The July Bar Exam is less than two weeks away. For people who are taking BarBri to prepare, our lectures and classes are over. We’re at the point where every day we’re given a topic and a simple instruction – “Memorize.” It’s hard not to let the panic set in.
From what I can tell from my classmates on Facebook, we’re all exhausted, stressed, and reaching the point where we just don’t care about these materials anymore. My day still starts before 6am so I can workout before hitting the books. I am studying by 7:30am and I spend most of the day going through my flashcards, outlining essay questions, and going through multiple choice questions. I end my day by spending an hour writing flashcards for other topics. My goals are to work efficiently these next few weeks and not burn myself out.
These days anything that takes away from studying or my daily routine, like laundry or errands, is a burden. I’ve recently become aware that studying for the bar has diminished my ability to do normal things. When I drive somewhere, I have to triple check that I put my car in the proper gear before taking my foot off the brake so I don’t inadvertently crash into another car.
Studying for the bar has definitely made me more irritable. Everyone is glad that I have limited contact with the public in general. The stupidest things annoy me. My friend says I have crankypants. My family barely hears from me. My posts of Facebook and rare phone calls prove that I’m alive. I made a brief cameo at the 4th of July family gathering and left before the fireworks. I took a rare study break last week to go to Food Truck Friday in downtown Phoenix. I didn’t realize how tired I was until I saw my friend and gauged my level of energy against his.
This week I realized that what everyone studying for the bar probably needs is a word of encouragement. We’re focused on studying and don’t have the time to see our family and friends, but it would be wonderful to hear from you. Please leave a comment for everyone taking the bar exam this month. It will do wonders for everyone’s spirits just to know that we’re loved and supported while we’re going through academic-professional hell.