Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Legally Blogging Series--Meet Jackie!

The Legally Blogging idea was dreamed up by three ladies who all met in blog-land and instantly clicked.  You could say it was love at first sight.  The immediate connection stemmed from the one thing they had in common: Law.  Obviously, as time went on, they discovered they had much more in common than just law, but that was a great starting point.
Here they are!

They decided to join forces and start a blogging series, to show that lawyers aren't always what you'd expect.  The main goal of the series is to connect with other legal ladies out there and meet some great new people.  Every week, the hope is to showcase a new person in the series.

Series so far:

If you're interested in participating in the Legally Blogging Series, just send an email to Jackie: jjstoughton[AT] gmail [DOT] com

We'd love to have you on board!

Today Jackie from City Girl Finding Her Place in the World will be blogging!

Hello there! I'm Jackie from City Girl Finding Her Place in the World. You can read all about the significance of my blog name here. I am very excited to be a part of the Legally Blogging Series!
I went to Penn State for undergrad and moved back home to NYC for law school. I was the first person in my family to graduate college and as such, I will be the first lawyer in our family, as well. I wanted to go to law school for as long as I could remember but my desire was definitely cemented in high school. I was enrolled in my high school's Law Institute so I was able to take law classes and I loved them! I was also an orator on our moot court team and our team was proud to have placed 2nd in NYC's Mentor Moot Court Competition! 
I'm currently in my last year of school and graduate in May! I'm both excited and nervous - excited for the next chapter in my life and nervous because I am still interviewing for jobs AND I don't really know anything but school since I went straight from undergrad. I really am looking forward to the "real world" though :)

Now here are a few introductory questions I was asked to answer as part of this blogging series :)

1. Why did you start blogging? 
I started blogging in July 2012 while my wonderful boyfriend (pictured below), a Navy sailor, was deployed. We've maintained a long distance relationship since my 1L year. It's been tough but it's also provided a good balance and he's very supportive. I am grateful to have him especially during the stressful law school times i.e. exam time, moot court competitions, etc. So anyway, I started blogging while he was deployed as an outlet for missing him. I don't know many people, especially law school students, who are in similar situations so I figured blogging might help. I only posted a few times, though, because I was more focused on tumblr. In January, however, I decided to start blogging more regularly to connect with women whom I share common interests and experiences with :) I've done so and I now love blogging.

2. What do you like to do when you're not blogging? 
I enjoy working out and I absolutely love traveling. I've studied abroad in Barcelona and I travel multiple times a year. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends - my best times are spent with them. I also looove reading (non-law school books that is, haha) on my free time. Some of my favorite books are:
Sarah's KeyMy Sister's Keeper
3. What do you find is the biggest misconception about lawyers? 
I think the biggest misconception is that lawyers are liars who only want to work for the big bucks. I don't think this could be further from the truth. First, lawyers are held to a very high standard of ethics. There'll always be those few rotten apples in every profession. Members of society just shouldn't let those rotten few ruin their trust in all lawyers.
Furthermore, many lawyers do not start out making 6 figures and make partner at large firms. I'd always wanted to go to the school to pursue a career in public service and that's what I plan to. This means I won't be making those "big bucks" and I'm okay with that. People also tend to forget that law students graduate with a lot of debt. It'll pay off, though...  I am sure of that.
4. What's your favorite vacation you've been on? 
There's so many. I've loved Hawaii and Aruba because they're beautiful; China especially because climbing the Great Wall of China in Beijing was an amazing experience; and Las Vegas because I met my best friend/boyfriend there ;) (you can read all about that here).

5. What's your best and worst home reno project? 
My answer to this question is unfortunately boring... Since law school is so expensive, I moved home with my parents and little brother. Therefore, I haven't taken on any home reno projects. One of the things I am looking most forward to after school is living on my own again and making a home for myself. 
Thank you to the hosts for giving me this great opportunity to introduce myself via this series and thank you all very much for taking the time to learn about me! Feel free to stop by my blog and say hello :) 
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