Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Eclipse Day" Protest

I may very well be the only person on the planet that has not read the Twilight series, or seen any of the movies. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I have a hard time understanding the hype around the series, especially the movies, which I have heard are not that good. Today is the premiere of the latest Twilight fiasco, Eclipse, and true to form, "Twihards" are tweeting in the masses about the premiere and how great it is. One woman even referred to today as "Eclipse Day." Dear God, I hope not.

I support everyone's right to love something - shoot, I am super excited about the new Harry Potter movie - but to dub a day for the premiere of a vampire film? I think there are more important considerations that need to be acknowledged. Therefore, this post is going to be a little different in the sense that it will have nothing to do with law school. Instead, I am dedicating this post to finding 5 things more important than Twilight: Eclipse, which quite frankly was not that hard. It took all of 10 minutes.

1. Unemployment - This one holds a special place in my heart as someone very close to me is unemployed. In the worst job market most of us have ever faced, things are more dire than ever when it comes to employment. The linked article describes the newest development in the plight of unemployed - the expiration of unemployment benefits. While I am fortuante enough to continue my education and avoid the job market for just a little longer, this article highlights the challenges of those still seeking work, and is clearly more important than glittering vampires.

2. Hurricane Alex - The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is already hailed as the "worst environmental disaster our nation has faced." For weeks we have been following the news as story after story breaks regarding the status of the spill, and how soon it is going to be over. Concerns over the effects a hurricane would have on the spill were thrown around, but now it seems that we will find out for real. While the hurricane is heading towards the Mexico and Texas coasts, the linked article talks about the complications Alex is causing for the spill clean up efforts. It is safe to say that this disaster is far from over, and more of a concern.

3. Missing Oregon Boy - A story that I have been following with great concern is the disappearance of Kyron Horman, a 7 year-old Oregon boy. He was last seen walking down the hallway to his second grade classroom - he never made it to class. While I have no personal connection to this boy, there is something about this story that just tugs at my heartstrings. I could not imagine taking my child to school and watching them walk away, just to never see them again. The saddest part is that there are so many children that go missing without a trace, some of which are never found. Maybe some of the attention should go from Eclipse to remembering and praying for children like Kyron and their families.

4. Murder - If you have not been following the Joran van der Sloot case, then you are missing out on one of the most talked about men of the moment. He was the lead suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba 5 years ago, and has now been arrested and charged with the murder of a 21 year-old girl in Peru.

I don't want to turn this into a political rant as to whether or not I think he is guilty, but I definitely see a pattern emerging from him where he confesses to something, takes it back, and then tries to get the sympathy vote by saying he was coerced and his rights were violated. The point is that this is just one example of the deaths that happen on a daily basis, with one person extinguishing the life of another. Again, our time might be better spent praying for the victims and their families rather than wondering how the birth scene is going to look.

5. Brazil Floods - Last, but certainly not least, attention should be given to the various natural disasters that plague different parts of the world. Whether we can blame the media attention, or if there really are aninflux of disasters occurring recently, I don't know, but what I do know is that there a thousands of people affected by the floods in Brazil as I type this post. The linked story gives some staggering numbers as to the amount of people displaced from their homes, and the hundreds of people that are still missing.

It is by no means an extensive list, but it was pretty easy to come up with a list of things that deserve more attention than the Eclipse premiere is receiving. Am I advocating that no one have fun with anything again? Absolutely not. But, come on people. There is much more going on today that should prevent June 30, 2010 from becoming known as "Eclipse Day."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Adjustment Issues

One of the things that I have been dealing with a lot is the transition from a student that is completely independent to living at home again and having to deal with the younger siblings. I am the oldest of 3 for those that did not know, and while I get along with my siblings there are often conflicts that arise with my 16 year-old sister. It is easy to look at the issues that arise and completely blame them on her, and while she is not without her share of the blame, I am realizing that a lot of the issue comes from me not wanting to give up the things I am used to despite the changing dynamics of our family. This, unfortunately, rears it's head in the most minute places.

For example, now that she is driving and has her own car, even though it is not yet drivable until she gets insurance, it is hard for me to give up my parking spot in the driveway. In my mind, no one wants their car parked in the street for fear that it will get hit, and I find that I am no exception. However, after weeks of arguing with my sister, I came to a realization that it is not right of me to ask for the parking spot when I spend the majority of my time away from home as it is.

If I were coming home to stay for an extended period of time, it would all be different, but with me leaving to start law school in a mere 10 weeks, short-term adjustments have to be made on both ends. While her favorite phrase to use when I am around is "yea, well you don't even live here," might sting, it doesn't do any good to snap back with a comment that will ultimately get me nowhere.

The truth of the matter is that I will be going to Iowa in a few short weeks, and then we can go back to not speaking unless I am home for break. In a year, she will be getting ready to leave for college as well, and I hope that at that time we can start to develop more of that sisterly bond that is not based on competition and angst, but instead on genuine want to talk and be around each other. Everyone says that it will come one day, but I think that it has started to edge the process along. As long as I am not in possession of something that I paid for, but my sister wants, I think we are making process.

The ultimate point of this post is to tell graduating and graduated students that have to live at home until the next phase of their life that there are bound to be conflicts that arise between you and the other members of your family. It is easy to take the defensive and maintain that the problem is not with you, but just as you have changed in the time you have been gone, your family members have changed as well.

Have you had something similar to this happen? If so, how did you deal with it?

Saturday, June 05, 2010

You never know when your degree will come in handy...

So, it is nothing new that I am going to law school in the fall. With 2 degrees in public relations and psychology, many have questioned my choice, particularly now that I am working in a law firm for the summer as a "law clerk". To be honest, I was starting to question the relevance of my degree choices as well, thinking that I should have gone with the more traditional political science or english degree, but it was not until this week that everything was justified.

Affinity Law Group has brought on a new attorney, which we are all very excited about. With this comes a lot if media coverage in the local business community, especially with how successful the law firm has become in its short 3 year lifespan. This last week I not only worked on a press release for the firm, announcing the new attorney, but I am also working with him on his social media presence on Linked In and Plaxo, among other sites.

I think this goes to show that no matter what your majors are, there is plenty of overlap no matter what field you go in to. I have to say that I've enjoyed bringing my degree into my new career path, and that I got validation my last 4 years of hard work were not wasted as I head into the next chapter of my academic career.

The moral of the story? If you're thinking of going into law, don't be afraid to major in something that interests you! You never know where the overlap will come in to play, and chances are that there is a niche somewhere that someone is looking to fill - they might just be looking for someone with your unique combination of skill sets!