Adapting to non-school life

I’m a K-JD, which means I’ve spent nearly 20 years as a full time student. I was also the “nerdy” student that went to summer school basically every year. Hey, they had fun classes! But, being a K-JD means for a long time, my entire life has been about school. I’ve spent countless hours in class, studying, reading, etc. and it has become a huge part of my identity.

As I’ve started going to job interviews, one question I get asked and never really have a response to is “what are your hobbies?”. Now, if my answer was completely honest, I’d say “I have no hobbies. My life has been school and I’m less than a year out.” But, usually I go with some of the smaller hobbies I’m attempting to start. Making the switch to the “real” world is difficult. Outside of doing adult things like paying bills and buying groceries, being in school gives you built in friends that just don’t exist as you get older. Learning and being interested in learning meant exploring whatever you were learning about at the time. Now that school isn’t a part of my life, finding things to fill that hole is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

The good part about starting fresh is being able to do absolutely anything that interests me. I picked up gardening when we moved into our new house because the woman that lived here before had a very beautiful, intricate garden. I’ve since learned it is not my strong suit. Working on my math skills (which have always been terrible) and brushing up on my French have filled a good chunk of my time. I love finding new things to try and figuring out what I’m good at but the initial shock of what is now my new life was very difficult to get over. It’s a hard pill to swallow that while doing something you love so much, law for me, you lose sight of all the other things in life that you should be experiencing. Luckily, I have a whole (hopefully long) life ahead of me to adapt to my new world.


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