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Carla @Cassels: So Long Summer

For those of you that feel that Ardy’s tear-jerking last day blog wasn’t enough, you are in luck, because after a fantastic two and a half months I am ending my summer at Cassels on Friday in favour of a not-quite-as-glamourous exchange to Northwestern Ontario.

So this is it- my last blog! It is really hard to believe the summer went by this fast, which sounds cliché, but is the truth! One thing that Leigh-Ann does with us every once in a while is a Tips and Tricks session where the students gather to teach each other the coolest trick that we learnt on the job. So as my FINAL BLOG as a Cassels Brock blogger, I am going to share with you the tips and tricks and insider info that I wish I knew a year ago, a month ago, and realistically a week ago.

  1. You don’t know what kind of work you want to do. So try it all!!!! I came into my summer knowing what work and what rotations I want to do, and trying things I didn’t care for only affirmed where my interests lie. I even came out of a litigation memo unscathed!!
  2.  Lunch will become supper, supper will become lunch. You will not be able to resist the buffet and will eat a full roast beef dinner at noon. Embrace it.
  3. Time will become valuable. Whether it is the effect of normal working hours, or docketing your life in every 6 minutes you suddenly realize how valuable your time feels. I remember in January when my 12 hour a week school schedule was the most daunting thing I had ever encountered and now I can’t wait to enjoy all the “free-time” school has to offer (annnnd maybe a semester in Barbados also!).
  4. Prairie Girl Cupcakes. Not really a tip or trick, but how I lived without them before, I do not know.
  5. You will meet amazing people, make friendships, work with fantastic lawyers and do awesome work you never thought you could do… and it is only the summer!!!!!

Thanks for a great summer of blogging and thank you to 17 other wonderful summer students who made this experience a blast! To all you first years out there, you have four great people joining you in the CBB Summer Class of 2012!

Much Love!

 PS- Stay tuned for a guest blog from Joel next Wednesday!


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Carla @Cassels: Real Work, Real Reward.

Last night the CBB crew got an end of summer treat (..end of summer for me and Ardy that is)- a fantastic night of dinner and socializing at Marben. The food was fantastic, the staff was amazing, and the students all enjoyed a night out together! Check out some snaps of our night courtesy of Cait!


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Carla @Cassels: Why Cassels?


I realized today I only have two and a half weeks of work left, and that thought has made me a bit nostalgic. I remember a year ago when I was frantically researching firm websites to try to discern which firm had what rotation, and how the student programs actually worked in fear that I would choose the wrong firm to work at. Given that I am feeling a bit nostalgic and totally loving Cassels, I am going to give you an inside view of why I am at Cassels.

Up to In-Firms- I had no idea. I sort of hap-hazardly applied to a handful of firms that did tax law and crossed my fingers *NOT A RECOMMENDED APPROACH*.

On In-Firm day Cassels happened to be one of my last interviews of the day. I was pretty discouraged when I stepped in the door as I had met articling students at other firms that couldn’t tell me why they liked their jobs, was shown art collections in fancy boardrooms that left me wondering what the magnificent pieces had to do with my job prospects at all, and finally was ultimately just tired.

When I stepped into Cassels I was alone in a boardroom with about six articling students and… we actually talked. Not about the application process, interviews or about how fantastic the firm is, but they talked to me in a way that made me comfortable and gave me a glimpse at how awesome the people at Cassels were.

When I got into my interview, the first thing the interviewer did was pull up a picture of Tom Brady and of Justin Bieber and ask me who had the better haircuit (as a Patriots fan, the answer was obvious). I felt at ease with not only the articling students, but also the “scary (but not so scary at all)” partners who were interviewing me.

Then as Oprah would say the biggest AHA! *lightbulb* moment came to me. The interviewer told me to look out to Bay Street, and said in every office building, at every full service firm, everyone does the same work so don’t make a decision based on the type of work that you want to do, but find the firm that you feel like you fit in with the people because that is what is going to make the job.

So what kind of people do you want to have lunch with? Confide in about your biggest office successes and screw-ups? Grab a Starbucks with on a break? Go out for a drink with after work?

For me, Cassels was DEFINITELY the right choice.

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Carla @Cassels: BLOGGERS BLOCK

It all happened two minutes ago. I realized it was Wednesday, aka blog day, and I had nothing to say. Then as I went to log into the blog I somehow forgot my password. I have it full on BLOGGERS BLOCK. I am sitting here, reading my fellow summer students blogs and here is what I have noticed:

I am envious of the ease that Monday’s with Monique flow out… I mean did you know that each of us has an amazing summer project in an area that we are interested in [think: papers on IP issues, helping to write a book, or even drafting a presentation for clients on takeover bids]?? OR did you know every once in a while a lawyer will offer up some GREAT tickets, so great in fact, that Steph “Tues with Voudz” Voudz and I got to see Katy Perry?!

Speaking of Tues with Voudz, doesn’t everyone look forward to the BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TODAY every Tuesday! In fact I spend my days thinking of the BEST THING THAT HAPPENED, which today happens to be my first blood donation!! While I was an avid plasma donor, today Joel and I gave our first whole blood donations, helped six people and got stickers to prove it. Check out Joel looking proud of his accomplishments.

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Carla @Cassels: AWESOME!

I have always been an avid reader, and there is nothing quite like a good book. But after spending the day reading cases, contracts and undertakings- going home to read Pride and Prejudice (okay more like Twilight) is not high up on my list. That is, until I found the Book of Awesome by Neil Paricha. This book is full of anecdotes about the things that are AWESOME in life (think: the cool side of the pillow, pressing the elevator button and the elevtor already being there, or being the first table called up to the buffet at a wedding- awesome).

Not only did this book re-kindle my love of reading by allowing me to read a few pages before I inevitably fall asleep at 10pm, but it also opened my eyes to things that are AWESOME with my day.

Now i’m not talking the obvious: AWESOME job, AWESOME co-workers and Cassels is of course AWESOME, but rather the little things that make everything that is already AWESOME just a little more AWESOME!

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