When the semester started, I got into the groove of things fast. I go to school early and most days, I don’t get home til after dark. In the evenings, I do homework and sleep when I can. My weekends are generally filled with a little homework, naps, snacks, and yoga. On top of this, I had a few other things that were taking up my time.
First, I had to apply for internships. Because I am going into animal law and the climate of this field is hot, I knew I had to work diligently to secure an internship. I had a hard time last year finding an internship; however this year proved to be different. I made a list of every place that I wanted to apply. After I worked through part of my list, sending out applications; I began to get interviews. All of my interviews were phone interviews and Skype interviews. Before I could finish sending may applications to everyone on my list, I had received a handful of acceptances, all in animal law. At this point, I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t even get to finish applying to all the places that I had planned to. All of these offers are in other states and would each offer me a different experience, but I knew I had a lot of other things to focus on rather than keep applying and stressing. So, I decided to end my internship search and accept one! I’m so excited about the one I accepted for so many reasons. I will be a legislative wildlife and advocacy intern for the same organization that I interned with last year. This is great because I am hoping to be hired when I graduate. There is also another plus to this position. I will get to do it remotely (like I did last year), which means I can do it from wherever I am. Read on to find out why this is great!
Those of you who have followed my blog regularly, will remember that last year I was accepted into a school which had a fantastic animal law program. I had a hard time accepting that I was not able to go for various reasons. Even now, I still have pangs of regret. Well, this school has a summer program in animal law and I was accepted for that! So, I will get to be part of that law school community, even if it is just for a little while. It’s like I got everything I wanted even when it didn’t work out initially. God definitely provided for me here. He knew my heart and allowed me to have what I want and I am forever grateful for this. I will be at that school for two weeks for the on campus class and then return home for the online class. I am so excited to go. The school is in a city that I have never been to and always wanted to go. I keep daydreaming about how my time there will be. I got all registered which was stressful. I had to get approval from my school and then send all kinds of things to the other school. Now that that is all taken care of, I still have to arrange flights and housing. At least the big part is over. So, I will be able to take my internship with me to the new school and right back home. Things never work out for me like that so I am so happy that I get to have it all, even just for a while.
Other than this, school is going well. I’m a lot more tired this semester than I have ever been. I do have a full load and on top of that I am studying for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Test (MPRE). I am taking an online class for that. The test is in March and I am freaking out. If you don’t pass it, you can’t sit for the Bar. I need to have an 85% to pass. Most people usually take it multiple times but I really only want to take it once. It’s expensive and I don’t want to pay for it again or go through the stress of it all again.
Another thing that has been keeping my busy is planning an upcoming event for my Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter. We will be hosting National Justice For Animals Week. I have submitted a budget, put together a board, arranged refreshments, etc. for our event. I can’t wait to get out there and share with my law school community the need for animal lawyers and how we can report animal abuse! The national organization is amazing and they support us in so many ways. I am so thankful to ALDF for helping me make a difference.
One last school related thing that has kept me on my toes is getting an animal law speaker for our school. Every fall, we have a speaker series that the school puts together. I noticed a few weeks ago that an e-mail was sent to the students asking for suggestions for speakers. My wheels immediately began spinning. I wanted to bring someone to the school to advocate for animal law and it dawned on me that I had met a very special person at the animal law CLE in December. She is fantastic, knowledgeable, and inspirational. She has been featured in prominent magazines and was recently on the Today Show! She has advocated for animals for so long and I hope I am as amazing as she is one day. I worked with her to get her credential and a video clip to my school for consideration. I am keeping my fingers crossed on this because there is no one better to come shed some light on animal law. I’ll let you all know if my suggestion is approved. (Fingers crossed!).
In other important news, I am going to be the Yogi of the Month at my yoga studio! I’m ridiculously excited about that. Lol. It’s silly but I like it. My practice has changed so much since I started. It doesn’t look like much to an on-looker but it’s all me. I am a better person in every conceivable way since I brought yoga into my life. If you haven’t tried it, you totally should. Also, hot yoga is my favorite ever. It offers a sweaty, yummy experience and you leave feeling vitality and energy even when your body is exhausted. So strange, right?
Anyway, there are a few more things that I need to do for this semester like plan one more event and work on another special project for bringing animal law to my school but more on that in another blog. For now though, I am studying for the MPRE, doing homework and sleeping. I’m exhausted. A lot of the time, I do homework and then days later don’t remember doing it… I guess it’s just the life of an exhausted law student.
Hope everyone is doing well. I’m sorry for taking so long to post this, my life has been hectic. I will try to post more often if I can. Thanks for all the love and light you all send me. Til text time…