Your main priorities as a law student are, of course, to read and study the law. However, you also need to find some time each month to take a break and do something fun. If you are new to the Jacksonville area, there are lots of fun activities that you can include in your schedule.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For animal lovers, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a must! The zoo was established almost 100 years ago and the highlights of the zoo include more 2,000 rare animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. The zoo has won several national awards and offers many interactive and educational experiences. Additionally, there are several new baby animals that have been born this summer, including two new Amur leopard cubs, a giraffe, and a lion. You can make it through the entire zoo in a short amount of time and the zoo is a great way to get out of the library for a few hours. Please check out the zoo website for hours: http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/
First Wednesday Art Walk
Art lovers will definitely want to add the First Wednesday Art Walk to their calendars each month. The event is a free, self-guided tour covering a 15-block radius in Downtown Jacksonville and is one of the most popular events in Jacksonville. Many downtown art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and businesses as well as dozens of local artists participate in the event. You will have the opportunity to check out the downtown area, view many different types of art, and maybe pick up a future masterpiece. The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, please check out the website: http://www.downtownjacksonville.org/Downtown_Vision_Inc_Home.aspx
Riverside Arts Market
If you need a quick study break on the weekend, the Riverside Arts Market is a fun place to pick up local produce, desserts, and handmade art. Located under the Fuller Warren Bridge downtown, this is a weekly event featuring the work of up to 160 artists as well as musical performances and a farmer’s market. The market is open every Saturday in March to December from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking for the event are free. Come and check out some local Jacksonville flavor! Website: http://riversideartsmarket.com/
Personal relationships can be strained during law school. Students need to spend much more time studying then they did during their undergraduate experience – law school is more competitive, requires a lot more work, and demands more analytical thinking. This may cause your family, friends, and/or significant others to feel neglected as they are not experiencing what you are currently undergoing as a law student. This lack of understanding can also cause you to feel stressed and spread yourself thin.
Our biggest advice for a student going through this is to open up and share their experience with their loved ones. Show them what you’re learning and why it’s difficult to comprehend concepts like the parol evidence rule, future interests, and homestead. Give them undivided attention time where you focus solely on your relationship; then study somewhere else. It is not fair if you get frustrated because they become distractions.
Sometimes it helps your family member to receive information about your work load and study requirements from an outside party. Your Academic Success Counselor can send a letter to your loved ones to help them understand the responsibilities of law school. This will allow you to all be on the same page and enable you to be successful and have the necessary support from your loved ones. Please talk to your counselor if you would like more information about this letter.
Our Academic Success Counselors can help you with your specific circumstances, so please do not hesitate to come by our office.
- Use Lists
- When you can’t imagine how you can possibly accomplish everything you need to do, make a list. Include everything that needs to be done on the list – reading assignments, briefing, grocery shopping, down time, and social events. Prioritize the list and make a weekly schedule from it. Fit all of your tasks into the weekly schedule. Then, once you’ve completed tasks, cross them off of your list. This is a great way to give you a sense of accomplishment and show you how much work you can complete in a day.
2. Exercise, exercise, exercise
- Everyone knows the countless benefits of exercise including boosting energy, combating disease, and controlling weight. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three to five times per week. Try out a new yoga class or go running with a friend. Even a little regular exercise can help ease depression, boost energy and mood, and relieve stress. If you can’t block out 30 minutes a day, try to incorporate smaller chunks of exercise into your day by taking the stairs or walking at lunch.
3. Do something you enjoy every day
- Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be exercising, catching up with family or friends, or playing a musical instrument.
4. Take care of yourself
- Get plenty of rest and eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. When you are taking care of yourself, you’ll be able to handle stress better when it does come up.
5. Take a break
- When stress just seems like too much, take a time-out. A few minutes away from the problem can help. You may need to just step away from the problem or ask for help. Talk with your family, a friend, or a counselor.