Dear Admitted Students to NYU Law’s Class of 2013,
I have to admit that I feel a little jealous. Seeing you around campus, I’ve felt pangs of nostalgia for my own exciting experience visiting campus last year. But remembering what it’s like to be in your shoes, I also have three bits of advice for you:
- Don’t Be Scared.
- Find What Fits.
- If You’ve Done #1 and #2, You’ll Be Fine.
When I arrived on campus last spring, I was a heady mix of nervous, scared, and excited. We were thrown into Criminal Law class right off the bat, and all I could think was, “Wow, I’m in over my head.” I had absolutely no idea what these people were talking about (terms like “felony murder” and “manslaughter” were only familiar to me because of my Law and Order addiction). Frankly, I wondered if I was in the right place.
But as I took a tour of Furman Hall, stopping in on the 9th floor round-table classroom for a great view of the city, and then sat in on Professor Randy Hertz’s presentation about NYU’s clinical program, for the first time, I was able to picture myself being a lawyer. When I joined my fellow admits for pizza and a night out with current NYU Law students, I began to feel that I “fit” at law school.
It was during Friday morning’s speech to our entire group, given by the one-and-only Dean Ricky Revesz, that something clicked inside me: NYU Law was the place for me.
For two years, I had worked in college admissions, and I’d often talked about “finding the right fit” between students and an institution, but it took NYU Law’s Admitted Students Day for me to tangibly experience this notion myself.
Most striking was the immense feeling of possibility that remained with me for weeks after my time on campus.
Which brings me to my final point: you’re going to be fine.
You’ve no doubt spent the past few months checking your mailbox incessantly, reading endless books and blogs about Getting In, fretting over whether you’re Cut Out For This, and on and on ad nauseam. Take it from me: Law school fosters anxiety at times, but find the school that makes you excited about the law, some place that reminds you why you wanted to be a lawyer in the first place, a school that makes you feel at home.
Do this, and everything gets a bit easier.