21. Updates on a New Academic Year

Law school classes, externships at the EPA, ballet classes, and teaching have all finally started up and I finally feel like the semester has officially started. So here’s an update on what this semester is looking like for me!

Law School
Today technically marks the end of the second week of law school classes for the semester, but since we didn’t have Monday classes for labor day, it doesn’t quite feel like two full weeks have passed. This semester, I only have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Most of my classes are late afternoon or evening classes and my earliest class starts at 11:10am.

I’m taking Environmental Law, Maritime Law, International Law, International Trade and Regulations, and an Externship Seminar. I really like all of my classes this semester because these are all subjects I am actually interested in and feel are very important for hopefully doing some kind of law relating to ocean conservation in the future. I think Environmental Law might be my favorite class, although to be honest it is hard to choose between my different classes.

On Mondays, I have Environmental Law in the morning and then a break from 12:30-3:30. Then, if I’m unlucky, I have three classes in a row from 3:30-9:55pm at night. If I’m lucky and don’t have my externship seminar (it’s only every other week), then I have class from 3:30-7:45. Those will be very nice Mondays. On Wednesdays, I just have Environmental Law in the mornings and then International Law from 5:45-8:45. Luckily I have lots of time to go home and eat and study between my classes in the afternoon.

Externship
So this semester I’m externing (it’s the exact same thing as interning, just during the semester) at the Environmental Protection Agency, more colloquially as the EPA. I have to work there 15 hours a week to get three credits for it and am working 9-5 there Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ve only gone for two days so far, but the place is great. I’m nervous to work there just because I don’t really know what kinds of tasks or projects I’ll get assigned every day. But it will be a very good experience and I’m glad I get the opportunity to work there.

Bonus points: the main staircase at the EPA looks like something right out of the wizarding world. There’s even a time-turner-like chandelier hanging down in the middle of the staircase.

Teaching
Last night was my first night back teaching at Adagio Ballet and the first day of classes for the school year. I missed being there. It’s such a wonderful group of teachings and students. The girls are all so sweet and hard working. Last year I was only teaching two nights a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays – there, but this year I’m teaching those two nights at the same time and then also two additional classes Friday evenings. I feel like I really lucked out with finding an amazing place to teach and I really am thrilled to be back.

In past years, Adagio’s Nutcracker was essentially their winter recital for all the classes. So my class last year was Spanish, the class next door was Chinese, etc. This year, they completely redid the structure of it so everyone who wanted to dance in the Nutcracker had to audition back during the summer. They also needed some party parents from the faculty and interested adults, so Ricardo and I will both be party parents this year! I’m so excited. I’ve never gotten to dance on stage with my significant other before. He’s going to be just fantastic. I’ll also be rehearsing another role I’ll be performing for their Nutcracker. Hint: there will most likely be a tutu involved.

Ballet Class
I haven’t been able to go take ballet class since I got back into town because my car decided to die on me two days after we got back. Thus, I haven’t had a way to actually drive to ballet class and it’s a bit too far away by public transportation or uber. My car finally got fixed two days ago, though, so this morning was my first morning back in ballet class. I actually get to take class every weekend now, as well as Fridays and possibly on Monday and Wednesday mornings before darting off to Environmental Law. Either way, it feels so great to be back. There are some things that I feel rusty with, but overall I’m amazed that I haven’t gotten too out of shape over the course of the summer. I feel good and motivated now and being back in the school context just helped me get back into ballet class mood as well.

Other
So I think those are my main responsibilities that occur every week! On top of that, all I have to worry about are job applications and interviews for a legal job next summer, possibly auditioning for and rehearsing for the upcoming Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society musical, and other items that may or may not pop up.

But every night I am lucky enough to get to go home to my amazing boyfriend and amazing little cloud being of a cat. My life would not be the same without them and I am so infinitely grateful for their places in my life. Neither Ricardo nor I would know what do without Rumple. He’s such a sweet, crazy little cat. He loves playing. He’s become so vocal that he will just meow and meowl at us for apparently no reason whatsoever sometimes. But we love him and I’m pretty darn sure he loves us back.

Now that things are settling down, I’m going to get back to regular blog writing. So thank you for reading!

1. Life Catch-Up and Impending Finals

My mind works on so many levels that it’s almost impossible to keep a linear map of all that is going on. My life is very much the same way. As such, this blog is going to be my attempt to explain both my mind and my life.

There’s a lot going on right now in my life. I keep finding myself on these precipices that lead directly to the next great step, if only I can take the leap. Luckily, the current precipice isn’t so much a precipice as much as a slight hill off of which I’m going to jump to land in a fluffy layer of clouds below.

Let me introduce myself. I am a 23-year-old law student at Georgetown Law just about to finish my 1L year and about to enter my second year of law school. I’m a ballet dancer and instructor. I’m a bookworm and I’m in love with everything fantastic and magical.  I graduated from the University of New Mexico at age 20 with bachelor degrees in biology and English (minors in economics and psychology).  I’m an overachiever, a dreamer, an idealist, a creative at heart, and a romantic.

My dream law job is to go into ocean conservation and protection of migratory marine species, but honestly I’ll be fine with any sort of environmental work between now and then. I really love policy work and am hoping to go into policy. Meanwhile, I’m teaching ballet and still taking ballet classes and want to be able to continue being a ballet dancer to at least some extent for as long as I possibly can. I’m simply unable to give it up.

It’s currently the Saturday before two weeks of finals. Law school exams, especially first year exams, are these anxiety-producing things that require you to intake an entire semester’s worth of material and somehow apply it all in either a three and a half hour in-class exam or an eight-hour take-home exam. I have two or three days each between each of my four exams, so those few days will be dedicated entirely to the upcoming exam.

This semester, I am taking exams for my classes titled Democracy & Coercion (a mix of Constitutional law and criminal procedure), Bargain (a mix of contracts and torts), Government Processes (administrative law), and Legal Process (civil procedure). My legal research and writing class was luckily due this past Monday, so at least I have one class out of the way. For my legal writing final, we had to research and write a brief within just over a week.

So currently I am studying nonstop for law school exams. I’m also teaching and having to find subs for a few of my classes so I can actually study and attend my exams over the next two weeks. I’ve been teaching at two studios this year and have been taking classes at a third. At one studio, I teach two technique classes a week to my intermediate students and then teach two levels of pointe classes after. At the other studio, I teach all day Saturdays and teach all ranges of beginners and beginner intermediate students, from younger children through pre-teens. Both studios are busy preparing for their recitals, which means I’ve choreographed a good seven recital dances over the past month or two. I’m quite proud of some of my choreography, I will admit. This is only the second time in my life that I’ve gotten the chance to really choreograph on a group of advanced dancers and I find it so incredibly fun.

I’m also performing in about two weeks. A small school/ballet company about an hour away needed an extra dancer to fill in for a dancer who dropped out. So I’ve been driving for over an hour every Sunday morning to go and rehearse for this show and then drive back to D.C. This performance happens two days after I finish my last final. I’m so excited about it. It’s been just about a year since I performed in any sort of ballet performance, even though I was Cha-Cha in Georgetown’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society this past fall. I’ve desperately missed rehearsing for and performing ballets, so hopefully this is the start of me being able to network and incorporate myself a little more into the dance community in the D.C. area.

And in two and a half weeks, my boyfriend and I are officially moving in together. To be fair, I’m just moving six floors down and two apartments over within my apartment building. However, this is the first time that either of us has ever actually moved in with our significant other as both of us have generally been used to long-term long-distance relationships. Truth be told, I’m a tad nervous but I’m also so incredibly excited. He is one of the best people I have ever gotten to meet in my life and I love him dearly. He is an uber nerd like me, and between the two of us, we have so many books that our apartment will be nothing but books. It will be like a dragon’s lair where instead of hoarding gold we hoard books. It will be wonderful.

I think that covers everything going on in the next few weeks. Next, all I have to do is figure out my schedule for this upcoming fall; I’ll be teaching at one studio still, having an externship at the EPA, and of course figuring out the madness and excitement of getting to choose my own law school courses. I will elaborate on all those points later.

This blog is going to be an attempt to track the journey my life is taking me on right now, but at the same time, this will probably be more of a guideline to my life and the musings of my mind. For the first time in my life, I’m truly happy with where I am. I want to enjoy this life and document it. If I inspire someone along the way, so be it. But I want to put my life story out there and here is the beginning of my attempt to do so.

P.S. Law is the means to an end. But life is the way to living.