Post # 1
I am graduating law school in about 3 weeks and I sincerely do NOT want to attend.
I messed up after my second year and my grades took a dive for personal reasons so I will be graduating at the bottom half of my class. Additionally, I can’t stand the fact that I will be getting a J.D. I’m sorry if this offends anyone- but everyone and their canary has a law degree and, as far as I can tell, it is nothing to “write home to mom about.” I am graduating jobless and I wish I had gotten a useful degree or just not had the personal problems and messed up so bad. The whole graduation day feels like a “celebration” of my own mediocrity and “patheticness” and I just don’t want to go. Sorry, I am in a REALLY bad mood about the whole thing. I’m just upset because I worry that I will hurt my mom’s feeling by not attending, but something inside keeps telling me “this is your life.”
Post # 3
Just don’t go. If I recall from your previous posts, you’re an independent 30ish woman. I don’t see why it needs to be explained or justified to anyone. Unnecessary drama.
But congratulations anyway. It is still an accomplishment of which you should be proud, and good luck getting a job in the future!
Post # 4
If you’re uncomfortable going, then don’t go! I know you said that everyone and their mother has a law degree, but I don’t, and I see it as a pretty high accomplishment even if you don’t! So congratulations!
Post # 5
I’m in law school also and you have to remember with a JD you can work anywhere! I don’t have a permanent job either and I’m graduating soon. I understand totally your point of view but don’t let it be a drag and be proud! Even though your grades might not be the best, it really is an honor and you put a LOT of work into it. Do you want to look back in 10 years when you do have a job and say “gosh I wish I had a picture from my graduation…” It’s only a few hours of your life..
Post # 6
Don’t go if you don’t wanna.
Post # 7
If you’re not feeling it, don’t go. Really. It’s no big deal if you miss it. Your Mom would get over it.
Post # 8
I didn’t want to go to mine either, not from law school but PhD, the whole thing just seemed like such a drag at that point. I even told my husband (then bf) not to go (and he gladly didn’t the twit). But whatever, I went, my parents liked it and there’s not much else I would have done exciting that day anyways so in the end I have a few pictures in a graduation gown and my dad got to hang one in his office for a few hours of my time.
Post # 9
thanks for the input ladies. I’m still not 100% sure what I will do. I will give myself the weekend to think it over. It’s just that I all of a sudden had a very, very negative emotional reaction to graduating. I realized that I have not accomplished as much as I wanted to in life. Venting here really helps. I’m much less emotional now….and that is good because I have my final finals to study for.
Post # 10
Part of me doesn’t want to attend my graduation ceremony next year either. My reason is because I don’t think I’ve earned the title. I can’t believe they’re giving me a PhD for such easy work. I’ve never had a job and barely have any life experience, what makes me an expert in anything? But it’ll make my parents happy. Oh well.
Post # 11
I think you should wait and see how you feel closer to the date. I am graduating from undergrad in a few weeks and I don’t want to go either. I had personal issues that caused me to withdraw from a lot of classes in the middle, so I lost my financial aid and to settle for the quickest degree I could get, which is “Interdisciplinary Studies.” Whenever I explain it I get some crazy looks…it makes me feel like I wasted all that time for nothing =(
BUT my mom would be really dissapointed if I didn’t go (I think to the point of murdering me) so I’m sucking it up and going anyway. BUT i just wanted to let you know I feel you…I would be super stoked to be getting a law degree! But I understand the feeling “blah” about graduation. 🙂
Post # 12
Oh my gosh, skip it! You’ve had your big commencement already as an undergrad. Graduate commencements aren’t all that exciting, IMO.
Have you found the JD blogs? They’re fascinating. You might find some support on them.
Post # 13
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: LOL. Yeah, I probably won’t go. I don’t really think I will be reading those blogs. I already know that the JD was useless and that I wasted money for a degree that won’t get me a well paying job. Reading blogs that elaborate on that fact will only make me want to slit my wrists. But thanks anyway.