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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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Snowed In

Posted by Hala Furst on 12/20/2009 at 12:00 AM

You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow.

Not that my break will be that relaxing. Unlike first year, where I spent a week of the winter break in Miami, this year I will be spending it poised over a computer keyboard. With a brief for the Regent University School of Law Constitutional Moot Court Competition to write, manuscripts to shop around, and the second big round of applications for the never-ending job search to be sent out, I’ll be doing very little resting.

But I am looking forward to seeing my family, and getting away from the snow. I was awakened this morning by silence, by the deafening effect of a thick snow fall. I realized, as I stretched in bed, that for the first time in a long time, I didn’t even have my own thoughts to interrupt me. No constant reiteration of the elements of will execution, nor the incessant monotone of the best interests of the child standard. It had been so long since I hadn’t been troubled by finals, that I was actually woken up by the strange lack of chatter in my own brain.  I felt content, and satisfied, knowing that I worked my hardest, despite the exhaustion that plagues the third year. And now, I only have one more round to go, before I’m free of exams forever. Then, its just real life with which I’ll have to contend.