GUEST BLOG by Gianna Venticinque,
Graduate of Northern Illinois College of Law
I’M DONE. Really, I’m done.
The bar exam is officially over. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about anything in my life. It was brutal. As expected, a complete mental beatdown. I had to be at 100% for two days straight. But I finished. I didn’t leave a single question blank. I just really hope I picked the “more correct” multiple choice answer.
So, what do I do now? I woke up this morning without an alarm… weird. I didn’t have dreams about the MEE questions last night. I didn’t immediately panic and make a list of all of the things I have to do today. This coming week is going to be my reintegration into society. I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing. I want to see all of my friends who I’ve neglected (I’M SORRY!). I want to hang out with my dog and see my family for more than an hour at a time. I want to actually enjoy a meal and not have to eat it at record speed.
What I’m NOT going to do: panic about results. It’s not worth the time or energy trying to try to deduce whether or not I passed. I know I did my best, we all did. Fingers crossed that it’s enough to get through this time. If not, see ya in July! For real though, I feel like I’m a better person for not giving up – even though I might have wanted to on a daily basis.
On another note, BARBRI deserves a standing ovation. The minute I opened up the MEE and looked through the questions I knew I had at least something intelligent to write for every single one. Was it enough? We’ll find out. But all I know is that without taking BARBRI, I wouldn’t have known or been able to recall any of that. As much as I dreaded watching the lectures every morning, they paid off. The tiny things each professor stressed came back to me during the MBE and I could usually narrow it down to a 50/50 chance that way. The mini-review was actually what solidified a lot of what I was able to remember mid-exam. When I watched the hour-ish long lectures, I took notes… and 9 out of 10 times the things I took notes on were at least a part of one of the questions.
Plain and simple – I could have just skipped law school because Barbri taught me everything I needed to know.
Enjoy the month of March, we earned it.
Be proud of yourself, it’s over!!! 🙂