As autumn is upon us, and winter is quickly approaching, it is rewarding for me to look back at my summer experience and review what I have learned. During the summer I was able to leave Boston and travel back home to sunny California. Returning home was good for me because after the stressful first year of law school, it was nice to spend time with my family. Although it was nice to return home, there were some lessons that I learned. Here are just a few of the things I learned during my time back in California.
I actually missed the T. Driving took a lot of energy. I had to drive every day for 50 minutes to an hour in traffic. Despite the constant delays and drama, the Green line was faithful to me last year. At least I could stand and listen to music and not focus on anything besides not falling. Although I love the freedom of driving, after driving all summer the sweet sound of the T screeching along the rails was music to my ears.
I LOVE being on a work schedule. My personality is geared towards being on a routine. It gives me security and consistency which I deeply enjoyed this summer. I woke up at 6am and went to bed by 11pm. It was a great break from 1L year and a nice transition back into 2L year (more on that later).
I was able to spend some quality time with family. It is very easy in law school to neglect the ones you love. Many law students suffer from tunnel vision, and are mostly focused on the next assignment due or the next reading reading assignment to be completed. It was satisfying to be pampered by my grandmother and talk to her every day. There is nothing as wonderful as coming home every day to hugs, smiles, and a home-made meal.
Over the summer I learned a lot about myself. Law school has molded me into a different person, but it has also made me a much more grateful and attentive person. My experience over the summer has made me a better friend, and student. It gave me a much needed break after the stress of 1L, but it also reinvigorated me to handle my business this 2L year. I hope for any prospective students or 1Ls reading this blog, that you take every opportunity as a learning opportunity, and appreciate the time you have with your family and friends.