This article was submitted to Ergo by Rajat Raghuram, a first-year (Batch 2017-2022) studying at NALSAR, Hyderabad.
My name is Rajat Raghuram and I am a first year student currently studying at NALSAR. A year ago, I never fathomed that I would be saying this as I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do until I stepped into the law college at Shamirpet. NALSAR changed everything, from my outlook on the world to little things like food preferences. What surprises me is how much has changed over just a year. That being said I am still pretty clueless of what law school offers, what I am planning to take from it and what is waiting for me at the end of what seems to be a rather stressful 4 and a half years.
The first semester went by faster than I thought that it would have and I can barely process everything that happened. With the second semester commencing in another week my focus has shifted from enjoying the few weeks I had off to ensuring that I take back enough food to hopefully last long enough in college. If there is one thing that I have learnt in my short time that I have been in the hostel is that food is more than a mere commodity especially during odd hours. Even though the semester ended as fast as did I met a lot of new people from places that I hadn’t heard of before and made a lot of memories. One of the more notable memories would be Winning the Runners up Position at the SLCU National Moot Court Competition.
I was extremely lucky to work with the team that was formed on an impulse in a rather dull Political Science class. It being the first moot that we participated in, the process wasn’t really pretty and for a good month and a half I regretted taking up a Moot this early into law school. It’s safe to say that we underestimated the work that needed to be put into doing well at a Moot and this led to a not so great month which involved a lot of screaming, sleep deprivation and a constant fear of doing a bad job. It was all thanks to a few of our seniors that helped and encouraged us that we were able to focus on getting the job done.
The experience was bittersweet and I am still in two minds on whether I would want to relive that experience again. Debating was another activity that I had taken a keen interest towards and hope that I can continue debating for most of my time at law school. Being in NALSAR however meant that I had to let go of some of my other interests whilst in college, but I think that it was a rather reasonable price to pay for being in one of the country’s most prestigious law schools, although I’d really love an environment that encouraged other activities that weren’t purely or tangentially related to academics. With the new semester approaching I hope to have a semester as good if not better than the last one, meet new people, make new memories and hopefully be more productive.
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