5 Things I learned/re-learned about life and law this summer

The summer has officially ended! I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I’m sure being so busy has a lot to do with it. If I hadn’t taken my annual week-ish trip to Europe to see my family, I really would have no idea it was even mid August!

Here are five things I learned this summer-some technical and some philosophical!

1. I drafted my first complaint. Yay! I’m sure the novelty of this will wear off, as do most legal firsts, but it was still a great experience. I used a previously drafted complaint as a template and drafted a Lemon Law/93A violation complaint. Turns out a Lemon Law violation is not a cause of action but must be claimed under a 93A cause of action. Who knew!

2. Networking is key. Ok so this is not news to me, but almost every week this summer, the importance of networking and reaching out to colleagues slapped me in the face. I’m constantly surprised that more students are not building their networks and attending any of the huge number of events out there.

3. Friends and family are your life raft. I made the time (between summer school and two jobs) to spend more time with friends and family. I had forgotten that these are the people who keep my grounded. Work-life balance is so important and in law school or even at a full time job, it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in this life.

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With two of my best friends in Istanbul, Turkey. I see them once every few years but when we come together, it’s as if no time has passed! They ground me.

4. Weeding out the people who bring you down can make a huge difference in your every day outlook on life. I made the choice to sever some ties this summer and while on the surface it is sad to know that certain people will not be involved in my life, I realized these people were not supportive or even interested in anything I was doing anyway. I was in their corner, but they were not in mine. Being the only cheerleader in any relationship can really suck the inspiration out of you, so watch out for people who don’t share your vision or worst of all, who bring you down about it.

5. You have to do what you love. If you aren’t doing what you love, whatever you are doing will eventually bite you in the you-know-what. Find out what it is that gets you excited to get up in the morning and do it. Stop making excuses and make it happen. And remember sometimes knowing what you don’t love is just as important as knowing what you do love!

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