5 tips for working during school

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It’s typically not recommended (and sometimes not permitted) for law students to work during their first year of law school however, working during the second and third year can be advantageous. Working during law school can be a great resume booster, can help develop practical legal skills, and is an easy way to establish relationships in the legal field. Additionally, depending on the kind of job, it can put a little extra money in your pockets (what student doesn’t need more money?).

As you all know I am currently a full-time law student but for the past three semesters I’ve been lucky enough to work at local law firms during the semester. During my 2L year the small law firm I worked at the previous summer invited me back for the school year, and the midsize law firm I worked at this past summer invited me back for my 3L year. I typically work two days a week for a total of 10 hours but my schedule varies depending on the time of the semester. Below are a few tips that I hope will help anyone trying to balance work and school.

  1. Keep your work hours under 20. For law students I personally think 10 hours a week is a perfect amount of time, however some employers may demand more. Be honest with yourself and your employer about how many hours you can realistically work in one week as school should be your priority.
  2. Set a regular schedule. It’s best to set plan for the days of the week and the hours of the week ahead of time and stick to that schedule. Not only will this keep you accountable but it will be helpful for your employer to know when you’ll be working. Although things may come up during the semester and you may have to make changes, you should strive to keep your schedule as regular as possible. 
  3. Take your work schedule into consideration when planning your class schedule. The first semester I worked I scheduled my classes without really thinking about my work schedule. I ended up running back and forth between between classes 4 days a week to be able to complete my 10 hours. This semester I planned it perfectly so I work on days when I don’t have classes, it’s made my life much easier.
  4. Monitor your work email outside of work hours. This one may seem obvious to some but I use to have a strict no work emails outside of work rule. Since I started working during the school year I realized that it’s almost impossible to avoid monitoring your email outside of work hours. Checking your work email on days you’re not working will ensure your employer is always able to get in contact with you and should prevent any last minute surprises. Also, nobody wants to show up to work everyday to 50+ unread emails, I’ve been there and it’s not pretty.  
  5. Take a break prior to finals. This final tip is paramount. School should come first. In my experience 3-4 weeks is enough time to take off to sufficiently prepare for your finals however this number will depend on the kind of finals you have. It’s important that you inform your employer in advance of the finals period that you will be taking off so the proper accommodations can be made.

For those of you who have balanced work and school, or even multiple jobs at once, what things do you think helped you do it successfully??

Sunday Riley Sunday School Review 

Sunday Riley Sunday School Set

I’ve never been one to take skin care as seriously as I should. I spent my early twenties going to sleep in a face full of makeup and thankfully never suffered any serious consequences. But with an impending wedding and the second anniversary of my 25 birthday around the corner (yikes!) I decided I need to start taking better care of my skin. I hope this will be the first of many skin care reviews on my blog.

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I had been wanting to try Sunday Riley’s products for quite some time. In particular I really wanted to try the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. When I saw that Sephora had a boxed Sunday School Skincare Set with sample sizes of quite a few products including the Luna Sleeping Night Oil I knew I had to order it.

My first order, which I placed online, was a dud. The C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil broke in the box and leaked all over the other products. Luckily when I went to return my first Sunday School Set I was able to pick up a new one on the same day in the store.

The Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set comes with four sample sized products; the C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil,  C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer, Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil (not pictured). I think the samples are a great size and will get you at least two months of consistent use.

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As I already mentioned, I was most excited to try the Luna Sleeping Oil. Luna Sleeping Oil is a retinol oil that should increase plumpness and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores. The product is also supposed to help achieve a more evened skin tone. I have a few light blemishes I’ve been trying to get rid of and I thought the Luna Sleeping Night Oil could help.

The oil has an usual but pleasant smell and although it’s blue it goes on clear. Even though I primarily bought the kit to try this product, I wasn’t really a fan. I have naturally oily skin and this product made me feel greasy. Most importantly I didn’t think the oil did much for my skin. I eventually lost it after about a month of use (unfortunately, I lost it before I could take pictures for my blog lol).

The C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, is supposed to be used to dissolve makeup and “pollution” (their word not mine) from the skins surface. It has a weird smell and when I used it on a bare face I honestly didn’t feel like it did anything for my skin. I occasionally still use it but I probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

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Although I wasn’t impressed with the C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, I had better luck with the other products in the set. The C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer and Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment may have become holy grails.

C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer is for dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. The moisturizer has a pleasant fragrance and is very moisturizing without being too oily. The C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturize is the only product that I have used every day (and night)  since I’ve purchased the Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set.

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is the product I loved the most in the entire set, I could see and feel the effect it was having on my skin. The Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment remedies dullness, dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. It can be applied as a moisturizer or as a mask, I used it as a moisturizer every day at night.

The product slightly stings (so it may be a little too much for sensitive skin) but I kind of liked the sting, it made me think the product was working! lol The product claims to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles three minutes after use. I felt like I did notice a slight effect minutes after using but more importantly and I woke up with brighter skin every morning. I should note that is product did not do much for my blemishes and I’m still on the search for a product that will get rid of those.

 

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Over all I was pleased with my first Sunday Riley experience.  I felt like the Sunday Skincare Set was worth the money and I will likely be buying both the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment and the C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect when my samples have run out.

I hope this review was helpful! There are so many good skin care products out there I think it’s always great to be able to read a review before you commit to purchasing any of them. If you have any thoughts on the Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set or any recommendations for products I should try next please drop them in the comments below!

 

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