Mitch Albom’s anecdote about the Michigan Men’s Glee Club made me smile: “And this, out-of-staters, is what can happen when you live in Michigan. Sometimes, when you’re feeling blue, all you need is a little maize.”
So, I watch Dancing with the Stars every week (yeah, yeah, major guilty pleasure). I love DWTS because it is, hands down, the cheesiest show on television. One of my favorite weekly rituals? Reading EW.com’s “DWTS Hidden Gems” column. It’s always funny, but I thought this week’s was particularly good (probably because there were three references to Ross Geller).
One semester, that is. And five more to go. I finished my last final this morning!
So, I feel like I’ve been complaining about finals a lot lately (to be fair: everyone around me has too. So at least I’m not the only one). But, yeah, now that they’re all over, I do feel a pretty large sense of accomplishment and an enormous weight off my shoulders. December has been intense. Like, super intense.
At moments like these, I also feel compelled to think about “what it all means.” What did I learn from this semester? Granted, I’m a 1L, so it’s not like I’m an expert on this law school thing yet. But, I do feel like I learned a lot over the past few months. Naturally, I feel the need to share. Here’s what I think I know so far (this is all subject to be turned on its head next semester):
Fear is the greatest motivator. I was not the most diligent reader during undergrad. But here? I did 100% of my reading, for every single class. Gotta love those cold calls (and by “gotta love,” I clearly mean: gotta live in constant fear of those cold calls).
On that note, law school = way more work and much more serious effort than undergrad. That seems self-evident, but it has been a complete 180 for me in terms of study habits. And by that, I mean, I actually have serious study habits now. And – nerd alert – I honestly don’t mind doing most of the work.
Also, going back to those those cold calls…When you are cold-called, everything you know will evaporate. Seriously, you spend HOURS doing a painstaking, careful reading of the case and then you forget it all the moment a professor says your name. Or maybe that’s just me?
Even if your professor says you can bring a laptop to class, you should not. I know that if I used mine to “take notes,” I would basically end up on Facebook 50% of the time. I have no self control. Taking notes by hand is tedious, but it works well for me.
I entered the library stacks twice this semester and sincerely hope to never have to do so again. It’s like a dusty maze of confusion in there. Steer clear. Use the internet. (Note: my mom is a librarian, so it’s probably a form of betrayal that I even created this bullet point. Sorry, mom!)
Having civ pro five times a week at 9am is brutal. And perhaps 3 or 4 more times a week than is necessary.
I get what people mean when they say “thinking like a lawyer” now. After just a semester, I really do think of all kinds of random things I never did before – like, hey, that’s a tort waiting to happen! Or, what exactly is this lease I’m about to sign? Everything is a potential hypo.
I sincerely wish undergrads were not allowed in the Law Library or in our commons. I know that sounds elitist or entitled or something, but…get out of here, punks! And, stop watching You Tube videos while “studying” in the law library. We’re so onto you.
And finally – there will be many moments when you think you are completely stupid and you can’t do this. Take a deep breath. You’re not and you can. You lived through it and are typing this, right?
Cheers to the end of the semester and a (hopefully) very lazy and relaxing Christmas break!
One Woman A Capella Disney Medley. This is incredible – especially they way she layered in so many clips and all the costumes. Also, I can sing all the lyrics to every one of these songs. It’s basically my childhood embodied in a You Tube clip.
58 Reasons Why I Love Community. I wish more people watched this show. It’s flat-out fantastic. (My favorite from this list is Troy’s reaction to LeVar Burton. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a recurring gag before).
A compilation of movie poster cliches. I never realized it until looking at this, but all movies posters are basically identical. Crazy.
Though I adore Anthropologie, even I can appreciate a good Anthroparodie. Too funny, especially the description of their “floaty, flouncy, owl-related, faux-antique, hand-made, twee apparel and trinketry.” I love faux-antique owl-related products! That’s why Anthro gets me every damn time.
Bon Iver is my official “I need to mellow out so I’m gonna listen to this” study music.
I love New Girl, and Schmidt is by far my favorite character on that show. So, you can imagine how much I adore this.
I know I’ve been complaining about finals a lot lately, but this article is just too good not to link. I mean, the title alone pretty much sums it up – “Look, We Can Either Study for Our Law School Finals, or We Can Bring About the Violent Dissolution of the American Legal System.” McSweeney’s, you get me.
There comes a point when, after spending hours and hours (and days and days) sitting at your desk, poring over outlines and cases and supplements, you feel like you’re going crazy. Sometimes I want to scream, but then I find things on the interwebs that make me laugh and remember that there are plenty of other crazed law students in my boat. Solidarity in numbers!
Here are a few hilarious things I found on Some E-Cards last week. Like I said, sometimes you just have to laugh.
(I laughed at this one, and then realized – damn, I actually do feel more pressure when I think about how much I’m spending on tuition. Thanks for nothing, Some E-cards.)
(Oh god. This one doesn’t comfort me either, because it makes me think about getting a job after graduation and then I start panicking about getting bad grades and not getting a job.)
(This is so sad. But, we’re all putting in day-long library sessions so…this might be sad but true.)
45 Ridiculous Pictures of Boy Bands. I seriously have no words for how awesome these pictures are. HOW on earth did we ever have “crushes” on these guys? I think my favorite is #13 – you tell ‘em, Donnie Wahlberg. Or #40 – WHO thought that picture was a good idea?
This is amazing. I love Love Actually, and I love that someone thought of this. See how I used “love” in that sentence three times?
The Facebook History of the World. Wow. Just wow. Whoever came up with this (and spent hours. Days? Weeks?) actually making it is my hero. So funny. There are a lot of great parts, but my personal favorite is during the Crusades section: “Common Sense is no longer friends with Religion.” Oh, snap.
I’ll admit that I love the gazillion “best of” and “top 10″ lists that come out at the end of the year. Here are Twitter’s Hot Topics for 2011. Pretty interesting. But my question is – who the hell is tweeting about Pretty Little Liars, Thor, and the Green Hornet? Really?
As I mentioned last month, I’m increasingly using iPhone photo apps to document my life. In fact, I’m often finding myself deciding not to bring a “real” camera to events because I know I’ll have my phone. I’m not sure that this is a good thing, but having an iPhone is definitely changing how I capture random moments of my life. So, with that said, here’s a look at my November in Instagrams.
11:11 am on 11/11/11 seemed like a moment that should be preserved. I wish I were somewhere glamorous at this moment, and that the picture above would be fun and fantastic and make me look like I lead an oh-so-exciting life.
But the truth is I am here, in my room, outlining Civ Pro. And later today, I’ll start outlining Torts or Property. And tomorrow I’ll start drafting my research memo. And on Sunday I’ll do my reading for the first part of the week. And at some point this weekend, I need to update my resume and make a list of summer internships to apply to.
So, not very glamorous, but a very true snapshot of my law school life right now, at this moment.
This tennis cartoon from the New Yorker. My heart belongs to Rafa, but I suppose I can throw Roger some love too.
Another tennis thing: I had forgotten about this moment from last year’s US Open. Rafa continues to be a shining beacon of awesomeness.
Oh, and one more tennis-related item (yes, I am obsessed). Rafa’s new Armani campaign pictures: uno and dos. Whoa my god.
No Thai!’s Chicken Pad Thai. I love Pad Thai, and this is one of the best I’ve ever had. And, p.s., I didn’t put that exclamation point in there to be precious; that’s really the name of the restaurant.
The trailer for The Swell Season looks really excellent. I also don’t want to believe they broke up in real life because that would be too sad.
I thought the Emmys were pretty “meh,” but Jane Lynch nailed it with this joke: “A lot of people are very curious why I’m a lesbian … Ladies and gentleman, the cast of Entourage.” Hilarious.
The Oatmeal always make me laugh. This one is my most recent favorite because people (literally) abuse that word all the time. And, yes, that includes me sometimes, when I don’t catch myself. Also, the end of the comic is brilliant. Gayroller!
Haiku Case Briefs. Three weeks into law school and I’m already becoming highly susceptible to legal humor. I especially enjoyed this one as I read the case this week.