Marking Passages, Preserving the Past : Welcome Back, Students 2018!

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The Journey

“One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
. . .
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
Mary Oliver


Though this poem is a bit strident for our circumstances, I think it describes very well the idea of the Journey, the Quest – the setting forth for somewhere with no assurance of where your Path will lead you, or whether you will reach your goal intact.  You are on an Adventure, and there is no going back.

As you all begin the new school year, many of you are feeling this way right now – uncertain of the Way Through and even uncertain of your Final Destination.  But take heart.   One thing is certain . . .  this school will Change you.  For the better.  You will not leave here the same person as when you first walked through its doors.  You will be challenged.  You will be shaped.  Your worldview and your thought processes will most likely be molded into something different through the fire of academia and legal debate (and your law professors).  But you will also make lifelong friends, you will have experiences and moments to remember for the rest of your life, and you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare for all the life ahead of you.  In short, you will be Practice-Ready and Life-Ready.

With this in mind, here are some scenes of life here at the UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), past and present, to give you a sense of the variety and diversity of experiences and opportunities you can expect.  The boundaries are limitless.  Have Fun, Explore and most of all - Enjoy!



In Memory of

Keith Harrison

1956 - 2018