I can only image what my journalism law professor thought as he opened my email and began to read. “I was hoping to have our exam scheduled for March 18 pushed back to the following class given that I am of Irish heritage and will be celebrating on March 17.” At the age of 21 one doesn’t care much about professional reputation or the fact that the professor may take such a dumb request into consideration when grading said exam. One cares about celebrating St. Paddy’s Day at the bar for the first time ever. My professor was amused enough to read my plea out loud in class. He didn’t name names, but I took claim to the request. I mean, we all had to agree an exam — especially in a killer class like journalism law — on March 18 was pure torture. He didn’t move the exam. I didn’t go out. I showed up sober and studied on March 18 only to have it announced that thanks to the unnamed student’s email (me) he did decide to cut us some slack in the form of a take-home exam. The gesture may have been a day late, but the fact that I was able to write the exam side by side with my law school buddies earned me a much higher grade and the knowledge that even those who aren’t Irish can come together in appreciation of what should be a holiday that doesn’t include work. While St. Paddy’s is yet to be given the rank of such off-work holidays like Christmas, I have been fortunate enough to work at jobs that afford me the ability to go out and socialize on the big day. One year, while working for a weekly I was sent out to drink with the masses and pass out stickers encouraging those guzzling green beer to send in their photos so that we could share them online. When I began work at CAWLM March was given even more special meaning with the start of the CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser (set for Saturday, March 23 this year). Add to that that my better half and I usually head south following that event and March has become my favorite month ever. I may not have gotten to celebrate St. Paddy’s in style my first legal year, but I’ve definitely made up for it. Having fun is my favorite thing, and now that I no longer have to worry about journalism law, very few things gets in my way.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.