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Hi. I’m Michael, a RWU Law Class of 2013 graduate. I’ve traveled all over, from summers spent hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, to an archeological dig on the Island of Crete, Greece. I’m also a former small business owner. My background is varied, as is the direction...

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends; Just Not in that Order

Posted by Michael Rekola on 08/26/2013 at 09:36 AM

Life is one continuous story.  Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order).  You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity. 


Within the past year my life has gone from middle, to end, and ultimately to a beginning.  An odd order or flux but that’s because the current trajectory of my life began in the Fall of 2010 when I accepted an offer for admission at Roger Williams University School of Law. Little did I know that three years ago the decision to return to Rhode Island for round two of my education, from my current post of California, would create a tidal wave of effects that will most likely mold myself and last for years to come.


Roger Williams University has been good to me. In my tenure as a student in their Juris Doctor program, I attained many life goals in such a short time.  I received a phenomenal education by astute teachers who cared for my academic and personal well-being. I learned how to present, and carry myself in interviews and networking events, I had confidants, and even my share of challenges.  I attained world-class experiences through their London Comparative Law Program, working for a British Judge in Her Majesty’s Crown Court, to representing indigent immigration clients at RWU’s Clinical Program, and even securing an internship with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, where I found a mentor. I even found best friends and love at RWU Law (my girlfriend Kaitlin was a fellow student).  All of this happened during the middle of my current story line.


The end though, quickly approached like a blazing forest fire, starting this past January as I entered my last semester as a 3L and student. The cogs and wheels of time continued to grind towards my impending graduation and ultimately the culmination of years of hard work…the monster that is the New York State Bar Exam.  Again, RWU was good to me.  I was able to celebrate a joyous occasion, graduation, on the banks of the East Bay while listening to the inspiring words of Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a Civil Rights Attorney.  He reminded us that our responsibility was to ourselves, our fellow brothers and sisters and to our country at large. The end concluded with the two day journey in the abyss of tackling the bar exam. Luckily, I had quality teachers who taught me the importance of PMSI’s (Purchase Money Security Interests) and the various requirements of a valid Will, to many other topics.  The only word that sum up my experience, as I await my results come November is…ENCOURAGED!


As for my beginning, who knows? I recently packed up my house, bags, grabbed my puppy and girlfriend and hit the road to Washington, DC. I don’t know what this new beginning will bring so hop on board and set sail with me as I continue to write for RWU Law about the power of a J.D., especially one from RWU School of Law.