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Blawgosphere – The Personal Commencement Address

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I think one of the nice, unintended consequences of law student blogging is that you’re left with a kind of record of your tenure and a certain reflection on the experience. Won L’s That’s a Wrap is thus far my favorite example of a blawgosphere sub-genre I’m call the ‘personal commencement address.’

Dear Pre-Law School Unsolicited Advice Giver,

You were wrong.

You told me that it would not be worth it and you were wrong. In more ways than I can expound, law school has been worth it. When I cross that stage on Sunday and receive my diploma, I will be reflecting on just how worth it these past three years were.

You told me that it would be the most miserable three years of my life. Granted, it was a lot of work. It was grueling and intellectually tiring and sometimes even emotionally exhausting. Still, it was far from miserable.

You told me that law school would turn me into a negative cynical person. Well, I still wake up every day smiling. I am still happy with the decision I made. I still look forward to the challenges ahead of me. Oh, and any cynicism present was already in me.

You told me that I would not make lasting friends because law school students are cut-throat and competitive. Actually, it was quite the opposite. I got close to some of the most intelligent, supportive, downright amazing people I have ever met. I found people that I can truly call friends…friends that will stay with me forever.

You told me that having a law school blog would be a waste of my time. Wrong again. WonL has kept me sane during the past three years. I would not have gotten through things in the same way if I did not have this outlet. I have cherished everything that WonL has brought into my life and I will miss it. Now it’s time for Law-Rah to become Laura again.

Farewell,
Law-Rah

Hmmm… Is it premature to start working on one now? Probably. I doubt I could top that anyway. Incomings, taking the wayback machine to 2004 with law-rah wouldn’t be a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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  1. Law-Rah says:

    Wow, thanks so much for your kind words. I think keeping a blog the past three years has been the best decision I ever made. I often look back and see just how much I have changed and how far I have come (at least I think so:-). Keep it up…you will be glad you did!

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