law school, life

Confessions Of A First Year Law Student

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You know that phase in life where you think you’ve got it all sorted out and you know what you’re doing in? After finishing high school I was one of those people and then BAM law school happened.

Here are my musings of what I learnt after doing law for one year. Just remember it’s all fun and games!

Being stressed becomes a new way of life 

With all the readings, the principles, the high expectations and competition from your peers, being stressed becomes a core attribute for your personality. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t stressin’ and I have to admit I’m kinda missing it over the holidays

Be prepared to meet some of the biggest personalities out there

Evidently, if you’re in law school, you’re opinionated (at least to some degree). This means that no conversation you have with your fellow elites will be devoid of contradictions. I have met some of the most quirky, outspoken and driven people in this cohort

Drama follows you everywhere

This isn’t just true of law school but given that we’re all very heavy headed and intelligent we don’t skip a beat when it comes to jumping on the juciest gossip and enjoying every last bit of it.

Egos are at an all time high 

Okay law school is hard. While the academics themselves manage to crush the life out of you, add to that extra curriculars and ongoing politics. Which is why it is no surprise that law students are some of the proudest and arrogant folks out there. I mean we worked so hard to get here, hell yea we’re gonna announce to the whole wide world that we study LAW

Aside from these very important observations I also learnt that caffeine becomes your new best friend and notes and Google Docx have never seemed more dearer

Book reviews

OMG Shakespeare | Redefining Literature ft.hashtags


We’re all aware that Shakespeare has written history’s THE MOST iconic plays but OMG Shakespeare is a series of adaptations with a fresh take on the already well-known plays.

Written in the form of text messages and status updates, the “plays” make use of 21st century’s best emojis and hashtags to convey the plot and character journeys throughout:

YOLO Juliet 

Macbeth #Killingit

A Midsummer Night #Nofilter 

Srsly Hamlet 

The books span in about 100 pages each and are a quick entertaining read if you’re looking to refresh yourself between doing loads of homework. I first came across them browsing the humour section in the book store and knew I absolutely had to get them.

They take the mickey out of Shakespeare but also, the plot is extremely simplified and much less painful to read thank God. Although, I wouldn’t recommend you to start off reading these before you’ve read the actual plays, this is something you;d normally read after to have a laugh.

How pathetic some of the characters and their decisions are is really obvious in these books. The layout makes it so convenient although you have to be in the know with all the emojis and hashtags which is why the informative sections at the front and back of the books are really helpful.

For all Shakespeare fans and readers out there, I’d definitely recommend flicking through these if you ever come across them and have a good laugh!

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Book reviews

Me and Earl and the Dying girl- Book review

Author: Jesse Andrews
Genre: Young adult, humour, contemporary
Pages: 295
Published: March 1st 2012

 
Definitely one of the strangest books I have read so far.
I mean that in a good way. It took me 2 and a half days to whiz through this thing because It was just so amazing and I’m about to tell you why.

 
Summary:
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

 
I have been eyeing this book at my local bookstore for the longest time and finally when my friend gave this to me as a present (thank you!) I couldn’t resist but read it immediately.

 
Side note: Let’s take a moment to appreciate the cover, it truly is a creative genius.

 
Get this, Me and Earl and the Dying girl was hands down the most realistic and honest book I’ve read this year. Nothing was sugar coated like “oh this is a teenage book so we have to be careful”, no there was cussing and there was fart jokes and I loved that about this book.

 
The author was really frank like at the start of the book he tells you that this isn’t some deep book about dying and falling in love and that people should just pick up a different book if they were expecting those things. I like that, I like fair warning and honesty.
Our main character Greg is this hateful, clumsy guy and he is hilarious. I loved how Greg was flawed and he wasn’t your typical YA hottie who gets the girls with his shyness, instead Greg is this typical teenage moron who doesn’t know what he is doing with his life. His voice is SO strong, I honestly felt like I was in his head, literally seeing things from his perspective. This is one of my favourite aspects of the book: Greg’s characterization and his humorous dialogues.

 
Greg has this friend or should I say “co-worker” (as Greg likes to describe him), his name is Earl. Earl is just this err unique kid. Some of the things he says leave the reader like wtf and that just makes it that much more hilarious. Greg and Earl like to make movies together and they are whacked up movies, I love how this book is just so out there with the crazy ideas.

 
The “dying girl” is Rachel. I honestly feel like she wasn’t present as much in the book but I did like her overall, especially her snorting at Greg’s jokes (just writing that makes me giggle, gives you an idea of how funny the book is huh?)

 
The format of the book also makes it an appealing read because most of it is in script format (see picture below). This format avoided the whole “he said”, “she said” which can be a waste of words honestly. It also made it a quick read. Also, there were lists in the book and I like lists.

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Me and Earl and the Dying girl by Jesse Andrews was an honest, humorous and light read. It escaped my mind throughout the book that this was a work of fiction because it was just so down to earth. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.

Rating

5