A Letter to future law students

A Letter Of Encouragement For Prospective Law Students

Don't give up.

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Things typically come easily to me. I've never had a hard time in school, even in college up to this point. I've always been able to figure things out without help from others. Even things like how to apply to college, how to ace the ACT, and what the heck a FAFSA is. But when I started to look into law school, I quickly realized I was stepping into uncharted territory.

I get to go to law school a year early which is exciting because I get to start my working life as an adult a year earlier but it is also terrifying because I HAVE to start my working life as an adult a year earlier than anticipated. When I realized I would be going to law school a year early, I dove into the world of law school immediately: What is the LSAT? How do I study for that? What is the LSAC? What is a CAS? How do I apply? What is a character in fitness question? WHY IS IT ALL SO EXPENSIVE!?

When looking into law school, where I want to go, studying for the LSAT, and how to get in, on top of working retail during the holiday season, and regular senior year college classes, it is safe to say the amount of stress put on me all at once was nearly unbearable. I finally took my LSAT on November 17th, 2018, and for the first time in months, I felt relief, like I could breathe for a second. Until December 8th, when I found out my LSAT score.

Before I tell you what my score is, let me tell you a bit about the process of getting into law school. So far, the law school has consistently been me taking major L after major L and just learning to accept it, and I'm sure things won't change once I actually get into law school. Leading up to the LSAT, I took countless practice tests, studied late into the night almost every night, squeezing one more logic game in before my brain exploded.

And even though I gave it my all, I still only scored a 145.

No one ever told me becoming a lawyer would be easy, but no one ever told me it would be this hard either. The only thing that keeps me going is when I sit back and tell myself, "Don't give up." I have wanted to be a lawyer since the 7th grade when I was the prosecutor in the mock Julius Caesar trial in my 7th-period social studies class. Maybe I didn't get the score I wanted, and maybe I won't get into the school I wanted, but that doesn't mean I should quit.

I have a couple of options. I can retake the test, and everyone who has ever taken the LSAT knows that is the last resort option. I can apply and just hope like hell my school of choice accepts me. I can go to some random school, probably out of state, and be alone for the next three years, miles away from anyone I've ever known. Or I can take a semester off, and take a step back and figure it all out. My sense of relief was very short-lived, and I imagine this is just what life as a prospective layer is going to be like from now on.

The only things I know for sure that is not an option is giving up. It's time to buckle up buttercup. I will be a lawyer. I'll see you all at the top.

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And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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Teaching Is An Amazing Career, It's More Powerful Than We Give It Credit For

Teaching is a career that is heavily overlooked — it is much more powerful than people realize.

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When it comes to teaching, it's not always easy or fun. But, let me ask you this: what career really is easy or fun all the time? Being challenged can beneficial. Otherwise, you are just going through the same routine over and over. Teaching will definitely keep you on your toes because there's always something happening.

People seem to think teachers just lecture on information that they hope their students remember for the test. You know what? Those people are dead wrong. Teaching is more than that. Teaching means having the passion and drive to educate children. Teaching is turning something dull to something that students will find more interesting and enjoyable.

Teaching is also about providing tools and other resources for students in order for them to succeed, especially the ones who tend to struggle in school. Being able to give those tools to help them accomplish their goals is extremely rewarding. A teacher will work with a student who is behind on his/her reading skills to have him/her be right at the level he/she needs to be by the end of the school year. Not many jobs provide a reward quite like guiding a student, if not more, to success.

Although it focuses on academics, teaching is not just about that. Sure, being an effective teacher is key, but there are other aspects that are just as significant. As a teacher, you also have to connect with your students. Knowing your students on a personal level is so important. The connection can build respect that will, in turn, help them to succeed. Plus, students spend more time with you on a day-to-day basis than they do with their parents — isn't that frightening? So, you have to be able to support them and let them know them that you are there for them if they are having trouble.

Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

Teaching is so amazing. There are so many layers and beautiful aspects to it. Again, it can be difficult, but it's also a lot of fun. Not many people can say they have fun and laugh every day at work. I also truly believe that not many other people can say their careers provide as rewarding of a feeling as teaching does. To be able to make such a difference in someone's life is an incredible thing. Teaching is my passion. I know teaching will not be only gratifying but something that will bring me pure joy.

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