Multi-Coloured Monday

Why so blue!?

Blue Monday this. Blue Monday that.

Even if today IS the most depressing day of the year (which I’m not convinced by anyway!) – why does everyone keep talking about it?! It’s on the morning news, the afternoon radio, it’ll no doubt be mentioned on TV this evening.

When we stubbed our toes when we were younger – were we told to keep thinking about the stone staircase we stubbed it on and the throbbing sensation making us keel over? NO. We were told to count to ten – to do something to take our mind off it. Occupy our mind!

If everyone really is feeling so blue, then it isn’t going to help to have a collective sense of misery amongst us now, is it?

I, for one, am back in Italy where I currently live and study my GDL on a distance-learning course. I’m back into the routine of studying – well, I’m back studying at least! Trying to keep up my January resolutions of Dry January and gratitude. Ironically, I don’t feel too grateful that I can’t enjoy a glass of red with my enormous pizzas!! But I am enjoying the challenge!

I watched the documentary ‘The Secret’ recently which I’d highly recommend if you’d like a motivational (partly cringy) pick-me-up. In this documentary, which is also a phenomenally popular book, it talks about ‘putting out your orders to the universe’ just as if you were in a restaurant. If you want something you have to ask for it, imagine it and work for it. (On the menu there is no dwelling on negatives or moping about complaining of miserable Monday!)

So whilst I order my mountain of parma ham and big bowl of pasta this evening, I’ll be ordering no glass of red, no Monday blues but lots of optimism and gratitude.

Happy Monday all!

Another Law Student

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The Inevitable Side Effects of Studying

Studying and being a student are two very different things. Well, on paper perhaps not. But if you’re doing student life justice, during your undergraduate degree at university, then post-graduate studying in itself later can become quite a shock.

Gone are the days when I balanced researching the Italian Renaissance with searching my inner self to discover how many tequila slammers I could do before –

Anyway.

Now, my “student life” is all work and no play. How tragic. Let me try that again…

Don’t get me wrong, I have a social life and still enjoy all of the freetime that I can. The difference is that this downtime is now completely separate from my studies.

When I’m working, I’m working; when I’m relaxing, I’m definitely not doing it over coffee in the Student Union’s cafe or having lunch on campus with my books and laptop sneakily holding my seat in the library. Yes, I cannot deny, I was occasionally one of THOSE library seat hoggers. I can assure you it was never a good seat with a plug though (those are a rare specie!), so please forgive me!

I’ve been thinking about why this change occurs and I think the main reason is the nature of the GDL that I’m studying. Firstly, I am a distance learning student so there is simply no uni library cafe that is accessible to me. Secondly, the GDL is an all-intense law qualification where we study new topics for each module every week. This leaves a scarce amount of time for consolidation in class so the studying required at home is quite demanding. FINALLY, whereas I see my undergraduate degree as a stop-over academic stage of my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do other than have fun and come out with a 2.1 at the end of it, the GDL and my future legal qualifications have a lot more purpose to them and pressure riding on them.

That said, it is so important to maintain perspective along with the pressure we put on ourselves as students, no matter what stage of our academic, or even professional, lives we are in.

As with all of the exams I sit (other than my driving test), I like to remind myself that if it all goes horribly wrong and I crash and burn then it’s not the end of the world – now you understand why I excluded my driving test, right?

So let that be a reminder to myself and anyone else reading who this may apply to, keep up the hard work as we zone out of the January New Year’s buzz of motivation. May we maintain our strong work ethics whilst staying grounded and reminding ourselves that all we can do is our best!

Oh god, now I sound like my Dad.

Better leave it there.

Another Law Student of the studying sort.

New Year, New… Everybody, apparently!

Happy New Year all!

Hope you all had a fab Christmas and enjoyed celebrating the start of 2016.

I enjoyed spending mine with family and friends and managed to switch off from revision suspiciously easily. I used to be one of those people that felt guilty for not revising when I was relaxing.

Now though, when I am having breaks I couldn’t care less about work and somehow manage to zone out from the pressures of studies! I’m not sure how this happened but I’m certainly not complaining.

It’s so important to have breaks and be able to relax during busy times. Not just because it’s obviously not good for our health to be uptight and stressed. But it makes sense it terms of how well we want to do on our courses too. Work 24/7 and you’ll simply burn out. SO, cheers to relaxing!

I was going to saying ‘I’ll drink to that!’ but god help me I’ve committed myself to doing ‘Dry January’. Eek! If you’re reading this and also planning on not drinking a drop of alcohol this month then I salute you.

This isn’t part of a ‘new year, new fad’ for me as such, I’m not doing it to lose weight or anything like that. I just quite like the buzz of the challenge! Don’t get me wrong, I also like the buzz of drinking champagne (haha!) but 11 other months this year for lots of that.

Best of luck to you all for staying motivated to keep up with your resolutions, goals and, if applicable, your studies!

Another foooooooolish Law Student

Fail to Prepare – Prepare to Fail

Who knows what the future holds? Anything can happen in the future! You can’t predict what will happen in life. Every day is a new day…

YADA YADA YADA.

All of the above words are beautifully poetic and somewhat inspirational. But I’ll tell you what the future looks like it’s holding.

It looks as though it’s holding 6 more months of the GDL, another academic year for the LPC, and a two year training contract in the City. That is a solid 3.5 years where my academic and professional life are unlikely to take any crazy swings or roundabouts.

So I beg to differ. ‘Anything’ can probably not happen in the near future. It seems unlikely I will do anything but the above.

I had a conversation with my someone close to me yesterday. They told me it is not worth thinking about where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in 3 months,  6 months, 1 year’s time. They said there’s no point preparing for something that might not happen. WELL, I’m going to agree to disagree.

I don’t see the harm in pondering on where I’ll be living, who I’ll be with or what I’ll be interested in in the new future. But so many people seem so afraid of doing so?

Perhaps it is down to being a law student – it means we are allowed to let our imaginations take us further into the future than perhaps we ought to wonder.

The path into a legal career is a fairly straightforward one (albeit with a lot of obstacles to jump over on the way) but it is predictable to say the least. So why hide away from thinking about the future when so much of it seems set in stone already?

Then again, I did start reading Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’ which would completely argue against what I’ve just said. I never did quite finish that book though… The Power of I’ll read it later!

So I’d say I’m a law student plodding along through the present with my mind racing into the future – whether this is a good thing or not I’m not so sure.

Another Law Student …procrastinating

Hoping There Is Such A Thing As Karma…

This may be a very British thing for me to say but jesus some people are just. so. rude!

Manners don’t cost a thing. It’s not like they require hours of studying to gain. Manners aren’t a talent or a hereditary gift. They’re not rocket science. But SOME PEOPLE. JEEEEZ.

Today I met a student who I knew would be in the process of writing applications as it was clear they want to go down the training contract route. I offered some advice just in passing, drawing from personal experiences. I certainly wasn’t shoving it down their throat as I’d be the first to admit I am not any sort of pro! Well, the response I got in return was ungrateful at best and frankly downright rude!

You can IMMEDIATELY tell that someone with such an offensive attitude hasn’t a chance in hell of becoming a successful solicitor. At least I know for sure I wouldn’t want a solicitor who was rude and unapproachable. I’m not sure of anyone who would?

Anyway, talk about a good deed being thrown back in your face!

Onwards and upwards though – I’m not about letting people like that deter me from having and sharing positivity where I can.

Another law student.. wishing there weren’t quite as many rude law students about! In fact, let’s expand that to rude people in general. I kindly ask you, please and thank you, to eff off.

Only joking… sarcasm and irony doesn’t work so well via keyboard…! But seriously, cheer up everyone it’s Christmas!

Instagram: Where are the normal lot?

I can’t figure out why Instagram is so full of fitness, beauty and food bloggers packed with colourful photos and over-ambitious recipes. Meanwhile, there hasn’t been a fad for normal professions for the every day person plodding along with their every day job.

When I’m on my way to work yes I’d love to oggle at some yoga poses that I’ll never manage to do unless I remove the odd rib. And it’s great to see those freshly made cappuccinos that remind you everyone else is a tired as you!

BUT

I think there’s a gap in the market for some normal lives. Where are the profiles of the people who ignore their alarm clocks, rush to work in a fluster and arrive just in time for a bit of small talk with their colleagues and a day of work? Where are these more NORMAL people?

Another Law Student

Survived the first couple of months

So I’m back! I’m surviving, plodding along, trying to stay up to date with work.

In fact, I’m trying to do one better by actually consolidating some of the work I’ve done up until now so that hopefully my notes will be more revision-ready when it comes to Easter time.

I have my first exam at the beginning of January for EU law so revision for that needs to start soon. How that’s going to happen I do not know.

Lots of memorising I suppose!

Christmas indulgence will help with the work load I hope. Not so much with the health mind you. But.. reminder.. I’m trying to become a lawyer, not a personal trainer. So I’ll keep some balance and all will be well!

Thanks for reading.

Another blog post from another law student!