So google, how do I start life after college?
“Business, of course.”
But google, a chicken in midst of lions? Naaah… I can’t.
“Chicken can fly, pretty good asset don’t you think?”
Business plan number one: fly beyond the lions, be creative, change the world, make money and be happy. Nothing odd of a millenial.
So, umh… Mike? How are you doing? I got a plan to change the world? You in?
Mike: Hold on, 9.1.1…
What’s your emergency sir?
“My friend is losing her mind.”
But yes, ninety nine percent of every law graduate would totally agree with Mike. Post- graduation every graduate has two choices; either be patient or lose your sanity trying to parachute into success. Patience calls for undergoing a post-graduate legal training programme for one year and six months while battling the guilty conscience of a graduate making calls at home for sustenance. Even after undertaking the training and earning a qualification to practice law, it doesn’t amount to a ticket for success. It’s what my favourite author John Grisham in his book “The Firm”, pictures as a fresh advocate living on sacrifices of love and sleep in order to build his profession.
Still in love with the profession, though. Currently, Mike and I plus one thousand, nine hundred and nighty nine others are undertaking the post-graduate legal training. Welcome to the Kenya School of Law, the experience is simultaneously amazing and tiring.
We live in between books. Breathe oxygen and the beautiful yet stale smell of old legal books. Spray poison to mosquitoes buzzing in mid-night distracting you from typing one hundred words within thirty seconds. Crack phone screens against bedside tables on the ring of 4.00 am, 5.00 am or 6.00 am alarm. Or sometimes, deadlines wake you up. During the day, you will run across smiling faces, behind the dental formula is a mind operating like a robot; classes, group meetings, project works, researching, googling meanings of legal jargons, finding a single relevant case law in an eleven font, 1.5 spacing and five hundred pages book, catching up with the latest and trending grapevine and holding pleasant impression for crushes.
During classes you will spot all kinds of students. We have got; mind your own business student, these ones will slap you with the phrase “whatya looking at?”
Active student: have answers on fingertips and keeps you updated with current trends in the legal field.
Passive student: raises hands in class when they mostly want to attract attention from their crushes.
Actual attention seeker student: when you see them, Just Run! They enter class late, floss on the pieces of pizza they ate yesternight, make unusual announcements after the class. More like, “Guys, if you’ve seen my imported from Dubai shimmery and glittery pencil case please let me know, I misplaced it yesterday”. And the whole class boos because everyone thought it was an important announcement like “I lost my kidney.”
We also crack professional jokes in corridors.
“Yoh! Faith, are you done researching on your project work?”
And you just crack open because you have not finished it yet and you’re not alone either.
“Yoh! Faith, let’s break for lunch”
And you chuckle in between balancing lunch breaks and deadlines.
But it’s hard to concentrate while starving, so you take a break at that kibanda adjacent to the school. There are several food varieties; pilau, beef, white rice, kienyeji chicken wings, chapati madodo or ugali. Sensitive on a healthy living I mostly opt for a bowl of fruit salad while my brothers from the Luhya land fight over ugali and chicken wings and my sisters from coast complain how poorly the pilau is made.
Friday, best day of the week. Students take break and congregate somewhere to cheer on few drinks. Let go overworking. But take caution not to get lost in the bar and fail to get admitted into the bar (roll of advocates). It’s that time of the week when it’s appropriate to ‘shoot your shot’ for requests and demands and pouring out feelings and emotions because you get actual and real attention.
Oh, it’s Friday by the way, thought I would take a break and write a little bit.
“Cheers to the smoothie”.