March 27, 2013 at 12:00
I will graduate from law school in roughly 45 days. I have been sitting at this computer for 15 minutes trying to figure out what to write about. I am virtually unable to think about anything other than graduation, but in the recesses of my mind I know I have a choice.
Choice – “the power of choosing” and “a grade of meat between prime and good” – Merriam-Webster
There was a time during my law school adventure where I felt I lacked the ability to control my day-to-day schedule. In my mind there were no choices to be made, it was school, work, or nothing else. A perceived lack of choice makes accomplishing tasks very difficult. I felt I was working on things against my will. Then I changed my entire way of thinking about school and work.
I focused on my decision to attend law school, and my decision to attend class, work, and study. I do not necessarily enjoy these things, but I reminded myself it was my choice. I owe no duties to my legal education, but I know I must respect it to be successful. There are times during law school when you feel school runs your life. I write this as a reminder that everyone has the ability to make choices, but each person has to realize a choice is being made.
If you make the choice to attend law school just remember you are in control. You may not like the choices you need to make, but maintaining a mindset of control is essential. After I changed my way of thinking my schedule did not change. However, it made everything I did more enjoyable. Law school is not an easy three years any way you approach it, but a simple choice of mindset makes an extraordinary difference in how much you will enjoy those three years.
Reading back through this blog I am unable to determine if it makes any sense. I fear I am suffering from 3rd Year Dementia (made up syndrome).
Just remember you have the choice to take my advice or take my advice.