Work diligently.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Hard work is the key to success, so work dilligently on any project you undertake. If you truely want to be successful be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 pm and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, dont allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it."
Charles Lazarus
I was given this quote right after I graduated college, and at the time I really didn't know what it really meant. To say the least, I wasn't that diligent when it came to my homework. I did what I needed to get by and I got by, but I definitely wasn't the one with all the cords around my neck come graduation.

Then I went to law school and my whole world sort of changed. I couldn't just get by because I was "naturally smart." Spending 30 minutes on class reading and 2 hours for a paper due the next day soon turned in to 5 hours of class reading and days of preparation for a paper. This past year I've definitely been challenged mentally more than ever, physically & emotionally.  It's more work than I've ever known. But I have hope because one week from today, I will be finished with my 1L year classes. I will have pushed through, fought the good fight and finished. (Besides finals of course). This year has been a rush, and in one short week it will be over. I will be a 2L, I never thought I'd ever be able to say those words. But, I keep reminding myself that I'm doing what I love, I'm doing what my heart wants. The next three weeks are going to be challenging, there will probably be tears of stress, anxiety and utter-frustration, but I will keep my faith in myself and my abilities, and I will find solace in that.

So to everyone in my boat, to everyone who's working hard towards their dream, to my 1L class, it's been quite a year, let's kick these finals where they deserve it and move on, let's be 2L's. So, keep studying, keep pushing, keep working dilligently. Because, I can guarantee you, it's going to be a proud moment when you can say, "I did it."

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