Ok.  So Orientation week is finally coming to an end and I must say–it is a huge relief.  This week has been busier for me than the average week during the semester will be.

To give you an example…

Monday:
7-4 Work
4-5 “My first year” Law Student Panel
5-5:30 Law Student Organization Panel
5:30-6:30 Law Alumni Welcome Reception
6:30-9:30 Class

Now, we didn’t have back to back programs like that every day (though there were quite a few I would’ve liked to attend that were scheduled during the day when I was working) but the days that I didn’t have some place to be right after work, I was reading or reviewing for class.  So basically, I left my house around 6:40 every morning this week and got home around 10pm.  Makes for a long week.  Though, really, I guess I shouldn’t complain as I know there are others who are not only working full-time and going to school part-time, but who also have families and/or a commute–one woman has an hour drive to get to the school.  Yikes.

I have already developed a sort of grudge against the full-time day students.  I’m not completely serious–part of that is joking–but I am a little jealous–not going to lie.  They can sit here in the library all day long and get their reading done and prepare for their classes.  I sit here in the library all day too but I think my superiors would be less than pleased with me if I had a casebook open on the circ desk and I sat here briefing on their dollar.

There are tradeoffs, though.  Assuming they don’t come from wealthy families, they’re racking up the debt right now.  (Some, I know, have scholarships and/or grant money but I’m trying to make myself feel better here, so I’m not going to think about them.)  They are also taking more classes so it does involve more work than a load of just 2 or 3 classes….but again–they can concentrate fully on their school work whereas others have jobs (like myself) and possibly even families, too.

And by the way, I honestly don’t know how people manage to maintain healthy relationships through school.  I mean, I suppose you just have to learn to prioritize and organize your time but this past week was so ridiculous.  Other than my coworkers, I have literally not spoken to anyone outside of my classmates and the professors.  I got a blackberry about a month ago and I’m seriously considering actually scheduling in “friend-time” and “family-time.”

Ok.  Well, we have one more event tonight and then it’s on to the crazy of the first semester.

Good times ahead…