So far there hasn’t been much of a “typical day” as a law student. Sure, there is always something to read or some writing assignment to follow up on, but for me, there has never been a settled routine. My classes and clinics require a little or a lot of my time depending on what’s due and if there’s a major assignment in the works. Right now, for instance, I’m enjoying a rather light week; but last semester I had a couple months where everything seemed to be due all at once. Now that I think about it, the first semester of my second year was by far the hardest I’ve worked in law school. And while my workload seems light at the moment, next week that will surely change.
As you may know if you’ve read my other blog entries, I played music for a living before coming to law school. Now, playing music is just a very fun and engaging hobby for me. But I do wish that I had more time to really dedicate to it. I’ve been thinking about joining a band or doing some recording projects, but those require weeks and months of preparation and rehearsing and I fear that I would end up having to ditch those projects for law school issues. When other musicians are counting on you, it’s not acceptable to leave a project half-finished or to cancel rehearsals. So I feel it’s best for me not to commit to something when I can’t dedicate the proper time to it.
It’s not too much of a problem for me, though. My family and social life is busy and thriving, and I play music whenever I can and it satiates me. Balancing life and law school is not hard if you make the balance a priority. I’ve found that if I start my projects early and spend most of my campus time studying or writing, I still have time for everything else. The downside is that I don’t have a thriving social life on campus, but there are only so many hours in the day.