Taking Time for Myself

A Break from Exhaustion

In my last post I talked about how mentally straining becoming a lawyer is.  I didn’t think it would be this hard.  I knew that going to law school would be difficult.  I didn’t think it would be a walk in the park.  I mean, I knew it was going to be a challenge…

I didn’t think I’d be signing up for the Tough Mudder on the first day!

Anyways, I needed to take some “Me” time and recharge.  (Boy, I sound like a little girl) But, it’s the truth; I needed to recharge and bad.  Most guys my age are hitting the local gym and pumping some iron.  Others are joining the Crossfit Cults and dropping weights.  I prefer getting my MMA on with some serious Martial Arts.

martial arts classes

Throughout College I never stepped foot in a gym.  Instead I focused on bettering myself through Karate and Mixed Martial Arts.  Fighting for me is a huge stress reliever.  I don’t fight competitively or want to join the next taekwondo competition, but it’s a great thing to do when you need a break from a hectic week.  I decided to take it down a notch this time around and join a friendlier dojo to take some Martial Arts Classes.  I joined a family friendly martial arts school with a variety of class times and options.  Practicing karate at the school really helped to take my mind off of work, but more so helped me fine tune my kicks, punches and take downs.  I couldn’t have found a better way to recharge my body & mind then to take a couple quality Karate Classes.

First Week is OVER

Mental Exhaustion Ensues

Whoa, I had no idea I’d be this shot.  I’m literally driving home to my parents house (unfortunately) swerving off the road.  Thankfully the rumble strip woke me up or I’d be on the receiving end of a ass kicking by the law.  In my last post I talked about how going to law school is a completely different animal.

tired

I felt like I was training to be in the marines and going through some kind of sleep deprivation training… that’s how tired I was.

However, this post is about a different set of fangs that I need to deal with.  The claws that are digging into my back at the end of this week are mental exhaustion and being completely drained.

I never knew that going to law school would be so intense.  I thought it would hard, but not this hard.  My thought process is that I’d bear down the extra studying and actually have to pay attention in class.  However, that’s not the case at all.

Paying attention in class isn’t something I did much of in undergrad.  The tests & quizzes that I had to take during my undergraduate degree were more of less common sense.  Not even the subjects needed to be remembered.

Honestly, looking back at all the tests I took and all the quizzes that surprised most of the class there was one thing in particular that stood out in my mind.  The one thing was the layout of the actual test itself.  Through process of elimination there was a 50% chance of getting the majority of the multiple choice questions correct.

From there I just applied common sense and got an easy B/B+ average.  Law school is different.  The tests are just there to help you.  You don’t get graded.  You don’t pass or fail.  They don’t even care.  The only test that counts is the bar.  If you don’t pass that… you’re not a lawyer.  You can try the bar as many times as you want, but you can’t do them within 6 months of each other.

Moral of the story:

Most people go to school to go to school.  People go to law school to become lawyers.

Arriving at Law School

The First Day Begins

This isn’t one of those stories about a dorky kid trying to make it into the preppy group.  I went to prep school.  I dress well.  I know how to talk to people.  Going to law school is a completely different animal.  You need to learn everything and are expected to know everything the first day.

I sit in this large classroom with over 100 people as we start to listen to our teacher’s lecture.  Unlike normal college experiences the class isn’t filled with people jerking off in the corner playing on their cell phones.  This particular classroom was much the opposite.  No one was looking around for pens.  Everyone came prepared.  Everyone was ready and willing to learn.

One thing you’ll quickly learn about law school is that there isn’t much flirting going on between the sexes.  The guys are usually at the top of their game and very skilled at courting a lady.  However, the women don’t want anything to do with the guys.  They are also the top 5% and grew up around many slobs.  They are here for them not for flirting.

Normally by the first hour in you’ll look around the average college campus classroom to see people yawning.  Not here, people are laser focused on exactly what the professor has to say and engaged in conversation when it’s warranted.  You’ll have to engage regularly in the court room as lawyer so it makes sense to start talking law right now.

Besides those abnormalities which are now seamlessly unnoticed in our classroom there are other facts as I hinted at previously which make this scene particularly unique.  Imagine the most popular kids in your high school everywhere.  Now I’m not a sucker, but I wasn’t the captain of the football team either.

Everywhere…  Let’s just say that this isn’t what you’ll find in the average classroom: