I originally started my blog with the idea that it would chronical my journey to law school as I grappled with the ins, outs, ups and downs of figuring out the law school application process. However, I don’t feel like I have been focusing on that of late. So, I’ll take a moment here and publicly look at where I am so far.
It is the middle of June, actually passed the middle by one day. My freelance paralegal business is starting to take off, at the expense of studying for the LSAT. When I formed the business back in January, I had no clue what I was doing…and I still don’t. Or, at least I don’t think I have a clue what I am doing (feel free to correct me if I am wrong). However, sink or swim is the best way for me to learn and I think I have reached doggy paddle. I have managed to get some clients, made my own website, started my own blog, and became addicted to Twitter (I am currently in a program to wean myself off of Twitter….it’s not working). I have made some great connections on there, both professional ones and people I would proudly call friends even though I have yet to meet them in person.
I made it through my legal history class at UCSD, which you heard a lot about if you follow me on twitter. Next Monday (June 22) I start a 6 week summer intro to law class (American Legal and Constitutional History: Crimes, Civil Wrongs, and the Constitution) at California Western School of Law. They have a partnership with UCSD and let a few (25) UCSD students take the class and I am lucky enough to be one of them. It will be my first real law school class. I am both nervous and excited. I haven’t been this excited about going to school since I started 6th grade and wanted to wear a pleated skirt and navy blue blazer. My mother convinced me that jeans and a sweatshirt was a more practical public school outfit (Mom, I think I missed my calling as a private school girl). But, I digress ever so slightly. This class is ridiculously important. I have to do well since I will have an actual law school class on my transcript. That transcript may come from UCSD, but it is still a law school class and will be a major factor in my applications to law school. (Again, correct me if I am wrong).
Working, school, blogging, tweeting, google reader-ing, etc does not leave much time for a social life or really much of a life at all. Honestly though, I wouldn’t change things for the world. I was told once (I can’t remember by whom or I would give credit) that if you find something that you love, then work doesn’t seem like work. It is true. I may run around crazy and stressed, but at the end of the day, for the most part, I love where I am in terms of career, life direction and what I am doing. It is all up hill from here.
I should be writing my paper for legal history on where law is a reflection of societal changes between the Civil War and WWI, but I feel like writing a post instead. The paper cane wait. It’s not due until Monday. Panic hasn’t set in yet.
So, as some of my followers may know (what? I have followers?!), I have started taking ballet classes again, allowing ballet and dance back into my life after almost 4 months off. It was physically painful to go back. Now, the pain has gone and my body has accepted the fact that I am dancing again, and my soul is singing. As I dance, I can’t help but smile. It is great to just move, and feel pretty, or whatever the music demands of me. To jump and turn and push myself. It’s amazing. This has also led me to long to perform again. What’s the point of trying to master a performing art if you don’t perform it???
So, that brings me to my current dilemma. I have been told it is one or the other, dance or law, black or white, left or right, path one or path two. You can’t have both so pick one and stick with it (I’m terrible at making a decision when it comes to dance vs anything else in life). So, I say “why should I have to choose?” I demand grey!!! Why can’t the two paths mesh togeher? i want to be a freelance attorney and dance for contemporary dance companies. Just because I don’t know if anyone who has managed to pull it off doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I know that dancer’s have a clock ticking, telling them they are getting too old, but contemporary dancers last longer. I know law school is expensive, but if there is a will there is a way.
Eventually I have to pick something to fight for. I guess now is a good time as any to start. So, I pick this. The road to law school just got to so much more complicated.
So, today I met with a professor to chat about the big, scary law school and how to wade through all of the information out there and not get bogged down by it all. Especially for me, an A-type personality, who easily succumbs to sensory overload and can be found in a corner in the fetal position, to have someone to light the path once in awhile is an amazing thing. If let to my own devices, I would probably try to apply to every school just to ensure that I was to get in somewhere. I get too caught up in the numbers of UGPA and LSAT (which is very important) and forget about all the other things that I have done and the great traits that I embody. The chat with this professor was amazing. I was open and honest and he gave me amazing feedback. He is rooting for me. Just to hear those words has immense pacifying abilities. I know how to start my personal state and how to progress with it. I have my list of schools picked out. I know when would be the best time for me to take the LSAT and send in my applications. Amazing! I am loving it! (sorry, McD, I am borrowing your phrase for tonight). He actually said he is rooting for me. I have my own cheer squad forming. Anyone else want to join??!!!