Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Day in the Life of Me -- Full- Time Law Student Trying To Be a Part-Time Human Being

Law school takes up most ALL of your time. I’m in the afternoon section, meaning that classes for me do not start until late morning/afternoon. However, this does NOT mean I get to sleep in, if anything, I have to wake up just as early as my friends in the morning section so that I can get work done before class.

I usually spend 4/5 hours in class a day, and in between that time (beforehand and after) I read and do work in the library. I usually bring food from home and eat lunch with friends from my section as a break, and/or go grab coffee off campus as another break. If I stay on schedule, I usually am able to get home around 7 or 8 PM, that way I avoid traffic on my way back. At home I either make dinner or order in, and this constitutes yet another break in a seemingly endless day for me, after which I either unwind by watching TV or listening to music, or, if I haven’t finished enough work yet, do more readings.

The best part about the current situation I’m in is that it gets to start all over again in the morning. šŸ˜Š

For the most part, I have not had to put a majority of my life outside of law school on a temporary pause—my friends, family, and hobbies are what keep me sane when school becomes too hectic, or when I need a break from all the stress and pressure. Every once in a while it’s nice to place a focus on my hobbies and interests instead; it reminds me that there is more to life than the books.

In the beginning, I’ll admit it was kind of hard trying to figure out how to maintain a balance between my responsibilities and my interests outside of that, but I learned that I have to be diligent with my work—there is no such thing as “free time” when you’re in law school, and I’ve learned to utilize this by making sure I stay on top of my readings, and when I am, I try to read ahead, so that way I can have more flexibility with my schedule when needed/wanted.

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