First Semester Reflections: JGLS

This article was submitted to us by Sriya Sridhar, whose love for traveling and music is exceeded only by her love for Tea. Look out for her contributions every weekend, right here on Ergo.

Moving from Bangalore to Haryana is no less than a transformation and although exciting, it scared me. But JGLS has met my expectations and in many ways, exceeded it. The facilities, extra curriculars, crowd, faculty and course- they’re all brilliant. The transition has been enjoyable, the student body diverse, and the atmosphere so stimulating and quite simply, fun!

But you can read about all this in much more detail from the JGLS website, student testimonials, and other law school related information hubs. What I want to convey through this article more than the pros and cons of my university, are my reflections on the beginning of my college experience as a whole and what I have taken away.

Semester 1 of law school has opened me up to experiences, areas of study and thoughts that leave me with anticipation for what the future holds. I’ve had successes and failures, and learned how to dust myself off after both. I’ve learned the importance of collaboration over conflict, of negotiating without losing my cool and through the highs and lows, have made friendships which I cherish more than anything.

However, one overriding sentiment I noticed through these 4 months (other than the dire need for sleep and home food) is the anxiety associated with the lack of a plan. I came to law school with a lot of expectations and upon finally getting here, there was an undercurrent of ‘now what?’

For all the planning I had done after entrances and boards about what I wanted to achieve from our 5 years, I was left a little bit clueless and quite frankly, continue to be so. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of you are as well.

And while being clueless can be quite frightening, the largest take away from the first semester is that this is a good thing. Sure, it’s cringeworthy when it’s a permanent state but it is not always detrimental. Sometimes, cluelessness must be celebrated, because ambiguity must be celebrated. Life ends when it’s stifled under the grid of pencilled-in calendars and cautious five-year plans with no room for flexible human lives.

We need to learn that we don’t make any one decision at any point of time that defines us completely. The question ‘What do I do with my life?’ is irrelevant, because we don’t just do one thing. We do a whole pantheon of things. And they may not all be everlasting, but they are significant nonetheless.

Just by coming to law school, navigating the territory of adulthood and making mistakes, we have learned the value of kindness, consciousness and reasoning. And all that came from being clueless at multiple points of time. Living the questions and embracing the unknown is the first step to originality, conviction and doing things you never thought you could. That, in my opinion, is what higher education should be about.

So I await my second semester and the rest of law school with a proverbial lump in my throat and something at the tip of my tongue. I’ve enjoyed the introduction to college and don’t have a clue what’s in store.

While that may be overwhelming to come to terms with, figuring it out is what the whole exercise is about.

And we will, one day at a time.

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