When deciding on if I should go to grad school, I spent serious effort deciding if I could invest the time needed to do the studies properly. I had recently gone back to school to finish my bachelors, so I had already reduced my commitments. But it goes without saying, grad school is harder than undergrad. So how much time should I invest?

The ABA Journal had a “Question of the Week” in 2009 asking grads how much time they spent studying for school. The article is still there but the comments are hidden. However, one comment by jj on Oct 23, 2009, was so meaningful I copied it and saved it.


Can news be factual and biased? Yes, absolutely! In the modern era of “fake news” and information sources trying to stand out as reputable, there is a growing trend to highlight fact-based research methods. This is great, and definitely a trend I hope continues, but touting something as factual, to imply it is therefore unbiased, is greatly misleading.


Those born in the mid-1970s will see the world’s population double in their lifetime, from 4 billion, in 1974, to 8 billion, in 2023 (Worldometers, 2017). There is no shortage of discussions on what the maximum sustainable population of the world is, but two things are not debated: Our world’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate, and we need to further increase agricultural production capacity. Our current food production practices will not keep up with the growing demand. Our inability to increase production levels in pace with population expansion is a growing problem, caused in large part by the slowing rate of yield increases due to technological and scientific advancement, environmental issues such as weather patterns, and waste due to poor infrastructure and corruption.

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