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Any other remote first years incredibly lonely? I have friends and family (single) but can pretty much only see them during the weekends, which go by way too quickly. Not much of a life….

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FWIW, I felt this way as a first year pre-pandemic, with a roommate and a puppy. First year is rough to feel like you have a life, have time to be anything but a worker bee. I would tell you it gets better, but it doesn't always, depending on your practice area. Try to really carve out "active relaxing" activities like hiking or brunch or yoga instead of just laying around. It helps. And schedule "friendcations" so you have a holiday and friend time together to look forward to. You'll get through first year--it's not forever, and the camaraderie of an office will happen, someday. All the best to you.

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Thank you. This is encouraging!

If you'll be remote forever, consider a dog. And you can't be the only one at work who feels that way. Can you arrange chats with colleagues during the day to break things up? Or schedule a quick lunch or two with friends or family each week? Also, break things up with a quick walk or other exercise. Some sun, fresh air, etc. will help as well.

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Dogs are great. Plus, biglaw salary means you can afford to pay for plenty of walks to soothe your conscience if/when you're back in the office full time.

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Yes. I’m with you, OP.

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You have weekends??

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NO ENJOY REMOTE. I JUST WENT BACK :(

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Remote midlevel here and feeling the same thing…

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Somewhat, but as someone who was recently forced back into the office, I’d prefer some loneliness with the ability to WFH

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Fair enough! Jabber has been a godsend during the pandemic

Bro I literally have never felt weekends go by so fast. Like I barely have enough time to rest my body.

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Odds on that all juniors at your shop feel similarly. Reach out to them and get a group going?

Yes :( I also didn’t summer at the firm I work at now and I feel like all of the other first years already know each other.

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