Law School Has Made Me One-DimensionalI used to play guitar. I actually used to play alot. I wrote music and even went as far as getting a four track and recording some songs. Now? Not so much. The culprit? Law school.
In the weeks before entering law school, I thought, "Boy, this is gonna be tough. I'm gonna have to be at school, doing work, from eight in the morning until maybe five at night!" To me, that sounded like alot of school work. Up to that point, I had not spent more than a few hours, a couple days a week doing homework. Now I was looking at five hours a day, five days a week! Boy, was I wrong. It turned out to be more like 8-8, with at least a little bit on the weekends.
I'm not trying to complain about the work. I understand it's all just part of the game. I can do work; I get tired of it, but I get it done. My real issue with law school is what happens to the rest of your life as a result of that work. Law school does not produce well-rounded individuals, unless of course you are referring to weight gain. I've seen plenty of law students put on more than a little weight. For some reason, 12 hours per day of sedentary labor will do that to a person. But I digress. Law school is focused on teaching you how to do alot of work and deal with stress. I'm not sure if it creates great people in its attempt to create great lawyers.
That goal is not conducive with creating a well-rounded person. I try to maintain some health and fitness activities. I squeeze in a 25 minute phone conversation with Ms. Metropolis. My guitar, however, remains in its case, buried somewhere in between the radiator and my dresser. The four track is underneath the VCR, buried deeper even deeper in dust. I think my mic stand is here somewhere, but I haven't seen that in a while. I haven't played in quite some time. I really don't like that. I really don't like that I am in not as well-rounded as a used to be. Now I find myself doing less productive things with my free time, simply because I have no ambition.
At law school orientation, every speaker told us to maintain the lives we brought to law school. If they really meant it, maybe they should consider changing the educational experience to make that feasible.