So I just got back a little while ago from this joyful, laughter-filled catch-up coffee date with one of my best friends, who I only saw once all summer as we worked in different cities. I feel like every time we get together, the conversation is full of ridiculous and hilarious stories dating from our childhoods to the present, lots of confessions that start with "so I've never really told anyone this before, but . . . " and hopeful discussions of all our aspirations for the future. We moved from Starbucks over to Panera for dinner because we literally talked for about 6 hours. She was going to use some of the time to study for the MPRE exam next week, but, oh well, that will have to happen another time! I am feeling so blessed right now to have such a great friend in my life.
We started talking about everything we want to accomplish in our last year of law school, because our time here runs short as we see graduation on the not-so-distant horizon. We came up with SUCH a great 3L bucket list/ goals list. Some of them are her ideas, some are mine, and some of them (#1 and #3, anyone?) are never going to actually happen. But they might. So here's our list:
1) Go skydiving. I mean, there's a place we can do it that's only an hour and a half away.
2) Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
3) Join the local all-women's roller derby team.
4) Volunteer at one of the local Habitat for Humanity events.
5) Take every advanced skills course we can possibly take (I'm thinking advanced litigation drafting, advanced civil procedure, tort law seminar, pretrial practice, and divorce mediation. Now that I'm pretty sure I want to do trial law and domestic relations/ personal injury work, I have a much better idea of the classes I need to be taking).
6) Go to trivia night at the Mellow Mushroom. This is what all the cool people are doing.
7) Invest significant time and energy into building strong friendships with the 1L and 2L students, and into mentoring them, giving them advice, and ministering to them. Be one of those people that the younger students look up to, trust, and confide in.
8) Go regularly to high-intensity training and Zumba classes on main campus.
9) Get up early and go running downtown on a regular basis.
10) Volunteer at the local adoption agency/ crisis pregnancy center.
11) Keep getting as much job experience as possible. We decided that developing practical lawyering skills was a lot more important than grades, although ideally, we'd do well with both.
12) Go to local bar events and network without being awkward. (This is going to be hard, because we are two of the most awkward people EVER.)
13) Get in shape and become those people who can do, like, 60 pushups in one minute.
14) Run a half-marathon.
15) Embrace leadership positions in various student organizations that we're involved in.
16) Go to her family's lake house for a weekend.
17) Actually look cute and make an effort when we're on campus. There have been times when I go days on end without wearing makeup/ doing anything with my hair, especially during finals, but this year, I just kind of want to look pulled together!
18) For me: ask the cute guy I met last week out on a date already.
So that's some of our ideas for the year ahead . . . I'll keep you all posted if we make any progress on this list!