Expect the Unexpected

Advice for getting through law school is plentiful. The Do’s and Don’ts of law school become common knowledge quickly. Do keep up with all the readings. Don’t wait until the week before exams to outline for your classes. The list grows increasingly longer as the journey becomes more familiar.

Figuring out what works for you, however, is usually an ongoing process. After all, the law school journey is undoubtedly a very personal one.

There is perhaps one thing I never expected to happen to me during law school, albeit it is a personal matter. I got engaged mid-way through my first year of law school! The recent surprise has helped me realize how special my law school experience has truly been so far. For me, it has become safe to expect the unexpected in law school. I never expected to study so hard and learn so much in such a short period of time. Now, I am thrilled to add wedding planning to my list of priorities. I am sure that the time management and organizational skills I developed in law school will be transferable to all aspects of my life. Not surprisingly, a number of students at NUSL, including fellow 1Ls, have managed to make it all happen!

I have been impressed by the students at NUSL from the very beginning. From my bias lens, NUSL students are standout. The makeup of each class comprises of students with diverse interests, passions, and commitments. I have learned a great deal about various topics such as international human rights, domestic violence, and public health in the legal context just from speaking with other students. The dialogues have expanded and challenged my interests in the field of law.

There is a lot to look forward to this semester. We are reaching the completion of our social justice projects. Spring break is in less than a week, and about half of the first year students (including myself) are getting excited about going to our first co-op this summer. I’ll be sure to dedicate the next entry to explaining the co-op program.

I do want to take this opportunity to share three invaluable lessons I have learned so far.

1. Eat healthy, stay active, and get a good night rest. Getting sick in law school can be stressful.
2. Get involved. More than likely you will find students or faculty members who share your interests or passions.
3. Cherish the 1L experience. It’s hectic, challenging, and extremely rewarding.

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