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Sarah L. Caragiulo

April 1, 2009

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

I think that saying is true whether you are having fun or not! Don’t get me wrong; I am having fun this semester, but even if I were not having fun, the time would still be flying past me at an incredibly fast rate. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was telling myself, “It’s ok. I still have two months until my first final.”  And now, here I am, with one month until my first final. Where did the time go? Well, let’s see…

First, there is Law Review. We just completed our elections for next year’s Executive Board and Editor positions. The process lasted from mid-February until mid-March.  It was intense, filled with emotion and a learning experience.  In the end, everyone made it through the process relatively unscathed.  We are actually already in the process of preparing for next year’s publications!

Second, there is March Madness. I love basketball. I especially love college basketball.  This year has been particularly exciting because my team is still in the tournament.  I will not say who my team is for fear of jinxing them (I am a bit superstitious). Needless to say, I will be watching the Final Four with bated breath.

Third, there are classes. Oh yes, classes. I do not think I need to say more than just simply that, classes.

Last, but certainly not least, there is life. I have actually been away from home more weekends this semester than any other semester. I traveled to Denver to celebrate my twin nephews’ 1st birthday. I traveled to London to visit friends. I even made a few trips to Philadelphia and Brooklyn to visit family.  Somewhere in there I was able to fit in a couple hours worth of work as well.  Although I have still dedicated the majority of my time to law school and everything it entails, I think I am most proud of the fact that this semester I have spent more time with family and friends. It is easy to set up camp in the library for hours on end and read case after case and write and re-write every paper.  But there comes a point when you realize that the library walls are not as welcoming as a hug from a friend or family member. There comes a time when you realize you need to step outside.  The windows in the library are great!  They are nice and big and let in wonderful amounts of sunlight. Yet the sunlight coming through the windows, even though it is pretty, is not nearly as good as the feeling of the sunlight hitting your face as you walk outside.

I set a goal for myself this year – to not lose myself in all that is law school – and I believe I have accomplished that goal.  My studies and grades are still very important to me, that will never change; but I know that this semester has flown by faster than any other semester because I have been having fun in life!


Sarah L. Caragiulo

2L Day (Class of 2010)

Criminal Law; Litigation

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Undergraduate degree:
BA in Political Science, and Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University 

Federal Judicial Honors Extern Program; Advanced Appellate Advocacy; Pace Law Review