HOW ARE YOU? Do you find yourself asking this question a lot lately? When we ask this of a student, who knows what they might say?! Or a colleague. Prepare to hear things you did not expect!
All joking aside, those three words are meaningful to us, especially when we are on the receiving end of the question. When we are the one asking, we know we might not like the answer. I find myself asking this of each student I talk to. The fact that we are not face to face makes it more important to check in on how they are doing. The question needs to be asked and the answer is important. While you and I struggle with our balancing act, I truly believe we are placed “here” to serve our students and colleagues in some way.
I applaud you for your service. You make things happen in your law school. You jumped in, all the way, to do what needs to be done. There are tasks that you do now that you had no experience with before March. There are tools you have learned to use this year. You have stretched and developed! You have given your time, above and beyond, to your institution, your peers, and your students. I am so proud to be part of this community.
I’ll close with encouraging you to take a time for yourself. I know it is not apparent where to find time, but you owe it to yourself. Hang in there. Take a minute to laugh when the opportunity presents itself! Speak up when you need to. For some of us, this is not in our DNA. I hope you fight the urge to ignore the need to replenish and do something for yourself every now and then.
Your NNLSO representatives on the board hope to provide you with opportunities for replenishment and growth in this season we are in. Watch for opportunities to participate and please stay in touch. We want to know how we can be of service to you.