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Monday, December 14, 2009

3/4 and Mew

So, I took my third of four law school exams today. My last exam is this Thursday. I was trying to write something nice and interesting about the process here on my blog, but my brain is a little too fried for aesthetic writing. Suffice it to say, I was terrified before my first exam, and everything after that has not been so bad. And, very strangely, this past week has been the slowest week in recent memory, but in a nice, relaxing way. 

Exams are stressful, sure, but I think it's the last month leading up to the exam period that is the worst, because you are trying to synthesize a semester's worth of dense material for 3-4 substantial classes, and that's a tall order on top of your already heavy reading load. You make course outlines, take practice exams, bounce ideas off of friends, and neglect your loved ones.  Once the finals period actually gets here, you pretty much have the knowledge you need to succeed on the exams. 

The anxiety of that first exam is pretty bad.  I had a serious case of my usual tremors last monday, when I took my civil procedure final.  That class has been my nemesis all semester, and it was the only test which was not open book (not that you have time to consult your book anyway, but notes can provide at least a sense of security, and we weren't allowed even that). But when the exam came, I felt like it was nowhere near as bad as the class itself.  Then, after the exam, I started to think about all the things that weren't covered on the exam, and I started to fear that maybe they had really been on there, and I had just neglected to talk about them. But I don't think that's really what happened, and even if it is, what's done is done and it can't be undone. I'm not going to get my grades until mid-January-ish, so I might as well relax about it.  So far I have felt ok about my performances on the exams. They say that if you think an exam was easy, you probably did poorly, and if you think it was hard, you probably did fine. We'll see about that. I don't have a normal person's sensibilities, so I'm not sure whether my thinking an exam is easy or hard is any indicator of my performance.

As a nice little exam break, some friends from Salt Lake were here in Portland on Saturday, and together we went to a concert by Mew, a Danish experimental prog rockish type band, for lack of better genre classification. They are weird, and that's what got Ian and I to notice them a few years ago. They don't tour America very often, and so it was a treat to see them. They are just as fantastic live as on album, if not better. Here's a video of my favorite Mew song. Enjoy the androgyny.

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heidikins said...

Congrats on finishing most of your finals! I really am so excited for you to have a little break from it all, I'm sure Thursday evening can't come soon enough. :o)

Lots of love,

B.R. said...

Mazel tov on finishing the term!
And thank you very much for the Mew introduction. I like.

B.R. said...

Mazel tov on finishing the term!
And thank you very much for the Mew introduction. I like.

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