Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Terrible Tuesday

This week has just began and already I'm facing so many difficulties. This morning my vehicle broke down, which wasn't a pretty sight. I do admit I need a new one, but surviving on only one income makes it extremely difficult. Not only do I have to study and make sure that I understand the material, I have to be able to manage our budget. Needless to say, it's not fun and definitely adds to the stress.

On another note I have been able to secure an internship for this summer. I did have two opportunities with two different criminal defense attorneys, but because of the public interest scholarship, I will be interning in the public field. Trying to secure an internship in Texas was quite difficult. It doesn't help that Valpo's career services isn't really helpful. I did submit a reciprocity request to St. Mary's University to use their career service database. It was granted, but there was a catch. There are black out dates as to when I can use it. So basically I have access to the database after April 15th, meaning after everyone else has secured their internship. I couldn't believe it. I was really upset. I graduated with my bachelor's and master's degree from St. Mary's. How could they treat an alumni like this? I guess in some way I understand since I am not attending their law school, but cheese and rice, I'm an alumni!

Tristan is growing so fast. He says so many words now. I feel like school is making me miss out on some of the most important milestones in his life. I try to keep reminding myself that I can do this. I can go to school and be a wife and mother. Somedays though, like today for instance, makes me wonder if this is all worth it. I hope it is because I'm sacrificing spending time with my son to fulfill my dream.

Hopefully today was just a case of the terrible Tuesdays and tomorrow will bring something better.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Can Have my Cake and Eat it Too!

This is my first time blogging. I have to admit I was skeptical about it, but I started reading other people's blogs and thought that I should blog too. I have a professor who told me that he doesn't understand how I can be a mother and go to law school. He also said there is no way that I can be successful my first five years going into practice and have a family. Well, I am here to say that I can have my cake and eat it too!

Why is it that when we have families, businesses do not want to hire women with children? One of my sorority sisters told me that in her job interview they asked her if she had a family. She told them that she did not and they were glad because they did not want to hire a woman with children. What does this say about the workplace?

There are not many women in law school, at least in the one I am attending who have a family and are full time. I am one of them. Yes, sometimes it's chaos and yes, sometimes I want to break down and cry, but I have a wonderful support system from my husband, family, and friends. One thing I wish I did have was someone to relate to for advice to tell me that it is okay to pursue my dreams of having a family and being an attorney. This is what I hope to achieve in my blog. I don't know if I will, but I hope to reach out to others who are going through the same situation I am.

So here's to the first of many blogs! Happy Reading!