I'm in the middle of spring cleaning, as I prepare to vacate my place and move to an apartment building, and I found my hand-written notes from the first few weeks of 1L. It's amazing at how far we've come, and how much sense it all makes now. If I could do it all over again, I would retain so much more and enjoy it.
For instance, my Torts prof seemed so mysterious and brilliant then, but his comments are legal common sense now. My favorite part in my notes is a page in which I furiously
write down the "principles" behind a false imprisonment citizen's arrest cases. They're so obvious now: discouraging citizens from making arrests without more than probable cause; a desire to leave the work to real law enforcement; et cetera. I remember thinking, "Boy, I'll never be as smart as that guy."
I think this is a good post for 0Ls, at least; the 1L year is a blast. I'm going to miss it. As much as grades matter and the stress builds, it's an experience worth enjoying.