Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Past Year

Right now I am sitting in the library, and after five and half hours, I realized that about one year ago this time, I was starting to hear back from law schools. The school that I am attending is the first school I heard from which was about a month before the others started rolling in. It put me at ease knowing I was accepted in at least one place. However, looking back at the long hard process of applying to law schools, I don't necessarily regret being here, but often wonder if it was worth it. This second semester has hit hard and fast and has taken the fight out of many of us. Please don't think I am the only one who shares this view. Talking to my friends, we joke that we would discourage anyone from attending law school. The quality of life is sometimes hard to justify. Declining health (gaining weight, etc.), limited time with your family, the maximum amount of stress, just seems hard to sell as a good thing to do. However, I do acknowledge that this is a tainted view of law school based on being in the moment and full of emotions. I admit in the past year, since getting my acceptance letter, my life has changed and my wife and I have grown by leaps and bounds. I do not regret my decision to come to school and have this experience. It is hard, but the school tries really hard to put us to our limits intellectually and I am not accustomed to that environment. Life will be better when spring break hits. Get to leave the state, return home, and have some time to reflect on things (but also study).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Change of Heart, but New Happenings All The Time

I have to admit that Diana and I were having negative feelings about some of our law school "friends". I had a lengthy rant about them started, but since everyone has returned from Christmas vacation, we have had subtle changes in heart. Now I want to just talk about one of the most notorious professor's at our law school. He is just an intimidating man. I can't remember if I have mentioned my Civil Procedure instructor, Professor Killingsworth. He is just a nasty old man. Each time he questions a student, regardless if the student answers correctly, Killingsworth finds a way to make the student feel stupid. While studying for his midterm, we took a lot of time to prepare because we thought his exam would be the hardest. He is actually a fair exam giver and grader. Since me and my friends did so well in his class, Professor Killingsworth isn't as intimidating. A man once described as "playing ring around the rosey with a 90 year old lepracaun", now is just a grumpy old man to us. Me and my closest friends in that class have already been called on in his class. He still made us feel uneducated, but he just doesn't seem as intimidating. Professor Killingsworth...BRING IT!