Archive for July, 2012

Summer Quarter, Second Week07.07.12

The second week of summer quarter just wrapped up. I will admit, this quarter feels a lot more difficult because it’s summer and every Seattlelite goes a little nutty when it’s finally nice out. I don’t even have the crazy tan fetish that my sister has (if she turns a shade less than charred crispy, she thinks her “paleness” makes her body look fat).

I’m only taking three classes because it is summer, and I do hope to enjoy the sunshine at some point. It cannot be a good sign, if even my own instructor emails me back with comments about how I should be out enjoying the beautiful weather when I’m asking about where I can find the homework file.

Two of the three classes are extremely relevant to law school, and I wish I had thought to take them before applying last year. I’m taking Business Law, Intro to Logic, and American Literature.

When I first picked up the books for Business Law and Intro to Logic, I was a bit intimidated. Business Law had a ridiculous amount of reading in it for one quarter. The instructor assigned reading the entire first chapter for day 1. I think more than half the class did not finish the reading. It took me more than four hours just to read half the chapter while actively taking notes. I had to stop trying to take notes just so that I could finish reading the chapter to do the answers in the back. Each chapter contains pages of case snippets, my eyes rolled to the back of my head when I read the first case. I could not for the life of me understand what it was saying. What was the ruling? It was all there, but I could not pick out the words that say one way or the other. I had to cheat and wiki the cases to get it out in terms that do not make my brain run to the corner and cry.

Trying to read the first chapter of the business law book was a practice in morale deflation. I seriously questioned if I could do this for THREE years if just one day could seem so terrible. The beauty of this though, it has only been two weeks of reading cases after cases, and wiki-ing cases when I can’t seem to make heads or tails of the readings, and I’m actually starting to understand what the pages are saying. It’s starting to get to the point where the cases are interesting.
Philosophy: Intro to Logic, my god, I wish I had taken this class before I spent a dime on taking the LSATs. This class is simply wonderful. The book with all the triangles and weirdly flipped “U” was very intimidating at first, but I’m really looking forward to this class now. I took this class simply because I was hoping this class would help me argue like people who were obviously philosophy majors. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching two people who majored in philosophy have a conversation, it’s really a beautiful thing. When a point of contention is brought up, they take turns clarifying their understanding of what the other person is really saying before they comment on it. It’s the most unheated heated conversation ever.

An example of this might be:
P1: All red heads are slutty.
P2: By red heads, do you mean only the natural red heads or even the ones that dye their hair red? What about the natural red heads who dye their hair a different color?
Discuss.

It’s beautiful. I’m also very biased because my best friend majored in philosophy and that’s pretty much how he talks any time I bring up a point that he wants to comment on, he will first question his understanding of my statement. As result, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as understood by anyone else. It probably helps that he was psychology double major and did work as a counselor.

In couple counseling, when couples have a tendency to bicker, the couple is told to repeat what they hear the other person say before arguing. I wonder if they could have saved themselves thousands of counseling dollars by taking a logic class at the local community college.

 

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