I feel like reflections are important, so I like to take a little time at the close of various aspects of life — academic, years, birthdays, etc. — to evaluate where I’m at and where I hope to go from the end of something. 2016 was a crazy year, and I think most people had very mixed feelings about it! However, I think when looking internally at how the year went for me personally, it was a pretty landmark year for a few reasons. First, I graduated college (!!) and then I moved across the country to begin law school at my dream school. My sister is pregnant, and about to welcome her first child!
I feel like 2016 was a year of change for me. In many ways, my life changed fairly drastically. For one, I definitely was not used to going five months without seeing my family, and to be honest I didn’t handle it as well as I thought I would. It’s also an adjustment going from being an overly-involved, high GPA senior in college to a bumbling, unsure and intimidated 1L in law school.
So, anyway, I wanted to share the best moments of 2016.
Applying and getting in to law school was SO stressful. I was anxious I wouldn’t get in to a school I really wanted to go to, and then I kept fearing that if I did get in, I’d realize I was crazy for thinking law school was the right decision for me, and decide I made a mistake. Now, with a semester behind me, I feel like law school is going well, but it is hard and not the funnest way to spend your time. While I like the work, and I love William and Mary, I do appreciate creative outlets.
I graduated from Saint Mary’s and said goodbye to my gael family there. I miss so many of the people I spent time with there, and it’s hard because after five months away from CA, I really want to soak up every minute with my family. I do hope to see some of my SMC people, though, before I go back to VA!
I started my first semester of law school, which was so scary and exciting! I have a goals sheet for the next semester, things I hope to do better or differently. I think there is always room for improvement, so I want to make sure that I can improve in my second semester, and get a better hold on the rhythm.
I finished my first semester of law school! This was a big accomplishment. It’s weird how things seem nearly impossible, and so intimidating, but as time passes, and you flex certain muscles, it becomes easier and more clear and more understandable. I’m glad the first semester is behind me, and I imagine that the future semesters will feel different purely because I’ve already survived the first one! Now to get a summer job…
Anyway, 2016 was a good year for my academic and professional life! It was also a good year for my personal life, but I think 2017 will be a better year for a few reasons, which I plan to flesh out more fully in a future post.
How was 2016 for you?