In attempt to mitigate my nerves and take away from the panic that I'm experiencing at every waking moment, I'm blogging yet again. As I mentioned in my last post, thinking ahead has been a central theme within my 23 years of existence. I've never really mentioned my desire to go to law school and how it all began so now seems like a good time...
When I was a child I was addicted to reading and writing. I would reread my favorite novels 4-5 times and then I would write "great works of fiction". Since the age of 5, I put on performances at big family gatherings by singing, dancing, doing cartwheels, and then proceeding to answer questions with big vocabulary words. My parents would always get irritated with how much I talked and had an answer for everything. In middle school, grammar and memorizing vocabulary words were my passion. When my stepdad and I were at Round Table for our weekly pizza night, he told me that he could see me as a lawyer. Yes, my dreams of being a dentist were shattered, but after he explained the ins and outs of attorney life, I knew it was for me.
In college, I wanted to be like my stepdad and majored in engineering, thinking I could still go to law school for environmental law. Big mistake! I am such a crapshoot at math and science, there was no way I could maintain a high GPA to get into law school. I decided that I needed to change majors to something I enjoyed to earn better grades, so after my first year, I transferred to business, took business law courses, and found a job at a civil litigation and family law firm where they specialized in insurance defense, real estate defect, and obviously family law. I loved my time there, the energy, the people and being involved in all of the cases. I put together discovery, pleadings, correspondence, evidence, and was very close to the partners at the firm. Although I was making minimum wage, it was the best job I've ever had! Everything was just so interesting to me - the depositions, seeing clients and the clients' situations themselves, meeting all the attorneys and judges, and seeing the entire legal process unfold. I stayed there for over 2 years and regrettably had to leave after I graduated.
The experience made me realize that I could put my editing and reading/writing skills to use and that's how I got to my current job today which I also love. It's different working for a huge corporation but writing their contracts, leases and making sure everything is within compliance is interesting and opens up such a wealth of knowledge to be working with many different personalities from all over the United States. What I love the most about my job is that I work with both internal employees (sales executives and upper management) and clients. It's a great mix of everything and a different side of the legal field besides litigation. I'm still not sure what I want to do after law school but I know that I want to get into corporate law. Let's just hope I can get in first!