First Week Thoughts

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Well, the first week of my second semester of law school is over! Honestly, it’s been a tough, long week – perhaps it’s because I haven’t been reading and briefing cases for over a month if you take into the account the three weeks of final exams and studying plus the three weeks of Christmas break.

Not only are we reading a lot more than last semester, but the concepts we’re learning right out of the gate require a lot of reading, re-reading, and … re-reading. Basically, all that means is that I’m pulling long hours in the library, which isn’t too bad. I picked a different spot to study this semester as the table I used was right in the middle of the library and people frequently would pass by and talk … which was all good, but I did get frequently distracted and had difficulty in being more efficient with my study time.

This semester, I found a carrel (basically a study desk) farther in the library, amongst the rows and rows of books right up against a wall. I’m definitely liking it so far as it allows me to organize all of my books and office supplies and it’s in a fairly secluded part of the library.

So far, so good. I got a lot done yesterday, which I’m pleased about – I read ahead for Civil Procedure and refreshed and updated my Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Property outlines.

This upcoming week, a few of my classmates and some upperclassmen will be heading over to Washington DC to represent the law school and actually lead the March for Life march! It’s quite an honor. In 2013, over 650,000 people attended – not surprisingly, it doesn’t receive much media attention, but this isn’t just your typical march. There’s actually a Livestream available, so you can catch it all live.

We’re renting a bus and are departing from the school early (I think at around 5 a.m.) and getting back sometime around 10. I should be able to catch some sleep on the way back, so I’m not too worried about getting back on my regular morning schedule come Friday morning.

Speaking of the morning schedule, it’s worked fairly well this week. I didn’t quite get up at 4 a.m. every morning, but I generally was still able to get to the school by around 5:30 a.m. I keep on forgetting what I’ve posted previously – it seems as though my last post was a long time ago … anyhow, I set a goal of reading through the Bible in three months. So far, I’m still on track – I’m trying to be mindful to not gloss over that day’s reading but to really seek to absorb it and take it to heart. Sometimes, I just see it as another task to “check off,” but it should be more than that. I’m in Deuteronomy now (just finishing it up) after 15 days in. It’s neat to see a lot of the tort concepts we studied in class in the laws/statutes God gave to the Israelite people …

I also started up (and have maintained) a super-short workout routine that I can get done in 5-7 minutes, right before I go to bed. Sometimes I get to do it right after eating, but I guess it doesn’t bother me too much. Here’s the gist of it: 25 pushups, 25 sit-ups, 25 “core exercises” (don’t know how to explain it exactly), and then finish it up by doing some resistance band exercises. It makes me tired which results in me falling asleep even faster and hopefully has a positive impact on battling this cold, which I’ve had for the past couple of weeks – nothing serious, just more of a nuisance.

This week, I’m going to try to get home a bit earlier and do some additional, non-academic reading before working out and going to bed. I’m not sure which book yet, I have a few on my dresser that I need to get through, so I’ll probably make that decision tonight and start reading.

It’s a cloudy day here in Lynchburg – the sun was beautiful this morning, and it felt like it was going to be a super-nice day … then the wind came and blew in some cold temps and dark clouds. Oh, we actually got some snow in Lynchburg earlier this week – it was just a sprinkling, not even a quarter-inch I would imagine, but it pushed back classes by three hours. The road was somewhat icy in certain spots, but I got to the school just fine, and it was all melted by mid day.

I threw together ingredients for a stew of some sort (potatoes, onions, beef chunks) in the slow cooker before I left for church, so we’ll see how it turns out.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!