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When I was a little girl I can remember watching television with my parents and being drawn to the drama and behind-the-scenes activity of the shows centered around a courtroom. During my elementary school years I told anyone who would listen that I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. During my secondary school years it came to my attention that there were several aspects of law and that I should probably start considering which area I was most interested in. By high school, I was a fanatic reader of murder mysteries and had firmly decided that being a personal injury lawyer was the area I wanted to focus on.

Here I am all these years later and my childhood dream is becoming a reality mixed with the nightmares of financial aid, housing, studying and I’m sure about a million things I haven’t even thought of yet.

Luckily for me I’m a strong goal and detail-oriented type of person, so the first order of business is to make a list of things to do. I love lists because of the satisfaction I get when I cross off a completed item. I’ve already visited the campus and I’m sure that this is the school I want to attend so doing more research on my other acceptance is unnecessary. Check. I need to schedule another campus visit and see if I can sit in on some classes. How fun that will to be to sit in a huge auditorium-style lecture hall with real students! I’ll have to be sure to approach some of them and ask them about what to expect for the practical day-to-day happenings once I’m enrolled.

Next step, definitely look for housing. It’s close enough to where I live now at my parents house for a weekend visit but too far for a daily commute. I’ve been so enamored with the idea of actual law curriculum and long-term goals that I truly haven’t given much thought to where I would live. Alone? With friends? On campus? Renting a room in a house off-campus? I’ll need to check my acceptance letter and financial aid offering to see where a housing budget fits into it all. Minimum GPA requirements? Books?

Geez, I can’t believe this is really happening. I’m so excited yet my brain can’t seem to get out of student mode of thinking and list-making to allow me to jump for joy or celebrate…

I need to call my bestie and go out dancing!