My name is Natosha, and I am a 28-year-old, non-traditional student here at RWU Law. After high school, instead of going straight into my undergraduate studies, I managed a night club for a few years before I decided to go back to school. Once I decided I was going back to college, I looked...
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One Down, Five to Go
The majority of the people that you speak to about law school will tell you the same thing, “It’s hard, but worth it.” As a 1L, it’s difficult to imagine this. We all know law school is going to be hard. If it wasn’t, then everyone would be there, right? However, hard takes on a whole new meaning once you’re a law student. You learn that sleep is not always a necessity, that studying on a Friday/Saturday night is completely normal, and that it will all “make” you even if it breaks you (and yes, I did break down in a hallway crying during finals, but I wasn’t the only one).
Walking through the doors of RWU Law for the first time in August 2012 was both daunting and inspiring. The professors are amazing, and all of the students will tell you that they lucked out getting the best teachers. Section A can’t imagine taking Torts from anyone other than Dean Logan because he is an inspiration in the class room. He’s the type of professor that starts class and then next thing you know, he’s calling it to an end and you’re wondering where time has gone to. But then Section B tells you that Professor Chung is the “man,” and that having Contracts with him is both humbling and fun. And of course, Section C is defensive of Professor Ritchie… his Criminal Law class …well I can’t put into words how they describe it, but I do get a twinge of jealousy when I hear their stories. But, of course, we all have the right amount of fear going into classes because, as much as we love our professors, we know they hold our futures in their hands.
There is a world outside of the classroom, but during my first semester I didn’t get out and enjoy it as much as I should. Now that I feel I have my footing, and I understand how to study both hard and smart, I have made a New Year’s resolution I think I can keep: I will attend more non-class activities (and no, more hours in the library will not count!)
It’s been an amazing first semester getting to know my fellow classmates. I have really enjoyed how our relationships have blossomed from one of necessity in this new scary place, to a relationship of truth, understanding, and bonding. I can’t wait to spend the next 5 semesters growing with everyone.