The first two days of orientation were really great! The school served us breakfast, lunch, and dinner and we got moved around to different areas to hear about the departments, take our professional pictures, take ID pictures, buy books, take our professional oath, etc. It was good but exhausting. I had no idea what was going on and I felt like it was the first day of kindergarten all over again. I didn't know anyone except one girl that took the LSAT prep with me. Thank God for her because to be really honest, it was SCARY! I did meet a bunch of wonderful new friends and it's great to know we are all in this together.
After the two days of regular orientation, we had five days of extended orientation where we had a schedule to go to different classrooms and it was basically an orientation to our classes. The professors also talked about stress management, time management, assignments, professionalism, and other things like that. The majority of those class meetings were for my legal writing class. Legal riting is the foundation of our legal careers because we have to brief cases ALOT! I;m pretty sure that's why we had so many meeting with our Legal Writing professor.
I wish I could say I had a blast at the extended orientation but I didn't. I spent a lot of the time intimidated and scared. I wanted to cry so many times. I am up for the challenge for sure; it's just really scary. Each day we had assignments for legal writing and I would come home and start working on them and literally pass out after a while. I have never just passed out from exhaustion in my life until now. One night, I woke up confused with a case stuck to my face with all the lights on. It was pretty miserable. One of my professors said to just do the best I can and it will all fall into place. I hope she is right...
I have had only one day of class so far but I have had so much work to do. I spent the entire weekend in my room briefing cases and reading and am still nowhere near done. My poor dogs come in and out and kiss me and nap while I work. It's been comforting to know they are there.
My second day of class is tomorrow and I know it's going to be another long week of learning to be a lawyer. Law school is not for the faint of heart. I have wondered everyday why I came to law school at all. It's been a shock and a very emotional experience. I am just happy orientation is over and classes have started. Since law school is so demanding, I have really come to appreciate the little things this week like puppy snuggles, leisurely grocery shopping on Friday after class, and a ride in the car with my mom for ice cream. :) I remember why I am here though and how hard I worked to get here and it has helped me this week to persevere. All those beautiful lives I desperately want to save will push me daily to continue to go back and take the storm that law school dumps on me.
Anyway, thanks for all the love and support that everyone has showered me with! You guys are great! I do have to go. I need to take a bath and continue doing briefs. 5:00 a.m. will be here before I know it. I will try to update everyone every Friday. I hope you guys all have a blessed week.