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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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Deep Breaths

Posted by Hala Furst on 09/16/2007 at 12:00 AM

It’s about 6:30pm on a Sunday, and I’ve been studying since approximately 11am. I still have another 20 pages and two cases to brief for Contracts, and then I’ll still have my 4-Case Analysis due on Tuesday. One of the tricks to keeping yourself from going crazy in law school is keeping ahead of the wave, as I like to think of it. There is little time to celebrate finishing your work for Monday, because there is always Tuesday, and Wednesday, and so on and so on. So you have to keep swimming just on the crest of the wave of work, to keep from being crushed. You don’t want to let anything slip, or get behind, because then the work piles up aggressively and quickly.

That being said, of course something has to give. You have to make time for yourself, and for thinking about something other than work. I made a pact with myself when I came to RWU that I would not do any work from 5pm on Friday until when I got up on Sunday. That gives me approximately 36 hours to be a non-student. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, if I want to take a weekend trip, or have a friend in town, but for the most part I find giving myself a break is necessary. Writing on this blog is even a study break for me tonight. Friday night I had some friends over for a potluck (again, loan saving budget measure) and yesterday I went on a beach cleanup at Mount Hope Farm with the Environmental Law Society, and then to a barbeque being hosted by ELS and Circular Logic, our very own Ultimate Frisbee team. It was a fun diversion, and a good way of keeping your head in the law game, while still relaxing. Even when you are just “hanging out” in law school, you’ll soon find the law to be your most common and most interesting conversational topic. That is what’s great about law school: you’re with a bunch of people who are invested, involved, and passionate about what you’re all accomplishing together, no matter if you’re a 1L, 2L or 3L. Caring about what you’re doing makes it a lot easier to give up your entire Sunday to studying.

Anyway, Contracts is calling my name. Don’t tell Professor Chung this, but I had thought that I would find some of the stuff we’re reading (Contracts, for instance) boring, but even the most seemingly mundane cases are interesting and the professors are always drawing your attention to things that you would never have thought about. The professors at RWU are great at bringing their own professional perspective into the mix, so when you get completely confused and frustrated, they can tell you whether or not this is something that will haunt the rest of your career or not. No matter how hard a concept, they bring it right back to professional practice, and that usually gives you some much needed context, and makes most things easier to understand.  Professor Bogus (who I don’t have but according to some of my friends in Section B) says that it will seem for your first year as though your professor is hiding a ball from you. You’re always looking for the ball, and they are always moving it around, like some game of intellectual keep away. The secret is, there is no ball. It’s the struggle and the search that they are teaching you to engage in. 

Don’t tell Professor Bogus I gave away his secret!