Today is April 3rd of 2017 and I am in my usual spot at the library–second floor, by the cube that is the last one by the windows facing the quad. It is the most perfect spot because there is almost no traffic here, and I have the area all to myself for majority of the time I spend there. I’ve mostly been using the tables at the lounge at Storey Hall which is really great for having natural light from the great bay windows (also facing the quad) but because it serves as the faculty building and the students’ locker hall as well as the way to the back and to the parking garage across Hillcrest, traffic was definitely busier. I did not mind it, in fact it would have been perfect if not for the professors that have started to recognize me for camping out there for hours and hours at a time. One of them remarked last week that I’ve ‘moved in’.
So I thought I’d better lay low and come back to my roots–where students should be when they are ‘studying’.
Now I am doing my reading for Contracts for Wednesday (and outlining of course), and reading for Professional Responsibility later at 8PM. This is one of my long days in school. Which I actually don’t mind because even with the things I distract myself with –drinking so much coffee/water/tea that drives me to the restrooms every hour, the internet and researching something that just popped in my head that has got nothing whatsoever with my school reading–I still get a lot more done here than I do at home. Much more. Like I said, I have huge problems in concentration and focus that I had been trying to fix by even more distractions because that entails interminable searches online. LOL.
Today is April and the weather is again, perfect! The sky is bright and the breeze is light, and all that usual symphonies one writes about a nice day. It’s a pity I have to be indoors for most of the times that Texas weather is actually kind to its citizens. Every time I get off the shuttle at Bishop and have to cross the green in front of Dallas Hall, I get this urge to just plop down on the grass, sun myself and listen to Yiruma the whole afternoon while watching students walk by. It is so perfect! I wish it would always be this way.
But we all know, at least those who know Texas climes, that it will not be so. Come May, the heat will be too bad to actually enjoy being outdoors.
I have less than a month to prepare my outlines for finals. I have 4 JD classes this semester, and 2 of them are upper year classes. Two are 3 credit 1Ls (Contracts and Property). I expect to have a devil of a time preparing because I barely have a week for my reading time before the finals week hit me in the face in earnest. Also, a huge part of my hardship will be owed to the fact that unlike last semester, I cut out studying during the weekends this time. I tried in January when the semester commenced, but I stopped altogether as the weeks went by. There was no use feeling deprived and overworked when I only have 5 classes.
I have applied to the JD program for this fall term, and I expect to hear back by July at the latest. I also plan to submit an application to take the Bar Exam in February 2018, and the application period doesn’t open until June 30 this year. I plan on getting on top of that as soon as it opens. Evaluations of a foreign applicant’s educational requirements are a devil to do, and probably takes much longer than American JD applicants’. It seems weird that I am mostly spending time with 1Ls and yet by February next year, I will be taking the Bar exam–IF the Texas BLE deems me a fit candidate to sit for their 3 day exam.
I am also considering two bar prep classes–Kaplan and Bar Bri because I have gotten some conflicting feedback regarding these two bar prep orgs. I will have to get more information about these two.
IN the meantime, I will have to finish 17 pages of Contracts for Wednesday, and 30 pages for Professional Responsibility by 7:30PM today. Ta!