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).