#barpreplife: One Point

GUEST BLOG by Gianna Venticinque,
Graduate of Northern Illinois College of Law

“ these are not matters of life and death.
Keep that in perspective.
If you had to, you would simply take the exam again.
Unlike so many other settings, here you get do-overs.”

—Professor Paula Franzese

Happy Spring (sort of)! I hope you’ve all had a great few months and got to relax a little after the bar – I know I did.

Let’s talk about what really grinds my gears: studying for the bar for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, only to miss passing by ONE POINT. You need a 266? Well Gianna, here’s a 265. Annoying, right? You have no idea. Honestly, I would have rather missed it by 50 points. At least then I could have figured out what I did wrong and had a chance to change my study habits. But no, I did everything right and just missed the mark.

Initially, I was upset, but now I’m just mad. I immediately let everyone know I didn’t pass so I didn’t have to get asked about it 900 times a day. Almost everyone was equally as mad as I was about it. But I knew this was a possibility and I prepared myself for it, I just never thought it would be over one point.

I want to congratulate everyone who did pass – you did it! I wish you all the best with your careers and beyond. It’s a huge accomplishment and you should celebrate – if you haven’t already!

I also really want to encourage all those who didn’t pass to get back on the horse and try again. You know you can do it and now that you know what it’s like you’ll be that much more prepared to kill it in July. Be proud of yourself for making it this far and don’t give up.

I want to thank BARBRI for allowing me the opportunity to be your @barpreplife Blogger for Winter 2016. I had a blast. 🙂

Until next time,
G

(Update from BARBRI:  Gianna will be blogging about preparing to retake the bar exam, this July.  When we invited her to share her experiences, this is what she said, “That sounds amazing and I would absolutely be interested in doing that!! I really enjoyed blogging and I think it would be good for people who also did not pass to know they’re not alone. Thank you so much. I’m beyond excited for this opportunity.” )