The Year Ahead: A Message from the 2L LSS Council President
This year I am thrilled to take on my responsibilities as President of the 2L Council. Although I answer to the class of 2017, I will conduct my mandate with every law student in mind. My focus for the year will be integration. We are not divided by age or degree, and we should not let ourselves be divided by the year of our graduation. We are a small school in a small community, and we should take advantage of our close community.
Outside of the classroom, our main gathering point has been Smokers, weekly Thursday themed events at the Grizzly Grill that allow students to socialize with their colleagues before the end of the school week. I absolutely love Smokers. They might not seem like much at first, but there is a certain solace in having a place just for your friends where you can dance your heart away to Beyoncé. Smokers are an important part of the QL experience; however, they are not ideal for properly meeting all of your peers. Understandably, Smokers are not everyone’s cup of tea.
As such, I would like to introduce everyone to Coolers!
Coolers will be a series of events around Kingston with cultural and artistic dimensions. They can be as diverse as we like them to be, but they will have one thing in common: Queen’s Law students. Upcoming Coolers to look forward to include: a trip to the Kingston Symphony; a Queen’s Law art night; and a viewing of exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. There is also an incredible and diverse amount of musical talent at QL, and Coolers will aim at expanding open-mic “Live in the Lounge” style events at our school. Coolers, like Smokers, can be a platform to reach out to the student body, and clubs will be able to turn their events into Coolers. Keep an eye out for more information to come in the coming weeks!
To the class of 2018, I would like to welcome you to our wonderful school. You are about to begin an incredibly exciting journey. By simply being a law student, your voice is now louder than before, so use it. You don’t need to wait until you learn more about the law, in fact, the law is probably not going to be what you expected. If you came here to change the world—get to it!
Nima Hojjati is a contributor to Juris Diction. He is President of the 2L LSS Council.