Blog Entry 103

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Meagan Hanna
Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar i
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December 3rd, 2010
Whew! Made it to Friday! (Not that that means a whole lot now that final exam study time is in full force…) 

Tonight, I join a large bunch of my fellow 2Ls for our evidence review session. When better to discuss evidence than 6pm on a Friday night? To make things more fun, the building is under insane construction right now: everywhere you go, it seems to be really hot, really cold, or really noisy. Oh well…I’m hoping our newly renovated space will make it all worthwhile. 

I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to talking about some of my favorite things as a law student. Too bad I don’t have quite the same following as Oprah, or I could have a big show and give this stuff away… 

*Quaker Oatmeal to Go. Best invention ever. It’s a little oatmeal bar that comes in a plastic packaging. You can tear off the corner of the package, stick it in the microwave for ten seconds, and then you have a hot breakfast that you can take with you on your drive in to school! My favorite is the banana bread, but it also comes in two other flavors (I think maple syrup and brown sugar…). 

*Dry erase boards. I have a giant dry erase board (2’x3’?) and colorful dry erase markers, and I just find it to be the most useful thing ever. It makes it so much easier to organize thoughts while writing a paper, or while studying to see how things all fit together. And, let’s be real here: isn’t it way more fun to write with markers than pen or pencil? 

*Colored gel pens. Everything is more fun when you write it in gel pens.  

*Tim Hortons Ice Capps. These are both delicious, and less expensive than a similar drink would be at a coffee shop. If you want less fat, and don’t mind more sugar, I recommend trying them with chocolate milk instead of cream. What a nice pick-me-up in the mornings after a late night of studying. 

*Yellow legal pads. There’s no easier way to feel like a real lawyer than to write out notes on a canary yellow legal pad. I make sure I’m never without one when I’m writing a paper…to put all of the things that I need to put in my paper, but that haven’t yet found their way there. 

*Laptop “sleeve.”  I love mine. It’s a thin case that zips around your computer: very lightweight, and unless you are overly aggressive with your belongings, it should provide all of the protection you would need. I like that it gives me the flexibility to throw my laptop into whatever bag I happen to be carrying on any particular day. They generally carry a good selection in stores, but they also sell them on eBay if you have a weird size computer, or if you want something particularly pretty. (I got a pink one with a nice flower on it for a 14” computer on eBay…) It makes life so convenient! (Also, because they are thin, the TSA will generally let you leave your computer in the sleeve when you go through airport security.) 

So, I’ve mentioned some of the things that help me get through a semester, now what kinds of school-related somethings are your favorites?

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Meagan Hanna

Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November, and she recently joined the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

During law school, Meagan was active around the School of Law as the Law Review's Executive Editor of Outside Articles and the Vice-President of the St. Thomas More Society. She participated in the Criminal Trial Clinic, and took advantage of two internships with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and a summer internship with Judge Stephen Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan.

In her free time, Meagan also serves as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, enjoys tap dancing, and can't resist reading a good book.

Meagan genuinely enjoyed her time at UDM Law and she is passionate about talking to prospective students about her experience. Please contact the admissions office to obtain her contact information.