Most people who make it to law school have always worked hard. Still, prior to law school I had always had time to go home for the holidays. I may have had to do some work while at home, but I’d never thought of skipping out on being with my family. Well, not so much in law school.
The sheer amount of work required in law school, combined with Thanksgiving’s proximity to finals, has always made it impractical to go home. I can’t imagine driving for twelve hours to Maryland when I have limitless work ahead of me. This post isn’t meant to be a whine fest though. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving. This year when Thanksgiving rolled around, I sent an email out to a lot of my friends asking if anyone else would be around. Not surprisingly, some of them had to stay in Boston for Thanksgiving too.
When we had the final list, there were about thirteen of us. Included were classmates, their significant others, and some random people. Everyone had a great time, I got to meet some cool new people, and I totally beat my girlfriend in our dueling turkey cookoff.
I guess thinking about this Thanksgiving reminded me that law school comes with a lot of changes. You will be required to work hard, work a lot, and give up some things. That doesn’t mean you have to be miserable while doing it. Law school is what you make of it, and you should take the challenges in stride and make your own fun. Change isn’t necessarily bad; it’s just different.