Due to the intense demands of the daily grind, it’s no wonder that law students find it difficult to live a life outside the four walls of the classroom. Whether you’re a freshman struggling to adapt to the life you have recently chosen (a decision you may or may not have already regretted), a sophomore trying to balance work from twenty-five units of classes, a junior working to understand the intricacies of labor law, or a senior just waiting to get the two sacred letters every Atenean lawyer cannot graduate without, you are undeniably stuck with a mountain of school work and trying to uncover your unfortunate self from the depths of its horrendous masses.
Just like everything found on this beautiful green earth, too much work can never be good. Sometimes, despite the overwhelming amount of cases you need to read or the recitation you know you’re on deck but haven’t prepared for, you have to afford yourself a reprieve from the responsibilities which life in law school demands.
The escape need not be a particular form. Sometimes, it can come in the form of dinner and drinks at an exciting new restaurant along Jupiter Street or a two-hour-long conversation between friends regarding whatever could be happening with secret and cleverly-renamed campus crushes. For some, it could be participating in the various activities which the different school-based organizations have to offer. Other times, it can even involve finding some joy in learning.
I have resorted to all of the above during my entire stay in law school, and more, just to keep my sanity in check. I learned this technique early on in my freshman year as I was struggling to get my first (and eventually only) good mark in recitation in Constitutional Law 1, then taught by the highly-venerated yet terrifying Father Joaquin Bernas. A concerned citizen advised me that sometimes, one had to learn to relax. Too much fear and panic paralyzes in a way that prevents learning. In order to prevent this, clearing up the mind from unnecessary stress helps one study better.
This does not in any way whatsoever intend to encourage reckless actions which could result in the failure to read the required coverage for class. Instead, this article strives to be a reminder to all those who may read this – whether student or alumni or random passerby – that everything should come in moderation. Our limit for responsibilities and work and everything in between can only withstand so much that we need to take a step back and enjoy the beauty around us. At the same time, it is only by dealing with life’s difficulties that we learn to enjoy and appreciate the good things life has to offer.
So, for you who may have been too focused on school and work before finding this column, try to live, laugh, eat. The work can wait. P