I can’t believe graduation is officially less than two months away. I still have the voicemail from Carole Wells on March 14, 2012, saved . . . the voicemail that completely changed the direction of my life. That voicemail, informing me that I had been accepted into the University of Idaho College of Law graduating class of 2015, was what solidified my decision to quit teaching high school and enroll in law school. Was I scared? Absolutely. Was I sad to say goodbye to my students and coworkers? More than you could believe. Was I making the right choice? I had no idea. But as I sit here, three years later, comparing my “then-life” to my “now-life,” I feel as confident as ever that moving forward in the legal profession is the right path for me.
However, all of the confidence that I feel about my professional decision is dampened a bit by the reality that I will soon say goodbye to some of the closest friends I’ve made in my adult life. I can honestly say I’ve never really felt this way before. I grew up in Boise, went to college in Boise, began working in Boise, and have always had my nearest and dearest by my side here in Boise. But the reality has recently set in that some of my nearest and dearest are now people I met in law school, and we are all on different paths leading us in very different directions. We have an opportunity to attend a 3L celebration dinner in a couple of weeks. And then after that, graduation in mid-May in Moscow. But those will be the last two times I see some of my law school classmates forever. That’s a heavy realization, especially considering all that we’ve experienced together. I remember 1L year when all I worried about was passing classes and doing well on final exams. Now--in addition to feeling terrified about passing the bar exam--I just feel really sad to say goodbye to those that made law school feel like "home."
It’s been a crazy experience. But I am so ready to move forward as a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law. Next up, the Idaho State Bar.