GUEST BLOG by Ifeoma Ukwubiwe
Graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark
During my last year of law school, I came across a series of audios called “The Edge: the Power to Change your Life Now” (otherwise known as “The Edge”) by Anthony Robbins that changed my perspective on my life. Whenever I feel discouraged, I put on my headphones and play “The Edge.” The Edge ignites a fire within me. I highly recommend these series of audios for those feeling down during Bar Prep. In Fact, you can check it out on Spotify. The audio gives tools and inspiration for success. The most valuable tool it gives is how to use your emotions to achieve your goals. When I listen to Anthony Robbins, I constantly ask myself, what is it that motivates me to study harder when I feel like giving up?
I want to make a positive impact in my community.
As problems facing society get ever more vexing, the need for public interest lawyers is even greater. I’ve worked many years in my local community and I know that given my experience, I can make a valuable change in the legal community. I’ve graduated law school and now I need to pass the bar exam.
I’ve earned the right to be here.
Not by chance. By hard work. There are countless people who are waiting for me to change their lives. This continues to motivate me to fulfill my dreams of being an attorney. I’ve never been the best student in my classes, but I’ll work harder and smarter than anyone else. This means sacrificing things that I want to do in order to focus on the things I need to do.
Thus far, during bar -prep, I keep my “why” in my heart and in my mind. I visualize seeing my name on that list and I imagine the feeling I will get when I received the victorious news. This feeling continues to push me. I feel like I have a river flowing inside of me, one that I get to take from whenever I feel the need.
There are times I want to give up, sleep or drink. There are times when my body is fatigued. When this happens, I just stop, take a deep breath and ask myself what is my “why”? I am a firm believer that one can achieve so much more when they have a “why.”
I challenge you all to remember your “WHY.”
We’ve all been blessed with gifts, talents, and abilities, which the world has a great need for. Remember your Why and stay encouraged. It’s almost over.
Until Next Time,