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Law School Graduation

Hey Friends,

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I just graduated law school this past MONDAY! I cannot believe it. Wow. Although, academically, these were the toughest three years, personally they were the most influential. I came in as a girl, and I’m leaving a woman. I learned about fake friends, people who will do anything to get ahead, people who will be there for you when they have a million things going on, hard work/working SMART, having fun, cherishing the people that keep you sane, and protecting your health.

At times, I was incredibly skeptical about my education, but  I feel lucky to have gotten a Juris Doctor, since it affects the way I interact with the world, and allows me the ability to hone in on a multitude of conclusions that could occur.

If I had to go through law school again what would I do differently?

  • I finished law school on a strong note, so I wish from the get go, I made my own outlines or used others in conjunction with my notes, since that was something I failed to do as a 1L and relied heavily on commercial outlines and tabbing supplements.
  • I wish I wrote down most class discussions and case briefs that we discussed in class, as opposed to hopping on G-chat, and thinking that “I’ve read the case, so I know it.” I am human and I only have the ability to remember so much, without a trigger.
  • Developing a strong relationship with a professor in a field you like is something you should do very early on. By developing a relationship, you work harder to prove yourself, and they can also attempt to help you with your job search in the field.
  • Networked during my first year of law school. Networking is a such a vague term, so I will break it down for you in another post.
  • I wish I ran everyday, even for 5 minutes &  I wish I ate a light lunch. Eating a light lunch will enable you to be more productive during the day and not feel so sleepy.
  • I wish there was a way to avoid being addicted to coffee. My name is Maheen and I am addicted to coffee.
  • Respect and make time for my parents a  little bit more. I love them so much, and without them attending law school would not have been possible. They’re constantly love me, motivating me, and providing me with my lifestyle. I wish I sent them a few more thank you cards, a few more gifts, and a gave them a few extra minutes on the phone.
  • As far as my friends and special ones, I wish that I could keep a lid on my mouth when I was stressed. I often overreacted and said things that I regret. I love them to pieces and it would really break my heart if they thought I sincerely meant those rude things. I am an idiot sometimes, so working on managing my stress is something that I will actively work on as far as life goes.
  • (I’ll add to this list as I think of more things)

I hope you can learn from my mistakes. I have this little mantra that goes: if I can do it, so can you! I know that you can succeed in ANYTHING you do! Just work hard, I promise.

Paris Hilton and Ferrets

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(Lets hope that owning ferrets won’t put Paris back in an orange jumpsuit!)

Growing up I really loved Paris Hilton! She was tall, beautiful, skinny & had a unique voice.

I know she is famous for being being a hotel heiress & for an obscene video, but hey, after being exposed she handled it graceful by  lifting her head and smiling for the camera. She didn’t let it phase her, and because of that — I sort of admired her. She reminded me that I could make stupid mistakes and still be confident.

Okay, so ….this leads to me to my next topic, I was casually surfing her instagram account (since I like her) when I noticed she posted this: http://instagram.com/p/d0cbe0qgKU/

Awesome video right, but look a little carefully– I think I see two, yes TWO, ferrets.

Ferrets are currently illegal in CA: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/nuis_exo/ferret/table_content.html

Just to verify all of this, I emailed Angela Barlow, Webmaster, of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and here is a screenshot of how she responded:

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I absolutely LOVE playing detective. See you later!

How to COPYRIGHT a Photograph!

Hey Guys,

Lately at work I have been dealing with the issue of COPYRIGHTING images. This daunting task, is actually FAIRLY SIMPLE.  I’m going to break it down for you—so get excited people!!!

  1. Take an original picture
  2. Read the instructions on the linked form below — it tells you EXACTLY how to fill it out!
  3. Fill out this form: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formva.pdf
  4. Mail in the FORM w/ a $65 check! or FILE IT ONLINE!

YOU’RE DONE!

If you have MULTIPLE pictures you’d like to copyright them but do not want to pay the fee for each  picture then:

  1.  For the title portion fill in “John Doe’s Collection of Animal Photography Volume 1”
  2. Under pervious names, name each photograph like “Zebra”,  “Zebra in love”, etc.,
  3. Attach the image, if you’re sending it online (jpeg)
  4. Fill out the rest of the form the same way!

Good Luck!

 
P.S. I am NOT  lawyer, nor do I hold myself out to be one. I am just an overly excited law student who loves fashion, food, mainstream culture, Islam, family and friends!

OOTD: First Day of Work!

Hello,

I just started my summer internship at an Entertainment Law practice! The practice has represented entertainment like: Jagged Edge, Arrested Development, Cabbage Patch Kids, The Black Crows, & many more! It’s exciting to be learning about such an “entertaining” field!  I would absolutely love to negotiate contracts, on behalf of, people pursing the arts. I think that creativity is the key to any thriving & successful society, and being able to participate in protecting it –is a privilege.

The OUTFIT:

My boss emailed told me to dress on the casual side –so I went for business casual. It was the perfect idea. I straightened my hair & parted it down the middle. I really wanted a clean-cut, but feminine look.

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Blouse: Forever21 (I think –$20- purchased in March, 2013)

Skirt: H&M (I think $20?- purchased in 2012)

Belt: Forever21 ($4)

Shoes: Ninewest (featured before)

Bag: Aldo ($25-$30. 2012)

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 I’m off to start my first day—- Bye!

Organization: Not just applicable to your closet.

There is a lot going on in my life at the moment. I have finals to prepare for, personal issues consuming my thoughts, a condo that needs to be organized, and a kitchen that needs to be stocked.

Unlike the pleasant Atlanta weather, my life is not so pleasant at the moment. I have had two weeks to reflect on certain circumstances and I have come to the conclusion that: I could be a pessimist, or I can be an optimist, the choice is MINE. I choose to be an optimist, because  the bright side, allows me to be more useful with my time, helps me get back on track, puts me in a pleasant mood, and allows me to project my happiness in others, which in turn, allows them to project their happiness upon me.

I cannot hide from my  issues, or push my issues under a rug, but I can delegate the mental stress  I devote to each issue and the order I decide to stress about each particular issue. So for example, my second year final exams are my first priorities.  Second, When I get spare time, I should go grocery shopping, stock my fridge. Third, I need clean my apartment. I do not need to do an IMPECCABLE job, but I do need to clear the sink, wipe down my counters. After attacking these issues, and after my exams are over, I will stress about issues that will affect my mood & things that if dealt with right now, would cause me to devote less than 100% towards studying for my exams.  After my exams are done, I will tackle them, surfacing/dealing with them now, will seriously just be a waste of time, and could potentially jeopardize my ability to perform well on my finals.

I hope you are not dealing with anything to serious, but if you are — remember choose to be an optimist. Delegate your time accordingly. Only love those that love you, and try to put on a fake smile, even if you feel like this is the WORST DAY EVER. It will get better, and smiling is the first step — I promise.

Love.

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The Clarisonic

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(Here is my Clarisonic! The little brush is the deep pore cleansing brush, the big brush, which is attached, is the body brush. I love the Aveeno face scrub -I use it regularly in the morning. I use the OXY product at night with my Clarisonic. This way, not only am I taking off my makeup, but I’m protecting my skin against acne. The Neutrogena toner was inexpensive, and is an awesome, easy, addition to my daily skin care routine)

The Clarisonic is  the best purchase I have made for the year 2012. I bought the Clarisonic in September of 2012, and I must say I am still avidly using it & still in love with it!

I did not take before and after pictures, but I can tell my skin has improved by leaps and bounds. I have always been into skincare. I have used a variety of facemasks and washes, but with the Clarisonic, I do not use them as much, since I feel like I may be over working my skin if I do use a plethora of other products. Also, I am seeing such great results–why mess up a good thing?

I purchased my Clarisonic from Amazon.com (using my prime account). I paid around $180 for the full Clarisonic, which has 4 speed options, and a body brush. I know you can purchase it at Ulta, Sephora, or a variety of other stores (but why would want to pay $220, when you can buy it online for $40 less?).

I recently purchased replacement brushes, which were a tad pricy ($18 a brush). I bought the deep pore cleansing brush. Prior to using the deep pore cleansing brush, I used pore strips, and like most of my pore strips, they were grossly filled with blackheads & whiteheads. After using the brush for two to three weeks, I used a pore strip, and there were virtually no whiteheads or blackheads on it! I was actually a little annoyed that I had wasted a pore strip!

If you’re considering buying one I would go for it. I personally think I’m saving money, since I’m not wasting money on other products, or buying deep cleansing face cloths (which I used religiously to take off my makeup, prior to the Clarisonic).  Also, I feel like my toner is more efficient in helping even out my skin tone, and I feel like my drug store acne medicine is actually being absorbed by skin.

I hope this was helpful.

P.S. Here is an  Amazon link to purchase the Clarisonic!

P.P.S. If you have any questions/comments about which Clarisonic to purchase or general skin care questions or comments I’d love to read them or attempt to answer them! Do you have a Clarisonic? Do you love it?

Beauty Blogger and Vlogger: The Copyright Edition

There is an incredible amount of stuff on copyright infringement on the internet. There is so much stuff on the subject that the sheer amount makes me want to gamble with my luck and use my own moral compass.

Unfortunately, following my own moral compass is a ridiculuously bad idea (I have law school to thank for this redirection). I was thinking about doing a series for the beauty vlogger and blogger about their blogs/vlogs and making sure they comply with the law.

Paying attention to the copyright laws is such an important aspect of running a successful blog/vlog. It is important, since most of you bloggers and vloggers would love to make blogging a full time job (which trust me it can be — I have a brother successfully conducting in the affair).

Although, not being educated on copyright law (17 U.S.C. §106) & fair use (17 U.S.C. §107) at the beginning  is okay (I’m not saying this in a positive way), since you probably only have a few viewers or a few hundred viewers– I suggest you familiarize with the law sooner than later. As your blog/vlog attains popularity and starts developing into your “cash cow,” others will not be amused  by your ability to use their work to make you money. Sooner or later you will either be fined by the company or forced to entertain a lawsuit (which is extremely expensive way of dealing with an issues).

I will start the series next week. Do you have any specific questions?  I would love to focus the blog pieces around areas you’re interested in.  Remember, this piece and other pieces are my own opinions, and I’m not a lawyer nor am I holding myself out to be lawyer! I am simply a law student, who is obsessed with social media!

Enjoy!