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...
The month of January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, depicted always as a man with two faces, one looking ahead, and the other behind. It is fitting that this is the month that marks the halfway point for me between the beginning and end of law school. With a year and half under my belt and a year and a half to go, I’m amazed at how my life has been changed, mostly for the better. In the past 18 months I moved halfway across the country, met some of the best friends I have ever had, lived through some of the most difficult challenges of my life thus far, and set foot on a total of 5 countries, not counting the one in which I reside. I have learned more than I believed my brain could bear, and the way in which I look at the world has been changed forever. I am not yet a lawyer, certainly, but in the past 18 months I have learned how to become one. In some ways it seems like I have always been at law school, that I have always been reading cases and writing briefs. But when I close my eyes at night I can still remember those first exhilarating and petrifying weeks of 1L year, and while I am grateful they are over, I am far enough removed to remember them with a sense of nostalgia. Not that I would ever do it again!
This particular January brings with it some unique and exciting experiences as well. On the 20th we welcome (and some of us very heartily) a new President, and with any luck, a new era in American government. Late next week I will begin my externship at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, an experience unique to Roger Williams students, and one that promises to be both humbling and gratifying. Having not yet received my grades from last semester, I look forward to the new one with hope and a light heart, refreshed from the long holiday break, and ready to get started. I learned the lessons of last year, and actually took the time to get bored and be totally lazy over the break (a moot court brief notwithstanding), so that I can return well rested and not still exhausted from finals. Hopefully you all were able to do the same.