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I’m in a completely different place than where I thought I would be by the end of the semester, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m a planner who sets goals and needs to know the details about the foreseeable future. Not everything went to plan in the last four months, but it was good for me. Some of the best things that happened were uncharted territory that I would have otherwise missed on my road map. 

The breakup I went through at the beginning of the semester sparked an unexpected chain of events. It made me think about applying to law schools outside of Vegas and living somewhere besides my hometown. Part of me always expected to move back there for my relationship, but I feel like I have more options now that the unhealthy ties are severed. Normally I would be stressed about my plans changing for after graduation, but I’m grateful for the extra opportunities. 

I’m applying to a couple law schools beyond the west coast because I’m no longer afraid of the distance that once tied me down. I’m quitting a job that wasn’t benefitting me to focus on things that I care about to make me a more competitive law school candidate. I’ve submitted my application for spring graduation. I’ve met someone who has shown me how great a relationship can be with mutual care and support. 

I didn’t see any of this coming. I became complacent, not knowing that something better was waiting around the corner. It took something unexpected to push me in the right direction. I’m in a much better place now. 

It’s crazy to look back on the last few months. A lot can happen in a short amount of time. I’ve gone through one of the hardest times but am ending on one of the best with the experiences and people I have. 

With my law school applications almost complete and only one semester left of my undergraduate career, I’m excited for the upcoming months, knowing that not everything has to be planned for it to be good. 

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