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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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Learning to Be Selfish

Posted by Kasey Doeing on 11/20/2013 at 10:06 AM

One of the most important, and underrated, pieces of advice for aspiring law students is quite simple: be selfish.  Now, before you make your assumptions, give me a chance to explain.


With finals right around the corner (EEK!), my time has become more precious than ever.  My “To-Do” list never seems to get any shorter, my apartment has unfortunately not learned to clean itself, and there are simply not enough hours in the day.  This means that I have to make some sacrifices.  Instead of spending two hours on the phone with my grandma, we limit ourselves to a half hour and I do the dishes while learning about the latest gossip.


But these sacrifices are more than just spending less time talking to my nearest and dearest.  I have learned, more than anything else this semester, that doing the things that I enjoy are the most important.  Throughout the semester I have had the opportunity to hear some of the most inspiring and informative lectures from legal professionals and scholars alike.  And why did I attend these lectures?  Because I WANTED to.  After three months of law school, doing homework and outlining has almost become second nature to me.  But let’s face it—after three months of studying, I will find just about any procrastination tool out there to avoid revamping my outline yet again.  At times when I am feeling stressed and worn out, I do something for myself.  And it can be anything: getting my nails done, catching up with a friend over coffee, or going to see a movie!


Something I think law school prep books fail to teach students is that doing something for yourself, simply because you can is quite OK.  In fact, I even encourage it!  This summer I plan to study abroad in China.  Why, you may be asking?  Simply because it’s available!  Doing things  for myself have given me a renewed sense of confidence as I head into my final tweakings of my open memo and into final exam preparation.