@Alex Shepard@facebook But isn't the point of networking to make contacts in your field? What's the point if you're never going to work in that area?
@RachelG8489 Agreed on denying Janis Adkins food stamps. That's crazy and maybe there's such a thing as being too honest? Like if all your money is earmarked for expenses, maybe consider it spent already. But your MacBook Pro? How about a cheaper laptop? A $300 used laptop? Heck my first job was getting funding for a public library system to open a computer lab to let homeless people learn computer skills and put together resumes and access email. So go to a library and reserve a PC. Lots of options that are cheaper or free compared to a MBP.
@RachelG8489 I agree with your point, but that's a pretty dumb example to use. If you need huge computing power for your job, sure. If not, I'd hope you'd consider returning it for a $300 netbook.