Reflections: What I’m Thankful For

Guest Blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Around this time of year, I tend to get very reflective.

The Thanksgiving season always helps me put certain areas of my life into perspective. It’s cheesy, but I always like to take a moment and really identify what I’m thankful for.

This year, as a 3L, I am thankful for the opportunity to attend law school. In the midst of all the reading, the work, and the studying, I tend to forget that there was a moment in time where law school was just an idea, a possibility. I can remember applying to schools and trying to decide which one was the best fit for me. It was such a grueling and tedious process, yet here I am…about to graduate.

Photo: Lance Murphey

Having the opportunity to attend law school and, furthermore, become a lawyer is such a significant experience. More specifically, being an African American woman, I know that many of my ancestors never even thought that this was possible. To be here in this position is TRULY incredible.

Yes, law school is tough, but when I think about the historical issues African Americans faced (and still face), it’s such an honor to be graced with the opportunity to do something that not many people get to do. I actually have an opportunity to “have a seat at the table.” Amazing!

This year, I’m just REALLY thankful for this opportunity. Graduation is right around the corner and I’m sure we’re all ready to finish. Nonetheless…just for a moment…I encourage you to reflect on this great opportunity we have and really appreciate this journey.