It’s hard to believe the first week of law school is over! I’ve read and heard countless “horror stories” about the first week, so even though orientation went very well, I was inwardly bracing myself for a week without any sleep and having to dump out multiple buckets of tears. I certainly won’t say it was easy (because it wasn’t), but praise God, I survived and feel rested and ready to tackle the second week beginning early tomorrow morning.
So, the first week was an emotional roller coaster of sorts. With all of the reading and writing you have to do, there was a point mid-week where I felt like giving up and was questioning why I was even here. You go through a class struggling to understand concepts that everyone else seems to be picking up very easily and then it’s the hours and hours of homework … reading through cases, briefing cases, looking up unfamiliar vocabulary, battling fatigue and blurry eyes, missing family and friends … it’s tough! Everything is so new and unfamiliar.
Then I got to thinking about everything that had happened in the past that had made me being here at Liberty Law School even possible and all of the prayer, counsel, and thinking that had been done. And then I remembered why I was even in law school in the first place – it is serving a necessary stepping stone to attain the ultimate goal of being able to serve, defend, and protect the rights of Christians.
And honestly, with a family who sends you pictures, cards, COOKIES, and countless emails every day … how could you be down? I am blessed to have a terrific, supporting family back home. A lot of people don’t get to enjoy that privilege but I do. I still feel lonely quite often, but Google Hangouts and phone calls are amazing things, folks. True, they aren’t as good as actual face-to-face conversations, but they do help to alleviate the loneliness. Family and great friends have been definitely been something I’m thankful for this first week. I’m definitely feeling more settled in and looking forward to another week of classes.
So … as a guy transitioning back to living alone again, you’d expect there to be some mishaps along the way – here are two (so far!):
– Trying to steam iron your pants while you’re wearing them because you were in a hurry (blister, ouch).
– Putting rice in the cooker and a pot pie in the steamer section on top and waiting, waiting, and waiting for it to cook … and then you realize you never hit the “cook” button and it’s been sitting on the “warm” function this whole time.
Here are a few pictures to close out the post – sorry, it looks as though a lot of the pictures are awfully small.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!