Things I Wish I Knew, Vol. 14: New semester resolutions you should have (and ones you shouldn’t)

Happy almost new year!

I find that this time of year, people generally fall into one of two buckets: what I like to call the Calvins of the world…


…and those of us who resolutely (heh) make a list of things about ourselves that we would like to change. If you’re anything like me growing up, you make your list feeling great about it  every December, then come February, you kind of feel the way you do when you’ve napped for too long: disoriented, vaguely angry, and wondering what the heck happened to you.

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1L Summer Internships

“You’ll never know if you don’t try.” That’s what my mom said to me when I thought about applying to NASA’s General Counsel’s office. After a few chuckles with my dad about the prospect of me actually landing a job at NASA, I sent in my application. A few weeks later I was invited for an interview.

I utilized the resources at BC Law to prepare for the interview including a mock interview with Career Services, intensive research on Bloomberg with the Law Librarians, and chatting with Professor Mary Bilder (my Property professor) about her father’s paper on mining Helium-3 on the moon. All of these resources helped me prepare for the interview and eventually land the internship at NASA.

I hope you’ll consider these tips and resources to expand your 1L summer internship search:

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Time for a little light reading over break

In addition to the relief of the workload that finals season imposes, the end of the semester gives you the chance to read something you choose. Law school doesn’t provide much free time to kick back with any books besides the ones your professors assign for class reading.

Personally, I’m taking the opportunity to sink my teeth into something written by a former Supreme Court justice that isn’t about what the law is, but rather what he thinks it should be. No lengthy fact patterns or dissents!

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