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March 2008

Rebecca Emory 

March 2008

This semester has been extremely stressful; perhaps more stressful than last semester. The workload seems never-ending, the Appellate Brief has got everyone stressing out, and the job search is not always easy. We have two breaks this semester and I am taking full advantage of them. Our first break was in February, the next one is coming up mid-March.

For the first break, I decided to do absolutely no schoolwork and just relax. Although I have been putting in more hours in the library in the last two weeks than this entire semester, it was worth it. It is easy to lose perspective and get caught up in all the work, so for me it was necessary to take a break and get out of White Plains . I did a road-trip down to Charleston , South Carolina and Savannah/Tybee Island, Georgia. Spending a week in the sun (when New York got eight inches of snow) was amazing and refreshing. I was surrounded by people who knew nothing about law school and could care less about Pennoyer v. Neff. At school, all we talk about is cases, professors, and other students. When this is your life, it is difficult to talk about something else. I would recommend to everyone to take a break from school, gain back the motivation and remember why we torture ourselves with the massive amounts of homework. Next break is going to be just as refreshing. I am flying home to Germany and spending lots of time with my family. Since I'll be gone this summer, I am especially happy to see my parents this coming week. I do have to do some outlining and/or homework, well, at least I am planning on being a little productive. The end of the semester is sneaking up, so I'm looking forward to recharge my battery at home so that I can finish this semester without having a nervous breakdown.

Although this semester is tough, there are several events that make it more interesting. For example, ILS (International Law Society) has set up several events to talk about current aspects of International Law throughout this semester. There are always events going on at Pace and anyone can find something he or she is interested in. Right now, for example, I am thinking of applying to the Federal Judicial Honors Program. I'm not quite sure what I want to do, but this program is an amazing opportunity to learn more about federal clerkships. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the options I have. But I do hope that once I can choose my own classes, I will find out what I like and also what I don't like. I think all of us 1Ls are happy to finally choose our own classes for next semester. We have been lucky with our professors this year, but they can only make certain 1L courses so interesting. I am ready for this semester to be over, start my summer internship, and learn what I want to do with my life.

 

Rebecca Emory

Class:
First-year Student

Hometown:
Ratingen, Germany

Undergraduate Degree:  Political Science, George Washington University

Programs: International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot