SMU Journeys: Kevin’s “Building Block” Semester

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Aha, first blog post here. Also, probably my first blog post in around 10 years. I won’t waste time with introductions; all you need to know (for now) is that I’m a year 3 Law student and a year 4 SIS student. “Why so strange, Kevin,” you might ask. Maybe I’ll explain in a future post when I feel more in the mood for reminiscing.  Safe to say, I haven’t had a very typical academic experience in SMU at all. Then again, nothing can truly be called ‘typical’ here. A Different U is true.

So I’m two weeks into my eighth (!!) sem. I’m told ‘term’ should be the proper way to describe the 14 weeks of courses we get twice a year, but people will just look at you weirdly if you say that. This sem is my ‘building block’ sem, where I sow the seeds for many, many exciting things in the future.

First is that fact that this is the Training Contract sem for my batch of 2011 law students, where we all scramble to apply and be interviewed for what essentially is our future job. Yes, it seems early to be applying for a job more than a year before graduation, but that’s how it works when you’re in Law. Also, there isn’t as wide a variety of jobs out there for people with a Law degree as compared to a Business or a Social Science student, so you could say it makes sense.

Second, I’ve been planning and working towards the pinnacle of the SMU senior experience: exchange! I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time poring over potential universities, picking potential courses and filling in long (but necessary) forms, and I’ve finally submitted my application for exchange. Now all I can do is pray and hope that the Office of Global Learning grants me my dream exchange destination (come on OGL!). Naturally I can’t reveal where I picked yet – competition for spots and all that – but if it works out right no one on Twitter or Instagram will be safe from my outburst of joy.

Maybe everything will turn out great. Fingers crossed. In the meantime I should work on sowing other smaller seeds – readings, assignments, preparing for an event (!).

Until next time, may your matric card always grant you access to all the places you want to go.

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