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To the Editor: I wake up before 6 a.m. every day, so getting a full night of sleep is a very foreign concept to me. As a first-year law student and the parent of a young child, I have trouble finding time to buy myself new underwear, let alone see a movie or read a novel. Contrary to what you might believe, Hastings College of the Law is not just a home away from home for college graduates — my two-year-old gets a lot more fun and excitement out of the laptop plugs on the desks than anyone else I have seen use them. There are not any organizations on campus targeted to student parents, but that does not mean we do not exist. On the first day of orientation, I saw another Hastings student in the parking lot greet his baby. To my joyful surprise, I’ve discovered two other parents are also in my section. “We’re here and we’re queer” may be a catchphrase for the local gay population, but “we’re here and we’re TIRED” works for me. So how are we supposed to do this? How are we supposed to balance our children, our families, our studies, and the remnants of whatever sanity we hope to maintain? The answer seems to be the same for us as it is for everyone else: time management, endurance, and lots of crossed fingers. I read while my son naps and while I ride on the public transit. After a full evening of “cheetah races”, bathtime, and lullabies, I take notes on what I’ve already read. In this way, I am not trying to absorb new information until my brain is back up to speed. Around midnight, I get ready for the next day by first making sure his backpack is full of diapers and a change of clothes for preschool. Then I check my own bag for all of the books and materials I will need. I just hope I do not take the wrong pack to class one of these days. I guess that is where the crossed fingers come in.

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