I moved to New York with my partner last year and worked there for six months

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I moved to New York with my partner last year and worked there for six months. It gave me a lot of confidence. I figured out no one knows what they are doing. You just fake it till you make it, and learn from experience. That’s not really conveyed to you at law school. 

Legends of Law School is a monthly column by Claudia McGarva

While I was on exchange in Sheffield, my Dad’s friend got tickets to the World Cup in Brazil

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While I was on exchange in Sheffield, my Dad’s friend got tickets to the World Cup in Brazil. I ended up travelling to Brazil at the last minute and stayed with Dad’s friend’s Brazilian family. His brother in law, Pacha (who spoke the least amount of English), drove me all around Brasilia and even took me to the university where he had taught. Even though he didn’t speak much English we talked about the coup in the 1960s, all sorts of things. With enough hand gestures we got by. 

Legends of Law School is a monthly column by Claudia McGarva

At the moment, I get youth allowance and I volunteer at interesting places

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At the moment, I get youth allowance and I volunteer at interesting places like the food co-op, women’s legal centre and the youth law centre. I’ve just started working full-time so it is going to be weird having money. On one hand, I’m not that excited to be graduating at the end of the year, and I’m super content to be living in the virtual reality of adult life. On the other hand, I am keen to see where graduation takes me, where I will be in a completely different place this time next year.

Legends of Law School is a monthly column by Claudia McGarva

I didn’t want to say to myself I couldn’t do something I wanted to do

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I have about 32 tattoos. They are mainly images from old t-shirts of bands I like. I also have one of my favourite football team, the Richmond Tigers. I always said I wouldn’t get a tattoo where I couldn’t cover it up with a business shirt, so I was tossing it up for months whether to get my fingers tattooed. In the end, I didn’t want to say to myself I couldn’t do something I wanted to do. If they have a problem with it at work, I can cover it up with makeup. If girls can put make-up on in the morning, why can’t I?

Legends of Law School is a monthly column by Claudia McGarva

I broke up with someone in January.

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I broke up with someone in January. He was going to propose but I found out he was cheating. I lost my home, he even sold my puppy when I was not at home. I lost everything. He was financially supporting me at the time. I thought I would have to quit my degree and go back to working full-time. Then I thought, I want to keep this for myself. All the blood sweat and tears, I can’t throw it away. It reinforced the idea that I have to be financially independent. I never want to be in that position. I want to have my career.

Legends of Law School is a monthly column by Claudia McGarva

Growing up, Dad worked in the same suburb as our school in Sweden.

Growing up, Dad worked in the same suburb as our school in Sweden. Mum would pick us all up from school (there were five kids) in a huge car, a spaceship. We would then go and pick Dad up from work every afternoon in the spaceship. I don’t remember this but my sisters tell me that one-day, we went to pick Dad up from work. Mum went into his work, and then came out and got in the car but Dad didn’t come. We were all asking where Dad was but Mum didn’t say anything. We got home and Dad came home about an hour later. He asked her why she didn’t pick him up. Apparently when Mum went to collect Dad, she looked through the glass and saw him kissing his co-worker. He ended up marrying his co-worker and they have two kids. I get on really well with his kids and say to people that there are seven kids in the family. Mum and Dad didn’t go through lawyers for their divorce and kept things pretty amicable. When I ask mum about it, she says that she is glad that dad cheated on her with a woman he ended up marrying rather than a one-night stand because at least something good was able to come out of it.

A friend of mine came down from Wagga and she decided to paint my toenails for me.

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A friend of mine came down from Wagga and she decided to paint my toenails for me. She painted them all different colours of the rainbow, one Red, one orange and so on. They looked good. After that when I looked down at my feet they made me feel happy. That was Valentine’s Day 2013 and I’ve painted them in rainbow order since. I remember the date because I had a boyfriend at the time but he wasn’t there. He lived in Wagga and I was in Canberra. I was pretty swept up in him because he was the first guy who told me I was pretty, that I was attractive. I had been with a guy in high school who never told me that, and I got distracted by the fact that someone thought I was pretty. Eventually when that wore off, I realised “wow, we are not that similar at all. This isn’t going to work”. It was a turning point though. I realised I wasn’t nearly as ugly or unattractive to the opposite sex than I thought I was. It is very nice to know.