Hi everyone! My name is Kasey Doeing, and I am a current 1L from Buffalo, NY. I am a 2013 graduate of Nazareth College where I received my BA in History. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer, so I am very excited to be spending my three years of law school at Roger Williams...
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Getting Into the Swing of Things
After two glorious weeks of Christmas break, the spring semester here at RWU Law has officially started. I’m not quite sure there is anything more difficult than attempting to get back into school mode after a small glimpse of freedom. But alas, I must fight the urge to watch another episode of Cake Boss on Netflix and crack open my Civil Procedure book once again. I have heard from several attorneys and former law students that the transition between first semester and second semester of the first year is one of the toughest. Let’s face it, I’m still trying to recover from finals! Most of us are stressed out waiting for our grades and results of our semester-long memorandum assignment, which is only making the ever growing to-do list appear insurmountable. But I have gotten some great advice that I wanted to share will you potential law students for overcoming the spring semester blues! First, remember that second semester is going to be easier! After spending fifteen weeks reading cases, briefing cases, researching for my memo, studying, and outlining, I feel more prepared than ever to tackle this semester. Remember to reward yourself for all that you accomplished in the first semester, because let’s face it — YOU DESERVE IT! Law school is no easy task, but you survived your first semester and you will survive and flourish during the rest. Second, break reading assignments into manageable sections. Read two sections in their entirety and reward yourself with a brief break to browse the internet or have a quick snack. Your to-do list will undoubtedly get smaller and crossing off smaller assignments will give you a needed sense of accomplishment. And finally, try to enjoy yourself. I, more than most, understand that law school is scary and stressful at the same time. But remember that eventually law school will be over and you will be a successful attorney! My old boss told me once that law school goes by in the blink of an eye, and while first semester felt like it would never end, I found that she was right. It’s hard to believe that I’m already into the second semester of my first year and in a few short weeks my first year will be over. Don’t take anything for granted, and always remember to enjoy the little things. Enjoy your friends and make time for yourself. It will all be over soon!