I promised my family I’d post these multiple times this past week – here you go!
These are from hiking Sharp Top Mountain, a quick excursion today, and just random pictures from the past week …
Well, we’re only four weeks away from the end of the semester and finals!
I feel like I’ve been doing “well,” but there’s so much more that needs to be done … I think a new goal for this week is to get up at 3:50 AM and aim to arrive at the law school at 5 AM. I know I work best when I break up my day into manageable chunks. For instance, instead of studying for 10 hours straight, I would prefer to do two, separate 5-hour chunks. The same applies with how I study. I do enjoy listening to instrumental music while I study, but I can only handle it for about an hour before I can’t focus anymore and the music hurts more than it helps. I feel like I’m definitely a morning person, so I’m going to give this a shot. This past week, I’ve gotten up at 4:50 and arrived at the school at 6 AM. It’s worked out really well, so I’m excited to push it back an additional hour this week. Of course, there’s also ways I can be more efficient in studying and completing my homework quicker than what I am now.
Every day is so important. In the academic environment, missing a day of class, falling behind in homework, even if it’s only a day, can really wreck the rest of your week. It’s truly important to make every day matter and be diligent to complete the objectives of the day. Law school is a marathon. Just this past week, we discussed in one of our classes how slacking off now and just doing the “bare minimum” could really hurt you down the line when it comes time to take the bar exam. Having that long-term perspective is important when your focus gets stuck on the ground in the daily grind of homework and classes instead of the on the horizon, where it should be.
Writing this makes me remember one of my Dad’s favorite verses which I believe is quite relevant:
Wow, it’s already time to break out the jackets, scarves, and beanies!
It’s officially 63 degrees outside, but it feels more like it’s in the 50’s … bright, beautiful sunshine, but with a slight breeze whipping up the trees here, it’s enough to make you shiver if you’re walking around in a t-shirt.
This week has gone by fairly well. I felt like mentally, I was dragging a bit more than usual … basically, I found it harder to stay focused and on top of assignments and though I got some good work done on Saturday, I kind of tailed off at the end. Fortunately, we have fall break this week, which begins Thursday (I guess you could say it begins Wednesday after classes), and lasts through the weekend.
I may plan a hiking trip or something, but I feel like I need to devote some additional time to the mastery of a few subjects, memorization (Contracts restatements), and shoring up my outlines. We’re pretty much at the halfway point of the semester and final exams will be here before we know it. I’m anxious to hear back about my midterm grades to see how I did. I initially thought I did well, but after talking with classmates and hearing some initial feedback from professors, I’m not so sure. We’ll see, though.
Wow, I know I’ve said this multiple times, but this year has flown by – I can’t believe September is nearly over and then … it’s October? Yikes.
Well, as my last post mentioned, midterms went better than expected – I still don’t know my grades yet – actually, I don’t know when I’ll know. I heard it could be a couple of weeks. It’s a big difference from the CLEP exams that I took … instant grades immediately after completing the exam.
A few of my classmates have asked me how it’s been being in a classroom setting for really, the first time. Because I was homeschooled throughout high school and did college online simultaneously, I never have been in a classroom for an extended period of time except for two classes at the community college. It really hasn’t been that hard of an adjustment, honestly. I don’t even think about it unless asks me about it directly.
I do enjoy having other classmates who are in the same class as I am. During my undergrad studies, it was just Amy (my sister) and I pounding through the CLEP exams. When we took on the upper-level online college courses, we did have classmates, but the only communication we had was via online discussion forums where we would comment/critique each other’s work.
The title is actually somewhat misleading – I realize that my first month of classes was completed last Friday, and I’m starting a new month Monday!
Well, another week has come and gone … which means next Friday are the midterm exams! Fortunately/unfortunately, these are only worth 5% of your total grade, so if you did horrible, it’s not going to dent your grade too much, but if you do well … you’ll be wishing it was worth more. I really need to work on memorizing as there’s honestly is a lot of information to digest. As you might be tested on the same material later on for the final exam, you can’t exactly just cram one day, spit it out the next, and forget about it. Anyway, that’s what’s going to be on my mind for the next couple of days … pray that I’d be even more efficient with my time and be able to get everything I need to get done, done.
So … the client interviews! Mine went quite well. We weren’t given much information about them (one page of background material/cases/statutes and watching the professor do it once) which scared me as I’m the kind of guy who likes to have everything planned out and understood before starting something completely foreign. Well, I didn’t get that chance, but I did meet with my professor a few days before and I’m glad I did – I was preparing my questions in a completely wrong way.
Well, week four of law school is coming up quick with the highlight being our mock client interviews on Tuesday. This is essentially an exercise to see how well you can interact with a client and pull out key facts from their “story” during the meeting, ensuring that you hit all of the necessary requirements like scheduling a follow-up meeting, discussing payment, etc. It should be good, it’s just the fact you have no idea what to expect that makes it difficult going in – that and the fact that it’s worth nearly half of your total grade for this class. Anytime I get dressed up in a suit I get nervous. I am given various state statutes and laws and a general idea of the overall scenario, but I have no idea what my client’s story will be.
My other classes have been progressing well – I can’t believe our midterm exams are at the end of this month! Time sure does fly by when you’re busy. I’m still a day ahead as far as assignments go, which works out well for me. It gives you the flexibility to devote extra time to a certain subject(s) if it’s particularly hard or if there’s unexpected additional work. It’s weird how you get through a reading and really struggle with it and then, when you come back to it when you’re reviewing and inputting your notes into your outlines, they suddenly click and make sense. I guess
Well, today is officially the last day of August. 2014 has been yet another fast-moving year, with so many major things happening.
School is still going well, for those of you wondering – I have been able to get into a schedule of sorts, which is a must for me. I thought I had it all planned out before the first day of class (and actually spent a few hours creating an hour-by-hour schedule), but obviously, once school starts, things change somewhat (okay, maybe a lot) and you have to figure out what works best. I aim to be in bed by 10 PM every night and wake up at 5 AM, but that’s the “best case” scenario and not always the most realistic one. After a cup of coffee and Bible/book reading, I head over to the law school library to review the material we’ll be covering in that day’s classes, which usually start at 8 AM.
The first-year class (87 of us) is split, nearly evenly, into two sections. The different sections don’t see each other a whole lot as we have different classrooms and different professors, but we have had one shared class this past week. Our section has been meshing fairly well, I think. Everyone has each other’s backs and have been really supportive and encouraging of each other, which is key.
After the last class is over, I generally will head to the library again to complete assignments for two of my classes before heading home to finish up the last one.