This weekend was quite unusual, simply because I had multiple bloggers ask me to write up a "day in the life" post. I've actually never had this request before, so to have more than one person ask this weekend....I decided to take them up on it...no matter how dull it may seem.
I couldn't decide a day to write on, so I picked my busiest, and then I'll sum up my "slowest" weekday as well at the end.
Monday (torture day)
I'll admit, I did this to myself....I planned my Mondays like crazy. Its awful, but its over at the beginning of the week, and then its all downhill from there. I did it to myself, and I can't complain.
Wake up at 6:35 (morning routine, check pinterest, gmail, special K cereal...not that I'm on a diet...I just LOVE the stuff, Trader Joes coffee in a tumbler and I'm out the door by 7:15
Class 1: 8:00-8:50 Pre-trial Litigation Lecture
Class 2 9:00-9:50: Corporate Tax
Class 3 10-10:50: Securities Regulation
Now this is where a typical law student would end. 3 classes (especially back to back classes) would be a normal day, and they would be good to go. But not me...I made my mondays awful, so I could have lots of time to work later in the week. Allow me to continue
Work 11:00-12:00: I work for a research company called LexisNexis, I'm a representative, who sits around for an hour, waiting for people to ask me questions. This is when I get my reading done for the rest of the week
Honestly, sometimes at work I do alot less of this
And alot more of this:
Lunch/Break/Study Time 12-1:30: This is when I cram everything else in! I always pack a lunch: Pb & J, apple, 2 cuties, and grapes if we have them. I also make tea at school here, to last me the rest of the day
And now on to the rest of my day:
Class 4 1:30-2:45: Mergers
Class 5 3:00-4:15: Employment Law
Class 6 4:15-6:30: Small groups for Pre Trial Litigation
Phew. And that is it for classes. 6 Classes may not seem like alot...but it is for law school. I've told a few law student friend what my mondays are like, and they honestly look at me like I'm crazy, they had no idea that was possible.
Gym about 1 hr: The gym I go to is on the side of town where school is, so I pack a gym bag, and hit up the gym after school. Its a great release, plus I know if I head home, I'll sit on my behind, and not want to move the rest of the night.
At the gym I listen to my audio book (I do this driving to an from school as well) I like to feel like I'm getting things accomplished all the time. So at the gym while I run, I watch a tv show on closed caption, and listen to my audio book at the same time.
I also keep a box of Special K bars behind my drivers seat, I eat one of those on the way to the gym, and usually my 2nd cutie from my lunch. (I'm a creature of habit)
Home: I get home about 7:30 (my last class usually gets out early, so I can hit up the gym most days and get home by then). I plop down at the kitchen table, stick something in the microwave for dinner, and start answering etsy messages that have stacked up while I've been between school and home. Once I've eaten, chatted it up with my grandmother (who is always waiting for me) I head up stairs to my crafting/study room.
I usually get in about 30 min of some sort of craft in here (which is why alot of my steps in my crafts are done in the dark, with poor lighting). Then I open my laptop to watch a couple of shows from they day before, while I work on etsy orders. Most days I have 2 shows to watch, but if I don't I listen to my audio book while doing hangers.
Then its about 1 hour of hitting the books. (I do almost all of my homework on the weekend, because my monday's are so busy, I know I wont be in the mood that evening) And call Kevin before falling asleep.
I actually love my routine. When someone messes it up (like getting my car towed at the gym a couple weeks ago, or having unexpected visitors over when I get home from work) I mentally shut down for a bit. I really hate my schedule being messed up. My sister has pointed out I've gotten much worse at that since I started school.
Mondays are certainly the most packed. Thurs are the least. Because I have a front loaded week, I am actually done with classes for the week by 11am on Wednesday morning (see...this is why the mondays are 100% worth it!) Then the rest of the week I work from 1-4:30 at the capitol building, in the government hearing. I take notes, then come home, edit them and send them off!
I do alot of crafting on Thurs and Fridays. By Friday. I already have to start my reading for Monday, and I try to get a good chunk done by Saturday evening. Blogging is done sporadically throughout the week!
I can't tell you this is the typical life of a law student, no way. Everyone has their own thing, some have kids, some have spouses, some have a job every day, other drink and party no matter what day it is. For me, any given semester is different. Last semester was nothing like this semester, and my first year was 100% different. I don't even go to the school on Thurs and Fridays, which is pretty unusual. I am lucky, that I have a good place to study at home, and I don't have to keep going to the library.
Anyway, that was (I'm certain) way more than anyone will actually read. I thought I would share it, for those that wanted a more in depth view into my mundane life :) Especially anyone looking to start law school, its proof you just have to figure out your rhythm.