Life Updates: Graduating Law School and Everything After

Hey readers! I know it’s been a longggg time since the last time I wrote blog post. It’s actually been since the middle of March, if you wanted to know the specifics. Well it’s now OCTOBER and A LOT has changed in my life. So much has changed that I decided to dedicate THIS POST to catching you all up on what has happened in since March and what is new in my life right now!

I finished law school.

Yes, ya girl is finally done with school FOREVER. I can’t even put into words how happy I am about this. 3L Year was really rough. I was overwhelmed a majority of the time and could not figure out how to balance everything I had going on in my life at the time (hence why my blog was big chillin’ here). I elected to take 2 classes Pass/Fail instead of getting grades because I was just over the whole law school process. In retrospect I wish I had gotten a grade for one of them because I think it would have helped instead of hurt but fuck it who cares. I still graduated, which brings me to the next point.

I graduated from law school (in person).

I’m so happy we were able to have an in person ceremony. I feel for all the fellow students who weren’t able to. I received my 2nd dose of the vaxxie prior to graduation (and did not experience any wild symptoms, truly blessed) and I loved everything about the ceremony. I also won aDean’s Award y’all! It was a wonderful ceremony. We were allotted 6 in person guests and then the rest of our friends and family could watch it online. The first thing I did after graduation? I took some pictures outside, went home, took a nap, and ordered sushi on uber eats. I wish I took more pictures with my family and friends but my mom was kinda rushing for some reason so we left. Additionally, the week between graduation and bar prep, I slept. I wish I had took a trip somewhere fun or something.

I studied for and sat for the bar exam.

This (aside from taking the exam itself) was probably the worst experience of my life. Bar Prep was not fun. It was very isolating and normally that wouldn’t have as horrible (for me) if I hasn’t already spent the 1.5 years isolated from everyone during the pandemic. If I’m completely honest, my mental health struggles worsened a great amount during this time. My fitness was not the best even though I literally have a Peloton at home. The good news is, I know what I will change when I study for the CA Bar.

I took a mini-vacation to San Diego.

It was nice to get away from everything for a few days. I will say that outside is expensive as hell now. I know the hotels and Airbnb people probably made way less of a profit in 2020 but that doesn’t mean they need to have these ridiculous ass prices. They’re going to make me stay at home some more with those prices. Anyways, usually my visits to San Diego have me all over the place but this time around I mainly stayed in PB (Pacific Beach). It’s one of my fave parts of San Diego to just chill in, which I needed. I went to the beach a few times but the best time was unfortunately a few hours before I left. The weather was perfect and sunny but not too hot. I missed the beach so much. 2020 was the first year since I graduated high school that I didn’t spend any time in San Diego. This trip was almost perfect (I would have liked to stay longer but like I said, outside is expensive now) and just what I needed before I started my first big girl job.

I started my first full-time salaried job in the legal field (big girl job).

Idk what is it about being in school (without working) that has always made me feel like a diet adult but ya girl is officially an 8-5 worker. I would have liked more time off but I am also so grateful to have a job right out of law school. I’m finally adjusted to these 40* hour work weeks. One thing I desperately need is a better morning routine. I need to become one of those people that works out at like 6am or so but I’m not there yet, haha. This is my main focus moving forward because I am too tired to workout (even though I still do) by the time I get off work and I need to get my fitness together. I have been doing a decent job with my fitness so far in October.

I was able to get my clerkship back in January and I’d write more about that experience if that’s something my law school readers want to know more about. Let me know!

I passed the Nevada Bar Exam!

On October 8th, 2021 I found out I passed the Nevada Bar Exam! I honestly couldn’t believe it because I left that exam feeling that I had failed miserably and made peace with either outcome. I was so sure I didn’t pass I didn’t even rush to take the MPRE which is needed before you can officially be admitted into the State Bar. Due to that, I will not be able to be officially sworn in as an attorney until sometime in December or after. I’m in no rush as it’s not necessarily needed for my job. I feel like I need to write a whole blog or have a podcast episode dedicated to this experience so I might do that.

That’s what I’ve been up to the last 6ish months and wow, writing this and reading it back, A LOT has changed. I’m in a transition in life that has been full of so many accomplishments and emotions. Honestly, I’ve been taking everything day by day. Now that the limbo of waiting for Bar Exam results is over, I want to focus more on creating content. Let’s hope I actually do it!

How have you been? Anything new in your life? Any questions about any of my updates? Let me know in the comment below!

A Letter to my Readers and Some Life Updates

Hello Friends!

It has been…quite some time since I last wrote a blog post! I’m so sorry. Fall 2020 was my wildest semester yet. I gravely underestimated my ability to balance every obligation I had and because of this, all of my creative outlets suffered. It made me really sad and this semester I’m making a promise to myself that I will create more often. Not because I have to (I could easily never blog again and the world would keep spinning) but because I want to and need to for my own well-being. Blogging makes me so happy and I need to start doing more things that make me happy. I’m extremely happy to be writing this post right now.

I figured I should use this post to give some life updates because like I said…it’s been quite some time since my last post and A LOT HAS CHANGED. First thing that changed was I got a Peloton Bike! Y’all the Peloton Bike+ has been a game changer for my fitness, my mental health, and my life overall. I was struggling with staying consistent with my home workouts and there would be months where I was killing it and months where I could barely get myself to workout at all. Ever since I got my Peloton, all of that has changed. I workout at least 4x a week and I feel so good about that aspect of my life. I highly recommend anyone who can afford it (they have payment plans) and loves fitness to get one! Use my code: RTWNHY for $100 worth of free accessories.

The rest of the Fall semester consisted of me balancing my law school clinic work with being the Managing Editor of the Gaming Law Journal and my class work and just mentally preparing for hours of Zoom every week. It was quite draining. I honestly wasn’t sure how my finals season was going to go as I felt like I was scrambling through the entire semester, blinked, and then it was over. However, I’m happy to report that for the FIRST TIME EVER, I made the Dean’s List in law school! If you would have told liddle 1L me that one day I’d make the Dean’s List I’d tell you that you were trippin’. I still check read the e-mail to make sure it actually happened and that I didn’t dream it haha.

Sometimes law school can make us doubt our intelligence and greatness but last semester (as hard as it was) was really affirming for me. My friend and I were in the same clinic and we helped our client get their case dismissed with our work. I was so proud and for one of the few times in my law school career, I felt like I could actually BE a lawyer. It was great. I even decided to return to clinic this semester and see who else I could help with my legal knowledge.

There were many other events like me taking driving classes (I still don’t have my license y’all), WRBLSA’s 53rd Annual Convention and Gala (that I was blessed to MC), having a few amazing guests on my podcast, and much more. The last few months have been A LOT. However, I feel like I’m coming into myself and even though we are still in a panera bread (pandemic), I’m grateful for where I’m at in life right now. IT’S MY LAST SEMESTER OF LAW SCHOOL (I’ll have a whole other post about this later). I’m alive and healthy. My family is alive and healthy. My mom is almost completely vaccinated. Everything is as good as it could be.

All of that being said, I’m still planning, working on executing, and doing more things that I ENJOY, starting with this blog, working towards my podcast, and just creating content that feels more me. A rebrand might be on the horizon but I’m still thinking about it haha. IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH so I got some wonderful BLACK CONTENT up my sleeve for the blog and Instagram. Stay Tuned.

If you’re still reading I love you and appreciate you. Thank you for all your support.

With Love,

Mara