Well, this is officially the last time I’ll be writing the date as 2013! I have had a fantastic year, filled with so many great moments and it will definitely be year that I will remember for a long time as it was filled with so many new changes for me. I started Teen Court, started my first job at the Orlando Predators, graduated college and started law school! Also in this time I formed many great new friendships and connections with wonderful people that I hope will last for a long time.
I had a great New Year’s Eve. We had Parker (Margo’s boyfriend) and Thomas come over for dinner and some New Year’s Eve festivities, where we set off some sort of sparklers and played Monopoly. Monopoly was very fun to play and was very exciting because so many people were cutting deals, trying to avoid bankruptcy and buying property! It was a very intense game, probably the most intense out of any board game that I have played — definitely the most competitive. It probably didn’t help that I was trying to change things in my favor by cutting deals and encouraging people not to accept deals that weren’t beneficial to me. I came close to losing twice but I was able to recover and finished third. So all in all, a good game of Monopoly!
We went downtown for a bit and it was pretty surprising to see that downtown Mount Dora looked like a ghost town! There were a couple places open but usually downtown is pretty busy, even on holidays. So it was mightt weird not to have a lot of people around. We ran, threw the football around on the shuffle board court and Thomas, Benj, Annika and Dad raced across them. It was pretty funny to see Dad try to keep up with everyone!
We raced back home just in time to see the ball drop in Time Square and 2014 began. It was the ending of one era and the beginning of another. To kickoff 2014 we set off some light fireworks and it was a blast! 2013 was a great year and I hope 2014 can be just as good or even better!
These last few days have been pretty awesome! Christmas was a lot of fun as I got to spend a lot of time with family and have a good time. On Christmas morning when we were opening presents, Mom and Dad surprised Margo, Benjamin, Annika and I with a trip to the beach the next day! I was so excited because we hadn’t been to the beach in awhile and I thought it would be a fun trip. Mom also told us that we couldn’t bring any computers with us, which annoyed me slightly as I do a lot of work on the computer. I figured I could be without the computer for a couple of days before I will (hopefully) be back reading law books and using the computer.
The drive to the beach was very interesting because Benjamin was driving down to Madeira Beach (where we stayed), as he has his permit and I was a little bit nervous because I haven’t ridden in the car with Benj driving much. When he was driving and would go 5, 10 mph over the speed limit, or have one hand on the wheel and start talking to people, not putting his sole attention on the road. I would get nervous. Now sometimes I do these things when I drive but I’m not used to Benj driving and I don’t believe that he is experienced enough to be doing any of those things quite yet. I am a terrible backseat driver, I’m told.
When we got to the beach it was late at night so we ended up playing Monopoly the whole night and that was a lot of fun as I have never really played Monopoly knowing all of the rules. I didn’t win but it was fun to play anyway.
We were originally going to go biking the next afternoon but we ended up not going because the bike rental place did not have enough bikes available for us to rent. We walked along the boardwalk at John’s Pass. While we walked on the boardwalk we stopped and watched some fishermen unload their daily catch and sort out all of the different fish out, put them in ice and load them into trucks. It was pretty cool watching that as now I can see how the fish gets to stores, restaurants and packaging company. The smell was pretty bad at first but after a little while, I got used to it.
Later that night, we went to Bubba Gump’s, a restaurant based off of the movie Forrest Gump and I had a great time. It was very chilly that night but it was fine for me because I enjoy being in the cold weather. It’s a nice change from the seemingly constant heat in Florida! The dinner was great and I had an awesome time there with everybody!
I had a fantastic time at the beach these last few days and I’m happy Mom and Dad took the opportunity to take my siblings and I there to have awesome quality family time!
This has been a very crazy and very interesting last four months of my life! I have experienced so many ups and downs and new things in this journey so far and I’m happy to say that I have the first part of it done. I roughly have about two an a half years left to complete my journey through law school.
My classes, Torts, Property, Contracts, Civil Procedure and Legal Methods, along with Analytical Skills, have demanded a high level of work from me and a lot of discipline. The work level was completely different than anything I’ve ever done, it’s been a lot more difficult because of all the reading I have to do and then the style of writing is different from the type of writing I did in undergrad. Probably the hardest thing I had to do was to stay disciplined and have good time management of all of my work and other activities.
I was not very efficient with my time for the first half of the semester and so much more would have been gotten done had I been better at time management. For example, I did not set up a schedule for the time that I would have to workout so because I didn’t go to the gym very often. I put on about 15-20 pounds in four months. That’s not good. So next semester, and to all aspiring law students, make sure you have a schedule and great time management skills. One professor told me that one problem that lawyers have at first is that they procrastinate a lot. I had trouble with procrastination early in the semester but I think I got much better later in the semester as I was able to understand the subjects better and I had a better schedule.
The exam period was very stressful as I had to basically study everything I had learned so far in a span of two weeks! Together, Dustin, Audrey, Brandon and I studied for all of our exams during that two week period and then when the two week exam period rolled around, we studied very hard during that period of time too. It was very stressful during exams because I was studying all of the time, I didn’t know how I was doing in my classes and I was very worried how my grades might turn out. So far, a couple my grades have come in and I continue to be hopeful that I will be back at FAMU for my second semester of law school!
This semester has been difficult, but a blast at the same time as I have met so many cool people and have learned so many new things!