Like nearly every other aspect of life coming out of the pandemic, the summer program is operating in a hybrid-model. Since that entails continued inside time, Jessica Buchsbaum and Betsi Cobas brilliantly devised a way for us to simultaneously bring a piece of the outside in, exercise our creativity, and laugh with each other along the way. It was certainly a proverbial “three birds, one stone” achievement on their end.
With a box of supplies delivered in advance to my door, I joined a zoom session with Joe Beguiristain, Danielle Hall, David Jessup, Saron Musa, Nathifa Parker, and Lucas Pizzutti. Over the following hour, we each built our own little terrarium worlds; complete with arid succulents, moss, and an air plant.
While it was fulfilling to create a mini-garden with my own hands, I began wondering if there was an intended metaphor with the event. The terrarium could represent our summer program; a micro-sampling of life as an attorney. By creating our own terrarium, was it representing the summer associates crafting their own experience; selecting assignments we find interesting in the assignment pool and creating our own, unique 8 weeks? With Jessica, Betsi, and Jay Sakalo designing the summer program, the layered symbolism was quite likely.
Beyond the realization that this was now a “four birds, one stone” situation, it was the first chance to get know my fellow summer associates after work hours. To no surprise, I discovered that they are every bit as pleasant, funny, and engaging out of work as in it.
As we wrapped up the evening, we all basked in our collective creations; eager to see what the terrarium (aka the summer program) will look like in 8 weeks when we conclude. I am confident we will all be proud of our creations in the end.