Crunch time!

As many law students will be acutely aware – these courses aren’t a walk in the park. That said, I feel like the reputation that studying law has acquired is perhaps slightly over exaggerated. Hard work is hard work no matter what subject you’re studying.

The reason I say this is because friends have been asking me (with sympathetic stares) “Oooooo how is the GDL going? Oooooooo I’ve heard it’s really hard? Oooooo are you SURE you want to come out tonight?”.

I’m trying to keep my cool at this time where I should be thinking about beginning revision, keeping up with current classwork and also researching and writing my coursework that is due March 30th. I think I’m succeeding in keeping my cool but perhaps I am suppressing all feelings of stress deep deep down! Only time will tell.

But this is the beginning of crunch time. Even my little brother, bless him, has his A Level mocks at the moment and is studying hard too – which is a very rare sight!

It’s also crunch time in that I’ve literally started doing crunches. You know, sit ups, crunches, all that jazz. I’m trying to run for a mere 12 minutes most days – which is really not much but is building up my stamina and is a great way to release any of that suppressed stress that attempts to show its face!

I hope you all have more exciting things going on than me! But no news is better than bad news.

Happy Wednesday!

Another Law Student just plodding along!

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To Revise Or Not To Revise… That Is The Question

What a stupid question I hear you thinking!

I’m not wondering whether to revise full stop, don’t worry. I didn’t become the Languages graduate/Law student I am today by not revising. I am a hard-working, focussed student – haha – I’m laughing as I write this after a morning of How I Met Your Mother and Suits whilst sitting in pyjamas at 2pm!! What can I say, we all have these days sometimes and I’ll start some studying after writing this post… better late than never.

My question as to whether or not to revise is actually me wondering whether to keep up with the weekly reading and preparation for my GDL studies or to use my study time to start writing notes to revise the topics we have already covered.

I have been ‘revising’ for the last week or so which has meant that I feel a bit lost in tutorials as I haven’t prepped for them. However, I am feeling a lot more confident about the course as a whole as this ‘strategy’ is getting me ahead of the game for the revision period and helping me to consolidate on the past few months of work.

I have friends that completed the GDL last year and they’ve all said they cried at least once during the revision period. Has this happened to other law students out there as well!?

I’m not sure if I just have very emotional friends or if I should buy some waterproof mascara in preparation for the inevitable!

I hope everyone is having a lovely day and has a fab weekend!

Another Law Student

P.S. Results are out for January’s EU law exam in T minus 3 hours.

Multi-Coloured Monday

Why so blue!?

Blue Monday this. Blue Monday that.

Even if today IS the most depressing day of the year (which I’m not convinced by anyway!) – why does everyone keep talking about it?! It’s on the morning news, the afternoon radio, it’ll no doubt be mentioned on TV this evening.

When we stubbed our toes when we were younger – were we told to keep thinking about the stone staircase we stubbed it on and the throbbing sensation making us keel over? NO. We were told to count to ten – to do something to take our mind off it. Occupy our mind!

If everyone really is feeling so blue, then it isn’t going to help to have a collective sense of misery amongst us now, is it?

I, for one, am back in Italy where I currently live and study my GDL on a distance-learning course. I’m back into the routine of studying – well, I’m back studying at least! Trying to keep up my January resolutions of Dry January and gratitude. Ironically, I don’t feel too grateful that I can’t enjoy a glass of red with my enormous pizzas!! But I am enjoying the challenge!

I watched the documentary ‘The Secret’ recently which I’d highly recommend if you’d like a motivational (partly cringy) pick-me-up. In this documentary, which is also a phenomenally popular book, it talks about ‘putting out your orders to the universe’ just as if you were in a restaurant. If you want something you have to ask for it, imagine it and work for it. (On the menu there is no dwelling on negatives or moping about complaining of miserable Monday!)

So whilst I order my mountain of parma ham and big bowl of pasta this evening, I’ll be ordering no glass of red, no Monday blues but lots of optimism and gratitude.

Happy Monday all!

Another Law Student

Exam Finished But Who Cares… I’m A MILLIONAIRE!

Correction: I am ALMOST a millionaire!! LOTTERY TICKET PURCHASED.

£58.7 MILLION roll over tonight on the UK Lotto. FIFTY EIGHT POINT SEVEN MILLION. I mean, I can’t even begin to comprehend that amount of money. To put it into perspective, I just topped up my car (edit: not my car, my family’s car on which I am insured!) with £12 of petrol because I couldn’t quite stretch to the full blown £15!!

ANYWAY, optimism at its finest.

Which was also the case yesterday with my exam. I went in with a positive attitude and came out slightly knocked but am maintaining that I did all I could for the exam so what will be, will be. Results out at the beginning of February, watch this space.

Thanks so much for all of the good luck messages I received, fingers crossed all of the luck and hard work have paid off!

Happy Weekend to one and all.

Have a fab one!

Another hopeful lottery player… sorry.. Law Student!

Exam Tomorrow!

My first ever law exam is tomorrow! It’s an EU law exam and is a multiple choice test. I thought this was a good thing at first but it turns out that the multiple choice answers are often so similar that it makes you start doubting your own knowledge!

I’ve worked really hard over the festive period balancing relaxing with revising, so I really hope the hard work pays off.

It’s a tricky time now though because I want to relax but feel as though I might suddenly forget EVERYTHING I’ve learnt if I do. Hmm.

I’m currently doing a Yoga Camp challenge on the youtube channel ‘Yoga With Adriene’. That’ll be my little bit of relaxation tonight – although I’ve seen on the daily email that tonight is all about abs. ABSolutely not as relaxing as I’d hoped. But it’ll be a break nonetheless!

I hope everyone is having a great first week of 2016.

Another Law Student

The Inevitable Side Effects of Studying

Studying and being a student are two very different things. Well, on paper perhaps not. But if you’re doing student life justice, during your undergraduate degree at university, then post-graduate studying in itself later can become quite a shock.

Gone are the days when I balanced researching the Italian Renaissance with searching my inner self to discover how many tequila slammers I could do before –

Anyway.

Now, my “student life” is all work and no play. How tragic. Let me try that again…

Don’t get me wrong, I have a social life and still enjoy all of the freetime that I can. The difference is that this downtime is now completely separate from my studies.

When I’m working, I’m working; when I’m relaxing, I’m definitely not doing it over coffee in the Student Union’s cafe or having lunch on campus with my books and laptop sneakily holding my seat in the library. Yes, I cannot deny, I was occasionally one of THOSE library seat hoggers. I can assure you it was never a good seat with a plug though (those are a rare specie!), so please forgive me!

I’ve been thinking about why this change occurs and I think the main reason is the nature of the GDL that I’m studying. Firstly, I am a distance learning student so there is simply no uni library cafe that is accessible to me. Secondly, the GDL is an all-intense law qualification where we study new topics for each module every week. This leaves a scarce amount of time for consolidation in class so the studying required at home is quite demanding. FINALLY, whereas I see my undergraduate degree as a stop-over academic stage of my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do other than have fun and come out with a 2.1 at the end of it, the GDL and my future legal qualifications have a lot more purpose to them and pressure riding on them.

That said, it is so important to maintain perspective along with the pressure we put on ourselves as students, no matter what stage of our academic, or even professional, lives we are in.

As with all of the exams I sit (other than my driving test), I like to remind myself that if it all goes horribly wrong and I crash and burn then it’s not the end of the world – now you understand why I excluded my driving test, right?

So let that be a reminder to myself and anyone else reading who this may apply to, keep up the hard work as we zone out of the January New Year’s buzz of motivation. May we maintain our strong work ethics whilst staying grounded and reminding ourselves that all we can do is our best!

Oh god, now I sound like my Dad.

Better leave it there.

Another Law Student of the studying sort.