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#The2Llife: WE CAN DO THIS!

GUEST BLOG by Dani Gies,
2L at UCLA School of Law

Here we are: finals are upon us! WE CAN DO THIS!

Fotolia_111494910_Subscription_Monthly_XXLAs 2Ls, at the end of this finals season is a huge milestone: being halfway done with law school! For me, time has absolutely flown by. This is our third round of law school finals. We’ve read hundreds of cases, outlined hundreds of pages, and been cold-called several times. We’re old hands at this whole law-school thing. So breathe deeply, and make sure you get enough sleep. This year, I decided to treat myself to dinner every night of reading week (what’s a little more debt when you already have law school loans?). It was one of the best things I could have done. On Monday I had ramen, Tuesday was chicken tikka masala, Wednesday was street tacos, Thursday was Chinese dumplings, and Friday was Italian. It was a pretty great week. I also ate with fellow law students, and we shared these meals (relatively) free from law school stress. Each morning, I woke up happily satiated from food and friendship the night before.

This is just an example of how you can be kind to yourself this finals season. I also try to go for a walk outside and do yoga during my study breaks since it’s hard for me to be inside and sedentary all day. It has been important for me to try and spend quality, non-studying time with my law school friends as well. Everyone is on their own study grind (since we’re used to this now), so it’s important for me that we don’t get caught up in our individual study struggles, but remember that we’re humans and we like each other. Keep your head up this week, and remember that you’re a smart, talented individual who has done this all before! Good luck!