Introduction – Itzayary Aguilar

Learning and gaining new experiences

When I was accepted to law school, everyone gave me advice and a sort of “heads up” about what was to come. So many people would emphasize that there would be little to no time to do anything “regular,” much less to spend a lot of time with friends and family. I was told it would be easy to be swallowed by law school and that I should try to avoid that.

I am 10 weeks into law school, and I must admit that everything I was told is true. It is very easy to be stuck in the same law-school-focused routine and yes, it seems as there are not enough hours in the day to get anything done. Do not worry, I also make sure I prioritize sleep and make time for friends, family, and myself on the weekends. Doing this is important to me, because it keeps me connected to my routine prior to law school and keeps my non-law-school interests alive.

Prior to law school, I worked as a paralegal for the Superior Court of Los Angeles’s self-help department. This is where I became interested in public interest. Connecting with people of similar backgrounds as mine, while also providing an essential service to them, was gratifying. When I wasn’t working, I was collecting candles, reading, or binge-watching Netflix series. You. Riverdale, and On My Block are three of my favorites. I also tried to do high intensity interval training workouts at least 4 days per week, for physical and mental health purposes. I no longer do this, but as I am writing this, I realize I really should get back to it. Spending quality time with my parents has always been of high importance to me as well, so I try to have breakfast with them every weekend. Speaking of breakfast, one thing on my bucket list is to fly to Paris for breakfast and come back right after. It’s probably not worth the flight, but I think it would be fun. I mean, I have driven to Tijuana just for tacos, so I guess it’s who I am. Now that we are talking about bucket lists, I would also like to suddenly move to Italy for a year and then return.

Maybe I could later move to England for another year, who knows? I blame Eat Pray Love for this (if you have not watched this movie, go watch it!).