Amber Campbell

2L Year


October

Fall is the most beautiful time in Seattle. I’m still in awe of how much green space this city holds. Everyday the leaves of the trees I walk past seem to be catching on fire. One of my favorite ways to take a study is still just a short walk around Capital Hill. The weather has been particularly wonderful this past month and it feels like everyone is out and about to enjoy it.

I have been surprised by how different 2L classes are from 1L classes. The professors expect more from every student, but I assume that is because we are no longer new. Everyone seems to have multiple things that they are doing all the time, and I guess I am the same. Between work, class, studying, and journal I barely had time to watch Stranger Things 2. But luckily I squeezed it in! Now that October is over we are in the home stretch to finals. Although, they are still a month away, the time passes so quickly that it is shockingly easy to fall behind. To take away some of the stress I found it really helpful to plan out my studying and due dates until the end of the semester. That way I know what’s coming and when I have extra time to fit in a little bit of fun. All work 24-7 can really kill your mental health.

September

One year down, two to go! The summer was a wonderful break and more fun than I thought it would be. I have always regretted that during my time in undergrad I was never able to participate in a study abroad program. That is the main reason I decided to do one this summer. Luckily, SU has an amazing two-week study abroad program in Madrid! I was able to take a three credit hour family law course and spend two weeks living in Spain. During that time, I not only learned a good deal about US and Spanish family law, but I got to practice a little Spanish and try amazing new food! I was also able to make a few new friends from Spain and one from my home state of Georgia. Participating in this program was a very good decision for me.

It also meant that I had three credit hours out of the way for my second year. This semester I am only taking 12 credits, which is great! I applied for and accepted a position on the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. So I will be spending a lot of my time this semester researching and writing an article. SJSJ and Constitutional law are already taking so much of time that I’m very happy to be taking such a light course load.

I also decided to adopt a kitten. So now when I get home I have a furry friend waiting on me. Spending time with Cheeseburger has been a really great stress relief for me. It’s hard to stress about classes while watching a kitten chase his own tail for 20 minutes. All in all, this fall semester has started off really well.


1L Year


March

The winter is finally letting go! As the days continue to grow longer the sun is out more and the temperatures are on the rise. After what has been a very cold, wet winter, the city is coming back to life. One thing I really love about living Seattle is the amount of green spaces within the city. There are flowers blooming everywhere, and the trees are getting their leaves back. It is almost as if the whole place knew students need a little help getting over the first two weeks back from spring break.

The end of March marks the last six weeks of the semester. While that seems like a good amount of time, in law school it feels like finals are happening tomorrow. Everyone is trying to finalize their summer plans, while also starting to prepare themselves for finals. The lift in the weather is certainly helping to take the edge off. It’s hard to believe how quickly my first year is passing.

Currently, I am applying for externships to do during the summer. I have already applied to the Madrid Study Abroad Program, and now I just need to fill up the rest of my time. Luckily, the school offers a lot of help. I recently had a meeting with the externship department and they helped me plan out my options and a few classes I should take to be a strong applicant for future opportunities. Hopefully, soon I’ll have everything all figured out so I can focus solely on my finals.

February

Did February even happen?! The shortest month really lived up to its title this year. However, it did have one very notable day, my first snow day! For someone that has never experienced real snow, it was magical. Not only were classes cancelled, giving us a long weekend, but walking through lightly falling cotton puffs of snow makes the whole city softer. On campus there is a garden that has two hidden music boxes; there is something beautiful about listening to music in a snow covered garden. Although I could not spend the whole day enjoying the snow, it was a rejuvenating break after a very busy start to the semester.

The biggest difference between this semester and the last is the level of work that the professors expect. They now know that we have enough experience for them to up the difficulty of their assignments. There is a feeling higher stakes in the air. While it is challenging, it is also uplifting to successfully complete each task. I can only imagine what will happen as the semester continues.

December/January

The holiday break is over and it’s back to work for everyone. My second semester has hit the ground running. Although, the start of this semester is not terrifying like the first one, it does feel like more is happening right now. There is so much to do with classes, work, and trying to figure out what to do during the summer. There are many options between externships, jobs, and study abroad. It’s hard to figure out what to do because it’s important to make the right decision. The highest thing on my list is the study abroad trip to Madrid. I think it’ll be awesome to take a class taught by an SU professor while living in Madrid for two weeks.

I am pleasantly surprised by the weather still. I was so afraid that winter would be cold, gray, and wet. However, there have been a good number of very sunny days. I spend as many of these days I can outside, exploring. It seems as if I will never get to all the places a want to see and try. The next thing I really want to do is going hiking up one of the closer mountains.

Although three of my classes are continuations of last semester, I am really enjoying them as well as my two new classes. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester holds.

November

My first semester of law school is coming to a close! The end of November also marks the end of classes and the beginning of my first finals. The whole school is buzzing with nervous energy as my peers spend hours preparing. The last month has pasted in a blur of outlines and practice questions.

The most surprising part was how quickly everything is going by. I have been in school for over three months and I still feel like I just started. My professors promised my classes that we know more than we feel we do, and hopefully they’re right!

One thing I have learned is that my class is made up of an amazing group of people. I’ve already made friendships that I’m sure will stay with me for many years. I was worried at the beginning of the semester about having too strong of a competitive atmosphere, but it truly does not feel that way. I enjoyed my first classes immensely, and will miss having those professors.

September/October

It’s hard to believe that I only moved to Seattle two months ago. Time has moved so quickly since my first day of law school, but I have already learned so much. These pasted two months have been some of the best, and most difficult, times in my life. I moved from my home in sunny Arizona to Seattle, where I knew no one. In the time between then and now, I have found new friends and rediscovered my passion for learning. However, it was hard teaching myself how to study again and leaving all my friends and family behind.

Luckily, starting school and exploring my new city has kept me so busy I hardly had time to notice the days flying by. Seattle is an amazing place, full of strange and wonderful people. My favorite thing to do on Friday and Saturday nights is to fill up my coffee cup and just walk around the city. It’s a great way to get out and feel like you’re apart of everything, without spending money!

Now that the seasons are changing I am looking forward to my first real winter in years! Half of the semester is already over and the countdown to finals has just started. Hopefully, the cold weather won’t slow me down too much!