Friday, 15 March 2013

March Madness...

As per MB tradition, the athletically-inclined articling students (a group from which I exclude myself) recently started the annual March Madness pool. While I now know that March Madness is a basketball competition, I couldn't help but think we've been experiencing some “March madness” ourselves. The first couple weeks of March were so busy for the students - it seemed at least one of us was out of the office every day at various court appearances, examinations and client meetings.

We welcome the hustle-bustle because it makes the days fly by and keeps things interesting. That said, it is nice to get a little reprieve once in a while. Since this week is March Break, a lot of lawyers are out of the office on family vacations. The atmosphere seems a little calmer, a little quieter. There was actually a day where all seven of us were in the office at the same time and we got a chance to go for lunch together to celebrate embarking on our eighth (!) month of articling. Also, this week marks the first of a series of Pilates classes in the office. Once a week, an instructor from the Adelaide Club comes into the Learning Centre and leads a Pilates class over the lunch hour. It was a lovely way to unwind and de-stress (made even sweeter because it was free).

Articling at McCague Borlack is anything but boring - you never quite know what to expect from week to week. But I’ve learned there are some things I can count on: a laugh or two with my fellow students, friendly faces in the hall and a firm that genuinely cares about us. There will be crazy times and there will be relaxed times - and we “march” on.