So, I had my first exam yesterday. I think I did ok, but I certainly didn't blow it out of the water. How do I let go of it and move on? I keep going over it again and again in my mind. I've only thought of one area I could have done better (I think I spotted a sub-issue but might have classified it as a similar, but wrong thing), but that's exactly what I'm afraid of. What if I was clueless, sucked, and I still don't even know it? I know in my heart I'm just not going to be at the top of my class.I think I'm just a little disappointed in general. I thought if I read all of the "how to succeed in law school" books and really, really worked hard that I would be in the top 10%. Now, I'm starting to believe everyone who said that either you will or you won't be and all of the preparation in the world won't get you to the top if you aren't meant to be there. I don't know how I could have possibly been any more prepared than I was. Rambling, I know. What do you all think?
because it's pointless to continue worrying about it, as worrying will not change the grade you receive.you're wasting time and energy that could be devoted to doing better on another exam
ok this is not the typical response but... you leave the exam room asap, do NOT talk to any law students, and get your a** to a bar. drink about three beers over the course of the afternoon. go out to eat with a non-law student friend. if you like, sober up and study that night--but i liked to declare test day a no-study zone. (during my first semester, i learned that even if i tried to study on a test day, i really got nothing done.) i prefer to watch a movie. if you must hang out with a law student, make a pact to NOT discuss exams.basically, this helps in three ways:1. you don't burn out over the course of the exam period.2. you don't worry about things you can't change.3. you have something to look forward to. instead of your inner dialogue saying, "damn, after this torts exam then there's civ pro..." you say "after this torts exam i'm having margaritas and watching Hoosiers [NOTE: movies about overcoming adversity are always good for this time!]." good luck, especially for the 1Ls. remember, once you're an upperclassman you can arrange your course load so that you never have an exam period like this again.
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