It’s already the second week of April, and I really don’t know where the spring semester went, or my first year of law school for that matter. It’s been an interesting 8 months, and I’m sure the next 2 years will be equally interesting and will disappear just as easily.
I was at an event the other night for recently admitted law students, and it was weird to finally feel like I know something. It sounds ridiculous, but I feel like your whole 1L year is spent feeling just a step behind. Like somehow you’re always a little late getting new information. But, interacting with a group of potential fellow law students really made me realize that I’ve learned a few things after all.
They’re concerned about all the same things I was: When do you get your schedule? You have no say in it, really? How do you find time to do anything but study? Where do I live? What about my family and friends, will I see them again? And really, my answer to all of those things seems to be about the same: take it all in moderation. That was my answer. A cop out? No, it’s true. You can’t study all the time. You will adjust to your schedule, no matter what it is. You may have to get up earlier than you expected, or budget your time better, but you’ll adjust. You have to live somewhere that’s right for you, the right roommates or alone. The right area that allows you to drive if you can, walk if you want, or take the lightrail. Will you see family and friends? Yes, but if you consciously make time to do that. Law school is about balance in every respect. Balancing your time, your personal life, your mental health, your decisions – all of it comes back to moderation.
A new class of 1L’s will be here before I know it. Without that fourth year of schooling, it really feels fast, almost like the roller coaster ride has already reached the peak of the huge drop, and the next 2 years will be spent enjoying the big fall and all the twists and turns that follow.