Monday, December 18, 2017

Take A Walk In My (Slightly Worn-In) Shoes

“Stressful.” That is my go-to answer every single time someone asks me, “Well, hey. How’s law school going?” Trust me, I get asked this question AT LEAST five times a week by family, friends, and coworkers. Balancing a work and school life is tough. For me personally, I have never had a week when I thought to myself, “You know what? Law school is such a breeze.” My week is jammed pack with a twenty hour work week and a full-time school schedule. I will not lie to you…there are days where I just do not want to go to class. 99.9% of the time, I get that feeling on Monday/Wednesday nights when I get off work at 6:30PM and have to drive from Beverly Hills to Loyola for an 8-10PM class. On those days, I have to remind myself that I NEED to be there because going to class is crucial if I want to earn a good grade. Once I concur that feeling and am actually in class with my friends, I instantly feel happy that I’m there and can engage in class discussion. Keep in mind that it is inevitable that you will face those same days…when you feel burnt out and just want to go home and sleep. When that happens, just remind yourself of all the reasons that going to class is in your best interest and focus on the fact that your friends will be there (and will likely be just as exhausted as you are.)

While my default mental state may be stressed out-of-my-mind, I honestly feel like the best decision that I have ever made was applying to law school. Many of the experiences and relationships that I cherish the most now-a-days have resulted from being a Loyola student. Every day, when I feel like everything is piling up and I just need a break from reality, I have a long list of classmates that I know I can hit up (and who are also looking for a brief moment to escape the grind.) The fact is…law school is only three years. Then, we are sent out into the “real world” as lawyers. We have to make the best of these years - make long-lasting relationships, network, and soak up as much knowledge as you possibly can.

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