My Best Friend And Worst Enemy
The other day I volunteered to help at an open house for prospective students. This was not the first time (nor the last) but I have come to realize that one of the most common questions asked to me is "How do you do it?" Each time I am asked that quesion I sort of chuckle to myself because I honestly don't know - I just do.
To put this into perspective- I am an evening student and that means I attend classes four nights a week, I also have a full-time career, a part-time internship, and for fun I coach synchronized ice skating. I also try to get involved around the school with a couple organizations. This is of course not the ideal way to accomplish law school, but for many that are starting law school a bit later in life it might be the only way to do it. If this is the route you must take to achieve your goals, do not do so alone - go to the store and purchase your new best friend and worst enemy: a calendar.
I tried the electronic calendar route and failed miserably so for me the old fashioned handwritten way works best. I am only able to juggle the schedule that I have because I only do what my "best friend" says I can. It may sound bizarre, but there are days where I have actually written in a time to eat. Managing a schedule like this in such a way so that you can still do well in classes takes organization, flexibility, and discipline. It's not easy, but it is not impossible if you have the drive to make it happen.
Yes, it is exhausting and often frustrating. No, your weekends will not be relaxing. And, just like a real best friend you will fight with this calendar especially when writing assignment deadlines start showing up or when you can see the bright red four letter word triggering insomnia in the near future (EXAM). However, I'm not sure I would do this any other way and I'm not sure that I have the most full plate out there. I look at students who have families and young children and I want to ask them "How do you do it?" The bottom line is this: law school is not for the lazy.