Monday 12 August 2013

A student’s experience - Haiku style

When my time to write the student blog came, I decided to take a different approach than the other students. So  I wrote a number of haiku* [hahy-koo] to document the range of emotions that I felt throughout the summer.

*Haiku was originally developed by Japanese poets – written in 17 syllables, divided into 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 beats  – use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience.

The Willing Student

Josh, go get this done
Yes sir, I’ll do that motion
Wait… what’s a motion?

Commentary: Thankfully the lawyers will answer all your questions, even if it is “what’s a motion?”

Doing Good Work

You did a great job
I made a couple edits
Rewrote the whole thing

Commentary: Everybody makes mistakes and has their work reviewed.  It should not make you second guess yourself or lose confidence.  Just take the criticism with a grain of salt and learn from your mistakes.

The Impossible Task

I know they’re in there
Look through brief just one more time
Want to tear out eyes!

Commentary: Some tasks may seem impossible.  If you take a step back, rethink your approach and work hard you can do anything, even if it seems impossible.  I eventually did find what I was looking for!

My Greatest Fear (Friday before the long weekend)

Almost finished work
Hey, I need some help with this
Due Tuesday Morning

Commentary: Thankfully my greatest fear never happened.

Getting Better
Finished some research
Expecting to do much more
I’m told it’s perfect

Commentary: Always be confident in your abilities.  More often than not your work is praised, helpful, and it makes a difference.

Support Staff

Don’t know what to do
I wonder who I should ask
Support staff knows all

Commentary: There are so many resources at MB.  Some of the most valuable resources at the firm are the assistants, paralegals, and support staff. 

The Student Assignment Rotation
Up next on the list
Wait in anticipation
Sit in on cool case

Commentary: Being next on the student list can be intimidating because you don’t know what kind of assignment you are going to get next.  At MB, you get a wide variety of assignments that are actually very interesting.

Coming to an end

It happened so quick
I only have 3 weeks left
Work hard and time flies

Commentary: It is unbelievable how quickly time flies when you’re working hard.  I can’t believe the summer is almost over.  I’ve learned so much, had so much fun, and can’t wait to take on the challenge of articling.

I hope that you enjoyed them!
Josh S.