(dramatic title for a not dramatic post)
It has been a minute since I thought about the blog I started in the Spring. That isn’t that unusual for me to get busy and forget to do something for myself. (Unless it is sleep. I will always make time to sleep). In August I entered into the adventure of law school. (#AggieLaw). I have continued to work full time, and even changed positions at my current workplace soon after starting law school to better suit my skill set and time commitment. Oh, I even got a new puppy right after starting school. – I thought Salvador could use a friend while I study. Now they both annoy me with their cute faces when I am trying to get things done.
This adventure has been a trying one, just because I apparently need more sleep than I previously have needed. School has not been that different in comparison to the other times I’ve attended school. School has required a lot of time to study, read, write, etc. Pretty basic, nothing too crazy yet. The only difference is that I am OLD in contrast to the young babes in my classes. I’m 30 and they are all like 22. I learned a lot of things the first semester and I am looking forward to my second semester, assuming I passed all those exams and papers and I’m allowed to return in January.
I did learn that many people do not have a lot of confidence in my ability to attend school and work full time. Well, maybe confidence isn’t the right term, maybe concern is, but I am asked by many a co-worker, classmate, or stranger about how I manage school and work. And of course, I am a TMI Tammy and promptly inform everyone – “I worked full time in undergrad and grad school, so really it’s not too hard, just takes scheduling and a little sacrifice here and there. Also, I drink a lot of coffee and cry in the car in between work, school, and home.” and then people regret asking me how I work and go to school. But I always feel strange when people ask how I balance school and work, and then I remember that some people have more privileges than I do and were able to focus strictly on school while someone else handled the bill. Oh well, You got to do what you got to do.
But back to law school and my “three-quarter time” status, I recently became salty over what appears is a lack of confidence in those who attend school part-time. I came across an article in the FW Business Press about my school with the lines: “The improvements have come as the law school has shifted away from its early position . . . as a school mainly for part-time students working their way through the program. Now, the law school has some part-time students but no official part-time program.” These lines are then followed by a quote from our dean “The later days of Wesleyan, there were more full-time than part-time students, but early days, in particular, it was almost entirely part-time students,” – Now I’m not sure what Dean Ahdieh meant by this, but I took it as –The school is eliminating the part-time (rift-raft) program because those people take too long to graduate, and they aren’t committed enough. – Trust me I would go full time if I had the opportunity to. Or if I really wanted to screw myself over more with student loan debt. I’m not sure why that also rubbed me the wrong way, but it for sure made me feel like I am less important and that they may try to weed me out at some point.
None the less, I am looking forward to this career change and absorption of new knowledge. As said in my LinkedIn profile “I believe my background in social service and higher education has encouraged me to leap into law school”.