A Reasonable Standard is a platform that publishes honest and transparent stories from law students about the mental health issues they face at University. We aim to provide an unfiltered perspective into the lives of our peers, and ultimately break the stigma around mental illness. We also connect students to the right support services & resources they need to help them take actionable steps forward.
Fed up with the stifling culture of law school and stigma around asking for help, a group of law students banded together to create a space where we could be honest about our struggles while at University. In sharing the vulnerable and truthful stories from our peers, we hope you’ll know that you’re not alone in the trials you face and that there are people who will stand by you in your struggles and triumphs.
The 2019 Team
Hi, I’m Ashley and I’m in my 5th year of Arts and Law. After struggling to find my feet at Uni, and sliding in and out of depression along the way, I realised heaps of people in the law faculty were also struggling with the same heaviness I did. I believe that only by being honest about the struggles we’re facing, will we be able to support and help each other out of the darkness. When I’m not napping, you can find me taking up space at a café or binge-watching stand up comedies on Netflix. You can find me writing under the Mental Health tab.
I am a fourth year Law/Arts student with a major in Human Rights. Mental illness has affected most of my good friends and family. I undertook this project because I was fed up with the stigma and secrecy that surrounds this topic, especially for law students. We’re not superheroes, we can’t study full-time, pull in a part-time job, obtain legal experience, have a social life and look after ourselves; it’s not possible. Nothing should be more important than your own mental and physical well-being, so take the time to look after yourself. I am the designer of the website and you can also find me writing under the Mental Health and Resources tab.
Hi, I’m Claudia and I am a 2nd year Arts/Law student from regional Victoria. Whilst I do love law, my passions also include human rights, politics, and the environment. The thing I love most about studying law is the multitude of opportunities it provides- stretching far beyond just the legal arena. In my spare time, I love to spend time with family, run and fail driving tests. You can find me writing mostly under the First Year tab.
Born and raised in China, I attended Trinity College in University of Melbourne before starting my double degree in law and commerce in Monash University. Currently in my third year of studies, I am particularly interested in bridging the Australian and Chinese legal systems. I am dedicated to exploring the cross-cultural experience and promoting the mutual understanding among students from different backgrounds. During my spare time, I enjoy reading books, watching movies and hiking. My favourite directors are Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
Hey there guys! Originally from Singapore, I have been in Melbourne for slightly over three years. When I am not struggling to keep up with my readings, drowning in assignments or fulfilling various committee roles, I enjoy hiking, baking and travelling (subject to my bank account). I have always loved helping other people. Nowadays, it is frowned upon to complain about our struggles or to feel negative emotions. We are constantly trying to portray an image that we think people want to see and end up losing ourselves. I hope that this space is able to remind you to prioritise yourself and get through whatever grey cloud you feel is over you. You’ll find me writing under the International Students tab!
Hey everyone! I’m Dian and I’m a 2nd year Commerce/Law student. My motivation to study law stems from being inspired by my uncle’s role as a barrister. From a young age, I saw the effect the law has on people’s lives and wanted to be a part of the legal field ever since. Little did I know, many challenges awaited me. Heading into 1st year, I was overwhelmed with information. Thus, we decided to develop a concise collection of articles that are easy to follow and that target the main issues we came across during our transition into Monash Law. Outside of law, I like to stay active and enjoy being outdoors, but at the same time, nothing beats a good movie with blankets on the couch with friends. You can find me writing mostly under the First Year tab!
The 2020 Team
Hi my name is Gianna, I am a first year JD student.
I did an undergraduate degree in science majoring in psychology. This has fostered a passion for mental health in me. Currently my first year in law has been tumultuous and I have spent less than 10 weeks in an actual classroom so far this year. So, I am struggling with connecting to my course, the people in it and even the lecturers. Despite this I believe that even in the toughest times connections and community can be fostered and I hope any articles I produce will help people with that.
I play a bunch of volleyball so you can mostly find me on a court or if I’m feeling lazy in a bookstore reading fantasy novels.
Hello hello this is Anh speaking! I am a part of the huge Law/Comm fam and are in my 3rd year of struggling!
Choosing Law was a rather impulsive decision of mine. One day, I was binge-watching Suits and the next thing I knew, I was enrolling in Law school to everyone’s and my own surprise! (anyone with me?). No one saw that coming and you could only imagine the reactions of my parents as I have always been more of a maths kid growing up. Adding in the fact that English is only my second language (I was born in Vietnam and only moved here 5 years back fyi), we have a recipe for disaster!! As expected, I struggled. Big time! (still are). And that’s when I decided I need a platform to vent and share my experiences with my struggling fellows. There came ARS. You will unsurprisingly find me writing under the International Students tab :).
I love sports, like, religiously. Soccer, NBA, AFL,… you name it. However, I am super chill and basically down for ANYTHING so don’t hesitate to reach out and have a chat ;).
Hey there! My name is Maryam and I’m in my 2nd year of Commerce and Law at Monash.
So far I’ve loved studying law, but can definitely attest to the anxiety and stress that comes with the Uni experience. Sometimes it’s the workload, and sometimes it’s the high-pressure environment and my fear of failure (not a good combo) that can make things tough.
I think it’s so important for us to start having more conversations about mental health. Until we do, we won’t realise how many of us are in the same boat, and how we can support each other throughout our tertiary studies and into the legal field. That’s what we hope to do here at ARS.
Outside of my Uni commitments I love listening to good podcasts, drawing, and spending time with family.
Hi! I’m Imogen and I’m in my 4th year of Arts and Law.
After year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was interested in a lot of things and the decision wasn’t as obvious as I thought it should be. At the last minute, I found myself choosing an Arts/Law degree because it seemed structured and gave me the direction that I craved.
Luckily, this was the right decision for me. Looking back on that experience, the law students who shared their experiences with me were integral to helping me make this decision. That’s why I am so excited to be a part of the ARS team, and to continue sharing personal stories to help support students in their studies and mental health.
I love playing netball, reading books and discovering new places!
Hi, I’m Ryan, a 2nd year Straight Law student from Singapore.
Born and raised in Singapore, I am keenly aware of the cultural and social differences between the countries. Through this project, I hope to enhance the wellbeing and mental health of all students, while simultaneously advancing the mutual understanding between students of different backgrounds.
During my (little) spare time after readings, I immerse myself in cooking (and eating) or light reading. You will find me writing under the International Student’s Tab.
I’m not the most social person (social distancing ahem) but feel free to hit me up to talk
Hi everyone! My name is Marcus and I am a 2nd year JD student.
I never imagined in a million years that I would be studying law. Being a law student certainly is a dream come true and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity. However, while I am enjoying my time here at Monash, the life of a student can be filled with a great deal of stress and anxiety. This is why I believe mental health management should be a priority in everyones list to ensure life does not weigh you down too much.
On a side note, I love to keep up with a variety of hobbies and interests to give myself a break from studying. I am a massive advocate for physical exercise so you can mostly find me in a gym on a regular basis. If its a rest day, more than likely I am watching whatever show/film I am obsessed with for that week or playing video games and annoying my cats!
Other than that, I hope you enjoy the content we produce and know that the team or myself are always open to chat.
Share your story:
Your story & experiences are important and we want to know about it. If you’d like to submit your story that you believe will help others, fill out the form below.
If you’re looking to get connected to extra support services or need extra mental health resources , get in contact with us and we’ll point you to the right direction