Student Post: Cake by the City

By Smriti ’17

Summer in the concrete jungle is not as mundane as it sounds. In fact, there are a myriad of events going on weekly to fill up your social calendar and make you forget (even if temporarily) the 50+ action items your supervising attorney gave you for the week.

I can’t speak for other cities, but I have been on co-ops and internships in Boston for the past 2 years while at NUSL. I wouldn’t trade Boston for any other city. Whether it’s summer or winter, Boston always has her arms open with activities that satisfy all sorts of cravings from those of culinary connoisseurs to exercise enthusiasts.

This summer I am working as a law clerk at Fragomen Global, a business immigration firm in the heart of downtown Boston. Fragomen is the largest firm I’ve worked at, and I am fueled by working in a very fast-paced environment. But, in the midst of this demanding work tornado, I keep myself grounded (mind and body) by taking advantage of what Boston has to offer.

As a fellow student, you don’t have to explain to me the trials and tribulations of surviving on a tight budget. I absolutely take advantage of freebies – at least as much advantage that is still socially acceptable. You don’t have to stray far to find freebies throughout the city. If you’ve jumped on the yoga bandwagon – yes, I am guilty as charged – then you can get your yoga fix from Equinox on Saturdays at the Intercontinental Hotel or select weekend classes hosted by Athleta on Newbury Street or at the Pru. I’ve been lucky this summer to be able to tap into the firm’s building amenities with lunch-time yoga and monthly evening roof deck “Vino and Vinyasa” parties. But you don’t need glitzy monthly workplace activities itinerary to find an event that keeps you active. There is also a running club sponsored by Athleta that hosts monthly running outings starting at the Pru, and, yes, this too is fee-free.

If you’re not jumping out of your seat for activities that require physical exertion, and vino excursions are more up your alley, you are in luck. Your status as a law student cements you a ticket for vino almost every other week. Networking is an important part of our legal profession and lawyers always socialize with wine. The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) and Boston Bar Association (BBA) host several events throughout the summer for law students to mingle with peers and industry leaders. In particular, the BLG regularly hosts complimentary wine tastings for law students. So get off out of your chair and head to some of these events to mature your wine palette while making noteworthy legal connections!

I would need more than just one post to tell you about all the other freebies Boston has to offer from spin classes, ice cream, donuts (did you know there’s even a National Donut Day?), movies on the Esplanade (with popcorn!), salsa lessons and Zumba classes at the Hatch Shell. My overall message is this: don’t get glued to your chair and computer during co-op. Go out and explore what the city has to offer (whether it’s in Boston or not). Have some cake by the city – you’ve certainly earned it after a 40+ hour week!

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About the author:  Smriti is a 3L student at NUSL and an undiscovered Betty Crocker in the kitchen, part-time soccer coach and downright Italian at heart with a love for the operatic arts. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions about law school or, most importantly, any topics you would like her to blog about at

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