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First year/last year [Dec. 14th, 2005|04:46 pm]
Zoethe
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Fall semester 2002: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers opens on December 18. I have my last final on December 19. Despite being ready for it, I refrain from attending opening night and wait until finals are over.

Fall semester 2005: King Kong opens today. My last final isn't until Monday, but I have something going on every single night between tomorrow and Monday, and one weekend afternoon spoken for. I have done nothing to prepare for this final. I call Ferrett on the phone: "Hon, you better order tickets so we can get into an early showing tonight."

Now granted, I'm totally ready to study for this class. I have my outlines finished and a pretty good grasp on the material already. And part of the game plan has now become "review on the bus," which is surprisingly effective.

But still. I am amused at how much more casual I am after 3 and a half years of this.

But only about some things. I am adamant about attendance, and about actually reading the assignments. Butt-in-the-seat and prepared is 90% of the secret of law school. It boggles me, the people who don't read. I must be stupid or something, because the only class I didn't read ahead for was Constitutional Law, and that was because the prof always focused on the strangest angle. I developed a plan: I reviewed the case summary for each case and took copious notes in class, and then I read the assignments in light of the notes. I had several other students convinced that this was the way to go before the semester was over.

Okay, babbling now. Anyway....

King Kong!!!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-12-14 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm slightly disappointed that you didn't title this "Going Ape In My Last Year Of Law School."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-14 09:50 pm (UTC)
You are so much funnier than I.
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From: genuinechris
2005-12-15 12:31 am (UTC)
he claims you're smarter. Is this a fact?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-15 04:01 am (UTC)
I thnk I have a couple IQ points on him, but we each have different strngths, knowledge-wise. Together, we're damned near superhuman! [g]
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From: genuinechris
2005-12-15 04:08 am (UTC)
Immagination is more important than knowledge.

-Uncle Albert
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-15 10:14 am (UTC)
Then he wins, hands down.
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[User Picture]From: starwatcher307
2005-12-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of a parenting comparison I once read. It went something like --

When the first child has a nosebleed, you run around getting an ice pack, getting him to lie down with his head back, and you time the length of the bleed to decide if you need to take him to the emergency room. When the fifth child has a nosebleed, you look up from your newspaper and say, "Don't drip on the carpet."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-15 03:56 am (UTC)
Very much like that.
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[User Picture]From: joemorf
2005-12-14 10:59 pm (UTC)
Definitely, definitely, definitely go see this.

If you can catch your breath during the craziness on the island, you're better than I am.

Don't read my quasi-review unless you're looking for spoilers.

~j
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-15 03:57 am (UTC)
There was much breath holding!
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[User Picture]From: molkovia04
2005-12-15 10:07 am (UTC)
I wish I'd known you when I started college!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-15 10:48 am (UTC)
Why, just out of curiosity?
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[User Picture]From: molkovia04
2005-12-16 08:50 am (UTC)
I'f I'd just had a calming/good influence to make me realise that just turning up and putting in a bit of initial leg work works wonders...

As it was I had no real influence at all and went my own way. I was never a serious party girl but I spent a lot of time hiding in my room missing lectures & tutorials terrified by the sheer volume of work that I wasn't doing.. by hiding in said room!

By the time I actually asked for help from a tutor it was too late. :) Having scraped through summer resits in the first two years, eventually I went home to my parents and had to resit my entire final year... barely scraping a pass.

All this after leaving school with a "girl most likely to get a first" card from my favourite English teacher! oops...

There's a lot to be said for being a mature student!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-16 10:49 am (UTC)
Believe me, when I was in college I was much more like you are now. It's hard, and years of experience have taught me to take a differnet approach.
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[User Picture]From: molkovia04
2005-12-16 09:02 am (UTC)
Having someone "adamant about attendance", to drag me along to lectures at least initially could possibly have worked wonders... Starting good habits and all that! :o)
Screwing up university is one of my biggest regrets!
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