14 Moments Every Pre-Law Major Experiences, Explained By Elle Woods

14 Moments Every Pre-Law Major Experiences, Explained By Elle Woods

"I don't need backups. I am going to Harvard!" -Elle Woods

Chances are if you are reading this, you are thinking about going to law school! Congratulations!

You are about to start one long and grueling journey. I, myself have just started this journey as well and have found it to be quite difficult. I hear the pay off of the next three years will be wonderful but that's three years from now.

Right now, we need to focus on getting fabulous LSAT scores and perfecting our applications. If anyone understands the struggles we will be facing as pre-law majors applying to law school, it's none other than the one and only Elle Woods. The one person who makes all of us believe we have a shot to get into Harvard Law School.

Thank you, Elle Woods, for preparing myself and everyone else who is applying to law school is about to experience.

1. Everyone asking you what your plans are after graduating from college.

If you're a Pre-Law/Political Science major, it's pretty much a given you will end up in law school after graduating from undergrad.

2. Realizing you actually need to start prepping for the LSAT.

You never thought undergrad would end, yet here we are. Before you graduate from undergrad, you should probably start planning for the LSAT at least.

3. Start looking into law schools that aren't Harvard just so you have a backup plan.

Yes, every Pre-Law major's dream law school is Harvard but you need to have realistic schools as well. Unfortunately, Harvard doesn't accept everyone so send applications to Stanford, Yale, University of Chicago, DePaul, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Columbia, etc.

4. Every pre-law counselor telling you to get a tutor and a prep course but you ignore that advice.

I am all for cutting costs wherever you can, but unfortunately, you need a prep course to get a good LSAT score. Look into courses by Princeton Review and Kaplan and start saving your pennies because these courses aren't cheap and neither is the test.

5. Realizing your counselor was right about how much the LSAT matters.

Your LSAT score is your law school lifeline. This score opens and closes many doors in the law school world. So start studying and no watching "Legally Blonde" does not count as "studying".

6. Finding out your LSAT score to see what scholarships and schools you are eligible for.

If you score really good, chances are you will have no issues getting good scholarships and into at least one of your top schools. If you score bad, good luck getting in unless your undergrad GPA was fire and good luck paying for law school on your own.

7. Trying to sell that you are a good fit for law school on your application like:

Make your application as memorable as possible! If that means submitting a video essay like Elle, go for it. If Elle can get into Harvard, you can do anything!

8. Trying not to think about how you might not get accepted to every law school you apply to.

Chances are you won't get accepted to every law school you apply to. Don't let this get you down or make you give up on your law school dreams. Just because one school says no doesn't mean the rest will. You are a gem and you deserve to be wanted by your future school!

9. Sending in your applications having faith in yourself and your abilities!

After 4 years of prepping for this in undergrad, it is time to finally send your applications in! Remember to never give up on your dream and to believe in your capabilities!

10. Getting your acceptance letter to law school!

All that hard work has finally paid off and you can finally get a goodnights sleep! You have your letter and your future has officially begun. Congratulations on not giving up and for giving your LSAT and application your all!

11. Imagining yourself at your new law school and new home for the next 3 years.

Whether it be Harvard or any other great law school, you can see yourself at your future school now. It's going to be a wild ride so bucket up and prepare for the next chapter in your life.

12. Showing up to your first day of law school looking like a true 1L.

I highly suggest investing in a MacBook with a lot of RAM space for all the late night cramming and endless case briefs you will be writing. Have fun with yet another pricey law school investment.

13. Sitting in your first law school class realizing you will be a lawyer when this is all over.

Wow. Just wow. You're one step closer to becoming an attorney!!!

14. Remembering you still need to pass the bar exam after law school to "officially" become a lawyer.

Shit. Maybe forget you have to take yet another grueling exam to "officially" become a lawyer for at least one more year. Don't worry though, if you got into law school there is no doubt you will eventually pass the bar exam.

Good luck to all you future lawyers! Elle Woods and I are rooting for you!

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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10 Ellie Schnitt One-Liners Every Girl In Her 20s Needs To Hear

From Sorority Girl Twitter to voice of reason real quick.


As some of you right now probably is, there once was a day I too had no idea who Ellie Schnitt was. Now she one of my all-time favorite people; and we've never even met.

In 2018, she seemingly appeared overnight on everyone's Twitter timeline. Now she's living up every current Odyssey writer's fantasy by creating content for Barstool Sports straight out of school. While some dismiss Ellie as "everything wrong with Twitter" simply for tweeting her daily thoughts, I think she's vital to the platform.

In this day and age, it's hard to be a female, especially one in their 20s. There are expectations, disappointments, laughs and tears. Now more than anything we ladies need to a have a voice in the void looking out for us and letting us know it's OK to feel how we feel because we're not alone.

Here are some one-liners every twenty-something needs to hear by another twenty-something who just gets it.

1. When you're having trouble accepting that your feelings are valid.

Let's face it, the world would be a much better place if we were just honest with everyone about what we REALLY want out of life.

2. When the world is trying to convince you that being "selfish" is a negative trait. 

Ladies, it's time we stop considering being selfish as something to be ashamed of. Sure, there are certain circumstances, but learning how to put your own needs first is part of being successful.

3. When you need a quick reality check.

Part of learning how to be selfish also involves learning when and where to be selfish. There are times when you come first, but there are also times when you need to be a pillar of support for someone else, it's only fair.

4. When men try to knock you down a peg but it's 2019.

Highlighter in 2019 is the equivalent of belly button rings and low rise jeans in the mid-2000s, if you've got it, then rock it.

5. When you feel like you never even left undergrad and life feels strangely familiar.

Despite what your Facebook and Instagram feeds seem to be telling you, it's OK not to have your life completely together directly after undergrad. Sometimes it takes a year )or a few) to know exactly what you want to do with your life, that's exactly what your 20s are for.

6. When you start to question how much you should put up with.

Why deal with someone more than you have to? Sometimes the bare necessities is all you need.

7. When you need more some self-love than usual. 

Snap a selfie when you're having a really good makeup day, heck, post it while you're at it even though you just posted a pic yesterday. Take some nudes solely for the reason to admire yourself in them, it's OK to feel yourself in 2019.

8. When you're trying to explain that you HAVE closure but also kinda don't.

You know when you're scrolling through Instagram and you see the man who was never really your man suddenly eloped with his girlfriend of five minutes and you're still having wine nights with your dog? Yeah, this describes exactly how that feels.

9. Sometimes, we all still need even more reassurance than we thought we did. 

But in the end, that "break-up" with your man that was never your man helped you grow into the person you are today. Heartbreak and all, you've grown stronger through it all.

10. And most importantly, when you need to remind yourself what the real issues in life are.

Like I said, you're in your 20s You're allowed to have fun and enjoy yourself, and most importantly scam men for free alcohol.

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