I've officially survived one semester of the Paralegal program. Last night was the last class of the semester and I couldn't be happier. I still have one more paper to turn in before midnight on Friday, but I should be able to finish it up tonight easily. All 3 classes this week have been super-short since all I've done is shown up and either taken a test or turned one in. I don't think I was in class past 6:30 on any of the 3 nights which was really nice.
I know my "semester break" will FLY by, but for now, I'm just looking forward to having some time when I have no homework, no reading, no classes and I can ride to work with Seth everyday of the week! I thought the program would be one of those things that when I got to the end I'd look back and say, "Man, that flew by!" but it really has not felt like that. I've struggled through lots of days just to get to the "end" of something and each of those times it's felt like an eternity before I got to the actual end. Unfortunately, that only makes me dread starting the 2nd semester.
Next semester starts on January 8th and we'll be getting into our specialties. I've got to turn in my choice of specialty next week and I'm even struggling with that. My first instinct is real estate but part of me thinks I should do business organizations and try to get into IP Law. I don't know. Luckily, none of them locks you into being able to work in one specific field so no matter what I take I can still look at lots of different kinds of paralegal work.
I'm so torn about this career stuff. It's too bad I don't have the luxury to just stay home and do what I want, but then again, I'd probably pull my hair out from boredom! There's still a big part of me that wants to bake and make pretty things that are delicious. I want to wear a white chef's coat and make people smile. To be able to make something that's pretty and is ALSO yummy is just double the reward.
For now, let me just be satisfied that I made it through some of the toughest courses of the program and I'm still in one piece.