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Recent decisions by the American Bar Association have made it less strict for students to attend law school. Schools now have the option of allowing certain students to attend law school without taking the LSAT.

This change has many wondering if law schools aren't receiving the applicants they need, especially when they are making decisions in August to help more people.

According to an article by Bloomberg, law schools applications hit a 15-year low. 

Law schools have consistently received 6.7 percent fewer applicants than in 2014, according to the Law School Admisison Council. 

What does this mean for colleges across the country?

It means it's a great time to apply for law school especially with schools making so many accomodations, but this still leaves the concern if law school is still profitable.

Law admission offices seem to be answering with a resounding yes, but student apparently still have their doubts. 

 

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In part one, we looked at the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter, and discussed one of the problems people seem to have in seeing writing as a legitimate profession.

Another reason, that can be linked to exposure, is ignorance.  Many people assume, rightly or wrongly, that there is nothing to writing - you just sit down with pen, paper and a pot of tea and set to it.

As any writer will immediately tell you, this isn't true.  Whether they are being sarcastic or not will vary depending on a number of factors, which includes how much coffe they have had, but they will all tell you just how wrong you are in your assumptions about the easiness inherent in their chosen profession.

Some people will protest the use of the word 'ignorance', and they're right - it is a harsh and judgemental word to use, but I think its use is warranted.

Take the story I am working on just now, for example. In the past two weeks I have created a list of twenty three books to read which will (I'm hoping) allow me to build the workld of the story in a very general sense.  Only when those books are completed will I think about more specific details, at which point I will do more research.

This is where the ignorance comes in, I think.  To me, reading a book on cults is research - to an outsider who either isn't aware of my story ideas or is and simply thinks I should be writing, reading a book is simply that - reading.  It has nothing to do with work.

This tallies with many of the tweets recorded in the hastag which had words to the effect of 'I wish I had the time to read so much'.  People don't realise that in this particular case, reading is very much work.  Not only that, it is important work if I and other authors want our world building to be the best it can be. 

But to the majority of the public, reading is a leisure activity, not a work one.  And until that changes, writers will continue to be viewed as lazy.

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As society becomes increasingly concerned with healthy, or “pure” eating, psychologists and nutritionists say this fascination can all too easily become a fixation that results in disordered eating.

An unhealthy focus on eating healthfully and anxiety over food are key components of an eating disorder called orthorexia. While this disease is not officially recognized in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual as a mental illness, mental health professionals are calling more attention to this increasingly common disorder.

Orthorexia, like any other eating disorder, causes severe medical and psychological symptoms. Mental health professionals and dietitians state many reasons why orthorexic eating can occur. Reasons range from previous psychological illnesses to incorrect ideas portrayed in the media.

Other experts claim that this unhealthy eating results from using food to feel worthy about themselves. They will turn to food in order to show that they are a good person.  With the media constantly spreading the lie of "sinful foods" and "angelic foods," people are buying in to the myth. 

Other causes of orthorexia stem from people turning to information sources that aren’t credible, both through the media and the Internet, which are full of information touting foods that will boost metabolism and assist with weight loss or warning about food groups to avoid.

Some reliable sources include dietitians or nutritionists or science-backed websites such as eatright.org or the National Eating Disorder website.

Recovering from orthorexia can be a long process, and mental health professionals say friends and family are essential in the recovery process for those dealing with it.

For those struggling to overcome orthorexia, experts agree they first need to find somebody they can trust and talk to throughout the various stages of their recovery. They also need to learn what resources are available to help.

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Three years ago, James Holmes walked into the Aurora Colorado shooting and killed 12 people and injured 70 more. Now, he's finally going to receive his punishment.

The jury is meeting to make their final deliberations on whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

The District Attorney is pushing for the death penalty, claiming that it is the only thing that is just after Holmes' actions. However, unless the jurors reach a unanimous decision, he will be sentenced for life.

According to Fox News, it was an emotional day for families of the deceases victims. Unintentionally, all of them walked out before the defense finished its case. The emotions of all those involved are boiling high as this case finally comes to a close.  

 

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Today is ‘No Bra’ day. This is to increase the awareness of breast cancer among people. This is (no bra) also a part of the ‘sexual revolution’ in the US, which started a long time ago. And we are still going through that sexual revolution phase and faraway from establishing feminism. It’s sad how we treat women. Perhaps it has reached its peak because of Trump. We really owe this to Trump for bringing so many things on the surface. I have been saying this since Trump is in the limelight that Trump may not be fit to be the POTUS, but sure having a tremendous impact on our society.

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Several weeks ago the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter began trending on Twitter, and is still going strong today.

This hashtag, started by an author who wanted to vent after hearing one too many comments from unthinking acquiantances, has grown to encompass all writers, "from celebrity authors to ghosting freelancers and everyone in between" (Sarah McCoy, August 25th), who have taken the opportunity to commiserate and comfort each other in the face of such ignorance from the world at large.

Aside from the numerous authors, freelancers and yes, hobbyists who use Twitter and therefore have had a chance to weigh in with their own opinions on the subject, the hashtag has caught the attention of several mainstream publications, including the Huffington Post and New Republic, all of whom have written articles with their own spin on the hashtag phenomenon.

While these articles and Tweets are mainly funny, they do bring up some interesting points: why is writing so undervalued?  Nobody would ever dream of dismissing a doctor or a lawyer as 'just a doctor', but for some reason, writers and authors aren't worthy of courtesy.

I believe there are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is exposure.  A common theme among people who have only disparaging comments for writers is that they are lazy, don't do any work and say they are writers purely in order to get out of doing a real job, and this might be because writers aren't a common sight for most people.

Writing is generally a solitary process - writers spend their time in front of a stack of books (for research), a stack of notebooks (for notetaking or writing), or a computer (for all of the above), and while they may be in a library or a coffee shop rather than their own house, they are still wrapped up in their own small world where nobody else may walk unless invited.

Because of this, people may not realise what exactly writing is.  By this, I don't mean they don't understand how hard the work is (that is a topic for a different post), but that because, to paraphrase Locke, they don't see the writing process and how it is involved in day to day entertainment, and so they undervalue it.

Think about how much of our lives revolve around writing.  Writing is involved in books, TV programmes, movies, comics, video games, role-playing games, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, adverts, and so much more.  Yet, who gets credit for a movie?  The actors and the director.  Sometimes the writers are mentioned, but this is a rarity.  The writing effort which is involved in making the movie what it is is very often completely forgotten.

This means that people are very often not consciously aware of the impact which writing has on their lives - they don't watch a TV programme and gush about how well written the dialogue was - they talk about the costumes or the way a parrticular scene is shot. Writing is very often hidden away, almost as though it is shameful to let people see it.

This lack of knowledge about the part that writing plays in bringing people the entertainment they consume on a day to day basis is part of what leads people to assume that what writers do is not important or noteworthy, and so why we are told we should get a real job.

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