December 2010


I’ve been getting a lot of visits to my blog lately, and they’ve all been focused on the same topic:  post exam anxiety.  Unfortunately, they’ve all been directed to my first post on that very subject, which is not very helpful.  At all.  Sorry!  I thought I’d try to help all those poor souls by writing another post.  But take this advice with a grain of salt…I still haven’t a clue how I did on my own exams.

So what’s my wonderful advice on surviving law school exams?  CHILL OUT.  Seriously.  If you are googling “post exam anxiety” then that tells me that you have already taken your exams.  So stop worrying.  There is absolutely nothing you can do to change your answers at this point.  So eat some cookies, drink some eggnog, and enjoy your time away from school with your family and friends.  You’ll have plenty of time to freak out about your grades when you actually know what they are.

Studying for my criminal law final is starting to make me feel homicidal…

Get it?  Get it?  Homicidal?

Shut up.  I’m funny.

 

Edit:  I’ve now been told by several people that this joke is not, in fact, funny.  But you know what?  I’ve been reading criminal law cases all day and drinking loads of caffeine and this post makes me giggle.  Seriously, when I wrote it I couldn’t stop giggling.  It still makes me giggle.*  Oh boy, that definitely means it’s time for bed.  Criminal law final tomorrow!  And (hopefully) no more bad jokes!

 

* Giggle is a funny word isn’t it?  Giggle giggle giggle.

And so it begins.  My very first law school final is this afternoon in civil procedure.  I’m nervous, but not freaked out nervous.  I wrote my outline, listened to the Barbri lecture online (and why isn’t that guy teaching at my school?  He was awesome), and reviewed old exams and hypos.

So what’s my problem?

Last night I dreamt about taking the final.  ALL NIGHT.  And they weren’t good dreams.  They were, “OMG I totally forgot my outline” or “I’m late for my final!” dreams.

Not cool brain, not cool at all.

Now I’m going to finish reviewing and make sure I actually have everything I need.  At least it will be over soon!  Wish me luck!

I have been such a slacker with my blog!  Whoopsie.  So here’s the lowdown:

Thanksgiving break was AMAZING.  It was just so nice to be away from law school for a few days.  I did bring loads of work home, and I actually did a little outlining.  At the end of the break I decided to leave Bella with my parents until the end of the semester.  I originally thought I’d spend most of my time cooped up in the law library diligently outlining and studying for finals.  But you know what?  Studying in the law library during finals sucks.

Yep, that’s right.  Sucks sucks sucks.  Now I know everybody is different, and some people just can’t concentrate at home.  But I can’t completely concentrate on studying when everybody around me is stressing the heck out.  I really don’t need to hear how late you’ve been staying up memorizing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or how long your outline is.  Really, I don’t.  And to the d-bags who constantly post on Facebook the number of hours you’ve spent at the library?  Please stop.  I get it, you’re working very hard.  Stop trying to impress me.  Trust me when I say I don’t need help stressing myself out.  So I have removed myself from that environment, and have done the majority of my studying in my apartment while listening to Christmas music.

We are now completely done with classes for the semester.  Now on to finals!  My first final is in civil procedure on Monday.  He has posted some sample questions and model answers online, and so far I feel pretty good about them.  Half the final will be multiple choice, which makes me nervous.  Essay exams you can at least attempt to bs…multiple choice not so much.  Of course he hasn’t posted sample multiple choice questions…word on the street is that he uses the same questions every year.  My criminal law final is next Thursday (open book) and my last final is in Torts (closed book) on the 21st.

And now the fun part!  My roomie and I decorated our apartment.  We have an itty bitty Christmas tree complete with itty bitty ornaments, a “Let It Snow” sign on our door, two stockings, and really girly garland on our banister.  We also have some lights that we put up in our bedrooms.  It took me forever to put my lights up.  Well, actually it probably only took me 30 minutes.  But I was having some serious issues.  I decided to put my lights around my window.  First thing I did was attempt to pull the blinds up.  And you know when the blinds go all funky on you?  When one side goes up and the other stays put and looks all crooked and stupid?  Yeah, that happened.  After messing with that for a few minutes, and perhaps dropping a few f-bombs (1? 2? 6? STOP JUDGING ME), I decided to just forget about it and work around the blinds.  I did eventually get the lights up (and fix the blinds!).

And in case you’re all wondering what sort of things I post on Facebook (and why wouldn’t you?  I’m awesome), here you go:

You’re welcome.  And remember, friends don’t let friends be classholes.