lc39 wrote:Extracurricular/social activities you enjoyed/regretted/regretted not participating in during your 1L year? I don't want to overextend myself and I have a couple in mind already but I'm just interested to hear what y'all experienced.
I also regretted journal. Feel free to PM for some additional advice on this if desired.
I'd have gotten more involved with SESLA early on. I was really glad I found a group of people to go play sports with and blow off steam that way. It's pretty easy to join up at the entry level of a bunch of student activities and such and then slowly drop the ones that end up not being a fit.
If you're interested in Crim stuff I know the student org for Criminal Law is a really good one. I think SLA is a really good way to get to meet a lot of people quickly, and everyone I know who got involved stayed involved (which I take as a good sign).
Bottom line: everyone knows 1Ls have a really tough first quarter. Nobody asks much of you in that quarter, except maybe journals. The winter and spring are the times to really ramp up your involvement and decide what you want for next year.
Last consideration: think about what you want on your resume for 2L OCI and for 1L job search. It's not a dealbreaker or maker, but it was something that I got asked about in a number of interviews. "Oh I see you are in ___, I did that too, how do you like it?" Those type of easy, rapport-building questions are nice to have when trying to get into an interview rhythm.