I started studying in 2004 at the University of Glasgow and my youngest was under a year old. She is turning 8 this year.
Since I began studying I have watched her take her first steps, cut all her teeth, start school.
I have read law books whilst reading baby stories , nursery rythyms and nappies.I have watched my eldest blossom from a young girl to a young woman.
I have written over 100,000 words in academic law papers, collected 3000 books and met a whole raft of wonderful people.
I have gone from being a widow, to engaged, married and divorced.
I have sent over 30,000 tweets and written 75000 of a book.
I have over £26000 of student debt.
What have I learned ?
Well, apart from gaining an honours degree in Law and a Diploma in legal practice ( which I will not receive until the ceremony at the end of the year i have learned the following lessons:
1. Life is short and the formal academic part of law passes very quickly
2. Networking should be done from DAY 1 not 5 years later
3. Law , the practice of law begins when you start dealing with real clients – even copying is relevant as is making the tea.( Get real experience from first year)
4. You do not stop learning when you finish your academic studies
5. lawyers are human.
6. deadlines set at University are NOT realistic – shorten them , make them 1 day or in some cases 15 minutes
7 University is a wonderful experience
8 Students have no money -get used to it
9 Build a support network around you – I have my lil eagles and my family and wonderful friends- they all help you
10 – you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
As I move towards my life as a trainee solicitor I look back with very fond memories of my days at university but eagerly looking forward to practicing law
I hope you will continue to follow the journey of legaleaglemhm and my lil eagles