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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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My Tam

Posted by Hala Furst on 04/25/2010 at 12:15 PM

When you graduate from law school, you do so in regalia. Regalia, in turns out, means a long black robe with purple velvet panels, a "hood", which is actually more of a cape, covered in the colors of your school (blue and gold, in RWU's case), and a tam. A tam is a black velvet, wide, UFO-like hat with an affixed golden tassel. While the point may be for us to look dignified, I find it impossible to believe that the result of tam and robe-wearing will be anything less than a bunch of ludicrous, Facebook-worthy photos. 

Yet I love my tam. When I picked up my regalia I was Christmas-morning giddy. Looking at myself in the mirror wearing all this stuff, I felt a surge of pride that I don't think I had fully appreciated until that moment. I'm going to be a lawyer! I may not practice, I may not see the inside of a court room, I may not ever work as an attorney, but I'm going to be a lawyer. The amount of joy that gives me is inexplicable. And I mean that- I cannot explain from whence it arises. Bubbling joy out of the pit of my stomach, causing me to smile whenever I think about it. 

Perhaps it is the fact that the hard work of the last three years is going to pay off, finally. Perhaps it is knowing that the hard work of the last three years is simply done. Or perhaps it is knowing that on May 21st, I join the ranks of a noble profession, one that includes many of my family members, the President, countless great thinkers through history, and hundreds of other people that I respect and admire. 

All of whom once also looked goofy in their tams.