First, upon going back to school, when I went to one of my professors office to review my last semester exam, we started talking about what I did this summer. He said that since I had a “different” opportunity this summer, he wanted to write an article and take a picture of me for the school's website. He interviewed me and took a few pictures of me one afternoon and an article was published about me and animal law! I am so thankful that he recognized the need for attention to animal law! Additionally, I am so excited that an article was written about me. This is never happened to me before and I just can't believe someone wanted to write an article about me. I feel like throughout life, I was on the sidelines and people were on tv and in the newspaper for notable accomplishments and now it’s my turn! I am blessed beyond measure for this! SO exciting!
The second super exciting thing that I am happy to report is that I was able to get a chapter of Animal Legal Defense Fund started at my school. I would not have had this opportunity going to the other school (seel last blog), which is part of the reason that this chapter is so close to my heart. It was so much work! I got approval from the school to had an interest table set up in the atrium area of the law school. I was so nervous about this because I didn’t think many people would care about animal law or the animals. I created a nice board which outlined areas of animal law such as ag-gag laws, and animal testing. I also included local animal cruelty cases that are still involved in litigation. ALDF sent me tabling material such as pamphlets, posters, stickers, and pens. I made a nice signup sheet and set out fruits and vegan candy and waited. Each time I came back to the table more and more people had signed up! By the end of my three days of having my table displayed, I had approximately forty people sign up! Fourty! That is so many people considering that some of the organizations at school only have a few members. I got great people to be on my board who really care about the animals and one is even vegan! (I’m the president!!!!! So crazy right?!?). My law school was the only law school in the state that did not have this chapter implemented at their school. So, now I get to leave my legacy here for other law students to have a way to advocate for animals! I am blessed again to be able to have this opportunity to leave sprinkles of love here before I move to Seattle!
Next, my birthday happened! It was a fantastic day but then again my birthday always is! I love birthdays so much, everyone’s birthday, and mine is my favorite! Of course I had a long day at school but my friends treated me like a celeb. My best friend at law school is so sweet and kind! I love this girl so much! She brought me a box of Lush which was so fantastic of her to do! When I got home from school, my mom took me out to eat vegan burgers at Red Robin. We had bottomless fries which were so good! When we got home, my mom gave me cake and presents! I love her so much! She always makes my birthday special! A few of the things I got were cookbooks and an essential oil diffuser that I have been wanting for so long. Ultimately, it was a great day!
The last major exciting thing that has happened for me is that I applied for an internship at one of the state agencies in Washington. I was granted a first interview which I was able to have over the phone. I was really nervous and was worried that I didn’t into the second set of interviews. Low and behold, a few weeks later, I got the notification that I got into the second set of interviews! I was able to conduct the interviews over the phone again since I am out of state. I looked into going to Washington but it just made more sense to stay home and do the interviews that way. As much as I would have loved to go back to Washington, the expense and the stress of having to go in the middle of the semester was just too much considering the homework that I have this semester is a lot (although not as bad as last semester, nothing will ever be that bad, don’t know how I made it). All the interviews were with different departments within the agency. I, of course, am hoping for the one that handles environmental/animal issues. I will find out in a few weeks and let you guys know! Fingers crossed that I get in!
Ok, so that’s that for all the fantastic new things that I have been busy with. Other than that, life is life. I go to school all day (almost) everyday, I do homework all day everyday, I still write legal articles (I just turned one in on SMJ), and I try to go to yoga as much as I can. It’s hard to do anything fun anymore since the homework is ridiculous! Thankfully, there is not much 1L hazing so I am able to focus on the work and that’s it. The one fun thing that I am looking forward to today is my friend’s wedding/lingerie shower.
My mom and I went shopping last night for her. We had so much fun. I am so excited for her to start a new chapter in her life! While shopping, I ran across a few things that I picked up. I like to call these things “hopefuls”. These things are for my “future Seattle house”. One was a pitcher shaped like a whale, a matching cookie jar, matching salt and pepper shakers, plate, and glass. I got them at Pier One. They just seemed so “Seattleish” I couldn’t pass them up. Then we went to Target and I found two plates that just screamed me! They had rain/pinstripes and an umbrella on them. Getting these “hopefuls” give me a little hope about the future. I can’t wait to use them in my new home in Seattle. I love to think of the people who I will be pouring lemonade for and the cookies that will be eaten off the plates. I love to imagine my kitchen and my house. Thinking of these exciting and scary times ahead give me so much hope to keep on going when law school gets rough.
Anyway, I will tie up this post here. I have to get ready for my friend’s shower. I want to do my hair and it will take a little bit. Check back for another update next weekend. I am going to do a “Day in the Life” for this semester. I love reading other people’s “Day in the Life’s” so I figure people might like to know what I do on a normal day. Thanks for all the love!