While I’m sincerely hoping that my law school career officially ended today by completing the final day of 2 days of a very humbling bar exam, I almost forgot one final memo. But I didn’t. It is below…
(And just when I thought I was finished…)
To: The Universe
From: Bar Applicant
Dear Universe: You had requested I write one more memo detailing gratitude to the supporters of my previous 4-year tour of duty through law school. I will submit to you my sincere thanks in the following group(s) and persons below:
First, to my new friends, co-exhausted cohort, and lifetime future professional colleagues: To those of you who I met in law school and are now friends with, I am sincerely thankful for each and every one of you. Congratulations on completing the bar exam today! Without you, who else would I have vented to about the Hades that can be an education in law? Besides, as Winston Churchill said, and as you reminded me over these past four years: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Thank you, and I look forward to working with you in the months and years to come!
Second, to my family: Those in my family who I was mean to, cranky with, grouchy, demanding and stubborn: law school made me do it! Just kidding. Sort. Of. I was all that BEFORE law school. Law school just cranked it up! But seriously – thanks to my mom, my dad, and even my brother, who brought me back to reality while I tended to get caught up in the drama that is the study of law.
Third, to my outside of the law world friends: You all know who you are – those who understood my quirkiness PRE-law school, and still stuck it out, cheering me on despite my new Defcon level of insanity–thank you for staying the course with me. Thanks as well for reminding me that there’s life beyond negligence, strict liability, the business judgment rule, and negotiable instruments. (And if you don’t know what those mean in full or in part in terms of legal definitions–rock on, lucky duck!) Best part? Maybe now, I’ll actually get to see some of you now that I don’t have to go to class every day of the week! Woot!
Fourth, to my co-workers: Yes, I signed up for the extra special crazy of working full time and going to law school at night – to those at the day job who knew this and gave me space to revel in the sometimes seemingly poor choice of furthering my education, thank you for understanding and supporting me with random emails reminding me that I can do it! Besides, you all reminded me that higher education is always something that should be valued.
Fifth, to my law school professors: That is–most of them. Just kidding! Thank you for attempting to teach a science geek that there is more than one right answer, and sometimes, it really does depend. There were a couple of you in particular I really gained a lot from – both inside the classroom, and that other classroom–the classroom called “life.” Thank you for the opportunity.
Sixth, to my law school mentors: In particular, those who are already lawyers who tried very persuasively to talk me out of going to law school beforehand. Seriously – I appreciated your honesty, occasional checkmates on facebook, and generalized awesomeness, by showing me–particularly those of you who did the evening programs–that it could be done. As the movie Miss Representation says, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Thank you for showing me what I can be by allowing me to see it. Subsequently, I shall henceforth do my utmost best to return the favor to other aspiring law students, by 1. trying to talk them OUT of law school as tenaciously as possible, and then 2. be their cheerleader if they survive my hammering of them on bullet #1, provided of course, that they have a true and valid reason for wanting to go to law school.
Seventh, to my readers of this tiny blog: I can’t tell you how many people have actually come out of the closet to tell me that they’ve actually enjoyed this crazy little blog about my law school escapades over the past 4 years–all thirteen of you. While I set this blog up right before I went to law school, it has been absolutely fascinating to watch how the social media stuff has exploded and given me the chance to connect with so many others that I never would connect with in the real world otherwise about all that is zany relative to law school. From that cyber connection has grown many awesome friendships, for which I am also equally grateful.
In conclusion, thank you again, dear universe, with graciously offering up so many amazing peeps who put up with me and my mess these past 4 years. Pre-law e was hard enough, and post-law-school e is even harder, but hey–I’m doing my best here, and clearly so are those who are also in the universe with me. : )