A Dose of Normalcy

My class was cancelled today so I spent the entire day reading FOR PLEASURE!  I meant to read more over the summer but could never get into it.  Maybe I just needed all summer to unwind?

The book I read was “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman.  It’s the story of Jan and Antonia Zabinski’s efforts to save their zoo in Warsaw and how during WWII they also used the zoo to save over three hundred people from the Nazis.  Ackerman uses Antonia’s diary entries along with historical snipits to piece together a wonderfully different history of Warsaw, the Warsaw Ghetto and WWII.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading WWII history or Holocaust resistance history.  It’s a fast read too, under 350 pages, and took me a day to finish.

After a long first week this dose of normalcy is exactly what I needed.  Now it’s back to 200 pages of reading and bluebooking!

Being Realistic

So far my law school experience has taught me a lot about being realistic.  I have several “Seriously Kel?, you think you can do all of that?” moments per day.  Yesterday I had a big one.  This semester I planned on taking six classes plus journal work.  Well, that dream was crushed due to a limit on credits a law student can take in one semester so then I was left with five classes.  Today I’m down to four and I think four will be the magic number this semester.

I think law students forget to “be real.”  It is so damn easy to get caught up in the rat race that we forget what we’re doing.  Take OCI for example (on-campus interviews).  I did not go to law school because I aspired to work for a large-ass firm, and therefore it would make no sense for me to participate in OCI.  I’ve got to stay true to myself you know. I also have no interest in bankruptcy and so I will not take that class eventhough everyone else is doing it.  Well, I ain’t everybody else!  Duh!

So there.  Be real, it may seem like common practice but we fail to use it at times.

Back in the Saddle Again

Reading, note taking, and paying attention in law school after a long summer is not like riding a bike again.  My class reading sucks.  Seriously.  I don’t think I ever had 100 pgs of reading for one class last year.  How are we even to cover 100 pgs in two hours?  And it is the worst, boring, confusing, frustrating reading I’ve read thus far.  In fact, I looked at a classmate and admitted that outlining NOW would be a good idea–he wholly agreed.  Crap.

So, what will I change this semester in terms of my routine?  Note taking!  I am going to strive to take the best notes out there!

I also think this whole “I have mornings free to study everyday” is going to be the death of me.  I can’t see myself getting to campus early enough on a regular basis to study.

On a different note, the immaturity still runs rampant.  One would think grudges would be forgotten or forgiven but no.   It’s just another way of reminding me that THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM and I would be doing myself a favor to treat it as one.

Here is to hoping the rest of the week gets better!

First Day Back

I had plans to get up, yoga-ize, and be in the library by 9!  But dreams involving bears chasing J and I squashed those plans and left me sleeping in, which is fine because I only have one afternoon class.

This semester is going to be hellish.  Not only do I have journal work, but I also have five classes, my student note to draft, research for a professor, and hopefully a spot on a mock trial team.  What the hell am I thinking?

For now I think I’ll just lounge with my con law text and dream my way into a world without sucky law students.

It was hell…

So earlier this summer I announced that I made a journal, not THE journal at our school but nonetheless a journal.  For the last full week we’ve had law review training in bluebooking which isn’t all that hard, just tedious.  One would think that after a summer of not seeing each other every single day that they would be pleasant and cheery BUT NO!  Apparently I have leprosy as I’m on “that” journal and not the “better” one like them.  It was obvious in their interactions, their lack of things to say, their constant remarks about their rankings, grades and OCI applications.  IT WAS RIDICULOUS!

So, just so you know, I’m on “that” journal.

The question I keep asking myself is why, WHY I expect them to act more maturely.  You’d think maturity would be present somewhere in this so-called “professional” program.

Here’s to hoping my first day back with be better?

Weekly Giveaway #8

Hmmm…what should I give away this week that would be helpful?

To shake things up a smidge I’ll let this week’s winner CHOOSE between the following:

Contracts Law in a Flash-flashcards

Gilberts Property Law-latest edition

or Kaplan’s 1L audio CDs covering all 1L subject-matter!

So play on folks!

Weekly Winners #6 and #7

Congrats to Lawgorrea who was week 6’s winner and will receive I believe the Torts flashcards as soon as I receive his/her mailing address!

Also, congrats to Rachel who was week 7’s winner and will receive the 1L Success Outlines in the mail!

Congrats to everyone who played!  I still have many more items to give away so keep on commenting!