Hello! Apologies for the radio silence lately, but I come bearing good news: I started a new job!
I’m extremely grateful the summer position I was given was not cancelled due to the pandemic. Many of my classmates had their opportunities cancelled and of course, with the current economic conditions I expected mine to follow suit.
Usually law firms hire several students each summer. My firm hires a few in anticipation of them collaborating and working together. While there are other students working with me, they all started before me and are in the classes above mine. When paired with the fact that this is my first legal position, I am a bit overwhelmed.
That being said, I’m very excited to be starting this position. I’m working for a great company in the heart of the city and everything feels like an early 2000s Devil Wears Prada-esquemovie. Except all the people I work with are lovely.
My days consist of taking the train downtown, walking through the city to my skyscraper, going through the gorgeous marble lobby, and heading to my office. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better gig.
In the midst of it all, I’ve failed to update my blog. As it’s still the first week, I’m still transitioning. I’ve been so tired when I get home, I don’t really have many project updates. However, I hope to find some sort of normalcy soon.
Thank you for bearing with me as I get used to my new routine. I promise, I’ll still have plenty of project updates this summer! I’m looking forward to sharing this next chapter with you all!
It’s official – I just submitted my last exam and it’s summer, baby!
Looking back on this semester, I could never have expected it to go the way it did. It may have moved Project 1 to the fall, but I’m in good spirits.
As many of you know, this semester was a pass/fail for me, so I was just working for a pass instead of an A. My school did also announce honors pass which is designated for the top 30% of the passes. It’s weird, but that’s what snotty lawyers do. They want the accolades.
The switch to pass/fail most definitely changed my study techniques. I basically decided to back end the semester and put the bulk of my studying around my exams. Choosing to absorb so much material in so little time was a risk, but I’m prone to forgetting information pretty quickly. I feared that without exposure to the concepts in actual classes, I would forget ideas right away.
So my technique was to create an outline to use on the finals. Since the exams were open-book and open-note, I focused on improving the tools I had for the exams. That seemed to work pretty well. I’m fairly confident I passed all of my classes, but I wouldn’t bank on any honors passes.
Now that I’m on summer break, I’m not out of the woods yet. There’s still the journal write-on competition. Being a part of a journal and getting your work published is a big deal for law students, myself including. After your first year, you get an opportunity to compete for a spot on the journals in a three-week writing competition. The competition starts Monday. I’ll give more details once I start (seeing as I’m a little fried right now from exam mush brain). But nevertheless, I’m very excited for the competition.
Anyway, just wanted to share my mini-successes with you all. Hope you all are in just as good of spirits as I am!
This morning my boyfriend and I popped a celebratory bottle of champagne. While the champagne served a variety of celebrations, perhaps the most important to me was that today marks the 100 day anniversary of my blog!
It’s strange, though I haven’t completed any projects yet (I’m so close with Project 2!), I feel a sort of equilibrium shift. While I’ve always been very creative and indulged in projects, I’ve never felt so much focus and coordination. The blog, though it only reaches a small number of people, serves as a heavy motivator for me – I feel the itch when I haven’t posted for a few days and have nothing to show for it.
Anyway, I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a look at my projects and what I’ve accomplished so far and what sort of ripple effects this blog has had:
I couldn’t have possibly predicted that for the first time in my academic career I wouldn’t get a GPA for the semester. Given the constant flux of our grading system, I’m not even sure if a CALI is possible this semester. If it is, my only hope is in my legal writing class. I worked so hard on that brief.
I don’t think it’s looking very good for me in my other classes honestly. Working from home has been difficult and I haven’t kicked it into high gear for exams. If I can pull it together for my property class, I may have a shot. More on this all later.
I’ve gone home to completely clean my childhood bedroom (something that didn’t even make the new list?? I’m not sure how I forgot to include this?).
I’ve decorated my living room by painting some end tables white and rearranging furniture. All in all, my feng shui is pretty balanced, so I’m digging my living room.
I finished cleaning my school e-mail, which marks the end of my e-mail journey. I’ve gone through around 20,000 e-mails in the past 100 days and I promise you, I’ll never let it get this bad again.
I completed the process of sorting my clothes, which led me to giving away my clothes. I like to donate my clothes, though donations are not being accepted locally right now from the virus, so I gave them all to my mother as she’s been cleaning their house and assembling items to be donated.
I’ve just recently jumped back into this one. I find my music-making process cannot be sparked by brute force and without inspiration I’m useless. It was a problem for me in my last albums as well. I’m not worried. I’m hoping once school let’s out I’ll have more time (and energy) to devote to it.
I’ll admit that I’ve begun to drag my feet on this one. After finishing Atlas Shrugged, I wanted a little time off. Those characters so thoroughly threw off my worldview I needed time to digest. I’ve since been crawling through Arabian Nights. I do hope to finish soon, but I’m not ashamed of my pace.
I’m so proud of reading 6 books in these 100 days. As a kid, I was an avid reader and throughout high school I worked at a bookshop. Yet the last book I read, before this project, was in 2015. College stopped me dead in my tracks. I’ve been so thankful to this project because it taught me that reading can always be done. Even with school readings, it’s possible to read for pleasure.
PS: Abbey has finished 3 books so far. She’s a chronic reader, so she’ll lap me in no time.
I started this project four days ago, so I don’t have any updates. But one thing I will say is this project would never have happened if weren’t for the blog. This would have been a “stop being ridiculous, you can’t do this” project if not for the confidence I’ve managed to build.
All in all, I’m proud of myself for taking these steps to have put this out into the ether. As a future lawyer, I’ve always been a bit hesitant about oversharing (or even sharing for that matter) online. But I’m glad I did.
It was a nice Spring Break this week – I thought. My boyfriend and I spent the weekend in Miami exploring the culture and weather having the time of our lives. We had some free miles that were expiring soon and it felt like the perfect getaway.
Away from the world, we had no idea just what was happening all over. The morning of our departure, we got notice that our university was shutting down for a few weeks. That’s when we knew it got bad.
When we went to the Ft. Lauderdale airport, there was no line for security. TVs were flashing everywhere with cruises that were quarantined, just miles away. That’s when we knew we had to rush home.
We’ve stayed inside away from as many people as we could for a few days even though we were showing no symptoms. In the meantime, our school announced it was switching to online classes for the rest of the semester.
So with social distancing for the next several months, it does change quite a few of my plans for these projects – and maybe future projects too. Here’s what’s on my mind:
Oh, online learning won’t be fun. But until I try it, I can’t really say too much. I’ll find out on Wednesday, my first day of online classes. My biggest concern is what it’ll do to the curve: will more students be studying harder with nothing else to do or studying much, much less?
This project couldn’t be going any better. I’m nearing the end of Atlas Shrugged (and loving every minute of it!). I should be done with in the next few days and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.
With some extra free time and not having to enter the law school for the next 5 months, I do have a little extra time on my hands. I’ve been brainstorming ideas as to how to use my time most productively. I’ve come up with three ideas that you may (or may not) see implemented in the near future.
A project with my boyfriend: I’ve been asking my boyfriend to do a project with me for a while, but I’m not pushing it. You may have noticed I don’t really reveal much about him either – that’s just because I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable. After all, this is my endeavor – not his. That being said, if we do a project, expect to hear a little more from him.
A running project: Five months is a good amount of training time. With most gyms closed, it does seem like the good ol’ outdoors is the best way to exercise. Could it be enough time to train for a race?
A writing project: With Abbey and I reading all these fantastic stories, we’ve been coming up with ideas for plot twists and turns. Actually, we’ve come up with a pretty solid book plot that’s hidden in the labyrinth of our shared files (aptly named The X Files). Would we really consider writing a book?
All of this being said, I am always open to ideas. If there’s any projects I need to try, I’m all ears. Just please, wash your hands first.
One week into learning music theory and I figured it was due time for an update.
While it’s been a very busy week, I’m not completely in the dark when it comes to music theory. I have experience in piano, violin, and guitar, so I do have intuitive theoretical knowledge. Going into this challenge, I’d consider myself a beginner-intermediate. I don’t struggle with reading music, I’m familiar with most scales, using a Circle of Fifths, and tapping rhythms. But when it comes to non-major/minor scales I don’t know formulas, I struggle with musical analysis, and time signatures put me in an early grave when playing them.
Nevertheless with my basic knowledge, I’ve spent the week looking at free online music theory lessons. I take notes where there’s something I don’t know or need to memorize.
I think my focus will be on taking those notes and synthesizing them throughout the month. Hopefully, I can turn it into a one-pager. I have a really strong photographic memory and creating one-pagers has always been my exam strategy. I can’t retain information at the ready for extended periods of time, but I can process and retain in order to perform.
Originally, I had planned to study music theory whenever I was working on Civil Procedure (an idea Alex borrowed from me!). However, this seems to be pretty ineffective for me, so I’m abandoning that plan. I think the new plan is to use mornings to study music theory. That way I force myself to do it if I get too busy with schoolwork later in the evening.
As much as I’d like to go into more specifics, there’s not much else to say. I haven’t learned anything groundbreaking yet and also Alex reads these posts. I can’t be giving my good ideas away until the end – and then I’ll use them as scare tactics to make him feel unprepared (I’m currently reading The Prince, can you tell? The end should definitely justifies the means here!)