A lot of my nerves are now calmed - I've just endured two 9-hour days full of inspiring presentations from very respectable alumni, professors, older law students, newer alumni, and various campus organizations. I still have 2 more days to go and I am beyond exhausted as I have a ton of homework/reading/briefing that I have been doing and still need to do before classes start next week.
Until You Cry...
I've had a lot of time to think during these presentations, and we even had our first meeting for our legal analysis, research and writing course. Although most would think that these topics and presentations are boring, I enjoyed every bit of it. As tired as I was and as much as I missed my BF and my life in San Diego, I can't help but think that I made the right decision and this school and this education was meant for me.
Education as an Investment
Alumni were proud to call our law school their alma mater and have mentioned that it was such a great investment. They stated that they knew it was expensive and they knew that we were wondering if it was worth the money and hard work, and they kept saying it certainly was. This really made me think long and hard about the money that I will be paying back towards my student loans in the future.
I have come to terms that I will have a student loan payment for many years, and if I do not find a high-paying job that can accommodate all my other bills and cost of living, for much longer than I would want to pay them for. That's the worst case scenario, and I am okay with that. I think we all get caught up in the numbers sometimes and I know that I get a bit blinded (or sticker shocked) at times since I have to be careful not to spend my money unwisely. However, education is such an important investment and although we complain about student loan debt, I think the pros outweigh the cons.
The point of this post wasn't just to ramble, but to just remind myself and share with others that had I been strongly opposed to student loan debt and if I was just looking at law school tuition, I wouldn't be where I am right now. I wouldn't have been immersed in this feeling that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing in my life, and I would have always had that question of "What if?" in my mind. Not everyone can get scholarship money. Not everyone can work tons of hours while going to school just to pay for an expensive tuition. But we can all focus on our goals and what we want our future to look like, and we can always try.
Have you ever felt so happy with your life that you just wanted to cry? If not, what are you planning on doing to get there?