24 Hour Break! Awesome!

Posted by Kelly Carranza
Kelly Carranza
Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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Work as hard as you can to study for finals.  Don't waste a minute.  It will be worth it.  You can recover after the last final for two whole weeks.  

All of the above is usually true.  In past years, all of those statements have been true.  This term, however, my break just started about an hour ago and it will end at 8pm tomorrow when I return to class. If you did the math, then yes, that really is only about 24 hours!  I could whine about it, but the lack of break for me has been worth it.

A couple days after finals, a few classmates and I delivered bags full of Christmas gifts to a family in our area.  It was special and made possible by all the students at UDM Law.  For about a month leading up to exams, the evening sections of the student body organized a Penny War to raise funds to sponsor a local family and provide them a Christmas.  The Penny War sparked a friendly little competition between all sections and class years.   Just enough was raised to be able to reach our goal!  We shopped, we wrapped, and we delivered!  The family was grateful, and the children did seem quite excited to have gifts under their tree.  

After the Penny War, it was time for me to shift my focus to a new task.  Holiday shopping?  No.  Catch up with friends and family? Far from that.  Vacation? Hahaha, that's the best joke I've heard all day!  Actually, it became time to focus on a very important brief for the upcoming ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.  

The ABA competition is a moot court tournament that law schools from across the nation enter and it has two parts:  the brief and the oral argument.  UDM Law has two teams of three competing in this event.  The team that I am on completed part one when submitted our brief today! I haven't felt such a weight lifted off my shoulders in a long time.  We spent weeks researching, writing, discussing, restructuring, rewriting, and not sleeping to put forth our best effort.  It is true, writing a brief during a time when all of your friends are enjoying break can be a bit of a downer, but I took a moment to reflect on the process today and it really was worth it.  We are only half way through the preparation for the tournament and I already feel like I've learned a lot.  The next step is the hard part for me;  the oral argument.  We will begin practicing next week, and quite frankly, I'm not looking forward to it one bit. It has been said that I would rather get a root canal (maybe even two) than do an oral argument and that is pretty much true.  So what am I doing on Moot Court?  I participate in Moot Court and force myself into these situations because I believe that you do not achieve greatness by chance.  Part two of this adventure will start next week.  Stay tuned...

In the meantime, the next 24 hours are what remain of my "break."  A new semester starts tomorrow.  My 2014 resolution was to keep up with my class reading, so I better spend my break preparing for tomorrow.  Such is the life of a law student.



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Kelly Carranza

Year: 3L Evening
Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland University
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Fun Fact: Member of the very first world synchronized skating team and was a member
of Team USA for 5 years - today I also coach synchronized ice skating.
Contact: carrankm@udmercy.edu