My SummerA little bit about me, I graduated from Loyola Marymount University in December of 2014. This was perfect because it gave me a convenient 8 month break before having to start law school. I majored in English and minored in theater. While my desire to go into law partly played into my choice of major, I primarily chose these areas because I genuinely enjoy reading, writing, and acting.
Before school, I spent the summer reading the most awesome romantic fantasy series ever. A little background, I am what people call a nerd. Reading is a joy. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series, commonly known as Game of Thrones. If any of you know anything about Game of Thrones, it paints a world that is quite heartbreaking and depressing. I still love it, but I needed something in my literary life other than the suffering of my favorite characters (one of them being Theon Greyjoy). Yes, he’s one of my favorites. He’s third to be exact. Regardless, I came across the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier in a local used bookstore. Throughout the six books (I’m confused as to why it’s called a trilogy too), I followed six Irish princesses through four generations of their family struggle against evil stepmothers and fairy kings. This literary journey was briefly interrupted by a journey to Vegas with my family where the 24 hour buffets I treated myself to will probably have dire ramifications on the next four generations of my family. With the “dread” of law school looming, it was so nice finding comfort and peace within a fantasy world of magic and love. By August, I finished reading and the illusion started to fade. However, the end of the magic perfectly coincided with the birth of the real.
Being from Redondo Beach, I’ve always heard that Loyola Law has an incredibly friendly student community. Like any new student, I dreaded the possibility that my peers were going to be malicious and cutthroat. I was so glad to find out what I heard about Loyola’s community was indeed true. We had to do this research assignment, which can be incredibly confusing for us 1Ls. I finished the assignment with my classmate earlier this morning. We were about what the correct answer was for a particular problem. We decided to stick with our respective guts. Right when I got home that day, I got a text from him: “Kevin, we were wrong about that one for research. The difference one. Look at 10.02. The only difference that I found is that….if the trademark is registered or not. That’s what we need….FIX IT NOW…No problem. Looking out for as many people as I can.” To have someone frantically text you a correction about an assignment, which honestly I was being quite stubborn, really made me glad that I have folks like these as classmate. Although no longer in the fantastical world of Sevenwaters, I am equally optimistic that now I am a part of this even better Loyola community.