If you read any of those law student blogs (there's a bunch of them in my blogroll if you're having trouble finding one), you know that law school can be boring. And, if you're a lawyer who went to law school say, more than 5 years ago, you may not be aware of how technology has changed how students deal with boredom.
My first year of law school, I don't think that we had internet access in most of the classrooms. By the second year, we definitely did, but by then I only took classes I was interested in (that means, mostly only classes that I could see as being applicable to criminal defense), so I either didn't bring my laptop or wasn't that bored. By second and third year, I was also in a lot more small classes and clinic type classes that didn't allow me to hide behind a laptop.
But, first year, I was bored, I had my laptop, and I didn't have internet access. Like the rest of my class, I resorted to endless hours of computer games. My favorite was Snood. And, if you'll allow me to brag just a little, I was good at it.
I'll never forget, that one day after Con Law, when some guy came up to me and said, "Hey, I saw the way you play Snood. You're real good." I finally knew what it would have felt like to be the star of the basketball team.
Another fun thing to do, especially in Civ Pro, which was at the end of the day, when Snood exhaustion took hold, was to paint. Paint is free software that comes with almost every computer, so there's nothing to download. And you can really let your creativity run free. There's nothing you can't do.
I liked to pretend I was the court sketch artist of the classroom, and draw little classroom scenes. Usually with things like "Kiss Ass" written over gunners' heads, that sort of thing.
Sometimes I'd just draw random things. Landscapes, Animals.
Ah, those were the days. When we law students thought we had it so bad. But for months out of the year, we just played computer gams. And then, I'd go home for lunch and take a nap. Aaaah.
What made me just remember all of that?
Oh, I know. Just like I'll always remember the props I recieved for my mad Snood skillz, I'll always remember when a girl who sat behind me in Civ Pro.
"I just wanted to say that I really like all of your drawings. Anyway, I noticed that pig you drew today. I don't know if you know this, but you can tell a lot about a person by the way they draw a pig. That long curly tail you drew? It means you have a great sex life."
"Oh, um, okay." That was really all I could say.
Now you can draw your own pig here, whether you're a law student or not. (Link via The Happy Feminist.)
(Title thanks to Charlotte. And her web.)