By Karen Hummel • February 25, 2009•Other Law School Issues
OK, I have to somehow vent this stress I've been carrying around for the last several weeks. I work full time and go to law school at night. The stress of law school is enough by itself, but with family pressure, I'm feeling a little crushed.
My husband is going to be away for a few hours this weekend. I reminded him that I have a Legal Writing assignment due next week, and I got a dirty look. It's the same attitude I got when I came home last night, said hello to everyone, and started reading. I figured I could get at least a little reading done before dinner. My husband acted like a child. So do I not spend time with my family, and go to class poorly prepared, or do I prepare for class, and have my family give me the guilt trip?
It doesn't stop with my husband, either. I've been getting a flurry of emails from my mom over the last few weeks. First, it was guilt because she felt like we were having a hard time finding a day for her birthday party, then it was guilt because my oldest son is struggling in school (again) and she wants me to take him to another counselor. We did the whole counseling thing for about 8 months when my son was in sixth grade. Now he's in ninth grade. I don't think it did much the first time - nothing changed until he decided he was ready to do the work. Yes, it's a shame that a gifted child is getting grades like these, but on the other hand, he's FIFTEEN years old. At some point, he needs to get it together. We've had him tested and/or screened for everything from learning disabilities to depression.
My husband got laid off in January, so we're concerned about finances, and I'm trying to be as encouraging as I can in the limited amount of time that I have. Sometimes it's hard to prop someone else up when you are feeling like you could use a little propping yourself. Does it get easier? Can I make it through the rest of law school if it doesn't??