Dear UGA Law,
Now that the semester is over and a whole year has gone by, I just wanted to let y’all know how much I’ve appreciated being a small part of this wonderful community. I’ve been pushed further than I ever thought I could be academically. I’ve felt the love and support of the (Excellent!) faculty and staff. I don’t think I would have made it through had I gone somewhere else because law school is unbelievably hard. The faculty has not only supported me as a student but also as a trans man, for which I am immensely grateful. From the feared and revered contracts professor to the scary dragon lady of orientation that turned out to be an absolutely amazing constitutional law professor to the “sadist” of contracts whom I adore, all of my 1L professors will have a special place in my heart.
I’ve made friends that I know will last a lifetime. I am so very thankful to have been a part of the best 1L section at the law school, Section Z. Your kindness and generosity are unparalleled. Y’all are awesome, and I’m lucky to have had your friendship and support over this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you. You pushed me to bear down with laser-like focus in contracts, to script out unnecessary work in criminal law, to strive for that “amen brother” in torts, and to not feel bad, at all, when I needed that question to be repeated just one more time in civil procedure. Thanks Z!
Over the past year I’ve shed more tears than I can count. I’ve laughed unbelievably hard. I’ve spent more time in the library than I have anywhere else. I’ve eaten pizza for lunch day after day, because hey, it’s free. And now that it’s over, I can’t help but find myself missing it already. This past year has been the hardest of my life, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I could bark before I could talk, and it truly has been a dream come true thanks to the damn good dawgs of UGA law. I can’t wait to come back home in August.