Time management does not always work out in graduate school. I can always map out what i will do and try to maximize my time by doing readings while riding on the train. However, when you also work while in school or even having a lot of family problems going on during the semester can alter your schedule in a drastic way. That is the case for me. This week I have been physically and mentally exhausted from papers, work and just life in general. Most days I want to lay in bed, pull the covers over my head and just hide from my problems that are still waiting for me when I take the covers off. I created a schedule that I was going to follow because I knew myself and I thought I would break it up so I would have a limited amount of work each day. However, it’s funny how life will through a wrench in your plan.
This week’s pre-determined schedule did not work because it is always hard to determine what each day will bring after planning things out. For me, it’s back to the drawing board. Each day this week has truly had it’s surprises. I admire how some people have their schedules set in place and things just go their way. That’s not possible for me right now unless I make some changes, even though I know I cannot control certain situations from happening such as death or the train breaking down. But I know that I can always shift my perception from thinking everything is going downhill, to this is a bump in the road and I will get all my work done. If your reading this and you feel as though your time management skills may be like mine, just know we all have our moments when things do not go the way we manage. But it’s what we do when things go wrong that determines how far we willing to go for our goals and dreams. If your reading this and everything around you seem to be falling apart, I would say even if you plan out everything and it does not go according to plan, I challenge you to keep going and smile. Don’t worry we still will achieve our goals. But if we don’t keep moving forward even when things go wrong, we cannot accomplish them.
From as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. However, I was always unsure of the career path that I wanted to take. When I was younger I thought that I wanted to be a teacher, a hair stylist, a doctor and a writer. While in high school, I believed I wanted to be a stripper because I thought school was too hard and that college tuition was too high. Since I have no upper body strength, I probably would not get far. On the other hand, I always held in mind that I wanted to help people because I felt that I could be that difference in someone’s life.
Now that I am a college senior, I have kind of decided what I wanted to do. First, let me give you a brief overview of how I arrived at that point. When I was in high school, I contemplated the idea of what I wanted to do, I decided on law school. Why that I don’t remember. But I remember being accepted into a mock trial experience and it truly was one of the best weeks of my life. Also, during high school I did a year program at the district attorney’s office to learn about the different opportunities in the DA’s office. Still by that point I had not confirmed I wanted to go to law school. Even for my first two and a half years of college I had not really given it any consideration because I was shy, quiet and was never fully able to communicate my thoughts. However, after studying abroad I learned that I could not be afraid of failure, rather just take things one step at a time. I made it official that I wanted to try for law school after I talked to a second year law student, who was doing the 2L certification, told me to still apply although I was a little “behind” since he himself did not take the LSAT until February of his senior year and entered law school that fall.
I know for a fact that this will not be the easiest path that I am going to take, but I am ready. I like to think of all of the opportunities as being waves in the ocean. Side note I love water, although my zodiac sign is a fire sign it truly keeps me calm. The waves in the ocean come at times when you least expect them. Sometimes they can be big or little. But one enjoys them no less. That’s how I see opportunities, as waves that are meant to be enjoyed before they are no longer there.