Howdy y’all, this is Nii-Amaa, also known as Nii. I wanted to share my awesome experiences with the wonderful people here at the University of Idaho College of Law. Richard Bach once stated “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.”
For the most part, throughout my life I have been the kid that moved from school to school and had to make new friends every other year. Over time I have become accustomed to moving and maintaining surface level relationships with my peers, from kindergarten to my Masters degree. However, something changed when I found myself sitting in a classroom waiting for Professor Beard’s 1L Property class. What seemed like a common conversation with someone I would be competing against for the next 3 years turned into a conversation with someone that I would soon consider my family. If my trips back home to Texas last more than 2 weeks, I get the itch to be back in Idaho with these people. Together we celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, 4th of July and a number of other special events.
Why am I telling about all this “mushiness”? I am sharing about my deep bonds with my classmates because they are very important to me and because no one pictures law school in this light. If you have seen Legally Blonde, or read any number of those books about what law school is “really” like this blog entry is for you! To be very honest law school can be time consuming, stressful, and generally a pain in the butt no matter what university go to. This will also be the case with many of the places we will choose to work one day, or the church we decide to attend. The one thing that makes it easier to deal with all the craziness of life…you guessed it, great friends and family as a support system. The cool thing about U of I is, they accept the best support system to sit in class with you and the bond you will build with your classmates will, at times, be even stronger the bonds you have with friends from the 2nd grade.
If I had to do it all over again, I don’t want to, but if I went back in time and know what I know now, I would do it again without hesitation! The quality of life here, because of the atmosphere and the people that are in this building on a daily basis, brings great joy to offset the stress and anxiety that might arise from classes or anything else life throws your way. This is a community and family!</p>