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There is no normal, only school


What was my life like before law school?  The same as it was before I had my first child.  Wake up, work out, go to work, come home from work, watch TV, check Facebook, go to bed and repeat.  Having a baby changes everything.  You don’t get to wake up when you want and watching TV becomes a luxury.  Typically, when someone has their first child, they don’t concurrently embark on something extraordinarily unfamiliar and challenging.  

I decided to do just that - I started law school when my newborn son Graham was  7-weeks old.  It was a whirlwind for sure, but when I think about it, if I waited another year I may have chosen not to go.  An infant doesn’t let you sleep or give you time to take care of yourself and neither does law school.  You can read a more in-depth version of why I decided to go to law school when I did in my book, but in short, I decided if law school became too much to handle I would take a break (from school, not parenting).  I ended up doing ok my first semester.  Not outstanding by any stretch of the imagination, but well enough to keep moving forward.

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Bye-bye summer (hello law school)

Illustration "The Nine Types of Law Students" by Courtney Lockwood, www.lawschoolcartoons.com 

One way to take the sting out of ending something fun with my son is for him to tell it bye-bye.[1]  Intuitively, to me, it seems to imply “I will miss you and I had fun, but it is time for something new, and promisingly more fun.” 

Tonight is the last night of summer break.  It didn’t feel much like a break; I started two part-time jobs, took classes from the Monday after finals until July 31st, sat for the MPRE August 5th, and then had two weeks of nothing related to law school.  Several times I cursed myself for being so stressed this summer because on paper it seemed I would have a lot of free time.  As the 2L class will soon find out, learning a new job and starting a new class at the same time takes a physical and mental toll, no matter if you’ve done it before.  It is manageable, but it is a challenge.

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