"Law school doesn't stop because of life and life doesn't stop because of law school"
I know that it's still only the third week, but this is just one of the great quotes I've heard at my school so far and it really helps to put things into perspective. One of the things I love most about the faculty here, is that they make it a point to remind you to enjoy your life and to remember what's really important. One of our professors just plainly told us that there are two things that you shouldn't let law school interfere with: your relationship with family and friends + your faith. Those are the things that helped bring you to this point in your life in the first place and to abandon them now, you would be doing yourself a great disservice.
This week we had 'Beach Day' at my school. When all the classes wrapped around noon on Friday, I went out with my 3L mentor for lunch and then headed to Zuma for a nice relaxing day with all the other law students. It's important to let your mind take a break every once in a while. This advice doesn't only apply to law schools. There are going to be so many situations that we might go through that require a lot of sacrifice and effort (rightfully so) .... this isn't a bad thing. We need to learn to sacrifice and we need to learn that sometimes it's okay to work too hard ... but we can't forget about the things that really matter. I consider my education to be a valuable investment, but it isn't my only priority. So, my priorities are going to have to somehow coexist.
Regardless of what you're working towards, never allow it to consume you.