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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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How Did I Get Here?

Posted by Hala Furst on 12/08/2008 at 12:00 AM

I look up from the books and it is December 8th already, two days to my first final as a second year student. I can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone by, and I know that I have been remiss in my duty to this blog. But honestly, I haven’t been able to catch even half a breath over the past 4 months. From the time I returned from Europe and starting writing my brief for Moot Court, it has all been one big blur. Traveling to DC for Equal Justice Works, spending a weekend in New Orleans working on passing the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, arguing in front of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, some days it all feels like a long dream, that I’ll suddenly wake up and be back in first year, trying to wrap my head around Civil Procedure. Thankfully, that hasn’t proved to be the case.

So, I guess the question is what have I learned this semester- what do I know now that I wish I’d known four months ago? I’ve learned that it does get easier to pick up legal concepts.  I’ve learned that I’m willing to sacrifice short-term pleasure for long-term success. I’ve learned that my professors antics are kind of funny (rather than frightening) on this side of the 1L year, and I’ve continued to learn the value of really good friends, going through the same things you are going through. Law school changes you, and I’ve seen that change in this semester. Things I would have had patience for a year ago I can no longer tolerate. And conversely, things I would have never endured a year ago I now have come to accept. But most of all I’ve learned that you never stop learning. There is something new happening every day, some new law, some new rule, some new case, all the time, and it is best to just embrace the sheer magnitude and accept that you’ll never know it all. Being successful isn’t the same as being perfect. Success demands that you accept your shortcomings and carry on in spite of them.

See you on the other side of finals.