A Day In My Life

Hello, World.

I thought it would be interesting if I shared what a typical day in my life is like. I get a lot of questions about law school, and what it really looks like. I know a lot of people watch movies about it or have heard the horror stories, but I think its hard to know what law school is actually like until you’re in it. I will also give a general disclaimer – law school can vary based on school, location, and personality type. All students handle law school a little differently. While this is my “daily life” as a law student, it looks different than both my roommates and most of my friends. We all have (slightly or very) different routine. I don’t really think there’s a best way to law school. As long as you are doing well, you’re doing something right.

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So, let’s dive into my day:

Anywhere from 6:00 am – 8:00 am: Wake up.

I realize this is  a large range. I will say I usually get up around 7:15, but some days I get up a bit early to do reading and other days I sleep in a bit later if I need to. I will often wake up at 7-ish, and lay in bed, checking my email, looking at Instagram, and reading the Skimm.

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7:45 am or 8:00 am to 8:45 am: Shower, get dressed, do makeup and hair, make bed.

This also probably seems like a while. While I get ready, I often watch Youtube videos, listen to makeup, make a to do list for the day.

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8:45 am – 9:30 am: take final notes, plan my day, and eat breakfast.

I listen to music, eat my breakfast (usually avocado toast, sometimes oatmeal with banana), and fill out important things in my calendar. I also double check my calendar, and update it if needed.

9:30 am – 10:00 am: go to law school for class.

I try to leave the house at a similar time each day, and everyday my first class is at 10:00 am. The rest of my can vary a LOT, depending on what classes I have that day. I tried to pick the schedule that tends to be most consistent, though.

10:00 am – 12:45 pm: Classes.

On Wednesdays I have my writing class and Constitutional law in the morning.

12:50 pm – 1:50 pm: Lunch Hour

William and Mary Law doesn’t have classes during this hour, so there are a lot of lunch meetings. Sometimes I will go see speakers, sometimes I will get work done in the cafe, and sometimes I will run off campus to get a coffee and lunch. My lunch hour tends to vary.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Class

In the afternoon, I have property. Last semester I had torts at this time. I’m not a huge fan of afternoon classes, but unfortunately they are very common in law school.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: change, go to gym.

I usually spend a good portion of the afternoon getting in a good workout. I bike and use the elliptical most days. Some days I do squats, lunges, crunches, etc. I try to mix up my routine everyday because I get bored when I do the same sequence.

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm: cook dinner, eat, do some email management while I eat or watch Gilmore Girls (or whatever else I feel like watching).

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6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: read/do work.

This time is usually spent reading for my classes, outlining if its later in the semester, or working on a memo for my writing class.

7:45 pm- 8:00 pm: get snack/dessert.

Usually lactose free cookies and cream ice cream or popcorn.

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm: read/do work

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9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: call home, watch Netflix, browse social media.

At the end of a long day, I light candles in my room, get into bed, and will usually begin winding down by calling my family. I talk to them for a bit, then watch Netflix while browsing social media (usually Instagram).

11:05 pm: lights out.

There you have it! I tend to try to stay pretty consistent, so even if my days don’t look exactly alike, my weeks are all pretty similar. I have a slightly altered routine for each day, depending on course schedule and meetings.

I hope this was interesting!

Truly,

Callie leigh

Getting Formal

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With prom and formal season approaching quickly, I thought it would be helpful to share my hints for making the most of your night! I believe that the key to a successful formal or prom night is feeling amazing in what you’re wearing. When I was in high school, prom season was always a bit scary. I wanted the perfect dress, complimented by the best jewelry, a pretty hair style, and effortless, red carpet ready makeup.

After high school, formal events weren’t really on my radar. My college didn’t have greek life, so we didn’t have sorority formal, and we also didn’t have “formal” dances. Interestingly enough, law school has a prom type event. Last weekend was Barrister’s Ball, an annual event held at law schools in common law countries. It was a blast, and it was the first time I really dressed up since my sister’s wedding!

It was so fun to get all glam. My normal glam squad (aka my sister and mom) are all the way in CA. Luckily, my roommate helped me apply some fake tan (I use Josie Maran; I was wearing black and my skin hasn’t seen the sun since September). We went and got mani-pedis, and I got my makeup done at Ulta (more on that to come in a future post). Getting super fancy is so much fun, but sometimes its hard to know the right thing to wear for different functions. For example, there were a lot of mixed messages about how formal the Ball was supposed to be. Here are some examples of what my friends and I wore:

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I have four commandments for formal wear that I want to share!

  1. Get a dress that you feel incredible in. Try on as many dresses as you need to until you find the one that makes you feel like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn or your personal style icon. Loving the dress will mean you wear it more confidently.
  2. Treat yourself to the royal treatment. In preparation for a super formal event, I usually light candles, put on a great playlist, and wear my favorite robe around. I feel a little more glamorous, which makes the getting ready process more fun.
  3. Wear the makeup you want to wear. I think with formal wear there is pressure to really amp up your glam. If this is what you like, you should totally go for it! However, if you love subtle makeup, don’t be afraid to wear less. Or pull an Alicia Keys, and don’t wear any!
  4. Jewelry is like icing on a cake – too much can make you unhappy and too little can leave you wanting. I usually go less heavy on jewelry, especially as I get older. In high school, I wore bracelets, earrings, a necklace, etc. Now, I figure out what I think will most compliment the dress and myself in the dress. With the above look, I only wore large, fun earrings!

I think girls sometimes have it easier – I know, I know, don’t object yet – because there is such a plethora of input (go read Seventeen or Cosmo or any website), and you can easily figure out what is appropriate. However, menswear is a bit trickier. There isn’t the same amount of access to information for menswear that there is for women. Additionally, to be completely transparent, most men just ask their date what to wear. I don’t know about you, but when my dates would ask me, I would just give them a color (to match my dress), but leave out any real detail, or any real answer for that matter. Luckily, The Black Tux put together a detailed but quick cheat sheet for proper menswear for various events.

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Next time your date for prom or formal asks what to wear, you can be more specific. Or, if you’re having a formal date night with your boyfriend, you can help him dress accordingly. For those of you with brothers, you can help him be fashionable and make the right choice for his next date/formal event. When I’m home, my dad usually asks my opinion on fashion related things. I do my best, but menswear isn’t my specialty. If you’re in a similar boat, this cheat sheet helps! Dressing well can be expensive, but an option I recommend (especially for prom or formal), is renting! Men can choose from a great selection of menswear to make them look their best.

Most guys and girls get into a bit of a rut in their everyday dress. However, with formal events girls at least have an opportunity to really mix it up. Guys, on the other hand, tend to stick to roughly two options (tux or tux). This guide from The Black Tux encourages a little more creativity, and gives specifics about what exactly should be worn according to what the dress code is. When you’re sure of the pieces you need, it’s easier to have the confidence to get more creative with what version of those pieces you select! For example, if you know you need a sport coat, trousers, and a button down, you may be more willing to pick a patterned button down because you’re no longer worrying about what kind of shirt to wear.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Truly,
Callie leigh

My First Snow Storm

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When I returned to Williamsburg for second semester, I had a bit of a weather issue. I was flying in on January 6, which was the night a huge snow storm was supposed to come in. I had a layover in Atlanta, and was delayed for nearly 3 hours. I then landed to find a few inches of snow already fallen. The next morning, I woke up to a winter wonderland! The first two days of the semester got cancelled because of the weather (this town sort of shuts down when there’s a lot of snow). The amount of snow that fell over two days was double the annual snowfall for the area. While it was inconvenient, it was absolutely beautiful when I woke up Saturday morning!

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William and Mary is seriously breathtaking in the snow. I tried to capture as many photos as possible while the snow lasted!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Finding Study Inspiration

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As we get further into the semester, it feels like we’re already in the trenches, even though it also feels like we just got drafted. So, I wanted to share my top five tips for getting study inspiration on the days that you aren’t necessarily feeling studying, but have to anyway.

Some days, I am extremely focused from the minute I get up, and other days I just can’t quite dedicate myself as effortlessly (even though I will get the work done). I’m sure I’m not the only person who has “off” days in terms of focus because we aren’t robots. If you do have the constant drive and focus though, props to you!

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I was talking about this post with my roommates and used the term “studyspo” and they were both confused. Apparently that’s not used outside of a hashtag, but whatever I’m going to pull a Gretchen Wieners and try to make it happen. So, when you need some study inspiration studyspo, look to the five places I’m going to share with you.

  1. TUMBLR. I follow SO many student tumblrs and they share so many study photos, which immediately makes me want to be productive. Some of my favorite blogs are Lawyering in Lilly, Law School in Lilly, and Study Spaces.
  2. #studyspo. In Instagram, when I need a little inspiration or motivation, I search the hashtag studyspo, and this will usually inspire me after a few minutes of scrolling.
  3. Make a To-Do List. Sometimes my lack of motivation is coming from being unsure where to start because I have a lot on my plate. Making a to do list puts everything visually in front of me, and I can prioritize what I need to get done when.
  4. Get Outside. Feeling restless can sometimes be fixed by listening to yourself, and getting away from your desk for a bit. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a trip to the gym, a fifteen minute meditation, listening to your restlessness, rather than fighting it, can often restore focus.
  5. Make some tea, eat a chocolate, inhale deeply. Some days I have trouble getting focused, and the first four attempts to get focused have failed me already. At this point, I make a cup of my favorite tea, eat a piece of chocolate, and inhale. Then I put my nose to the ground, and pump out an hour of work putting my phone on do not disturb, and forcing everything distracting out.

While the above tips may not seem immediately helpful, I suggest you try them one at a time. Finding focus can be hard, but I promise it’s doable. And if you’re a serious student or Type-A worker, you know that focus isn’t exactly optional. Sometimes we just have to get the work done, whether we want to or not.

What’s your go to method for finding inspiration?

Truly,

Callie leigh

December Daily Week 2

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Today I am happy to share December Daily, week 2 with you! I seriously love this project, just as much as I love the holiday season. I was also really proud of how my album turned out this year because I was able to dedicate time each day to it. I used the album as a study break, a creative outlet in the midst of finals season! Hope you like my pages.

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In case you missed week one, click here.

Truly,
Callie leigh

Reflecting on 1L Fall

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I wanted to pop in to share some reflections about my first semester of law school. By now you may be wondering if my experience is like all those movies you see about law school, or the articles you’ve read (or you’re not wondering at all, but are reading anyway, which is perfectly fine too!). In many ways, you’ve watched most aspects of my law school journey so far (applying, choosing a school, etc.). It’s been a crazy time, and it feels good to be done with my first semester. They say this is typically the most difficult semester in terms of getting used to being in law school. I wanted to share the ups and downs and everything in between because it’s been a bit insane getting used to law school. I felt like college was an easier transition, but law schools be an adjustment.

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I will say that law school is not necessarily as scary as I though it would be. It’s intimidating, and makes you question yourself, sure. But it’s not The Paper Chase level scary, so I feel blessed for that. My professors were very helpful, and had good intentions. They weren’t out to get us or make us feel dumb, rather they wanted us to start thinking like lawyers, see things differently, and figure out how to be successful.

They emphasized that grades aren’t everything, and I even had a professor cancel class when she discovered we had 3 exams in a week in the middle of the semester. She didn’t want us to be overwhelmed, and that was a lovely thing that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I think the important thing to remember is that law school is very school/community specific. Everyone is going to have a slightly different experience, and that’s something that is similar to undergraduate experiences.

An aspect of law school that I wasn’t necessarily anticipating is the self-doubt that I felt for much of the semester. I’ve always been fairly confident in my abilities, and while I’ve had self-doubt in the academic realm, it’s never been so severe and constant. I wrote a longer post about imposter syndrome if you want to hear more about this.

Another thing I wasn’t anticipating? Having health issues for much of the first part of the semester. Basically, I constantly felt ill, and it affected my social and academic life. Thankfully, I finally made it to a doctor and got some medication, and now I feel great, which makes my focus and level of enthusiasm about law school a lot better! But again, I took a step back from everything (but continued studying as much as I could), and that was really hard. It was also hard not being near my typical support system because I was trying to hide my chronic sick feeling, which made some people annoyed or unable to understand. I probably should have been more open, but the more I talked about it, the more stressed I got, and the worse I felt.

BUT anyway, another thing I did not realize is how much of my drive and motivation comes from my family, and how not being around them was taking a toll on me. When Thanksgiving came, a lot of people were like “oh you’re going to get so much done since you’re not going home,” and they were really optimistic about me being here for break. I think what they were missing, though, is that while they had all seen their families a few times, I had not, and it was starting to make me bitter. It was no ones’ fault, but I started resenting every time someone tried to tell me it was okay I hadn’t seen my family. Honestly, all I really wanted was for someone to say, “yeah, that f***ing sucks.” But I get to fly home tomorrow and I’M SO HAPPY. I think I’m doing okay now, as the homesickness was far worse when I was feeling ill. In all honesty, transferring was getting more and more appealing until I finally started feeling better. I think if anything being away from family forced me to grow up a bit more and become more self-sufficient. I imagine this will only become more true as I stay at William and Mary Law.

Professional level school is much more individual, and not as community driven. While, yes, William and Mary has an amazing community, and is a great place that I love dearly and feel blessed to attend, law school in general is not like undergrad. This is expected, obviously, but I think after leaving Saint Mary’s, which is so close knit and community based, whatever I did or where ever I went afterward would feel a bit less like a community.

Finally, it feels so interesting to actually be on the east coast, a place I’ve wanted to live for about 10 years. I do get what Warner (Legally Blonde) meant when he said, “east coast people are different.” They are. Not in a bad way, they’re just different. So, it’s interesting meeting people from all over the east coast, and learning how different the country is over here, as opposed to California, which is pretty much it’s own haven!

I’m fulfilling a dream, and that feels good. I think law school is hard, but it’s supposed to be hard. It’s a re-training in many ways. Re-training how you think, how you approach issues, how you evaluate the things around you, etc. I’m really enjoying the work. The work is what’s important.

So, now I’m excited to take a break, re-charge, and get back to it come January when I begin Constitutional Law (!!!), Contracts, and Property!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Update: Law School

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Since I shared Evelyn, Sam, and Carina’s first 8 weeks in law school, I felt like it’d also be good to share my own perspective and experience. I think getting various perspectives is a really good idea if law school is something you’re considering because law school is a HUGE commitment, and its important to make sure you’re making the right decision when and if you decide to attend. With the being said, I think law school is a really rewarding, though difficult, experience.  I used to think it was unrealistic when people in law school would say that it should be treated like a 9-5 job. I understood this was a good idea, but I also felt like it was a bit extreme. I was wrong. Treating it like a full time job is important, and taking it way more seriously than any schooling you’ve had previously is vital.

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So, anyway, let’s talk about my first two (more like two and a half) months of law school.

On Monday, I took the third of my three midterms, and last week I submitted the ungraded teaching memorandum for legal writing. To say the last few weeks embodied all that makes law school difficult and stressful would be an understatement. Among making outlines, writing and re-writing a discussion section, and staying on top of the reading for each class, I worked seven days a week for two and a half weeks. That’s abnormal for me, usually I try to take a full day off. But alas, I was overcome with a feeling of accomplishment when I finished it all because one thing I wasn’t expecting from law school was that I would wake up most days questioning why I even decided to come to law school. While I enjoy the work, the self-doubt that consumes a lot of law students their first year is a lot more prevalent than I prepared for. I went to a talk on imposter syndrome a few days back, and it really resonated with me. Law students have similar personalities when it comes to academics. Most of us were the top students at our various universities, many worked really interesting jobs for at least a year, and most of us give our academic work 110%. We do all this work, but we can’t escape the ever-present voice in our heads reminding us of the unforgiving curve, reminding us that all this work may not actually be enough if we fall below the mean. It’s a scary thought, and it’s honestly a bit of a culture shock acknowledging that you may not be the A student you once were. BUT THAT’S OKAY.

One thing I love about William and Mary is that all the professors and staff constantly remind us that we’re doing our best, and that we’re just fine. The emphasis that grades aren’t everything is also really helpful. My criminal law professor, before our midterm, told us not to stress and that even though we’ve been here for two months, we still don’t know much, and we’re not expected to know everything. So that’s always helpful in terms of staying sane!

I love the work we do. I love reading cases, and preparing for class, and I get a rush when I do well on a cold call. I feel excited when I get an assignment, and I have a weird amount of fun when I outline. I love synthesizing what we’ve learned, and I love attempting to master the material. I adore most of my classmates, and I like that I’m surrounded by so many driven, smart people because it pushes me to be even better. I want to get more involved in the future, but for now I’m just enjoying this new challenge, and learning to navigate the law school world.

I think the thing that’s been most helpful for me is having a really strong group of friends. I can be so honest about what’s stressing me out, or the overwhelmed feeling of having a midterm, and they totally relate. My friends also stress the importance of having fun outside of the school. Whether we grab lunch at Aroma’s, or go to an event in Colonial Williamsburg, we encourage each other to take a break and get outside and see the world outside the walls of the law school. The books are important, but burning out is real, and it’s important to remember to take a break.

In general, law school is different than I imagined it would be, but that doesn’t mean it’s negative. I love law school, even if I am stressed all the time. But hey, if law school was easy, more people would be lawyers.

Truly,

Callie leigh

 

Law School Spotlight: 8 Weeks in with Carina

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Today I am happy to bring you the third installment of the two months in portion of the law school spotlight series. If you haven’t read about the law school admissions process be sure to check out four perspectives: Evelyn, Sam, Carina and Camille. Also, if you missed the first installment, Evelyn shared her experience, so check it out, and Sam also shared her first 8 weeks at Michigan State Law. I love hearing about other people’s experiences, and I hope you do too. Law school is hard, and can make you question a lot, but I think it’s good to hear from others about their experiences. It feels less lonely.

Here is a photo of Carina competing in the Negotiations competition at UC Davis (she’s the last one on the right).

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Now, here is what Carina has to say about her first two months of law school at King Hall.

“Well, I just finished Week 8 of law school at UC Davis. I have already made some amazing friends and am learning so much so quickly! While these two months have passed by so quickly, the days seem long. October is for midterms and we are feeling it. However, there is some comfort in our collective struggle. I had my first midterm this week in Civil Procedure and I feel as if I did fairly well, but I think every one of my classmates is brilliant so I know they probably did well too!

My favorite part about Davis is the people. I feel very comfortable here and I have surrounded myself with a lot of supportive people. The sense of community is strong at King Hall. This was the main reason I chose UC Davis for law school, but it’s nice to actually see and feel the community that was so talked about at the Admitted Student’s Weekend. I also love biking to and from class and the college-town feel of Davis. I did not have this experience in undergrad, so I’m glad I am able to experience it now in law school.

Getting involved with campus clubs is easy when there is such a welcoming community. I am the 1L Representative for the King Hall Labor and Employment Law Association as well as a BARBRI Representative. I was also a finalist in the 1L Negotiations Competition a few weeks ago, which was a really fun and enlightening experience. I plan on trying out for the Negotiations team in the winter.

Overall, I feel as if I am finding a second home here at King Hall. With times getting stressful, it is important to rely on friends, both new and old, and fall back on hobbies or habits that keep you grounded. Personally, I find exercising, attending church regularly, and taking time to enjoy the little things in life have kept me focused thus far. Maintaining these habits will be challenging as the semester progresses, but I keep reminding myself that they are beneficial to my overall well-being not only as a law student, but as a human being.

I say to myself, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” This reminds me that I am blessed to have the wonderful opportunity to attend law school and that not everybody even gets to the place where I currently find myself.”

Thanks, Carina! It’s awesome to see you getting so involved. I think getting involved helps us feel at home in a new environment, and is definitely important!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Fall Break ’16

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Today was my first day of classes after the fall break, which was a lovely four day weekend. I was especially excited for this break because my aunt and uncle we’re visiting from California. I’ve been a bit homesick, so having familiar people and family around is so nice. I took full advantage of the break, and tried to refrain from overworking. I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to show my aunt and uncle around Williamsburg. They actually visited years ago, and when they found out there was a college here they told me about it because they thought I’d love it here. Little did we know I’d end up here for law school! Anyway, I wanted to share glimpses of my break!
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On the William and Mary campus, there is this beautiful bridge, Crim Dell, that looks straight out of a fairytale book. Even better, legend has it that if you walk across the bridge with a significant other you’ll marry them, or just end up with them forever. The bridge is gorgeous, though, and I’m so excited for the surrounding trees to change color. vsco-photo-3.jpg

We went to Jamestown, VA! It was awesome. I love living history sites, and this one represents the beginning of America, which is eerie. Also, 141 people came in ships that were SO small. Its hard to believe that people struggled so much to come to the “New World.” vsco-photo-2.jpg

We also tried to go to Yorktown, but because of Hurricane Matthew, there was a power outage and the town was closed. Hopefully I can go in the future and actually see more of the town, but the waterfront was beautiful. vsco-photo-1.jpg

We also toured the Governor’s Mansion, which was awesome. I’ve been DYING to go! It’s SO pretty from the front and outside, but the gardens are amazing. They feel like you’re in France or somewhere where the monarchs ruled for centuries. It’s funny to think, also, about the fact that the people living in this mansion didn’t have technology, so liked to go around gardens, read near the canal, and just enjoy your surroundings.

It was an amazing weekend! I feel revived and happy to return to school. I’m not going home for Thanksgiving, so I still have about 2 months before I go home. It’s hard being away, but I’m so busy I don’t totally notice how much time is left or passing. Still, it’s been so so lovely having family near. There’s something to be said for getting a big hug from a familiar face!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Law School Formal

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Law school is going well. It’s a bit hectic, and I feel like I work all day every day, but so far it’s going well. I got my first exam back, and got a Bt, which I was really happy about because the class overall didn’t do very well. #thankgoodnessforthecurve Anyway, each weekend my friends and I have been doing all kinds of fun things. Last night was the Fall Formal, which was so much fun. I didn’t get too many photos at the actual dance, but we took a lot of photos before. Unfortunately it was raining, so we didn’t get any outside photos like we had originally wanted. Anyway, I wanted to share some photos!

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Dress: Lulus, Heels: Talbots

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Gotta check the lipstick after eating way too much BBQ chicken dip!

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Sarah was kind enough to do my makeup and make me pretty!

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Roommate photo! Living alone was nice, but I definitely prefer living with other people. It’s a whole lot less lonely. 

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Law school would be a lot harder if it weren’t for this amazing, supportive, positive group of girls. 

“Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates and then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.” – Charlotte, Sex and the City

Law school is going quickly already, and sometimes I definitely feel overwhelmed, but I think having great friends who are always supportive, and encourage fun nights on the weekends is making my experience much better!

Truly,
Callie leigh