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Days Off

I’ve been rather lackadaisical since taking my last exam. I keep telling myself I will do the things I pushed off while finishing this past semester, but then I don’t do the things. It has reached the point where my friend sent me this meme and said: this is you.

And she’s not wrong. But also…ouch?

Law School Final To Do List (Update 2)

Almost. There.

  • Contract Drafting project
  • Advanced Legal Research paper 
  • Crim Pro final
  • Civ Pro II final
  • Fill out all the externship paperwork
  • Work project
  • Grade 29 student papers
  • Lead the final discussion group
  • Grade student finals

Learning a Semester’s Worth of Class in a Weekend

Why did I think Civil Procedure II would be a good class to take?!

Oh, yes. I kept pushing off the conflict of laws requirement and got stuck with the class because it was the only one being offered my final semester. 

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New plan for exam:

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Second to Last Final

*0 minutes into the exam*

I’m not going to study for my next final today.

*30 minutes into the exam*

Wow! I’m feeling remarkably alert. Maybe when I’m done I’ll start studying for my next final. 

*1 hour into the exam*

Well, I’m still doing great. This is going to be such a productive day.

*2 hours into the exam*

Okay, maybe not as energetic. But I could still create a study plan for tomorrow. And that is more than I expected to do.

*3 hours into the exam*

I’m not going to study for my next final today.

*3.5 hours into the exam*

I’m so tired my vision is foggy and I’m even wearing glasses. But I’m done. 



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Meanwhile, Bethany:

Dancing girls, ballerinas, people and couples dancing

Study Snacks

Upside to having my sister as a roommate during finals: she cleans and occasionally cooks so I don’t live in squalor and I occasionally eat real food.

Downside to having my sister as a roommate during finals: she eats all my study snacks!

Quote: “It isn’t like I ate your peanut MnMs! And those have been calling my name.” 

A Thank You Every Day of Finals (Just…Not On Here)

I’ve been feeling quite negative about finals this semester–and law school always–so I decided to do something about it. I challenged myself to publicly thank someone every day of finals on Facebook that I would not normally thank but who somehow touched my law school life. 

The first day I chose two classmates who I sat by me my first year of law school. 

Today I chose someone who gave me good advice about law school in high school. 

And honestly, my plan has worked well. Thinking about all the people who cheered me on over the last 3…or 10…years has really shifted my mindset. 

I’m dead tired tonight from work and dreading my final Friday but I’m cheered up thinking of who to recognize tomorrow! 

Law School Final To Do List (Update)

It is Mon…Tuesday? Wednesday? Tuesday. I don’t know anymore, but I do know I have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. 

  • Contract Drafting project
  • Advanced Legal Research paper 
  • Civ Pro II final (eek)
  • Fill out all the externship paperwork
  • Work project (Due tomorrow and then I get a break? Oh, wait, no….)
  • Grade 29 student papers
  • Lead the final discussion group
  • Grade student finals

Initial Thoughts on TAing

Today I taught Nietzsche. 

Taught is too grandiose a term. Today I did the readings for Nietzsche, understood almost none of it, peppered the professor with questions, watched fifteen YouTube videos explaining his philosophy, peppered the professor with more questions, watched the lecture, and then attempted to lead a discussion group. 

And even then, I feel like I spent an inordinate amount of time in discussion group saying, “That’s a great question. I will check with the professor and get back to you.” 

My friend special-requested a blog post reflecting on my TA experience, and as today is my last day leading discussion groups, I thought it might be a good day to fulfill the request. I actually think I might write a more thought out response once I have a few weeks (or months) distance from the experience. 

But I feel like my experience with Nietzsche today sums it up pretty well. 

I really enjoyed TAing. Not only did it come with awesome perks like free tuition, but I learned a lot about thinkers I would not normally read (or understand even if I did read.) I got to explore the texts with some awesome students (and other TAs.) And I truly got to learn from a great professor. (None of those people read this blog so I promise I’m not sucking up.)

But it was a lot of work. I was not like the other TAs. I am not getting a PhD in the subject. And while on some theoretical level, Plato, Kant, and Rousseau might relate to what I learn in law school, in reality the connection between them and Public Sector Law or Civil Procedure II feels much more tenuous.

Also, I low-key hate grading. 

But I had fun! I discovered community on campus at the Meiklejohn House, which I never expected. And I helped two other law students get jobs as TAs—so I grew the tribe. For all the days of panicked trying to understand Hobbes before walking into the room and leading discussion, I spent mornings laughing with the secretary and student workers in the office. Or chuckling over particularly egregious papers. Or eating at the food stall across the street. Or scheduling an extra video chat with a confused student.

It was fulfilling and actually a lot more fun than being a law student. But I’m also pretty convinced that I don’t want to become a professor. At least…not for a while. 

ALLLLLLL the Library Holds

If y’all recall on March 4 I wrote a blog post about how I kept maxing out my library cards’ allotted holds on Libby and couldn’t wait for them to come in…

Well, they’re all coming in now.


Because finals and all. 

Fate’s End by Ilona Andrews and Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop and The Great Debate by Yuval Levin and The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary and Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and Hard Times by Charles Dickens and Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. 

All within the last 48 hours!

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Finals 2020 Soundtrack (The Beginning)

Even on a normal day, my taste in music can best be described as eclectic. And by eclectic I mean a combination of the Legally Blonde soundtrack, every Phineas and Ferb song ever, K pop bands popular 9 years ago, Lutheran hymns, the occasional Skillet song, polka music (that’s from my Grandma!), Taylor Swift covers, whatever Eurovision song my sister sent me most recently, and that one breakup song from High School Musical 2. (Seriously, nothing beats belting out Gotta Go My Own Way.)

But even so, my taste in music gets weird when I am under stress. I regress. You can tell where I am in finals week based on what music I am streaming on YouTube. 

Hint: I reach rock bottom when I start playing Barney songs. 

But thankfully, I am not there yet! I am only at Stage 1 today: the head space where I start playing random songs on repeat over and over again. 

And it hasn’t so much been a song as a person: Caleb Hyles. I’ve followed him on YouTube for years but have never just listened to everything he made. He is even more eclectic than I am.

So in tribute to the fact that I listened to his music for 8 hours today while grading papers, here are a few of my favorites: 

His Frozen 2 covers:

His RWBY covers:


His MLP covers:

And also…