Day in the Life

Today I thought I’d give you an insight into my day as a law student who is also trying to stay in shape (and in a few weeks, start training for my second marathon). Spoiler: it’s not glamorous, Instagram-worthy, or exciting.

I usually get up at 6:00 and have breakfast and coffee. I’m still eating oatmeal (microwaved with cashew milk) with PB Fit and half a Clif bar crumbled up like granola. It makes me so happy to start my day this way.

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After breakfast, I head to school. Today I had three classes: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law. Except for an hour break at 9:30, I’m in class from 8:30-1:15.

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Reviewing before Criminal Law.

After Con Law (Constitutional Law), I went down to the Reading Room. Our school is a state-run building, which means it’s open to the public. The Reading Room is only open to students. It has study carrels and lockers and requires a keycard. I ate my lunch, which was quinoa and spinach, with roasted sweet potato, roasted garbanzo beans, and almond butter.

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Not aesthetic but also not a sad desk lunch.

After lunch, I finished up the reading for tomorrow. Thankfully, Contracts is the only class we have on Fridays, so I can work on homework and then work for a few hours.

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Color-coordinated highlighting is key for being cold-called in class.

By the time I finished that, it was about 2:45 and I left school to go to the gym. I did Week 13 Legs from My Best Body Home. After sitting in class for most of the day, I always love sweating it out either at the gym or running.

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Once I got home, I ate a snack and relaxed. Minnie decided to sit on my lap and she stayed there for a good 30 minutes. Am I the only one who feels like the Chosen One when my cat sits on my lap for longer than 0.5 seconds?

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Sadly, the relaxing came to an end and I started outlining. This is the law school version of reviewing and yes, I am starting this early because it’s not the type of thing you leave until the end, or even the second half, of the semester. Matt and I had leftover burritos for dinner and watched an episode of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” We’re only two episodes in but I love it. I loved “Gilmore Girls” which was written by the same woman so I thought I would but Matt loves it too. It’s an Amazon Original Series about a woman in the 1950s who decides to become a stand-up comic after her husband unexpectedly leaves her. There is profanity. It is wonderful.

Then I continued outlining.

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And didn’t stop until I was finished.

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Like I said, it’s not glamorous or exciting. It’s the grind. The day in, day out work of moving incrementally closer to a dream. I struggled at the beginning of the semester with lack of motivation because being 1/6 of the way done is not inspiring. But now I’m feeling good. We got our grades back and were warned that we have to up our game, because all our classmates are going to be working to improve their grades. Law school grades on a curve, so if someone moves up, someone has to move down.

A week earlier, that might have just discouraged me. But instead, it lit a fire. I will not stand still. If the first semester is the hardest and I did as well as I did (I am very happy with my grades), then just think how much better I can do this time around. I’m not figuring it all out anymore. I’m not doubting my ability to hold my own. I might not care about my grades or standing as much as someone who wants to clerk for a federal judge (need to be top 10% and probably on law review) but I did not work this hard to ease up now.

And on that note, I’m signing off for the night.

You got this. You can work hard for so much longer than you believe. You can withstand so much more than you think. You can do incredible things because you are incredible and you’re still here.

Good night.

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