Preparing for Your 1L Summer Position

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GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

We are in the last week of class, still need to work on outlines, take practice exams, and make sure everything is lined up for our summer positions. Whew… We can do this! While the summer job, still feels far off there are some things you can do now to help make sure everything is in line so you can start your 1L summer job with ease.

Complete Any Required Paperwork

This summer, I am working for a government agency, but they do not require the same level of background checks that my fellow classmates are enduring, so they have been very accommodating with my paperwork. Even though I have had had the position since March, they just reached out this week with all the forms I need and said to not worry about it all till after finals. All they wanted from me was to provide a start date and possible end date. I have been fortunate. A few of my fellow 1Ls are still trying to get everything figured out with their future employers before it becomes a distraction during finals. My advice is, if you haven’t heard from them yet, check in and make sure you know all of the requirements you have to meet or can meet those deadlines after finals.

1L Summer

Confirm Your Start Date

Most employers seem to be flexible, so do not over commit yourself to a tight start date deadline. Do not forget that we need to plan for finals, moving (in some cases), the write-on competition for law review and maybe a short vacation before starting our summer positions. You might also need a little bit of extra time if you are working an unpaid job and need to find a part-time position, so you have income over the summer, or if you are taking summer school classes. Be realistic, and set your start date accordingly. Also, if you need any time off during the summer, be sure to discuss that before starting.

Confirm the Dress Code

You do not want to show up every day in business suits if you are working in a casual work environment. You’ll make other people uncomfortable, and you might feel out of place. Likewise, you don’t want to be unprepared and wear the same suit every day because you don’t have the right wardrobe. See if you can visit the office before your start date so that you can get a good feel for the environment, and go shopping as needed.

Get Your LinkedIn in Order

Yes, you did this while you were applying for positions, but it’s time to add your first 1L summer job, and perhaps update your intro! We are about to be “rising 2Ls”. You will likely be networking a lot this summer and connecting on LinkedIn is an easy way to make these connections. After a brief talk, ask if you can add them on LinkedIn and then you can send them a quick thank you.

Talk to the 2/3Ls

I am going to Phoenix for my internship, as that is where I want to practice once I graduate. I discovered that a 2L worked at this office last summer and I asked her for details like the culture, dress code and asked her for recommendations about things I could do to the make the most of my summer experience. She was so helpful and provided me with a lot of useful information. Because of her advice, I feel even more confident in starting my position this summer. If there isn’t a person at your school, you can use LinkedIn to find people that had the role previously. Reach out and make a connection!

What other suggestions do you have for someone preparing to start their first legal internship? Let me know over at the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram!

Apps to Help You Prepare for Finals

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Finals are weeks away. Did I just say that!?!?

Ok well, there is no way to avoid the truth… Finals are coming…

To help you get prepared here are some recommended apps, to help you study, relax, and bring some balance to the remaining days of our second semester.

One of my friends at school recently exposed me to studyblue.com and its app. It is fantastic. It allows you to create flashcards easily and then provides a graded response about your study session so that you can track your progress. This is ideal for learning rules and more to prepare for finals.

Before being exposed to this site I also used Cram, but I prefer this one more. Another great option is Quizlet. I would look at all three of these and see which one fits your study style best.


Music is a must for when I am studying, and Spotify has been really great for supplying me with terrific playlists. I’ve turned into a fan of pop instrumental for my study music. I know, not for everyone, but my favorite one to currently listen to is here. You can also check out an article I wrote last semester for more playlists recommended by myself and other students.

We all need some calmness in our lives, and my favorite meditation app is Meditation Studio. It even has a section dedicated to students with really short 3-5 minute meditations that are easy to listen to between study sessions or even before an exam. It also has longer, more traditional mediation offerings, that are really useful.

The BARBRI Study Plan app has study videos for ALL of our 1L classes. I used this heavily for Civ Pro last semester, and in many ways, it’s the reason I received as good of a grade as I did. I plan to start listening to these lessons this week, so I can take extra notes to supplement my outline and lecture notes.  You can also find outlines in the app to help you build your own. I like the fact that the app allows you to watch a video or to download just the audio version of each lesson. This makes it very easy to listen to these lessons while doing tasks around the house or working out.

I love Life Cycle because it lets me see how I am spending my time each day, week and month. I have it set to automatically log where I am and what I am working on, but you can also do this manually. Often, I post this on Instagram and people always ask about the app. I like it because it lets me see how much time I am doing homework at the law library, in classes and more

Freedom! Time to Pick our 2L Classes!!

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona Law School

The time has arrived my fellow 1Ls. We finally have some freedom, and we get to pick our 2L classes for the Fall semester! I cannot believe how fast this year flew by. My class registration day is just around the corner, and I am sure yours is quickly approaching too. So here are a few tips to help you as you pick your 2L classes.

Talk to current 2Ls and 3Ls

Sometimes multiple sections of a class are offered, sometimes in the same semester, but usually in Fall and Spring. As you are aware teachers often take a very different approach not only in teaching styles but also in grading. For instance, at my school, one section of a class has a multiple choice exam as the final, and the other has the option of a paper instead of taking a final. Depending on which you prefer this could be a deal breaker.

You have to take this into account as you plan your schedule and the BEST resource for this information is the people who have gone before you. They can provide you insight to class structure, professor demeanor and more.  You don’t want to look back and wish you’d known, so now is the time to ask!

 2L Classes

Take 2L classes related to your focus

One of my professors talked about how if you’re interested in Immigration law, in addition to that you should also consider taking administrative law, which may seem obvious. However, they also said you should consider related classes like family law and employment law since they share similar elements. This will help you be a well round attorney in your field.

Plan beyond the Fall Semester

I am very excited to be participating in the very first Phoenix Externship program offered by UofA in Spring of 2020, so I need to be really focused on completing as many of the business litigation certificate courses I can in the Fall. Maybe you plan on doing a study abroad or will be participating in an externship in another city as a 2L or 3L.  You have to keep that in mind as you select your classes for Fall; otherwise, you might discover that you come up short. You also need to make sure you keep track of graduation requirements especially if you plan on taking the February Bar exam.

Plus…Talk to the Registrar

In addition to planning ahead, you should also stop by the law school registrar, to find out when certain classes are offered. For instance, if a professor is visiting and hosting a special seminar class, it might be your only chance to take that class.

Bar Focused Classes

Some people plan their entire class load based on if the class is tested on the exam. For some, this might be a great approach, but for others, they might be taking a class they have to relearn during bar prep anyway and perhaps those credits could have been spent elsewhere. It really depends on your personal preference.

I hope you get all of the classes you want next semester and if you have any other suggestions let me know over at @The1Life on Instagram and Twitter!

You Never Forget Your First Oral Argument…

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law


Image from the ABA for Law Students

First, we had research projects, then memos, and finally we’ve reached the oral argument stage of our law school careers. For most, this is a stressful time, especially for those who do not like to speak in front of others. Even if you have a lot of public speaking experience, it is not uncommon to be nervous, but our professor has reassured us that the nerves can actually be helpful. Here are some tips I’ve learned as I prepare for my first graded oral argument.

Handle the Nerves

A 2L told me if I wasn’t nervous before my oral argument “I wasn’t doing it right.” It was also reassuring to have our professor share that even experienced attorneys, with decades of experience, still get nervous before an oral argument. The “good part” of nerves is that they keep us on our toes. The “bad part” is, if not managed, they may impact our performance. Great…

The best advice I can give is to find a coping mechanism for your nerves. Some people like to visualize their performance, and others wear a favorite clothing item or hold something in their hand. For me, it’s applying pressure to my pinky finger. I know it sounds weird, but I acted as a kid, and this was a trick an experienced actor showed me. It’s easy to conceal, and I can’t even explain why it works, but it does. It is a small thing that helps me overcome my nerves and helps me focus.

The point is, you just need to discover what works for you. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it helps you to stay focused and calm. The ABA also has a great article for students here about managing your nerves.

Make A List of Questions

Make a list of questions you might be asked during your oral argument. You may have done this in class, but if you haven’t, I found it REALLY helpful! To make your own list, think of 3 questions you want to be asked, 3 questions you assume you will be asked, and 3 questions you hope you don’t get asked. You can then use these question to practice your oral argument and shore up any weaknesses you might have.

Find the Organization Method that Works for You.

There are a lot of different methods to use during your oral argument to help you stay organized, and they usually involve some type of folder system. Some recommend multiple folders, others a single folder system. In my class, we watched this video from UMKC about how to use a single folder with notecards. I liked this method, and it is what I will be using.

Practice! Present Your Argument To Someone

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. You can present to yourself by recording your argument and reviewing it. I also recommend practicing in front of other people. Consider working with someone familiar with all of the facts. Since they know the material, they might not pull punches and ask tough questions. The other option you have is to work with your opponent. Some people might think this is crazy and unrealistic, and it might be off limits at your schools. At mine, it is encouraged, as it will challenge the way we look at our arguments and allow us to improve our memos before we submit them.

Best of luck with your oral arguments! Let me know how they went over @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram.

How to handle Memo Feedback

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona Law

If you were like me, you thought writing the memo this semester would seem more natural. After all, we already have one memo under our belt, and we have completed a semester worth of legal writing. However, I was wrong, and I was not alone in my thinking. Since most of us are starting to receive our memo feedback I wanted to share some tips that I have learned along the way.

First… Breathe in and breathe out…

I get it; it can be stressful to read a critique from the professor or your writing fellow about your memo. I think my professor said it best when she said: “feedback can be so hard on the memos because writing is so personal”. She is right. We spent countless hours on research, writing, and editing to reach the word limit, and now it feels like we find out if it was “worth it”, is our memo “good”. Breathe in breathe out… The critical thing to remember at this point is that your memo is just a first draft. No one (except maybe you) expected it to be perfect. Remember the goal of the feedback is to help you improve your writing.

Give yourself enough time to read the feedback before your meeting

There seem to be two different types of people when it comes to reviewing memo feedback. Some eagerly open it while others wait to open it until the very last minute to see their feedback. I am not saying you have to open it the second you receive it, but you can use the feedback more productively the earlier you review it.

Be sure to read all of your feedback with an open mind

It can be daunting to open the document with your memo feedback. Forge forward and read all the comments. One of my classmates also stressed the importance of reading the feedback with an open mind. They suggested reading the feedback in a way that you just assume that what you did was wrong. This will help you be more receptive to the feedback, rather than trying to defend your point of view. Also, instead of trying to tackle all of the feedback at once, start small and take it one comment at a time. For each comment make some notes. The notes could be a question, a tip to yourself, or taking the time to answer the questions posed in the feedback. Keep going until you finished. Then review all of the comments together to see any overreaching themes for areas of improvement.

Create a list of questions for the professor

After you have reviewed and made comments to the feedback, create a list of questions to ask your professor. This will help you be more organized during your feedback meeting and allow you to prioritize the issues you are not sure how to resolve.

 

If there are issues with structure (CREAC/IRAC), make an outline

You likely created an outline while you were writing your memo, but if your professor has provided a critique about the flow of your memo, make a brief outline of your memos structure with proposed changes. Plan to take this new outline into the meeting to help you gain clarity, and it might provide insight to the overall structure the professor is looking for in the memo.

Finally, seek additional help when needed.

Asking for help can be difficult, “but do not let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.” Take advantage of office hours, use the writing center, and ask for help from your assigned writing fellow. They are all eager to help you navigate the writing process. Remember at the end of the day the purpose of writing the memo is to help us improve our legal writing abilities, and the more help you seek, the better your writing will be.

What other tips do you have for handling feedback from your memo? Let me know over @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram!

Keeping it Real: What 1Ls said they wish they knew day one

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Last week I wrote about the path to 1L, and I asked current law students to share their experiences about what they wish they had known or could have told themselves before starting their 1L. Here are the top responses.

I wish I knew that:

Law School can make you feel stupid and brilliant all within a single class hour.

Agree! This can be very true when a cold call goes wrong, or when you walk into class thinking you fully understood an issue and realize you were wrong. Trust me; everyone has been there. But there are also those moments often within the same class hour, where it all clicks and that feels amazing!

Even if I do my best, I still might end up with a B or B+

I think this is the element that can be shocking for most 1Ls. We are all smart and capable which is why we were admitted to law school. We were likely top of our class, but the thing is, so were most of our classmates and now we are on a curve.

The curve can wreck even the best-laid plans, plus remember that the final was a snapshot and does not reflect your total understanding of the subject matter. Above all, remember that grades do not define you. After we graduate it’s our knowledge base that matters not a grade in a single class.

I could have saved my soul by picking another career path…

When I shared this comment, my DMs lit up with a flood of questions. Most people asked if it was REALLY that bad and if I was ok. So many came in that I changed the Instagram story to clarify that it was a submitted comment to the question, but it is worth sharing.

Many people struggle in law school. It can be anything from trying to overcome imposter syndrome to having a hard time dealing with the workload or just the shock “of seeing behind the curtain” as to what lawyers do. The reality is that not everyone in law school likes going to law school. If you are going to school to advocate for a particular cause, it can be a challenge to see how some doctrinal classes will help you accomplish this.

For the people that feel this way, my advice is to make the most of your summer externship. This will give you a better look at what your future career will be like, and if you do not enjoy the work, then it might be time, to be honest about your current career path. A few 2Ls also told me that once you start picking your classes, it helps a ton because you are taking the classes that interest you.

My wish? I wish I had known that learning the law is not enough.

In undergrad and grad school, as long as you learn the topic, you will likely do well in your classes. At law school though, learning is not enough. Professors assume that you have learned the law, so on finals, they are testing to see if you have mastered it. There is a distinct difference there that I didn’t really understand until I was taking practice exams. For me this was crucial, and I have changed the way I am studying this semester because of it.

Are you a current law student and want to add to the list? Let me know over @The1LLife on Twitter or Instagram!

Don’t Have A Summer Job? It’s Time To Get Resourceful And Here’s How

By Chris Nikitas, Esq., BARBRI Director of Legal Education

Alright, you don’t have a summer job. It’s stressful. Whether you’re a 1L or 2L student, this is a rather scary position to be in, honestly. First thing’s first … “don’t panic.” Especially in your first year of law school. Not having a legal job during the summer isn’t an end-of-the-world scenario. I hosted bar exam trivia during my 1L summer. A prominent scholar I know taught tennis lessons. The fact is, you can make up for not having a summer job in a number of ways and here are a few ideas.

DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL

When final exams wrap up and you still don’t have a job, do not give up. Get out there. Go to legal aid societies, public interest firms and non-profit organizations to start handing out resumes. Don’t be shy. Pass them out, whenever and to whomever you can, like they’re flyers for a local band. Even if you get an opportunity, you may be getting a late start, but you’ll still get to add a valuable line to your resume. That’s all that matters. Even if nothing comes of it, you’ll have your name circulated and show potential employers that you’re determined and driven.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NETWORKING EVENTS

One of the biggest benefits of a summer job is the networking opportunities; however, you can still network outside of a summer job. There will be networking events all summer for young lawyers and law students. Do some investigating, find a few to attend and start slinging around business cards like they’re candy. You’ll be surprised how quickly these networking moments (and just handing over a business card) can turn into possible employment leads in the future.

MAKE UP FOR IT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

Your school has opportunities to provide you with experience during the year: Field placements, internships and externships. Talk with your career services office to find out what they can offer you as far as placement help. You’ll get some course credit at the same time, too. Consider taking a litigation or drafting class for some realistic experience that you can add to your cover letter and resume.

SPEAK WITH YOUR PROFESSORS

One of your professors may still need research assistants or may introduce you to someone who would like some summer help. Your professors might even have more sage advice on how to find that elusive summer job.

Above all else, remember, this is not by any means the end of your law school career. Part of my 1L summer, I worked for career services during On Campus Interviews, serving as a runner between the interview rooms. I ate lunch with the attorneys and spoke with them more each day than anyone they interviewed. As a result, I left that week with a stack of business cards that turned into valuable new contacts. I was able to utilize them in the coming years. Just keep at it!

Spring Finals Coming In Hot: Useful Lessons Learned From Last Time

The spring semester of your first year is flying by incredibly fast. You’re at a point now when another set of final exams are on the radar, approaching rapidly. What you need to do is take the time to pick your own brain: latch onto those study habits and tips that worked best for you from the first go-round of finals back in the fall semester.

With that in mind, here are a few of the things you may have learned already on you own and other recommendations as you prep for May.

Look To Those Who Have Outlined Before You

For most law students, the process of outlining is not all that fun. Usually because most wear out their keyboards and highlighters, ending up with way too many pages. It’s hard to scale back, especially when everything seems important enough not to leave out. This typically happens when you start from scratch, so don’t. Instead, try to get your hands on a course outline from an upperclassman. (Remember, the answer is always no if you don’t ask. What have you got to lose?) It will provide guidance on what to put in your own outline. Also, it can help clear up substantive confusion and fill any gaps in the material. Remember, too, if you have access to BARBRI 1L Mastery outlines, those are a great resource of prepared outlines vetted by experienced subject matter experts.

Use Old Final Exams: The Past Is the Key To The Future

Check to see if your law school has copies of old final exams on file. If they do, use them. Sure, professors may toss a change-up any given semester on what they’ll cover or how they present questions. Yet, spending time with the old exams can help you get familiar, or even spot patterns, with their techniques. It will also test your knowledge of subjects while you are studying. Bring your practice answers to a professor or T.A. for feedback and guidance. Should your school not have old exams available, look to supplements. Many have problems in them. BARBRI 1L Mastery’s online practice questions are a convenient alternative to lugging around a book and provide answers immediately.

Start Early, Start Early, Start Early

That’s not a typo. You’ll come across this advice often. You’ll make a mental note several times throughout the year. Best intentions and all. Start studying “yesterday.” You really don’t want to cram for a final exam. The risk is too great. First year law school grades are too important. Sounds like a no-brainer; however, starting early with your finals prep is definitely easier said than done. Here’s what you can do about it: Create a study schedule or some other type of plan that works for you. Be honest with how you organize your time. Be disciplined in following through. And be sure to build in activities that aren’t spelled s-t-u-d-y … go work out, watch some t.v., hang with friends.

Keep your sanity … stay on top of studying … and you’ll Own 1L Finals!

The Path to 1L: Dos and Don’ts for 0Ls

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Right now, I am on spring break at home reading, outlining, spring cleaning and trying to catch up with non-law school friends. What a difference a year makes! Last year, I spent March traveling to admitted students weekends. My journeys took me to New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Tuscaloosa, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson. I remember trying to make my final decision about where I wanted to attend school and was looking for tips to help me prepare everywhere. Since most 1Ls are on Spring Break, this blog is for you 0Ls. Here are some Dos and Don’ts to help you prepare for your 1L.

If you are still deciding on a law school:

Don’t take school rankings too seriously

As many of you know, the US News 2020 Law School ranking has been released. My advice — do not base your decision on school ranking alone. I was SHOCKED to get feedback that one of the top schools I was considering going to wouldn’t have much pull in the state I decided to practice when I spoke to local attorneys and judges. They advised me that unless I was going HSY (or should I say YSH), I should go to a school in the market I wanted to practice. This was a wake-up call and ended up being a deciding factor for me.

Do visit every school you are seriously considering.

A school I thought I would love I hated, and a school I thought I would hate, was a near perfect fit. You never know until you visit. Remember that most schools offer a travel allowance to attend admitted students day, so be sure to inquire about this. Try to stay an extra day to get a “real” feel for the school and talk to students. I would ask current students “What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at this school.” Their feedback helped me get a good feel for the program, learn more about the surrounding area, and see if the school was a “good” fit.

If you’ve already decided on a school:

Don’t forget about overlooked law school expenses.

No surprise, law school is expensive. Even if you received a full-tuition scholarship, be prepared for extra expenses. You might still be responsible for school fees which could be $1,000 or more each semester. Law School books can range from $1200 a semester if you want to buy new, or your books can be as cheap as $200 for a semester if you decide to rent them (like I do). Being prepared for these extra expenses greatly helped me adjust my budget.

Do apply for additional scholarships.

Check your law school for any specific scholarships that might be offered that require an additional application. You will also want to look at your undergrad scholarship website for smaller scholarships and fellowships. You can often sort by “law,” and you’ll find many law firms offering scholarships valued at $200-$1000 or more. Also, do not forget to apply for more significant scholarships like the One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship offered by BARBRI for incoming 1Ls.

Scholarship

Get Ready for School:

Don’t freak out…

First, congratulations! You are going to law school! Nervous? Excited? Slowly freaking out? STOP! It will be ok! Enjoy your own spring break this semester, travel and relax over your summer break. It will be the last time you really have any downtime for a while, and you want to walk into law school refreshed!

Do spend some time preparing

While this topic is highly debated, I believe you should relax AND prep for law school.  I spent my summer relaxing and getting into the right frame of mind for school which included attending a BARBRI Law Preview session in Chicago and reading “1L of a Ride.” For my  Law Preview Course, I chose the 6-day program, which included a legal writing and research day.

For me, Law Preview was the final step in confirming that law school was the right path for me. The intensive program introduced me to basic concepts of each of the core 1L courses plus taught me how to brief a case, create a study schedule and how to do legal research. This was invaluable for my first semester, as it allowed me to start school feeling confident. If you are interested in attending a Law Preview class, be sure to apply for a Law Preview scholarship!

If you’d like to learn more about my Law Preview experience or how I decided on a law school reach me @The1LLife on Twitter or Instagram.

Finding Balance in the Chaos: Surviving Second Semester of 1L

Second Semester

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Each week when I share my blogs for BARBRI I ask for advice on what the next article should be on Twitter and Instagram @The1LLife. One topic has become increasingly requested, and this is how to handle the stress of the second semester of 1L.

I get it, and I think this is the crucial thing, so does EVERY OTHER 1L! You are NOT alone! This semester we are handling the aftermath (or delight) of our 1L grades, our legal writing class is more challenging, plus you are also likely taking an extra class which means an additional 100 pages of reading a week plus extra assignments. Oh, and by the way, we are also looking for jobs. This list doesn’t even consider the outside obligations we have to family, friends, pets, and others. Plus, as you might have discovered this week, you also have to pick your classes for next semester in the next 20 days! WHEW! It is a lot and can be overwhelming. The big thing to remember here is how we handle stress is very individualized. Here are my three tips for finding balance in the chaos of second semester of 1L. I hope one of these works for you.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others.

Your experience is unique, so please stop comparing yourself to your classmates. I know this may feel impossible when we are literally competing with each other in our classes but take a step back and try to see the bigger picture. If you are focusing on what others are or are not achieving you are just wasting energy, that you could be using on yourself. Make small achievement goals and focus on those.  Take account of everything you have accomplished so far. You’re amazing!

Use Your Community Resources.

As I said, every 1L is experiencing the stress of the second semester. Everyone handles stress differently; the key here is to be honest with how you are doing. If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not be afraid to connect with student resources at your school. You might find support through a law school club, an administrative office within the law school, or if there is not a resource within the law school, don’t be afraid to look at campus resources. It is so easy to forget that your law school is just a single college on your campus and that the clubs, counseling services, campus events on “main” campus are also available to us. It is very easy to feel isolated in law school, but I guarantee there is a gigantic community of support and activities that surround you. Use them! Finally, do not forget your legal community. If you have joined your local ABA as a student member, explore the resources they have available to you. You are surrounded by people that want to help; you just need to take on the difficult task of asking for it.

Create an Action Plan

For me, knowledge is power. I know it might be easier to just to ignore everything but take the time to create a plan to try to make sense of the chaos. Journaling what is going on can be a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and on to paper. Write down everything that is currently overwhelming you or simply on your mind. This might seem scary or to some trivial, but writing it down lets you see what you’re up against. Once you have written it down acknowledge the issues and then make a plan to tackle it. Worried about your job search? Create an action plan that includes tasks like going to the career office and asking a professor for help. Have you fallen behind in your classes? Talk to your classmates about creating a study group, go to the writing center, or ask a 2L for help, and look at the office hours for your professors and commit to going see each one you need to for additional support. For whatever it is take control by creating a plan of attack.

Have other suggestions for managing the Chaos? Let me know over at the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram.