Its been six months since my first (and last to date) law school post, and I am now halfway through my second semester of 1L year. Part of me can’t help but look back on my first law school post and think “Aw, how sweetly naive I was!” To say that life got crazy and fast would be an understatement.
To summarize the past 6 months:
I survived my first semester of law school!
I say “barely” others say “well” – tomaytoe tomahto. It was easily the hardest thing I’d ever done up until this semester, and I very quickly had to learn to let go of my type-A obsession with getting all As. Because it just doesn’t really happen in law school.
– said every one of my classmates, myself included.
I say survived because I think I underestimated just how hard law school would be. While I knew it would be academically rigorous, I wasn’t totally prepared for the full assault that it turned out to be. It truly affects you academically, emotionally, physically, and all the other -ally’s. But its also really nice to have last semester to look back to now and be able to say “you survived last semester, you can survive this semester too”
I made friends!!
For the first time in my life I am part of a group text message (both a blessing and a curse, although I’ve learned to put my phone on Do Not Disturb so that I don’t hear my phone vibrate 47 times while I’m trying to fall asleep – I wish I was exaggerating when I say 47)
This group message situation points to the fact that I’ve somehow managed to make not just one friend, not two friends but a SQUAD you guys. (A squad that I’m 98% sure would cringe at being called a squad but that’s fine, they don’t know what’s good for them!) Its been incredibly nice to start my second semester with a group of friends from the get-go, and its been cool to be able to do a lot more with people now that we’re past the awkward getting-to-know-each-other phase.
I’ve read more and worked harder than what feels like my entire academic career up through law school in the last six months!
The workload is no joke. And I can honestly say that I have never had to work this hard at school before in my life, nor have I ever before worked so hard only to find myself in the middle-of-the-pack no-longer-extraordinary you-are-now-mediocre range. Which, admittedly, is incredibly difficult for a type-A person who, up until now, has always excelled academically. Its humbling and exhausting and sometimes, quite honestly, depressing. I had a friend describe this semester as being “in triage mode since day one” and I think it is the most accurate representation of this semester’s workload. You only have time to duct tape the hole in ship before another one pops up that requires your immediate attention.
This is me, juggling my school work on a daily basis. Aren’t I SO good at it?
Chicago has truly started to feel like home!
Its kind of weird adjusting to living in a huge city with a bunch of traffic and public transportation and tourists when you did a large portion of growing up in Kansas, and have never in your adult life lived somewhere with a subway and high-rises. Figuring out basics like grocery shopping and how to get to school was intimidating at first. And simply picking a restaurant to try out was exhausting with so many options. But we’ve now been here 9 months, have found our grocery store and our routines, now how to ride the “El”, have favorite restaurants and places to grab drinks, and are really truly enjoying this amazing city. I honestly believe we are forever going to be so happy that we made the decision to live in the city in our 20s.
I’m working on learning to take care of myself and prioritizing my life and health and well-being above law school!
This one should be way easier than it is, and I’m honestly not doing as great at it as I would like to be. Its hard to find time to workout when you spend 60+ hours a week working on school work. And its honestly hard to believe how tired I am by the end of the school week. I’ve had friends say they’re more tired after a week of law school then they were as Division I college athletes after a week of rigorous practice. But I’m making an effort to drink a lot of water, get in some exercise during the week, get a full night’s sleep as regularly as possible, and take “me time” – whether its a 20 minute bubble bath, 10 minutes of reading for pleasure before bed, or a mid afternoon walk between classes to grab a coffee. I have a long way to go in managing my stress and my time and prioritizing myself, but its something I’m actively working on.
Ok so I know I’ve gotten into this super bad habit of hopping on my blog every now and then and just making a big list of an update of my life. To be honest, half the time I don’t even know what to write about because it feels like my life is like a boring version the movie Groundhog Day, with mostly eating and reading and going to class. Not to mention its rare for me to have time for much of anything besides school, and when I do I like to spend it with Kevi doing something fun! I’m hoping to be better about blogging once summer starts, since I should have evenings and weekends relatively free, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me write about please let me know!