which law school attend, then why do you care? So I had the temerity to express that view. So what? Seriously, what
is the problem here? Is the reason you're sensitive about it because you've tried so hard to ignore these serious deficiencies in the school, and I've so inconveniently pointed them out? Seriously? Do you not realize that this is craaazy
? I honestly cannot think of a single sane
reason why anyone would be posting the personal attacks against me here. Not a one.
And what's creepier and crazier still is to hide behind anonymous accounts telling me to "stfu," and "admit how wrong and stupid" I am, telling me that I should "drop out" (why don't you drop out yourself incidentally), sending threatening PMs to me, attempting to organize a mob to "undermine" me, telling my profs about this thread (not that they even care), crank calling my phone, whispering about me in some dusty little corner or chat room or wherever you grubby little carbuncles congregate, and coming to my house and ringing my buzzer at 3AM. Well, I'm sick of it!
a creep if you think that a mounting student loan debt and three years of my life wasted don't entitle me to gripe about the school -- much less on a forum created for people in law school to share their experience with prospective law students. But you're a creep a dozen times over if you've participated in any of the aforementioned shenanigans. I'm willing to respect a person's anonymity under pretty much any circumstances that a person might want
anonymity, but if you've decided you're going to be "against" me because of what I've posted on a freaking law school forum (let me reiterate how stupid
I think this impulse is in the first place), then at least have the guts to be up front about it. I'm not really sure what to make of the claims of "water cooler talk" about me and this thread, and I remain skeptical whether I have acquired the supposed "notoriety" that a couple users here have claimed. But I think it's petty and trite and utterly contemptible if it is the case.
I walk into that ugly ass building every day. If you want to tell me that it's not
ugly, then have the guts to tell me to my face. Stop hiding behind your little computer screens and twittering about the guy who's had the audacity to take pictures of the school and actually post them so that prospective law students can actually see
what the school looks like. Stop cyberstalking me. And stop gossipping like a klatsch of catty frumps. It's pathetic