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Heather O’Connor is a 3L. After a seven year marriage and three kids, Heather went through a divorce that left her questioning what to do with her life. She decided to become an attorney and has never looked back since beginning the long journey. She entered a local community college after...

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Accepted Students Day - 2010

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 04/23/2010 at 11:23 AM

I remember back to the days where I didn't know what being a law student actually entailed.  I was so excited about everything.  The new way of learning, the new material, the new professors; meeting my new classmates - basically I was excited about anything and everything that had to do with being in law school.  (You can ask anyone that knows me about how much of a geek I was - I even read "How to Succeed in Law School" books while vacationing in Greece the summer before my 1L year.)

Boy, those were the days.  The days where I was blissfully ignorant of the way being a law student would change my life.  Let me stop here and express that I am not trying to say law school is a terrible experience, but it is really, really hard, and you will have days where you wonder why you are putting yourself through this.  Now, I was told it was hard prior to starting, but you can't really prepare for what you are about to go through.  It's not just the work load; it's the psychological aspect, the competitiveness, the pressure, always sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how much of a fool you will be made to look like.  And especially finals - I shudder at the word.

But back to my point of this entry - Accepted Students' Day is a nice travel back to those days of wondering if you were making the right decision, of knowing the choices in front of you could affect the rest of your life, of researching and checking out different schools to try to see where your best fit is. 

There were a lot of parents at Accepted Students' Day this year.  Makes me wonder if there are more parents paying their children's law school tuition for them, or if they are just trying to help their child make an educated choice in what school to attend (or merely to tell them what to do with their lives or whatever. lol)  I got to talk to a few of the parents, and I got to speak to quite a few admitted students trying to make those tough decisions.  It helps that I really like law school, and I especially really love RWU.  I know everyone will have different experiences because everyone brings their own challenges to the table, but I've had such a good experience at this school (with the education, with the leadership, with the career options, with the faculty and staff, with the other students), that I want everyone to know I have no regrets in the choice I made to come here.  I would definitely make the same choice if I had to go back and do it again. 

Everyone I met (all you possible incoming students) were great.  There was a lot of enthusiasm - the optimistic outlook towards an unknown future filled with great possibility.  I'm glad I could be a part of it.  It helps me get through this last month of the semester and not merely get bogged down by the amount of work and the upcoming finals, papers, and projects.  It helps to remember that the subject we are studying is the law - the area that controls all aspects of life - it's exciting!  Just as exciting as starting law school. 

So thanks to all of you that let me share in your experience.  I hope you enjoy your experience here just as much as I do.