There are a several things I learned yesterday, during the Chapman School of Law 1L orientation.
First, law school orientation means swag.
After signing in during orientation registration, the nice people behind the table handed me a nifty messenger bag with law school merch inside. I'm talking a lunch bag, an accordion file folder, a 1GB flash drive and a nice pen in a nice box. Awesome because I had yet to purchase a flash drive and was planning to purchase one. Not so awesome because I had decided to walk to school that morning.
Which brings me to the second thing I learned yesterday: Your business casual shoes that were kinda comfortable when you put them on at 7 a.m. are not so comfortable when you've been running around to get your student parking pass, your student ID, and your law books.
My feet were so angry at me by the end of the day, that I decided to just wait on the hefty law tomes because I knew there was no way I was going to be lugging them home in addition to my laptop bag and my swag bag.
The third and final thing I learned yesterday - in addition to the usual stuff about succeeding in law school, being healthy in law school, not being a smelly hermit, etc. - is that law school students are not so scary as they are sometimes made out to be and as I had imagined them to be.
Besides the tons of people who introduced themselves early on during orientation, the law students we were assigned to sit with during the lunch hour were more than willing to give us pointers on surviving law school, and also volunteered honest evaluations of some of the teachers listed on our schedules.
Sure, there were students who made unnecessary comments during some sessions, and some people who had already formed cliques and had erected their clique-y walls, but on the whole, everyone I met was friendly and open.
Turns out that the only enemies I had that day were my angry, mutinous feet.