(Image via Getty) Welcome to the latest installment of The Struggle , a series where we examine the mental health and social issues that students and recent graduates encounter during the oftentimes grueling law school and associate experience. We are posting these stories because sometimes what law students and recent graduates need is to know that they’re not alone in their pain. Sometimes what law students and recent graduates need is to know that they’ve got a friend who is willing to share not just in their triumphs, but also in their struggles. These are real messages from real readers.
If these issues resonate with you, please reach out to us. Your stories need to be heard. You can email us , text us at (646) 820-8477, or tweet us @atlblog . We will share your stories anonymously. You may be able to help a law student or recent law school graduate who needs to know that someone else has been there before and survived. When I realized that I was going to law school, I was ecstatic, as I was realizing a dream that I honestly thought was well out of my reach, as personal problems and circumstances made me doubt that it could be done. Once orientation was done, and I found myself surrounded by a group of energized, young, and motivated attorneys to be, I was even happier with my choice. Then school began, and we realized that young, energized, and motivating aura we had exerted was only the result of our naivete. Law school in many ways is a test of emotional endurance that quickly shows you that this will be a transformative experience, it will be a before and after. You see, a lot of new law students are used to being the top dogs of their respective high schools and undergrads, the “smart kids.” These people had placed a value on their ability to excel at academics, often by their own admission with as little work as possible, and had grown accustomed to relying on their natural ability and knowledge to help them along. […]