What drew me to become an SL leader?
I want to be able to talk to students and listen to their feedback and help them learn in the fashion that best suits them, just like the SL leaders did for me last year.
I never go to class without:
As someone who needs constant energy boosts and struggles with focusing during long study days, I always bring a big bottle of water and plenty of quiet, neighbour-friendly snacks (go crazy with the carrots at home). The first step to information retention is making sure the body is in a state to remembering!
Best advice I’ve ever received:
My 1st year of law school was by no means a walk in the park. The best advice I received was that it was perfectly normal and fine to be struggling with the course material, and that chances are 99% of your classmates are, too. “The imposter syndrome” is a stage that almost every first year law student goes through, where wonder how you could have possibly gotten into this program you clearly know nothing about. I’ve heard it compared to being thrown into a French immersion class without knowing any French. But this feeling will dissipate, and you’ll actually start to understand the jargon!
I didn’t think I needed SL until…
From my absolute first moment in law school I knew I needed and would benefit from SL sessions in both constitutional law and tort law. The content of both of courses is dense, and SL was such a help in getting to the point of understanding it.
My best or most memorable SL moment:
In first year of law school, you participate in “first year moots”. These require you to stand with a teammate, across the table from an opposing team, and argue a fictional case. Harder still, you do this in front of respected members of the Kamloops Bar Association (including lawyers, judges, and profs). In SL, the leaders decided to do a “surprise” moot where we had to choose a case and argue the facts in front of the others in the session. That extra push let me realize that first year moots wouldn’t be so bad.