Myself together with most of my friends are in our last year of campus. Struggling to get that GPA (total grade) to where we wanted it to be before we started campus. Those dreams we had when joining campus of graduating with a first class, where are you now? Personally I DO NOT see a first class in my future but I am will not let that dampen my mood that I leaving this campus called Kenyatta University.
BEING A LAW STUDENT
I know some people who were forced to take law by their parents. There are also other students doing courses which they did not have a passion for. I believe someone should be given the choice to do what they know they will excel at not only in class but also in life. When you get to do something you love success just flows in by itself. That said, I chose to do law I can’t say it was my life’s passion to do it but I do enjoy it. I love studying law and I know I will enjoy working as an advocate.
Now being a law student comes with a lot of STRESS, READING and SELF DISCIPLINE! You don’t have to be a sharp student but a smart one. You have to know how to plan your time. You also can’t just read the entire four years (well you can if you want to) but you can balance school work and a social life. I can not say I had “self discipline” which I can say is okay. I skip a few classes just cause I am not feeling it. I’m sure everyone has that feeling where you wake up and start questioning yourself “if that degree is really worth it”. But you still get up and take yourself to school because we have to secure that degree!
Being a law student requires you to be ethical and respectful. Respectful to senior counsels and the law itself. As much as we are the body behind the law we also have to show an example by abiding by the law. You just can’t run your mouth and act shamelessly expecting respect from other advocates. Advocates can be struck off the advocates roll, if you wanna be respected respect yourself first.
I have learnt the hard way when it comes to dress code. My fashion sense is basically street style. I love me some rugged jeans, some graphic tees, some casual skirts and dresses. I love sneakers and detest heels. So obviously for a lawyer you have to dress official. We have a dress code ethic which we were taught in school and I listened with tears in my eyes. But what was I expecting entering this career. I knew I had to say goodbye to my jeans at some point. The point has not yet come but it is fast approaching. Good thing is I have learnt my ways through fashion and how to dress myself to look classy but still professional!
SURVIVING LAW SCHOOL
I believe this topic I should talk about after I’m done with school but I can as well share some tips I use myself to stay sane. School is always stressful. Whatever course it is, school, reading and trying to maintain good grades is always stressful. I have a phobia of exams and failing, I get really anxious around exam period but I have managed this far 😂. So when I started campus I had no idea of how bulky it will end up being. And I enjoy having a good time but I have had to sacrifice some fun to study.
To stay sane I had to get a distraction, a hobby I can do on the side when I want a break from school. I never used to blog two years ago but I used to write a novel. So when I feel like it’s getting to stressful, I write. If I’m not writing I’m reading a novel or doing what every other youth does. I watch a movie, listen to music. But I prefer a novel 🤷🏻♀️.
As much as I want to keep my grades high I still want to maintain a social life. Having fun while in campus should be a requirement. You need to learn ways to live a fulfilling life and that will not come from staying cocooned in a library all day. So once in a while get your friends go have some fun. It doesn’t necessarily have to be clubbing or drinking. There many ways to hang out like going on safaris, go for hikes or just chilling around and talk with your friends. Blow of some steam and re-energized yourself to keep working!
As much as I hate them, study groups are important in school. Personally I don’t do study groups but it is highly encouraged. It depends on a person mode of study. Some people (aka me) like reading by themselves and tend to understand better. But once in a while get together with your buddies debate on topics and ask on issues you isn’t grasp well in class.
FINISHING WITH A BANG
I know it’s too early to start thinking about graduating especially since I’m in a shitty school. Kenyatta University will mess up your unit registration and act like they know nothing about that! On top of that, the school will make you repeat an entire semester and feed off the money you’ll pay for fees! It’s painful cause I’m going through this and my experience is not a smooth ride (I will make sure to do a blog on this). Aside from that finish your campus year with a bang. This is your last year have fun and blame it on being in campus. Your last year to experiment on everything and blame it on being in campus.
Girl, yes you girl, go out there build yourself a name. Network with other successful people in your field. Have fun with your friends and family. Go out and meet new people, don’t be scared to share you views and how you expect to be treated (taking this advice as well). Don’t be scared to go on an adventure and explore places. Take yourself to dinner, take yourself to the movies. Live a fulfilling life! Don’t forget to study though 😉
Boy, yes you boy, what can I say to you? Go out and make yourself a person worth being remembered. It’s never to late to make your name great. You just need to start! Set your goals and work to achieve them. Don’t be scared of having goals or thinking about the future. You have no control of your future but you can sure as hell work towards a future you see fit. If you want a luxurious lifestyle, boy work hard. It starts now but still have fun. Go out with your boys, watch FIFA, play FIFA. Go grab a drink or two and just live your life. Don’t be scared to fall in love and commit to a girl, it’s your life. Don’t forget to study 😉
I have typed and typed and typed and I have to put a full-stop now. I hope I have inspired someone out there and given you some motivation to work smart plus enjoy your campus days! Next blog is on Thursday don’t forget to like, follow and leave a comment below on your thoughts. Stay safe stay happy 💋