Volume 19, Issue 9
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Dear Dripping in Distress
While there is nothing wrong with being proud to be an MLS student, wearing merch off campus is the uni equivalent of being the high school prefect who wore their badges off duty (you know who you are). It sends the message that you eat, sleep and breathe law school. Reading statute is your one true joy in life. You can name all High Court Justices 12 standards in on a Friday night. You are one set of Invisalign away from the veneer-like porcelains that will get you your own brochure feature on the JD handbook. If this is the image you wish to put out there, then by all means. If you’d like to cultivate a less MLS-centric personality though, maybe consider reaching for a different grey hoodie.
I get it – it’s week 9, exams are looming and laundry baskets spilling. However, wearing MLS merch outside your own house is only going to make things worse. It’s one thing to feel like you’re on the verge of breaking down, it’s another to openly broadcast it. Wearing MLS merch at uni sends the message of “I’m hanging onto this degree by a thread, and that thread is mostly polyester.”
The exception that proves the rule on the merch embargo is SWOTVAC. If you’re gonna broadcast a complete breakdown, at least wait until you’ve reached rock bottom. Once that cursed 13th week rolls around, you have my full permission to do whatever it takes to get through. If that involves carrying practice papers in your MLS tote, drinking your oat-milk latte from your MLS keep cup, while you walk around in Birks and your MLS socks, more power to you. Until then though, maybe keep it to your own home.
Your Learned Friend
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