By Julie Cummings • June 05, 2016•Writers in Residence, Law School, Pre-Law, Choosing a Career and Landing a Job, Internships and Clerkships, Other Law School Issues
Law students across the country recently celebrated graduations. I am one of those excited graduates. Excited to finish. Excited to have experienced a life-changing opportunity. Excited for my future.
I arrived three years ago, uncertain as to what lay ahead, and not truly aware of the energy it would take to complete law school. And yet I accomplished my goal, as did thousands of graduates this year.
As I contemplate my future as a new attorney, I want to share 10 snippets of wisdom I learned in the military. I hope these words inspire you and guide you as you step out to begin the next chapter of your lives.
- You are stronger than you realize.
- Bounce back when you get knocked down.
- Alone you can only do so much; together you can do so much more.
- Fight hard for your cause. But fight fair.
- Stand brave when you are scared.
- Stretch beyond your comfort zone – until it hurts.
- Be humble when you win.
- When people ask what you do, tell them: “Whatever it takes.”
- Remember to thank those who helped you get here.
- And finally . . . Be badass every day!
Congratulations class of 2016. You’ve earned it. Now go make the world a better place!
Julie Cummings is one of Ms. JD’s 2016 Writers in Residence. Her monthly column, Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School translates valuable military skills into strategies for succeeding in law school.