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My name is Hala Furst, and I am a 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the three years between graduating from college and arriving here in Bristol, RI, I worked as a hotel concierge for a luxury brand, a loan officer and mortgage...

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Almost Feels Like Home

Posted by Hala Furst on 10/22/2007 at 12:00 AM

It’s a day late and a few paragraphs short, but hey, I’m still recouperating from Le Memo. Which, coincidentally, I have decided will be my halloween costume. Because it’s wicked scary.

It’s hard to believe, but we are approaching the end of our 3rd month as 1Ls. Time flies when you’re… working so hard you don’t have time to feed yourself or bathe. I have never so much wished for the ability to eat while asleep, or shower while driving. Think how much time you would save! But seriously, the days and weeks fly by, even if sometimes the hours in the library seem to drag. At least the memo is done, at least for the next four weeks, and we can concentrate on our regular studies, or alternatively, the midterms that are happening this week. Of course there are always symposia, guest lectures, luncheons, group meetings, and school group sponsored parties to attend as well, in case you had a free moment. Which you won’t, but dare to dream. Actually, I have been attending a lot of the offerings at Roger Williams, and there is always something to check out, whether it is a speaker from the ALI, a reading by a bestselling author, or a roundtable lead by a member of the Rhode Island judiciary.
As I look towards November, I find myself evaluating where I’ve been and where I’m going. This last weekend I went back home to Minneapolis to attend the wedding of one of my closest friends from college. It was the first time I had been back since I came out here to school, and it was weird. It was the first time I had really evaluated how much I missed my friends and the familarity of my former life in light of how much I am enjoying my current life. It was sad, and also validating, because as much as I missed my friends and as much as I sometimes wish I knew exactly where to buy something, or find something, I knew that I had made the right choice in moving to Bristol, because I was excited to return. I was proud to be able to tell people where I was going to school and what I was doing, and it was cool to see them proud of me. Being able to tell people you’re going to law school is a pretty good feeling.
So, as I enter the two month push before exams, there are a lot of things keeping me going. One reason is I am a type-a head case that has to be the best, another is the day after finals I get to go to Miami for a week (that’s right!), and one is the feeling that when you really care about what you are learning you owe it to yourself to go full out. But now, I also have the pride of my friends and family to live up to. And that is something I can definitely aim for.