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Stop Worrying About Your LSAT Score and Give Thanks06.11.11

Scores for June 2011 LSAT will not be released for at least another two weeks. Are you freaking out? Why? No, really, it’s not going to affect your score one bit whether you spend the next two weeks freaking out or sipping muddled cane juice Mojitos on the beach.

I have a few prep course classmates that have finals to worry about this week, so I’m extremely grateful that I have the luxury of being able to go get shit-faced the moment the test ended. I also know that I have many thanks to give to the people around me for putting up with me the last couple months.

The last couple weeks were extra rough. On the Thursday before LSAT, I had a complete melt-down. The boyfriend and I moved into our new place for less than a week. We were trying to get the place into some semblance of an order for his parents to stay with us the next day (it’s their first visit since he moved here from Hawaii a few years ago, and I didn’t want them to think his girlfriend was raised by drunk and disorderly wolves, although our fridge tells otherwise). In between building shelves and putting stuff away, I was digging frantically through boxes and boxes of unpacked stuff to look for gear for my mountaineering outing on Saturday and Sunday. At some point, the boyfriend stopped to tweeze an in-grown hair and I freaked out, cried fat angry tears, and accused him of not putting in enough effort to help. If not for his parents visiting, we wouldn’t be scrambling to make the place look like a home, and I would be able to spend more time studying, so in my mind, he was basically sabotaging me.

Now that the test is over, I can tell you, the boyfriend has been nothing but supportive. His parents booked the visit last year, so it’s not his fault timing ended up bad. To support my efforts in training for the climb, every weekend for the last four months, he would get up early and weigh my pack carefully, gradually increasing from 15lbs to 45lbs. Then he would wake my very sorry ass up, drive us to a mountain and hike with me. I didn’t always wake up well. Some days, I would make it seem like no one else’s life was harder than mine at that moment, and oh please just let me have another 5 minutes of peaceful respite from my terribly tough life. At 5’0″, 105lbs, schlepping that much weight up and down a mountain every weekend was terrible drama at times. It was like getting wasted on cheap tequila too often, the body would shudder and threaten to shut down before the shot could make its way down.

In effort to help get my head out of my own ass for the next couple weeks, I want to make an effort to be thankful.

Maybe you were a much better person than me, and you kept your cool the entire time. However, it’s still wasted energy to fret over your LSAT score. Perhaps you would like to join me in a little “thankful” writing exercise for the next five days. If you have the time to waste worrying, you probably do have a few things to be thankful for.

Here’s a quick little exercise I found in the book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot“. There’s potential to increase your level of happiness and reduce stress, using very little of your time.

  • Day 1: Thanksgiving: Are there things in your life that you are grateful for? These might include having good friends, supportive relationships or family, nice home, a job that you enjoy, great conversations or happy memory. Think back over the past week and list three of these things.
  • Day 2: Terrific Times: Think about an incredible experience in your life. It could be a moment you felt absolute content, were in love, danced to an amazing DJ, or shared a moment with friends. Choose one experience and picture yourself in that moment. Spend a few moments writing about the experience and your feelings at the time, do not worry about grammar and such, this is for you to live.
  • Day 3: Future Fantastic: Imagine that you have worked hard and achieved all your goals and that your personal and professional life feels like a dream. Spend a few moments writing about this.
  • Day 4: Dear…: Think about someone important to you. Imagine you have one opportunity to tell this person what they mean to you. Write a letter to this person. Tell this person why you care about them and the impact they have had in your life.
  • Day 5: Reviewing the Situation: Think back over the past seven days and write about three things that went well for you. It could be something big or small. Could be simple as finding a parking space or important as new job opportunity. Jot down a sentence as to why you think each event turned out so well.

That is it. Each day of writing is meant to be short, but gives you a moment to focus on something else, hopefully positive.

Personally, I plan on looking into applying for law school as well as options to pay for law school, and spending time with people that I’ve neglected in the past months. My personal finance can certainly use some organizing. I am working on a couple projects for work that I’ve been putting off. The boyfriend and I are movie junkies, we just saw Kung Fu Panda 2 and are hoping to catch X-Men: First Class tonight.

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