Hello all, 1. Financial reasons. I am a 26 year old law student at an Ivy League University, which I borrowed over $200,000 to attend. Note that student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. When I enrolled, the career placement statistics reported that the average starting salary for graduates was between $145 and $160k. Based on the available information, it looked like a good investment. But now, it's looking like 2/3 of the class won't be employed, and those who are will have to settle for $40k, which is of course more than most make, but not livable while paying off a $200k non-dischargeable loan. I have done well here: I am in the top 20% of my class, on a law journal, etc. However, it doesn't seem to matter--there are no jobs for entry level attorneys this year, due to a perfect storm of economic collapses in the legal profession. This has been widely publicized, and the New York Times has even characterized this year's legal crop as the "lost year." I have applied to every kind of legal job possible, including many which just last year I would have considered beneath my dignity (a notion that I recognize the immaturity of). I have serious doubts that I will ever be able to pay off my loan, given that an attorney's starting position is generally determinative of the rest of his career (yes, I know there are exceptions but they are rare, and I have no reason to believe that I will be the exception). 2. Regrets about choosing law school. Before coming to law school, I was pursuing a personally rewarding but unlucrative career, which I will not specify, to maintain anonymity. I confess, I came to law school for the money, which was foolish, and just picked the wrong time to do it. I would have been happier in a career that I could have loved even if I would have been forever broke--than in a career that I don't particularly love but chose for the money but won't pay out in the end. However, the nature of that career requires daily attention to maintain the proper skill level, and since I've been in law school for 3 years, it would not be feasible to pick up where I left off. 3. Lack of close friendships. I don't really have anyone who I consider close. I have a lot of acquaintances, but nobody who I suspect would really miss me. I've had a lot of girlfriends--they seem to find me physically attractive initially, but then once they get to know me, they say things like I'm "emotionally stunted" or non-conversational. I don't think they really loved me, or would be interested in coming back to me. I don't see the point of going to find anymore of them, as it's always disappointing when they leave. I don't really talk to my family that often, and I don't think they really mind that. I just generally don't feel like I'd be particularly missed. 4. Don't feel anything. I don't particularly feel depressed; emotionally I feel quite cool-headed and sterile. Mainly I just don't feel any happiness, sadness, or anything, so since I'm not feeling anything, I might as well just stop waking up and feeling nothing.