|1L: And this isn't even all of them!|
I'm not really that torn apart by this all. I just thought it sounded fun and melodramatic. But realistically, I've never felt as busy as I have for the past 2 days. And they were just my 3rd and 4th days of law school. I feel about how I think I would feel if I had to study for a test every day and also work a full-time shift in that same day. To clarify my analogy: Test=classes, study=prepping for class-time, full-time work=THE READING. It's honestly probably not as bad normally as I have felt these past two days, but the fact that I'm not getting enough sleep either is not helping. I probably shouldn't really even be taking the time to write this post, but it feels nice to get my feelings out in writing. (Hence the insane amount of babble on this blog!)
As for my 3rd and 4th days of classes: I went to Property, Torts, Econ (again, last Thursday was our first time in that class) and Contracts. My contracts class was by far the most stressful, despite all the hubbub 2Ls and 3Ls have made about my professor for Property. I found Property's Socratic conversation to be a bit more straight-forward and bearable. Contracts was only stressful because he decided to start delving into civil procedure, a subject that you may have noticed is not covered by my 1L courses at the moment. So almost everyone he called on looked pretty dumb today. If he had asked me about any of the cases we read (and he did talk about the cases), I would have and did know the answers to his questions. However, when my first opportunity to be cold-called upon, "Mister....(looking at his seating chart)... Ricks, where are you?" I raised my hand. All this after the previous victim had seriously fumbled a guess to his question. He asked me the same question (a fairly basic civil procedure question). I somehow managed to just brush the situation off and said, "I would make a guess resembling Mr. Chrysanthemum's." (name has been changed to protect the said victim) My professor looked at me and said, "Oh, so he was guessing?" I replied with my typical laugh (not really nervous at all, despite how dumb I was looking for not having just looked up the answer by now), "His seeming guess." Professor: "Oh, so he was seemingly guessing!" ... and then... he just moved on to someone else! I got off SO easy compared to some of my other classmates. It was kind of nice, but at the same time, I would feel better if I had just made my own guess, which, would have been more accurate than either of the other two guesses. Darn me and my ability to avoid confrontation! I'm joking, but I do wish I would have had an answer. In retrospect though, I think that's why he left me alone, and I should count myself lucky in that regard. My Torts and Econ professors are pretty funny. Something I really appreciate.
Anyway, back to time... I feel like I've been in school for weeks now. But it has only been a few days. Incredible. As for the overall experience, I am actually enjoying myself. The law is still new and exciting. I'm actually enjoying what I'm learning. I think that has more to do with the fact that I'm gaining useful knowledge in each class that I could use in my future "real-world." My previous post-secondary education has not quite lived up to that. (What use is knowledge of the chronology of development for the Mahayana school of thought in Buddhism?) Other than that, I'm just tuckered out, but there's still more to do. My Mondays and Wednesdays are by far the MOST demanding days, but Tuesdays will be quite demanding as well. Wednesday after class is kind of the oasis in the midst of my week, with the exception of Sunday. (I'd say Saturday, too, but that's pretty much spent in preparation for the week and mostly for my Mondays!) Anyway, as tomorrow is a Wednesday, I need to stop all that crazy-talk and get to it!
See ya later.