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The Challenges of Grad School

9 Jan

It’s true what they say: graduate school is nothing like college.

I was absolutely terrified as the last days of August approached and I prepared to move to a new city to start law school.  I’m not sure what scared me so much.  I’ve always enjoyed being a student and I knew law school was the right choice for me.  I think the unknown was the scariest part.  What would classes be like?  What would my professors be like?  Would I get thrown out of class on day 1 like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde?

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Now that I’ve survived an entire semester of law school, I don’t think it’s scary.

I think it’s challenging:

1) You have hundreds of pages of reading to do in one week.  And you actually HAVE to do the reading before class.  If you blow off the reading, it will definitely come back to bite you.  I read so much this semester that my eyesight got worse and I had to get reading glasses.

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2) You miss your friends from college.  A lot.  I was extremely lucky to have a wonderful group of close friends in college.  I’ve met great people in law school, but it has been really hard to get used to life without my friends living right next door.

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3) You wake up at 5am and you’re ready for bed by 8pm.  Everyone adopts different schedules, of course, but my weekly wake up time during school is about 5-5:30am.  I work out, make breakfast, get ready for the day, drive to school, get to the library by 7:30 or so, then go to my classes.  Naturally, I’m exhausted by the end of the day.  Gone are the days of staying up until 2am and sleeping until noon (sigh).

Life post-college is challenging.  Whether you have a new job, are looking for work, or are continuing with your education, your lifestyle changes entirely.

When I get stressed about schoolwork or homesick for my family I try to remember one thing: to be grateful.  I survived college and now I have an amazing opportunity to further my education.  Even on the worst days, I am so very thankful for that.

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  • Have you transitioned into the “real world” yet?  What was hard for you?
  • How do you deal with stress?

P.S. I get to see my friends from college this weekend!  I can’t wait.

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Take Two?

8 Jan

So last summer I thought it would be really fun to start a blog.  I read tons of blogs and I love to write.  It was really great for a few months!

Then I got to law school and my life became so. ridiculously. busy.  First semester was challenging but rewarding, and I am happy to report that I survived and am on to semester two.

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I would have loved to continue blogging during my first semester, but at the end of each school day I had zero motivation to read or write a single thing.  Even though I enjoyed blogging, I quickly let it fall to the wayside.

Anyway, now that I have my feet more firmly planted in the world that is law school, I’m hoping to continue to blog during second semester.  I’m not entirely positive how much time I’ll have to devote to it, but I’m hoping that you’ll hear from me again before my finals end in May 😉

Shufflin’ off to Buffalo

19 Aug

I have been 100% MIA this week, because this weekend is my big move to Buffalo!

I’ve been up to my apartment the past two days to clean, move some things in and scope it all out, and today is the final moving day with all of my furniture and boxes.  I can’t wait to finally be all set up and make my new place feel like home.

Everything is crazy right now, but I hope to catch up in a few days!  Until then…

The BEST part about my new room… a HUGE closet!

Bella pouting because the attention has been on me lately, not her.

A new team I’m required to support? Go Buffalo!

Law school starts in 4 days…

Great movie, but secretly praying my day 1 goes nothing like Elle’s did.

Have a great Sunday!