Autumn is in the air, and even though the thermometer still reads in the nineties, State College’s most beautiful season is on its way in. I love the fall; for me, it’s a time brimming with energy and anticipation. In State College, this feeling is amplified everywhere you turn. The Wegman’s Bakery is decorating cookies and cakes in blue and white frosting, our Nittany Lions are playing in Beaver Stadium again, and (my favorite) the trees are starting to change their colors. Soon it will be time to go to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin for the season. State College has some great local farms, two of my favorites are: Way’s Fruit Farm and Harner Farms. Finding the time to enjoy the changing seasons is tough as a law student, but doable and necessary.
As a 2L, I feel a tiny bit less pressure than I did last year, but the shift in pressure is likely the shift from anxiety about work to volume of work. If I’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that law school will consume as much of your life as you are willing to give it – and the pressure to give it all is intense. As any psychologist will tell you, though, you must develop good coping mechanisms to handle stress. Law school will always be stressful, but taking the time – albeit in small doses – to do those things you love to do, will make life in law school so much more fun. (Yes, fun!) So, go to a football game, stroll through Wegman’s, take the time to visit the pumpkin patch, and enjoy the beauty of this season.