Friday, November 1, 2013

Law School Midterms vs. the Flu

By Nareen, 1L

As I sit in front of my laptop with an incapacitated left arm due to the painful flu shot I received this afternoon, I think of the past 2 weeks and how I made it out alive. So let’s rewind to about 15 days ago when the common sneeze became my worst nightmare. One sneeze, relief…two sneeze, dust…three sneeze, allergies. Four sneeze…INFLUENZA!!! Well at least that’s how it went down in my mind. Twelve days to my first ever law school exam, the torts midterm, and I was getting the FLU!

You’ve heard the rumors that nothing is ever the same once you start law school and I believed that full heartedly when I enrolled, but to be downright petrified of getting sick was not a feeling I had anticipated. People get colds all the time. You do what you got to do and you get better. Well, not so much. There was no time to go to the doctor, no time to go to the pharmacy, no time to make soup, no time to sleep it off! No time to get better! All I could do is put on my metal armor, aka really warm clothing, and fight. It wasn’t long before I crafted a full-fledged battle in my imagination. I was at war with the flu. In just a few days, with the help of friends and family, I managed to have a pack of every over-the-counter cold medicine out there. I switched up my ammunition every few days and sent the troops into the battlefield. I was going to be as prepared for the midterm as any other student. So I made sure to get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep a night, exchanged coffee for tea, and ate canned soup the way Popeye the Sailorman eats canned spinach.

Two days before the exam I traded in my metal armor for a pretty purple dress and attended my cousin’s engagement party, feeling good as new! Life is way different as a law student, but if you stand your ground, you’ll make it through just fine. Oh, and the flu shot isn’t a bad idea either. My sore arm is paying for it 2 weeks too late, but better late then never right?

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