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Who else is freaking out bc school is about to start?

Re: Who else is freaking out bc school is about to start?
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2008, 06:49:24 PM »
I like my school, so I'm not too worried.  My biggest worries are:

1. Freshman 15 -- I tend to gain weight when stressed, and I've already had to adjust my jean measurements.  I switched from straight leg to boot cut and I don't want to go all the way to relaxed fit.  Don't even get me started on cargo pants.  I'll probably play oompa loompa in order to discourage food abuse.

A lot of people do gain weight in law school, but to avoid it you just need a good routine.  I knew that I was going to end up eating out at lunch a lot, so I found food options that weren't too calorie heavy.  I also walked about 15-20 minutes each direction to school (which with the enormous law school backpack) got enough exercise in for me and kept me pretty relaxed.

Beyond this, I actually didn't think the vast majority of 1L year was stressful.  For the most part, you are reading and going to class.  Yes, finals are incredibly stressful, but you have to remember that it's a marathon, not a sprint.  Keep on track throughout the semester, and it really won't be that stressful.

2. I won't like the material -- I worked through vault books about legal practice and litigation/transactional work, but I'm still scared that I won't like property, torts, contracts, and company.  If I won't like them, then that doesn't bode well for my ambitions.  Am I correct?  A few lawyers told me that you don't have to like LS in order to like legal practice.

I was worried about this, too, but actually the materials are really interesting.  You read cases, and cases are basically stories.  Some cases are extremely boring, but for the most part, your reading will interest you.

3. Drama -- I hate drama.  I'm going to try to hang on the down-low for the first quarter until I understand the social scene.  Luckily, I have friends in the city from college, and they're generally willing to sip expensive German bocks while discussing Nietzsche.

I think that law school has a little less drama because people have less time to get all that worked out about stuff.  There are points during the year when having a social life is impossible.  There will be times when nobody has heard from you in weeks.  When you do have time to relax and unwind, you're really not going to want any added stress.  I think there's a general consensus to that effect.

God this is so not the way it really is. Law school drama is like high school drama times 10 its a freaking gossip mill on steroids. You see the same people every day in every class for a year and that who you will talk about outside of class too. You will know who hooked up with who, who puked on who’s sofa, who smoked weed and that will be just after the first day of orientation. Get drunk and stupid with your towny friends, not with your classmates unless you really want everyone to know your business with in 24 hours. True story: girl in my section got drunk told another girl her deepest secrete that she had a fetish for getting peed on during sex, she is to this day know as “water sports girl” by the entire school. 

THAT, sir, is hilarious.

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Re: Who else is freaking out bc school is about to start?
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2008, 08:47:42 PM »
THAT, sir, is hilarious.

Dude, I KNOW! I've already told so many ppl...