A Final Note on My Law School Experience

A Final Note on My Law School Experience

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In May, I graduated from law school. I finished my academic career. I expected something to happen–a sadness to wash over me as I exited my law school for the final time, a feeling of triumph as I crossed the staged, a sense of pride as I held up my degree for photos with family. The funny thing, however, is that I felt something different than I expected, something that I didn’t realize would be the feeling in my gut as I exited academia for the last time. The feeling was relief. I was so relieved to have survived law school relatively unscathed that I didn’t feel anything but relief that it was over. Continue reading “A Final Note on My Law School Experience”

Finding Study Inspiration

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As we get further into the semester, it feels like we’re already in the trenches, even though it also feels like we just got drafted. So, I wanted to share my top five tips for getting study inspiration on the days that you aren’t necessarily feeling studying, but have to anyway.

Some days, I am extremely focused from the minute I get up, and other days I just can’t quite dedicate myself as effortlessly (even though I will get the work done). I’m sure I’m not the only person who has “off” days in terms of focus because we aren’t robots. If you do have the constant drive and focus though, props to you!

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I was talking about this post with my roommates and used the term “studyspo” and they were both confused. Apparently that’s not used outside of a hashtag, but whatever I’m going to pull a Gretchen Wieners and try to make it happen. So, when you need some study inspiration studyspo, look to the five places I’m going to share with you.

  1. TUMBLR. I follow SO many student tumblrs and they share so many study photos, which immediately makes me want to be productive. Some of my favorite blogs are Lawyering in Lilly, Law School in Lilly, and Study Spaces.
  2. #studyspo. In Instagram, when I need a little inspiration or motivation, I search the hashtag studyspo, and this will usually inspire me after a few minutes of scrolling.
  3. Make a To-Do List. Sometimes my lack of motivation is coming from being unsure where to start because I have a lot on my plate. Making a to do list puts everything visually in front of me, and I can prioritize what I need to get done when.
  4. Get Outside. Feeling restless can sometimes be fixed by listening to yourself, and getting away from your desk for a bit. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a trip to the gym, a fifteen minute meditation, listening to your restlessness, rather than fighting it, can often restore focus.
  5. Make some tea, eat a chocolate, inhale deeply. Some days I have trouble getting focused, and the first four attempts to get focused have failed me already. At this point, I make a cup of my favorite tea, eat a piece of chocolate, and inhale. Then I put my nose to the ground, and pump out an hour of work putting my phone on do not disturb, and forcing everything distracting out.

While the above tips may not seem immediately helpful, I suggest you try them one at a time. Finding focus can be hard, but I promise it’s doable. And if you’re a serious student or Type-A worker, you know that focus isn’t exactly optional. Sometimes we just have to get the work done, whether we want to or not.

What’s your go to method for finding inspiration?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Best Bags for School

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I am a firm believer that a school bag can be a serious life saver. We all lose our minds a little midway through semesters, but having a good bag, where you can keep all your important stuff, and have a good organization system will at least keep one aspect of your life in check. Today, I wanted to share my top picks for bags that are both functional and stylish. If you’re going to ace a test, or conquer a semester, you should look good while doing it! And if you’re not doing as well as you hoped, at least you’ll look like you know what you’re doing! school bags

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Depending on your school level, your ideal bag might differ. For graduate level programs, a briefcase style is probably more ideal. For high school and early college years, a backpack may make your life easier. For college, especially your second half of college, a tote bag might seem more reasonable. Depending on your personality, decide which style is the most realistic and functional for you!

I used a backpack my first year of college, then I switched to a tote style the second semester of my sophomore year. I like the tote style better, as I felt it had easier access on the go. For law school, I recently invested in a leather messenger bag/briefcase style of bag with a laptop spot. Though some of the above bags seem steep in price, I would recommend investing  in a really great, sturdy bag early, and keeping it for the years you’re in school. I would also suggest choosing something more traditional or staple, like a leather or a neutral so you don’t get sick of it after a semester or year. I would definitely caution against any seasonal prints!

What bag do you use for school?

Truly,
Callie leigh

How to Survive Midterms

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On top of interviews and school and life, I have midterms starting next week. Though, if I’m being honest, my midterms start this Friday with a history exam. I wanted to stop in and share a few pointers on how to survive midterms, and ace your exams!
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First, make sure you are getting enough sleep. I know that I am essentially useless when I am sleep deprived, so making sure I’m getting plenty of sleep increases my productivity and my ability to study.

Second, drink lots of water to ensure that you’re staying hydrated. Also, in addition to water, maybe go for a run or do some cardio to get your energy out before you sit down to study. Restlessness consumes me if I don’t release a little energy before I study and my study time becomes much longer and much less productive. It’s hard to sit in a dorm room or a library when the weather is beginning to get nice, so try running around outside or something before chaining yourself to a desk.

Third, be mindful of your schedule. Know what you have coming up, know how much time things are going to take, and begin studying for an exam the day your receive the study guides. Professors give study aids for a reason, and that reason is NOT for the paper to sit at the bottom of your backpack until the night before the exam.

Fourth, plan to study a little each day for each exam you have a study aid for. In a Rory Gilmore way of studying, begin with world history (in example), and then move to the American Revolution, and when that gets to be too much, move onto American Literature. By segmenting your studying each subject will have your full attention while you’re studying it. Two solid hours of studying one subject with no break can actually decrease your retention level!

Fifth, do homework during the day so that you can relax at night and review your study materials. If you’re trying to homework at night AND study, you’re going to start feeling too overwhelmed, and become unproductive. By finishing all homework in the morning or early afternoon, you’ll have an hour to play before having to move onto study review.

Sixth, prioritize. Know what you feel least confident about, and begin each study session with that subject because when you initially begin studying you’ll be more alert than when you’re studying four hours later.

Seventh, study before AND after group study sessions. Studying before will familiarize you with the material so you aren’t going into group review cold. This may also mean that you’ll have to explain concepts to your peers, and through explanation you further your grasp on the concept. By studying after you will reinforce concepts, but also be able to study concepts that were clarified during group study. Groups can be great, but try not to rely solely on group sessions to get an A on an exam.

What are your study tips?

Truly,
Callie Leigh