October 03, 2013

Week One

One week of paralegal class down and, as I predicted, I’m the old fart in the class. Or the only one with gray hair, which isn’t quite the same thing but close.

Day 1 was overwhelming. 50 students. Multiple concepts about the Constitution, federal government, state governments and judicial system being thrown at you pell-mell. The room got hot and stuffy (or I had a doozy of a hot flash; same diff’). The chairs were the kind we had in grade school: wooden, hard, with a small flat surface on one side to write on, and let’s just say I’m a little bigger than I was in grade school. Thank God the chairs were anchored because I almost took mine with me every time I stood up. And, worst of all, no one talked to anyone and for an extrovert, that’s torture.

Day 2, much better. True, it was in another room which helped but the other thing that made a difference? Your friend and mine—knitting. I only knitted for five minutes before class but (1) it helped keep me from getting twitchy and (2) by the end of class I had talked to a bunch of muggles and knitters alike—including the teacher—about the socks on the needles. Boo-yah!

Day 3 and the first week down. Spending the day at the law library tomorrow. Man, these people do NOT waste time!

Posted by Ryan at October 3, 2013 11:32 PM
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I am also going back to school this semester and I have been taking a bottle of water with me. When my mind wanders, I take a sip. It keeps me from being fidgety.

Posted by: anj on October 4, 2013 07:02 AM

Yea for making it through week one. I remember when I did my paralegal training. I was just under 30 at the time, but in a class full of 18 year olds. Will you have to do an internship? I was lucky enough to turn mine into a job.

Posted by: Stacey on October 4, 2013 07:38 AM

Yay for old farts! I didn't realize that not talking to each other is torture for extroverts. Us introverts would have been perfectly happy to just sit in quiet companionship with their classmates.

Huh. Must remember to try to talk to the extroverts to make them feel better.

Posted by: Laurie on October 4, 2013 09:01 AM

Yeah, as an introvert it never occurred to me that extrovert suffer from a LACK of conversation. Must remember.

Awesome gadget for the fidgeter, guaran-damn-teed to start another round of conversations:
http://boingboing.net/2013/10/02/ultimate-fidget-pen-made-from.html
Here is the Kickstarter:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1171695627/polar-pen-both-tool-and-toy-pen-stylus-made-from-m
Back them for $35 and you get one. If you cannot afford that right now because of unemployment, health issues, etc., just keep it in mind for future fidget-itis.

Posted by: kmkat on October 4, 2013 10:55 AM

Brilliant. Count me among the introverts, shocked at the idea that a quiet classroom would be a problem. Super proud of you.

Posted by: pacalaga on October 4, 2013 11:32 AM

I think it is wonderful you have gone back to school. You rock :)

Posted by: Kimberly on October 5, 2013 01:18 PM

Yay you! I'm waitlisted for a class at UW that starts tomorrow and hoping someone lets me in....

Woot! for us old farts thinking in different ways! Sending good studying karma and hopes that the other extroverts in the class will soon reveal themselves...

Posted by: kt on October 8, 2013 01:41 PM

My doctor says that forcing your brain to work hard to learn new stuff is the best way to ward off Alzheimers. (Also prevents the return of cancer, but don't have scientific evidence to back this up.) So bravo for you!

Next step: Knit DURING class when you get fidgety. They'll make allowances for you since you are an Old Fart.

Posted by: Diana on October 10, 2013 11:13 AM

Professor here. We love old farts in the classroom! Helps keep those whippersnappers in shape! Go you!!

Posted by: Kristen on October 10, 2013 04:05 PM

I was 38 when I started law school, and that was about median age for our class. One woman was 70 when we graduated! You're never too old.

It's fascinating stuff! I loved it because it was all sorts of things I never thought about before.

One recommendation--you're a great writer and I know you will want to write great prose. But the big secret is that legal writing is pretty much formulaic. The people in my law school class who were liberal arts majors in undergrad school liked to scoff at us former science majors because they assumed they would be better at the legal research and writing. Nope. They were too busy trying to write "pretty" to get all the elements of the formula which are absolutely necessary (have you learned about IRAC yet?). Science majors "get this" and really excelled. Critical analysis wins the day, not fancy prose.

Posted by: Janknitz on October 22, 2013 03:21 PM

How have weeks 2-5 gone? I am sure you are doing quite well.

Posted by: PICAdrienne on November 3, 2013 09:04 PM
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