Happy Friday! This week has been so exciting in so many different ways. We started off the week with an eclipse and though I didn’t watch it personally I did enjoy the videos and pictures of the natural wonder. On Tuesday I found out I got a 4.0 on my first law school exam and therefore my first law school class (please excuse my humble brag I was just so unsure of how my first exam went so my grade truly came as a happy surprise). The first week of classes has been rather disorienting! There is so much new information, so many new faces…it all is blurring together. It doesn’t help that I am embarrassingly bad at remembering names…eek! I’m currently behind on just about everything not related to law school (the only food in my house right now is rotten baby carrots & non perishables so it is safe to say I need to hit up Whole Foods this weekend) but I am so happy and hopeful for the future. Don’t get me wrong I know the next semester is going to be an uphill challenge (ready to cue up Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” for a little throwback inspiration), but I have this deep underlying sense of purpose like I know for the first time in years that I am working towards the right thing.
Most importantly (drum roll please)…TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW SINGLE RELEASE AND ALBUM RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT. Dead. If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed I CANNOT keep my chill. I will fully admit that Taylor Swift can do no wrong in my eyes #Superfan, so I am counting down the days until the full album is released. Confession: I have already preordered the album on iTunes and both limited edition magazines/albums from Target. I realize this is essentially me burning money which as a law student I really shouldn’t be doing…Taylor Swift is my achilles heel alright? Personally I love love love the way Taylor pokes fun at public perceptions of herself (aka Blank Space) and uses these perceptions to her advantage (aka snake themed everything for teasing the new album). Whether you love her or love to hate her you’ve got to admit the marketing strategy gets people talking and engaged. In my own life I like the idea of taking things that other people have said or used to put me down and twisting it to my advantage. It goes along with the idea that once you know and have accepted your flaws no one else can use them against you #YES.
Bouncing the ball right back to law school I want to document my goals for the fall semester. I know I can expect to feel like I am drowning all year so realistically my one BIG overarching goal is to put school above all else but in attempt to maintain somewhat of a life balance here goes:
Blog at least 2 Days a Week
It’s hard to adjust to blogging less often but if anything, my summer course showed me that placing less of an emphasis on blogging and more of an emphasis on studying is worth it in the end. Still, I love blogging and still find it to be the best therapeutic creative outlet. Since I won’t be blogging often I hope to emphasize quality and substance in the posts I do share.
Workout 3 Days a Week
This one’s pretty self explanatory. I tend to workout more than 3 times a week now so I’m setting this as my minimum bar. Working out is a proven stress relief, and as Elle Woods reminded us “endorphins make you happy”.
Go to Office Hours at Least Once for All of my Classes
I typically hate office hours, I didn’t go once over the summer or really at all during undergrad BUT I think it is important to build relationships with my professor and I certainly don’t think these conversations will hurt my learning!
Get Involved in 1-2 Student Organizations
Right now there are like 10 organizations I want to get involved in but I obviously can’t handle that much of a commitment. I hope to test the waters with a few different organizations and then determine 1-2 that are worth dedicating my time and energy to over the next year.
Stay at the top 25% of my Class
Not only do I need to maintain a high GPA for internships and opportunities but I need to retain my scholarship. Since law school is graded on a curve it is hard to gauge how well you are doing as you are in direct competition with your peers. I’ll need to be driven and focused to stay at the top of my class.
Bother to BE there!
With so much in life, half the battle is showing up. I’ve dealt with mild-moderate social anxiety most of my life which can sometimes hold me back. I don’t go to social functions because I’m worried I’ll feel too awkward. I don’t show up to events because I have no one to go with. I refuse to waste the tremendous opportunity ahead of me, so the overarching theme of my semester is “bother to be there” whether it’s a networking event, social function, study group or presentation-I gain so much by being there and gathering any wisdom I can.