I haven’t had any coffee in two days. I think I’m past the worst of the withdrawal headaches, and my sleeping patterns now seem to be pretty normal. I will probably resume moderate use once classes kick in, but the stuff was starting to have very little effect on me aside from alleviating the discomfort of not having it. I had lost any real enjoyment of coffee.
Meanwhile, I’ve had two major mishaps during orientation. Both of them turned out to be, I think, helpful. First, I lost the cases that I was supposed to read for the mock class on Friday–I think they fell out of my notepad somewhere. I was already a bit nervous about being called on, and I wasn’t sure how I would work out the issue at all. Anyway, I knew the basic facts of the cases, so I ended up using a combination of Google and Westlaw to locate them. This worked very well, and didn’t even take that long. I got the cases briefed, went to sleep, and got up two and a half hours before class to take care of some business. I actually feel better now knowing that I do have some resourcefulness to draw on. Also, class itself was not especially frightening. I wasn’t called on, the the professor was extremely nice to those who were. Maybe this was just to reassure us that he wasn’t lying when he told us that HLS is a “happier, fuzzier place” than it used to be. We’ll see.
My second major mishap occurred yesterday, when, predictably enough, I locked myself out of my dorm room. I live in a little 8 x 12 room in one of the law school dorms, and my door locks automatically when it closes. I left the room for just a minute to drop some paper into the recycle bin, leaving the door open. Of course, when I came back, the door was closed. My R.A. wasn’t around. I waited in the lounge area for many minutes, walked over to Harkness Commons for a little while and talked to a section-mate, and finally ended up back in the hall, where a 2L explained to me that I just needed to go to Holmes Hall and get the spare key from the mail center. So I did, and I unlocked the room. Now I don’t have to worry about getting locked out on a snowy day or anything, because I know the procedure for getting the keys. (I don’t know why they don’t tell us useful stuff like this in orientation.)
The little details are mostly settled now. I’ve finished unpacking, despite nearly drowning in a sea of styrofoam popcorn. My books are arranged on the shelves, notebooks bought (my section’s professors have banned laptops during class), and laundry washed. I’ve set up my Westlaw and Lexis accounts and gotten my first batch of free stuff, including Westlaw’s “Essential Collection for Law Students” (little books of the Constitution, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and Resources for Conducting Research), Lexis’s own copies of the Constitution and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a Lexis water bottle, and, best of all, a Westlaw bag. And the weather is fantastic, for now.