« on: January 14, 2006, 09:31:46 PM »
I am in a 2 1/2 year relationship. We lived together before law school, but now are in schools 8 hours apart. We see each other every 3-4 weeks & talk multiple times a day. I think having a relationship helped me stay grounded & I really benefited from the constant support from my boyfriend. It was hard initially to adjust to living alone again, but I think spending a lot of time alone, at least for me, is a big part of law school. This may sound odd, but we went to a counselor prior to the move. Not because we were having any problems, but in anticipation of the difficulties ahead. We were both committed to making this work & wanted advice on how to go about it. I think the long distance thing was good for my studying because I was less distracted, and since he was in school too (engineering) he understood. I also read the book "1L" and then gave it to him to read, which gave him a glimpse into what law school is like.
At school I quickly made friends with other students who are either married or in live-in relationships. Most of us worked before law school, and have the maturity that goes along with it. While my classmates are out partying every weekend I am at a coffee shop studying. Then when my boyfriend comes up I am rewarded with most of the weekend off.