#barpreplife: Remembering My Why?

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,
Ifeoma

#barpreplife: Celebrating Small Victories

GUEST BLOG by Ifeoma Ukwubiwe
Graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark

We have all heard about the benefits of celebrating small victories and its proven effect on levels of success. Being able to see small and incremental changes in ones overall performance in bar prep can substantially affect your confidence.

Instead of beating myself up about what isn’t going right, I’m celebrating my victories. I’m celebrating my small victories whether they be spotting issues, improving my MBE scores on a particular topic, or even successfully sitting through a whole lecture without looking at my phone.

I think we can all agree that the bar exam puts pressure on a bar-prepper. The thought of finishing law school and not passing an exam necessary to practice is heart breaking. Not having legal employment after law school is one thing but not passing the bar is a completely different animal.

Taking the bar exam isn’t easy and stressing about whether you can memorize all the black letter law is overwhelming. This week I decided to celebrate my small victories:

  1. Multiple Choice Gains: I was performing horribly on Civil Procedure and New York Practice. Consequently, I stepped away from my personal study plan. I decided to review the conviser outline in detail in those subjects because I found I was missing important concepts. Next, I took a series of practice questions and reviewed the explanatory answers. When I reviewed the explanations, I wrote down all the rules that I got wrong. I reviewed them again so if I saw that rule tested again, I would not miss that particular question. As I tested more questions, I saw a massive gain in more score. Celebration!
  2. Victorious Essays: Let’s just say my first graded essay was “Rough.” I scored below average. I was discouraged and tried to figure out how I would increase my score. One thing I did know was that I didn’t know the law well enough. I decided to take a step back and review the bigger picture of the subject and then fill in small details of the law. Consequently, I was able to improve my next essay by 7 points. Victory is Mine!
  3. Getting Rid of Distractions: Sitting through a long lecture without checking emails, text messages and social media accounts can be hard to do especially if it’s a subject that is “cough cough….BORING.” This week I “attempted” to turn off my phone. Lets just say I have some work to do. However, I was able to do it for one day. Small Victory! One day is better than none!

I challenge you all to celebrate your small victories and find confidence in your strengths!

Until Next Time,
Ifeoma