Today is a day “off” for our students. Better put, there are no classes scheduled today because Pepperdine is having its University Faculty Conference. I had planned to attend an administrator track of the faculty conference, but the mentoring conference in Minnesota made it impossible for me to do so.
Law students having a day “off” in the middle of a semester is a little misleading. I remember well how happy I would be to get one — partially for a little relief, but mostly so I could get some work accomplished. Seeing students trudge to a library (or hole up in their room) on a day off from classes seems odd, but it is completely normal. With so much to do and not enough time to do it, a day such as today is a welcome gift.
That being said, don’t be worried (necessarily) if your student has gone surfing today or is headed on a little three-day weekend road trip. Everyone manages their time differently, and at times, a day “off” can be used for just that purpose — to make up for the “me” time that has been neglected.
As for me, I’m about to head through the cold wind (Yikes!) to a different law school for a day of networking and information on how we can do “mentoring” better at Pepperdine Law. I guess I’m having a day “off” myself!