This January has been less than ideal. While I've been keeping my spirits up and generally attempting to remain positive and stress free, just one month into the semester things already seem to be going insane. The first week of classes started with the career center reminding us that it was time to start our internship searches for the upcoming summer. Within just four weeks, the semester has become a maelstrom of applications, readings, paper deadlines, and optional skills competitions that I chose to do (still not sure why).
In addition to this, a rogue snowstorm basically shut down D.C. last weekend, and I haven't been biking to class since then. In the absence of regular physical activity, I've become a neurotic mess.
January has also had it's good points. A rogue snowstorm basically shut down D.C. last weekend, providing an excellent day of sledding and tea. I live in a community house that's been very sweet and accommodating of my preoccupation and stress, and I've had weekly cooking sessions for cookinginpjs.com to keep me sane. I have made quite a lot of pie crust, and while it's not perfect quite yet, it's pretty delicious.
I've been obsessed with two songs this month: 1.) Dark Times, by Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, and 2.) Yoga, by Janelle Monae
Honorable mentions go to everything else Ed Sheeran has ever produced, Hoodie Allen's acoustic album, the complete works of Jidenna, and Frank Waln.
I've applied to a number of internships, and am working slowly but surely on Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne. David also happens to be a musician, and one of the founding members of the Talking Heads, whose music I had not previously heard. I'd give it a solid A-.
I watched The Great British Baking Show, which was as amazing as every single word in that title would indicate. Loved every minute of it, and found myself taking notes on baking techniques to try sometime when I'm not swapped with deadlines!
I think the biggest struggle with law school can be retaining the things that you enjoy but that don't really contribute to your law school performance. It can be difficult to retain those vestiges of yourself, especially because school itself is SO overwhelming. It often feels like the seconds are sprinting by, and it can be difficult to maintain your sense of self within the hubbub.
I'm still trying to find that balance for myself, and January was a swing and a miss in that regard. But hey - that's what February's for!