Volume 9, Issue 4
What you’re about to read isn’t going to be new or ground-breaking. But that doesn’t make it any less important, particularly as the semester begins to pick up.
Here at the law school we’ve been versed time and again on the importance of maintaining our mental health, not only within its walls but outside them as well.
It’s such a vital part of who we are and yet, for one reason or another, it is often something we neglect.
Maybe you think you’ll be viewed as weak if you speak up when you’re feeling down.
Maybe you don’t feel comfortable spilling your emotions out there for the world to see – and judge.
Whatever the reason may be, keeping our mental health issues to ourselves is something a lot of us do. Myself included.
While some of us can push through things on our own, there are those, like me, who find it difficult.
There are support networks offered by MLS, and you should check them out if you’re feeling down or struggling to deal with the situations that arise in your life.
Sometimes however, a simple conversation with a friend or family member when you’re down can be the best medicine.
The law school can feel like a lonely place at times when you’re not having the best of things, but this can all be changed by simply opening up about how you feel.
This isn’t meant to be a preachy article telling you how to live your life, nor is it meant to be telling you how best to deal with your issues (after all, I’m far from a psychologist). And it definitely isn’t about scaring the first years out there away from MLS before they’ve really started.
The law school is a fantastic place filled with some great people, but there will be times, just like everywhere else in life, when you feel down on your luck.
It really does help.
Patrick Sexton is a second year JD student
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