When You Need an Adult But You Are an Adult

Aidan, 26         

“I wanted a career that was more challenging and engaging than the one I was in, and I wanted a career with more earning potential.  

“[I gave up] three years of generating income and work experience in another field. I have made sure not to sacrifice my relationships with friends and family. I may see some people less, but I make sure to take the time every once in a while to catch up with people.” 

Getting back into the “swing” of things… I was ready to get back to school and jumped right into studying. I read a lot online about how best to approach law school and tried out a number of methods until I found what worked best for me. 
Biggest shock of coming back to school… How much younger my average classmate was. I expected more to be closer to my age, but most were 22. 
Greatest challenges in law school… Organizing my time effectively. I worked 8:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, so having free time for large portions of every day that I needed to schedule myself took some getting used to. 
Greatest resources… Friends and family that already work as lawyers. I sought advice from a number of practicing attorneys who were all more than willing to help me and provide advice. 
Law school and your personal life… I always make sure to take at least one full day for myself on the weekend so between that and a few nights during the week I am able to maintain both. 
Your Story/Advice… Not a story, but I think that being an older law student has been an advantage in law school. I am better able to connect with my professors and even current lawyers that I have met. Also, since I had taken a break from school none of my bad study habits from college carried over and I was able to start from scratch. 

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