I watch a lot of television. It’s a great way to relax at
the end of a long day and looking forward to watching one of your favorite
shows can help you get through whatever work you have left to do. One of the
shows that I watch is Game of Thrones. If you’ve never read the books or
watched the show, you’ve probably at least heard people talking about it. The
story takes place in a land called Westeros, where the realm’s Noble Houses are
constantly competing with one another to gain power. Each House has its own
sigil along with a series of words that represent what the House stands
for. As I learned more about the Houses
and their words, I began to see how they could apply to life in law school.
Take House Tyrell, for example. Their sigil is a rose and
their words are “growing strong.” House Tyrell makes me think of the second
year of law school. It’s been a couple of weeks now, and I can already tell
that I’ve grown since first arriving at BU Law. During the first year the seeds
of legal thought are planted in our minds. As the second year begins, we put
down roots. By the time third year and graduation come around, we are fully
bloomed. Like the rose, we continue to grow as law students with the knowledge
that we gain each day.
House Tully is represented by a trout and the words “family,
duty, honor.” These words speak to the way in which law school teaches us to
prioritize. By deciding what most important to us and keeping it first place in
our lives, we are able to stay focused on what it is we are trying to
accomplish. In keeping our priorities straight we come even closer to being
both successful and fulfilled.
The direwolf is the sigil of House Stark, with the ominous
words “winter is coming.” The words are both literal and figurative in that
winter is always coming until it’s here and one should be prepared for its
arrival. Living in Boston means preparing for the winter by buying clothing
that will keep you warm during the colder months of the year. Being in law
school means preparing for class by reading and reviewing beforehand. The point
is to do all you can to prepare for what’s ahead so that you’re ready for
whatever comes your way.
Westeros is a competitive place to live in, but everyone
there finds a way to work with what they have. Law students do the same thing.
Everyone finds the people that they want to study with and develops certain
study habits that work well for them. We all may come from different Houses,
but that doesn’t mean we can’t all accomplish great things. Be true to yourself
and reach out to others. That way, no one will ever be able to forget your