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Law Student Well-Being:  It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Introduction

Going to law school and running a marathon have many parallel lessons and experiences.   At times, both can be challenging, stressful, exhausting, lonely, and humbling.  But they can also be inspiring, empowering, and exhilarating.  Whatever marathon you are running (literally or figuratively), don’t just focus on the finish line.  While you will encounter many obstacles, the gift is the journey and the lessons you learn along the way.  This blog aims to help you navigate your journey to cope with stress, enhance focus, develop healthy habits, and increase community to foster your overall wellbeing.  The blog includes a lesson for each mile of a marathon–26.2, focusing on your mind, body, and spirit.  Embrace the journey!

Kathleen Elliott Vinson
Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing,
Research, and Written Advocacy

From Our Blog

Let it Out

Let it Out

In order to keep it together, we often hold everything in, especially our emotions and our fears.  You may want to keep your emotions in check to keep your focus on the journey.  My friend who trained for the same marathon that I was running, joked that she was going...

Prepare

Prepare

Set yourself up for success. There is so much we can’t control in our journey, so focus on what you can.  Don’t self-sabotage.  Get the right materials.  Perhaps you have read the book, The Wild, when the protagonist embarks on hiking the Pacific Crest trail by...

Be Kind

Be Kind

Be kind along your journey.  Be kind to yourself as well as others.  Do not be so tough on yourself or others.  Treat yourself the way you would a friend.  Don’t engage in self-loathing.  Remember, you are good enough.  Don’t judge yourself or others.  Look at...