November 2, 2012 Uncategorized 16

Hey guys,

I have this sick obsession with having a blog post up everyday, so even though I am super busy it has been bugging me all day that I didn’t pre-schedule a post for today. But because of how busy I have been I don’t have time to write a review or do a proper discussion post because I like to edit and digest those before I post them.

So I figured I would just do a quick update to check in and let you all know what is going on in my life.

Tomorrow I take the MPRE, which is the multi-state professional responsibility exam and it is part of the bar exam. Basically it is about ethics- the things that lawyers can do, must do, and can’t do. I am so nervous!

Graduation is coming up wait too quickly and finals are coming up even quicker. Plus this is the bar exam. It is kind of a big deal and what if I don’t pass? All my friends and family are very supportive but they all expect that it is an automatic thing that I will pass.

Whenever I express concern to one of them, they say something like “You will do fine” or “You are so smart, I am sure you will do great!” This is one of my biggest pet peeves! It is very nice, and I am happy that they think that, but they don’t really know that I will do fine or great. Yes, I did very well in undergrad and I have been doing fine in law school, but none of that mean that I will for sure pass the bar exam.

And another thing that makes me nervous is that the professional responsibility section is often times regarded as the easiest section of the bar. So if I don’t do well, what does that mean for the rest of the bar exam- which is much harder?

Ok this turned into a rant, which I did not intend. I have been studying a lot for this test and I am more than a little nervous.

How do you guys handle test stress? Does it annoy you when people tell you not to worry and you will do fine on something? 

Let me know in the comments below πŸ™‚

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Michelle @ Book Briefs

16 Responses to “Update”

  1. Sarah

    Don’t worry; you’ll do great! hehe.

    Well, we all know you’re smarter than someone who shall remain nameless, so you should get at least one point higher than him and pass! Good luck tomorrow!

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    Things will be fine, don’t worry..bwahaha! Yes, that totally annoys me..it won’t be fine till I say it’s fine.
    Seriously good luck, and may the odds forever be in your favor!

  3. Jessica @ Just a Booklover

    People tell me ALL THE TIME that I’m going to do magnificent when I’m not so sure. Like today in physics, we were about to get tests back and the teacher was talking about the highest and lowest test scores and everyone was looking at me like I already got it. Um, no. It’s kind of possible I messed up. It bothers me most on tests I’m not confident about. Seriously, grrr. Such high standards set for me. It gets so stressful.

    I’m not going to tell you that you’re DEFINITELY going to pass, but I will tell you that I know you’re going to try your best. And really, that’s all anyone can ask of you; that’s all that really matters. So you just keep doing your best and good things just might keep coming your way. πŸ™‚

    Best of luck!
    Just a Booklover

  4. Raine Thomas

    Good luck, Michelle! I’m going to assume that everyone is basing their gung-ho encouragement on your past academic performance, which means they’re probably right. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I’ve heard a similar sentiment more than once in my lifetime…and no, it didn’t make the exams any easier. I’m sending positive thoughts your way!

  5. Phoenix Carvelli

    Get a good nights rest, have a nice breakfast and do your best on the exam tomorrow. No reason to worry about it, if you have prepared for it. Just do your best – that is all anyone can do. Oh, remember to treat yourself to something special after it is completed. πŸ™‚

  6. M.A.D.

    Wishing you the best with your exam! <3

    Yes, get plenty of sleep, and make sure your blood sugar isn’t low beforehand: have a good breakfast (if stomach/nerves allow) and get in enough carbs that your blood sugar isn’t low. They say ‘carbs in the morning, protein in the afternoon’. I dunno – whatever works for you lol. AND I think the idea of a special treat is a great idea. You’ve earned it!

  7. Ning

    Hi Michelle, I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been studying for the CPA exam and am waiting for my scores to come out. Everyone tells me the same thing while I’m just freaking out! They don’t know that I’m going to pass!!

    Anyway, good luck with your exam!

  8. Megan

    I was really nervous about the MPRE, but it’s not a big deal. Relax and use common sense. Good Luck!! I understand what you’re going through.

  9. Anna @ Literary Exploration

    Well I would tell you that you’ll do well and not to worry but I don’t think you really want to hear that πŸ˜›

    I’m the same as you where I have to post every day, or at least I used to be, but since I went back to school I’m so much more meh about it. I’ve given myself the time to get my priorities straight and I don’t worry about having a post up every day. I wish I had the time for it, but I don’t and people totally get that. Have you thought about taking a hiatus until you’re done with exams and what not? I’m sure that would take a lot of the pressure off you! And everyone would totes understand πŸ™‚

  10. Andrea C

    I’ll just tell you good luck!

    I usually handle test stress with tea and book. Actually, that’s how I handle all stress. That and running!

  11. Missy Frye

    Like Andrea, I’ll just say good luck.

    I don’t handle stress well, but have found journaling helps. Even if I just paste a picture or song lyrics within the pages. There’s something about unleashing your thoughts, creativity, likes and dislikes in a venue no one will see but you. (I just need to make sure they are all destroyed upon my death – LOL)

  12. Alicia

    Good luck!

    Not much else to say, I know what you mean about everyone expecting you to do well – it is great and kind of sucks at the same time.

  13. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I don’t know, Michelle, you’re probably going to bomb it. Kidding! Hey, all you can do is try, right? It IS a hard test, and it does take some people more than one time to pass it. So it’s not the end of the world if you don’t, but don’t get discouraged!

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