What should I do with my life after college? Should I go to law school? Would I even be able to survive law school? What do lawyers even really do?
For a solid year, these questions circulated through my head constantly. As people do for anything nowadays, I turned to the Internet to get answers to my questions. What I found were articles published by news or legal sites that gave me generic answers like, “you have to answer this for yourself,” or, even more discouraging, “no, you shouldn’t.”
I didn’t personally know many people in law school, but I wanted a personal answer. While searching through Pinterest, I finally found some law school blogs written by current students or recent grads who seemed just like me and who initially had the same questions I did. I got a more realistic sense of how much law school really expected from you, how to maintain a social life when you have non-stop studying to do, and advice to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed. Suddenly, I was able to envision myself as a law student. Blogging was part of the curriculum for my journalism degree in undergrad, so I knew I was capable of creating my own blog. I figured that if I found law school blogs to be so hopeful, then there were certainly other people out there who would too.
At first, I was apprehensive about being able to keep up a blog while staying on top of my studies. However, I’ve found that having hobbies outside of law school has been essential to keeping my sanity. It allows me to set non-academic goals for myself, such as writing X number of blog posts per week, or learning a new tool on Google Analytics. Reaching these blog-related goals gives me a sense of accomplishment, no matter how I’m feeling about the material I’m learning in class.
Creating my blog, TellingTwenty.com, also gave me another layer to myself as I enter the professional legal field. Having “Blogger” on my resume is an invitation for discussion about something other than grades and writing samples. It also allows me to look at the whole experience differently. When I don’t do as well on a test as I wanted, I try to think, “What am I going to do better next time?” and then I turn it into a lesson for my blog-followers and myself. Whenever I get stressed out, I also try to brainstorm things that help me relax that would work well for others.
Additionally, the Internet is still a relatively new phenomenon. This means that many well-established companies (like successful law firms) are still working to incorporate the digital age of social media into their traditional business models. Knowing how to build websites, create content, and connect and engage with clients is an essential and valuable skill in today’s world, regardless of what industry you are in. The fact that I am doing these things already makes me very marketable, even though I’m still in law school.
I don’t know where I’ll be in five or ten years, but I do know that whatever career path I end up on, I want to share my experience and advice with others that have been in the same seat. And this blog, Telling Twenty, will be one of the avenues through which I can do that.