GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018
Instead of focusing on the exam as a whole, break it down and take it bit by bit.
As my law school career comes to a close, I can’t help but feel a bit nervous.
The bar exam is a big endeavor, and after that, I’m joining the working world as an attorney. I’m not a person who loves change and right now a lot of changes are happening!
I know I’m not the only one feeling this way. Most of my classmates are also alternating between excitement and nervousness as graduation approaches. If you’re feeling this way too, here are some tips that have been helping me relax and enjoy this exciting time.
Focus on the positive. Yes, there’s a lot going on and some of it may seem intimidating (I’m looking at you student loans), but try to focus on all the great things happening. You made it through three (or four if you were part-time) years of law school! You’re graduating! And now you have some time to celebrate this accomplishment with friends and family. When you start to feel overwhelmed focus on that celebration.
Don’t stress about what you can’t control. I know this is a lot easier said than done, but it really is important. There are things beyond your control and while they may be frustrating there isn’t anything you can do about them. Think of some things you can control and focus on those. You’ll feel more in charge this way and you’ll actually be thinking about things that you can impact.
Take tiny steps. Something like the bar exam seems so daunting. Thinking about the whole process of studying and taking the exam can be super overwhelming. Instead of focusing on the exam as a whole, break it down and take it bit by bit. Step 1, get all your materials for bar prep and print out your schedule. Step 2, do any assignments for the first day of class. Step 3, attend the first week of classes, do your homework, and make a tentative schedule. Not so bad right?
What are your tips for getting ride of post-grad nerves? Tweet me @the3LLife!