Hi I’m Riley! An older, less pink, Air Force edition of Elle Woods. I’m going into my second year at Harvard Law School, and using this blog to document my time in law school.

The first year was NOT easy, and you may wonder why I’ve continued to blog while stressed out of mind! In the end, it boils down to three things:

1. A PROFESSOR’S ADVICE

When I attended the Harvard Law Admitted Students Weekend in April 2018, a professor urged me and my fellow classmates to write creatively outside of school. Journaling, blogging, letter-writing, starting a novel…whatever you like, she said, just find it and stick with it! Now that I’m a year in, I definitely get it – law school is pretty good at sucking the life out of you. So this is my way to stay interesting!

2. WEEKLY SANITY CHECK

Quite simply, I started this blog (and keep writing it) because I want to! I use it as a creative outlet and kind of sanity check, particularly because I don’t have the “normal” school stressors of internship interviews/job searches to keep me busy. Back in college, I chose English as my major because I love to read and see writing essays as a fun puzzle. I took a creative writing course in my final college semester and LOVED IT, so I knew I’d enjoy vomiting my experiences onto this site.

3. ELLE INSPIRED

Finally, I largely attribute this blog to YOU! Before starting school, I had so many people say “you’re the real-life Elle Woods” that I kinda started to buy it. Elle is the It Girl of my generation (right up there with Regina George, Britney Spears and Beyonce, of course) and I am beyond flattered to be associated with her. I always wondered how ‘realistic’ Legally Blonde is* so I figured I’d explore the ins and outs of Harvard Law with everyone who has a special place in their hearts for Elle & Bruiser Woods.

*Consider this answered! Check it out here: https://rileyv.com/index.php/2020/04/30/will-the-real-harvard-law-please-stand-up/

Essentially, I want to use this platform to talk life during Harvard Law – and especially what being a [strong female] military officer is like in this unique position. I’m here for advice, observation, funny stories, lame stories, and the realities of being a student-slash-military-officer through this blog and other social media platforms (check out https://rileyv.com/index.php/contact/ for more on that.) I’m going to keep it real but keep it fun, and hopefully it’s something that you guys enjoy! Plus, what better way to gear up for Legally Blonde 3?

Thanks for joining!  

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