Three Reasons to Say “Farewell, Fast Food!”

By Amanda Martin, Staff Writer, 1L

  1. Law Students Should Ditch the Fast Food Lines Because Fast Food is Not Always Faster.

We have all been there—late nights, early mornings, exhaustion, deprivation.  We rush and we run.  We eat with our food sprawled across our lap as we drive a bit too far, a bit too fast.  We think that fast food is faster, and we tell ourselves that we do not have time to eat right.  We might actually believe this to be factually true.  Today, I wish to challenge that belief.  Recent research shows that it takes almost a full three minutes to receive your fast food once it is ordered.  While you may initially feel that three minutes for a meal is lightning fast, you must keep in mind that this is only after your order is actually placed.  You still must get to the fast food location, push your way through the line, and place your order – all before the timer starts.  Additionally, that same research shows that your order is only going to be correct about eighty-seven percent of the time.  This leads me to wonder if it really is all that convenient, if the gain is worth the loss—and of course, if we could do better.

  1. Law Students Should Dump the Fast Food Habit Because Our Brains are Better, and Better Brains Need Better Food.

Law school is often, by far, the greatest investment that many of us will ever make.  It is not, however, just an investment into extrinsic factors, such as higher earnings, job security, and career advancement; it is an investment into our intrinsic, deeply personal selves.  While we are each billed differently, the standard $47,600 annual tuition breaks down to $176.30 per day.  This means that many of us spend $176 every single day to muscle-building our very own, very personal, and very unique brain.  This investment will not get you just a job—it will get you your very best self.  It is an investment into the person that you are—and the person that you are becoming.  What a magnificent and awesome investment—one that should be affectionately maintained with the upmost care and respect.  Unfortunately, ninety-nine cents and a drive-thru will not sufficiently maintain the brilliant brain that you have created in such a phenomenal way.  Our brains are better, and better brains need better food.

  1. Law Students Should Divorce Themselves from Fast Food Because We set the Example.

Lawyers are either greatly esteemed – or sincerely loathed – with seemingly little in the middle.  William Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, Part 2, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Several negative, and personally offensive, blogs occupy internet space with titles such as, “Lawyers: The Most Despised Profession in America,” and “Scientific Study Concluded No One Trusts Lawyers.”  Whether loved or loathed, people watch lawyers very carefully and rightfully so as people entrust us with their livelihood, loved ones, and even literally, their lives.  A Lawyers.com survey showed that sixty-four percent of parents hope their children will grow up to pursue legal careers, which I believe to be a genuinely and personally rewarding compliment.  It also shows that we are, among other reasons, role models.  We are role models in the eyes of these parents, to the children themselves that hope to one day become lawyers, and to all of those who hold lawyers in high regard.  We set the example.  Under a constant eye, every decision we make matters. It matters if we communicate choices that are below what would be expected of individuals with our aptitude and intelligence.  It matters if our clothes are wrinkled, if our offices are in disarray, or if we make unhealthy lifestyle choices— which includes the food we eat.  The food we eat matters.  It is a decision, and every decision invites an opportunity for others to judge us, to judge the quality of our potential work and most importantly, to judge our character. Setting an exemplary example, we all should say, “Farewell, fast food!”

“The smarter you are, the smarter every choice in your life must be.”

                                                                   –Amanda Martin

1. http://time.com/money/3478752/drive-thru-fast-food-fast-casual/

2. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2013/0 7/public-opinion-surveys-find-people-have-low-opinion-of-attorneys-but-still-want-their-kids-to-become.html

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