Law School Worries: The Boyfriend

I have been waiting a long time for law school. Some might call me crazy, but I have read more blogs, forums, and miscellaneous law school articles than probably like 90% of law students. That being said, I’ve read blogs of all types, paralegals to law students, married law students, christian law students, people going back to school after working for years, law students entering right after college, old, young, single, Canadian, Indian, British, vampires…you name it, I’ve probably read a blog from their perspective.

Which…

brings me to the latest law school worry- The Boyfriend.


If you haven’t guessed it yet…I have a boyfriend!

We’ve been together since Junior year of high school. (7 years and counting)

yea i know..we’re cute

And in short, almost every law student/blog/article basically says

Law school is where romance and love go to die.

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Law School Worries: 1L 15?

You know that whole rumor about people going to college and gaining the “freshman 15”?

Well…it’s not a rumor.

I’m those people…and shameful to say, it actually turned out to be more like a freshman 30 and it didnt take freshman year, it only took the first semester.

It’s pretty common, you go from having your meals cooked or decided for you by your parents to fending for youself. Cooking for yourself, choosing your own meals, staying up however late and being in dorms makes it no easier. Hanging out in the lounge till 2am, what else are you going to do but have midnight snacks? Cafeteria food not looking good today? Burger, pizza, or burrito (my weakness) it is!

Especially when your like me and you came from a house where you never had as much access to all these things. I grew up eating chex and kix, takeout/fastfood was a treat, and buying anything beyond water,icetea or fruit juice meant it was probably a special occasion (party, bbq etc.).

So when I say I went wild, I WENT WILD. I discovered the gloriousness that is Ben&Jerrys, probably had fast food for at least 1 meal 5 times a week,  drank all the soda, starbucks, and energy drinks I wanted, it was a lot of unhealthy madness.

Freshman Year’s motto

After first semester I tried a little harder to watch all the junk food but I fluctuated a lot, losing some, gaining some, losing some gaining some.

An annoying cycle…BUT

Junior year I got it together!

I worked hard, I ate good, and it paid off. I lost 40lbs (and kept it off)! I was even pretty close to some abs coming in before I moved back in January.

However, as I’ve said in a previous post the last 6 months of my life have mainly been like

couch potato status

so I feel like I’ve lost my fitness drive and I really need to get back to it. I don’t want to get so overwhelmed with law school that I forget to take care of myself. With the amount of work and studying I’ll be doing it’s easy to fall into a habit of takeout or frozen dinners every night, along with energy drink induced all nighters.

If I’m going to get back in the groove of regularly working out and getting on that Jada Pinkett status (because how is it legal to look that good? and at 43!) I’ve got to start now.

I’ve just got to get my motivation back…

Surprisingly a lot of the 1L advice post I’ve read (links here) have stressed the importance of exercise. Not only is it good for your overall health, but it’s good for your brain, it keeps you energized and keeps those endorphins up to fend off that ever present law school depression. And as cliche as it is to say, when you eat good you feel good. And when you feel good the studying will probably be a lot easier.

On the one hand it wont be the same as Freshman year. I’ve been on my own, I’m a pretty good (nearing ridiculously awesome) cook and I’ve made exercising a regular part of my life before. On the other hand, it’s the getting back to it that takes all the work. I’m hoping blogging about it will force me to be a little more accountable, because if it’s up to me to make myself go workout I’d rather play sims all day, but if I blog about it don’t I actually have to do it? haha

I think I might do an ab or leg challenge for the month of July so I may post a general plan or inspiration (once I get some).

But in the mean time, any tips for getting motivated? How do you do it? Let me know! I need hellpp

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Let Me Tell You a Secret

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I wasn’t a Polisci major all 4 years in college. I actually went in as a Biology major and Political Science minor.

okay okay…it’s not really a secret

From the 3rd grade on I was absolutely sure I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon. I wanted to specialize in transplants, and later be part of Doctors Without Borders traveling the world and saving the lives of those who couldn’t afford it. I’ve always wanted to help people, and I’ve always been interested in the body. And even as I got older it stuck. I used to watch discovery health religiously. Twins getting separated, moms giving birth, transplant stories… back when they used to have the crazy real life graphic stuff.

I was (and still kind of am) really in love with science.

Then in middle school when I first got my interest in political science I decided I would still be a surgeon but retire by 40/50 and be a politician. I was so sure I was going to be a pediatric surgeon that pretty much everything, including even going to a Medical Magnet high school surrounded the idea of becoming a surgeon.

14 years later… I’m on my way to law school and A LOT in my life plan has changed. If 8 year old, or even 17 year old college freshman Kristin could see me now, she’d be pretty confused.

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My Light Will Not Be Extinguished

rage

Every Month, Every Week, Every Day…a new hashtag, a new tragedy, a new death.

When you have to fear for your life, even in a place of worship (and there was a second church shooting in Memphis today, probably because someone has idolized the Charleston attack), it’s hard to go about your life without being in a constant state of fear.

Fear that the next hashtag will be your mother, your father, your brothers, your sisters…YOU.

Sometimes I’m filled with rage…

I think, will it ever end? How much pain, and oppression must we endure?

Sometimes…I can’t breathe and I can’t focus and it seems like there’s no hope. It’s hard to do anything but think about all of the injustice. Not only in America, and not only to black people but to people of color all over the world. Palestine, the Dominican Republic..there is injustice and oppression everywhere.

I can’t let it kill my drive though.

It is things like this that push me further and deepen my passion for law and becoming a person who causes and contributes to change. Change in the system, change in our communities, and overall change in our society.

I will not let my light be extinguished.

I will work to use every opportunity God gives me to contribute to changing this ugly world.

-Kristin

Law School Worries: TBH I’m Lazy

There’s still about 2 months until I’ll have to move to Law School but I feel like that time is just going to fly by and as each day brings me closer to starting school I get a little more nervous. I invent a couple new fears and my heart drops a little more. I’m excited, but I’m nervous and I’m anxious.

The worry of today is about the workload and my work ethic. I mentioned in my post about the Game of Law School that part of “winning the game” is not only working the smartest within the system, but combining that with a superb work ethic.

And I’ll be honest with you guys, I’ve never had to put forth such a work ethic. This is probably going to sound cocky but I have gotten pretty far just by being smart.

I was labeled gifted in elementary which led to honors classes in middle school, and AP or honors classes in High School. I passed 5 AP test, and entered college as a sophomore from all the credits so I got to skip a lot of GEs. With the exception of my freshman year in college (which is a long story) I’ve gotten good grades (As and Bs) with minimal effort (sometimes less depending on the subject). I wouldn’t be honest if I said I have ever put a 100% effort toward any class or subject, and that’s mainly because I’ve never had to.

Our education system does nothing but teach us to memorize and regurgitate.

You know that person people hate…that did the 10 page paper the night before it was due and got an A, or never did the reading but somehow still aced the final while most people have been running around for a week just to get a B.

I’m her.

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I don’t claim to be a genius or anything. I didn’t graduate undergrad with a 4.0 (evidence of my laziness) and I’m not out here curing cancer or building spaceships from broken toasters but, I’ve very rarely been legitimately challenged or felt the need to adhere to legitimate study time for success.

I don’t feel anything I’ve done in my life has prepared me for what I’m about to take on with law school. For this workload, this stress and for the dedication to studies being in the top is going to take. The main thing I have going for me in all this is my drive to be successful no matter what (and God of course).  

I have overcome a lot. I’m a minority from inner-city low income community. Neither of my parents graduated college, and I am the first of my siblings to have graduated college (hopefully setting examples of what they can aspire to or be even better than). I had to figure out and learn a lot on my own, from college applications, to financial aid forms, to how to study and pass college classes. I have worked hard to get to where I am, but not as hard as I could have to be even better.

To deal with this worry, part of my 0L prep is getting myself into the habit of sticking to a study schedule and bettering my time management skills. The beginning of this new school year will mark the rebirth of Kristin as a student. This is my future, and the subject I’m most passionate about so I’m ready to give 100%. The fact is, everyone in law school (and really grad school in general) is smart or has worked their butt off (or both) to get there. So in the grand scheme of things I’m no “specialer” than anyone else entering law school in fall. Therefore, I’ve just got to make sure I hold myself accountable, and remind myself that the only person who can get me to where I want to be is me. For those that are more intelligent than me, they won’t work harder than me, and for those that work harder than me, they won’t play the game smarter than me. There’s no excuses for not giving it my all and making sure I’m one of the best.

It’s time to really go hard.