Friday, December 13, 2013

Finals week = not the end of the world.

By Jessica, 2L

For this entry, I have decided to write about finals at Loyola, because that is what is on my mind right now. Before you assume this is going to be an I-hate-life-get out-while-you-can type post and stop reading, let me assure you that it is not. Don’t get me wrong, finals suck and they are stressful but they’re not the end of the world. It’s not like you didn’t know you were going to have finals, it is law school after all. But there are some silver linings to the rain cloud that is finals. 

First, I have come to appreciate (and by appreciate, I mean rely on) the free coffee that the Student Body Association provides to us. There’s also tea for the two people that don’t drink coffee (that’s a joke; I’m sure plenty of people drink the tea also). Along with that, the Student Body Association also gave out free fruit this year. That’s good since many students have been surviving on diets of fried potato products, pre-packaged meals, and McDonald’s. 

Lately Los Angeles has been hit with an out of character cold front and it has been unseasonably cold. For people that are not from Southern California, that means highs in the 40s to 50s. I know this is a joke to most of the country, but our coats are for show, not warmth. We wear boots for the fashion statement they make and no other reason. I do not own water-proof clothes or shoes. When it’s that cold we just don’t know how to function. It’s been quite a fashion show here at the library. I have, however, been thankful for being able to come to campus instead of huddling in a corner of my apartment for warmth (because I’m obviously too cheap to turn on my heater).

In case you didn’t know, Loyola is walking distance from LA Live.  So when I’m putting in 12 hours at the library (sad but true) I don’t feel at all guilty about taking a 2 hour dinner break to go to happy hour. It’s important to keep your sanity after all. Plus, last week, when I went there they were setting up for the Hunger Games premiere and I felt super fancy!

In all, no one likes finals but I have been able to make the best of it at Loyola. You’ll be mentally exhausted and non-law school things will seem irrelevant, but I feel that’s true anywhere. At least here you get free coffee, central heating, happy hour, and feeling fancy. That’s gotta be hard to beat.

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