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I love it when things turn around in 24 hours.

Yesterday I was lamenting possibly not being able to finish my Master’s thesis. Turns out I can, as long as I obtain permission to do so from my advisory committee, which my supervisor doesn’t think will be a problem.

Hallelujah!!

Today I had my first day of law school orientation. At some points I thought, “I LOVE it here!” At others I inwardly cried, “I DO NOT want to come back tomorrow!”

This seems to be the normal reaction to the first day of law school.

I did score some cool swag, though. All of it is emblazoned with various law firm names. There are book markers, pens, a USB laptop light, a laundry bag (? – although it was a good idea since I could put all of the other stuff inside it), a fancy-shmancy thermos, a folio and hand sanitizer (yes, the H1N1 paranoia is in full swing – even in law school).

We were welcomed and re-welcomed, commended for getting into law school and told that getting in was the hardest part. I beg to differ.

My midterm December classes are worth 20% while my finals in April are worth 80%. I will probably fail one of my midterms; in one 1L (first year law) class section last year, EVERYONE failed the property midterm.

I also learned that the U of S can give out a grade of F— (yes, F triple minus).

Uh oh.

I understand the ‘scare tactics.’ I know I’m going to have to study like I’ve never studied before. And I will be EXTREMELY happy if I keep my average above 75. I don’t know if that’s a good goal or not, but it’s my goal. Apparently marks go up in 2nd year, as 1L is a learning year, where you figure out all the concepts, how to study and research and how to properly communicate in legalese.

However, I don’t feel that overwhelmed. I’m intimidated, but it’s all doable.

Then again, I have approximately 75 pages to read for Thursday, my first ‘official’ day of classes.

And so it begins…

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An attempt at a picture of River Landing from tonight.

I have spent waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time by myself lately. Spending too much time alone leads to waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much thinking on my part and results in overthinking. Overthinking, for me, occurs when I basically decide to blow up everything and start all over again. Last night at 3:00 am I had myself convinced that I should withdraw from law school and finish Thesis then apply to another law school out of province, preferably the University of Alberta.

I really hate it when I get like that.

Don’t worry; I’m not going to do it. As much as the idea of moving to Edmonton appeals to me, I can’t go through the process of applying to law school for a third year – especially when I’ve been ACCEPTED the first two times! It’s time to get this show on the road.

But needless to say, I’m a little stressed right now. I’m tired from all of those nights I worked and am pretty nervous about starting law school. I spent some time today reading some ‘Top Ten Lists’ which helped to calm my nerves. I know I can handle the schoolwork part; I’ve been in school so long that writing papers and exams is a breeze – as long as I don’t procrastinate. However, I’m paranoid about this whole Socratic method where apparently the teachers call on anyone at anytime to answer a question. And I have it on good authority that at least 2 of my 6 profs are some of the worst on faculty. Then there’s the ‘mooting’ thing which scares me to death; I can sing in front of people but speaking in front of them can be an issue – especially when it’s for school. But mostly, I’m just worried that I’m going to be a sucky lawyer.

And then there’s the whole thing with Thesis. There’s a very real possibility that I’ll have to completely withdraw from my Master’s program and then apply for readmission after I’m done law school. This afternoon I fired off another e-mail to the College of Grad Studies asking them for advice as to what I should do (my first went unanswered). I’m more than happy to complete it next summer or finish it concurrently with my first semester of law school. But I don’t think they’re going to let me do that. This whole situation is what’s bugging me more than anything.

So to get out of my funk, I decided to leave the house and head out to Starbucks for something nice and cool; it also seemed like a good opportunity to do my annual ‘goodbye to summer’ walk. With a Strawberries and Cream frappuccino in hand, I drove out to River Landing. My original plan was to go to favourite spot on the east side of the Broadway Bridge, but when I drove there I found out that there was construction going on and I couldn’t get through. I really, really, REALLY wish it would have been open for reasons that will become more apparent…

It was beautiful down by the river. There was a nice breeze, no bugs and it was relatively quiet. I took a few pictures, only one of which turned out half-decently, and walked north towards the Victoria Bridge and its cheesy lights (I still can’t believe the city put out $500,000 for those tacky lights). The Landing was full of activity the farther north I walked. There were at least 15-20 people salsa dancing, or learning to salsa dance, lots of couples sitting and walking around, many dogs walking their owners and even some parents with their kids. I found a bench a little ways away from the main crowd and settled myself in to enjoy the beautiful evening. I was even singing ‘Harvest Moon’ in my head as I watched the reflection of the moon on the river.

And then I heard a voice. A very familiar voice.

It took me a minute to place it. I turned around to see who it belonged too, even though I had a very good idea of who it was and knew it was the last person I needed to see tonight.

It was my thesis supervisor.

I silently swore and quickly turned back around, hoping he wouldn’t recognize me. And he didn’t. He was with a couple of other people, engaged in conversation and didn’t even glance at me.

Why, oh why, oh WHY did there have to be construction on the other side of the bridge?? The close encounter left me rattled, mostly because I took it as a sign (and because I haven’t sent him my first draft). So I hightailed it out of there, as my peaceful mood had vanished and my salute to summer was ruined.

Ugh. Not the way I wanted to start the year.

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