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Take Your Vitamins

GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin, 2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

               Until last week, I’d thought I could make it through law school without having to rely on my classmates much. I, clearly, was delusional.

It all started Monday afternoon as I was completing a project.

I stood up from a table in the library and all of a sudden, I started randomly shaking and having EXTREME muscle cramps in my legs and arms. My hand was closing by itself and I couldn’t open it. I wasn’t in control of any of my muscles on my left side and it felt as if I was bench pressing 300 pounds. I was so afraid. I thought I was having a stroke or some type of anxiety attack, neither of which I’ve ever had before.

The shaking only lasted for about 30 seconds; so, once it ended and I realized that I was actually cognizant of what was happening, I figured, I wasn’t dying, which was good news. I was still a bit shaken up and decided to head back to my apartment. Then, it happened again. I ended up going to a minor care walk-in clinic. According to all of their tests, everything was fine. I went back home, went to sleep, and woke up the next morning with the SAME feeling. I ended up spending my entire Tuesday in the emergency room. Tuesday was followed by a week of visits to my primary care physician in my hometown, where the doctor revealed that I was Vitamin D deficient (something I never even knew existed.) Ultimately, I ended up missing an entire week of class.

Now this story isn’t intended to be a sad one. Instead, this is to highlight one of the biggest lessons I got from this experience. Other than the importance of taking my vitamins (Hahaha!), I learned the importance of the role that some of my law school classmates play.  Not only did some of my professors show signs of concern, but some of my classmates went the extra mile to ensure that I got the notes that I needed. I even had a classmate call me during class so that I could listen in… AMAZING!

Until last week, I’d thought I could make it through law school without having to rely on my classmates much. I, clearly, was delusional.

So, this week’s important takeaway: Find a core group, people who really want to see you succeed, and cling to them. Like vitamins, these people will support you in your time of need. If you’re a slight introvert like I am, you’re tempted to stay to yourself, but take it from a self-proclaim and widely-recognized introvert…..we can’t handle this beast by ourselves. Sooner or later, you’re going to need some assistance.

P.S. In the literal sense of the word, take your vitamins. Seriously, just take them. You don’t want the shaking/cramps thing.

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