Orientation and settling in
Monday, August 16, 2010
So, this week I had orientation. It was held at the Weston in the gas lamp district (fancy digs). We had to dress up and be there all day for three days (ish). We were given information overload!! But we did get some cool free stuff and free food. The highlights are that I did my DMV summit exercise (and thanks to you who helped me) thinking it was required but turns out it was optional. LOL... but it is good that I did it. I got a perfect score on it, my name went up on the screen with those others who did well on it as a summit supper star, and I got a gift certificate worth $50.00 for the book store! That's like... half a book! I still need a torts book so yay to the free money. I also got Tshirts, water bottles, highlighters, post-its and such. And for answering a question correctly I got a free 1g flash drive from lexis nexis! yay!
The whole experience is really weird because you are meeting tons of people (400 in our class) who are all freaking out in their own way... and those who are not freaking out (they scare me the most... like, who would not be freaking out?!?). I have felt really shy in part because the whole big crowd overwhelms me but also because of the type of people that are there. They mostly have money or their parents have a lot of money so they don't relate to me and visa versa. These people think that 1,200 is cheep rent and that they should decorate their apartment with stuff from fancy places. They also shop at Nostrum regularly (and not the rack... which is still to much for me!!) and have really fancy phones and so on. So their world and my world are totally different. I keep quiet mostly about it all because LSAC paid for my application process and LSAT (like, over $1,000) and I'm here on scholarships and loans. Also, we all want to do well, and we are all comp eating against each other. So it is kind of like big brother or survivor where you are wanting to play a good game: out-wit, out-play, and out-last your competition. To keep my scholarship I have to stay in the top 1/3rd of my class, so I have to be better than 240 people or so. I also have a ton of homework due for my first week of classes and a bunch of administrative stuff to take care of. But I think it will be ok. Diligence is the key to success here.
In other aspects of life I am settling in to my new place well as is Lucy. I am getting used to my mock kitchen... it does fairly well for me actually. The other day Al and I made quite a gourmet feast and took it down to the beach. It was really nice! The Tiki Room has come together really well with Ali's help. Next time he's here he'll bring his camera and I'll have some pictures to share. Lucy is getting used to it and really enjoys the fuzzy loft. It has been cloudy and cool here, but I really don't mind that because I have no AC and it can get really hot in the apartment. My neighbors are all super nice and mellow. No problems at all. I can't imagine what my classmates would think if they saw it! Ha! Not many people can appreciate the surf shack, but I really do. I get to go to the beach every day and my place has a lot of charm that corporate places really lack. It is also a short 15 min drive to school and there is no traffic to speak of! That is really great. Maybe LA traffic has changed my idea of what constitutes "traffic" but I have not been in a standstill yet. The other folks from LA have commented on this too.
I have done some yoga and jogging and I get to walk to the beach every day. Now I just have to eat well and hope that it is enough :)