I am a 3L law student. Actually, I am a 3L law student who is graduating and sitting for the bar exam VERY SOON. Panicked? I wish that panic was the only emotion I was feeling right now… I am overwhelmed, anxious, worried, and of course, burned out. This is a common phenomenon for law students in their last semester: helplessness, procrastination, and the feeling of dread when you enter law school. Just going to classes feels exhausting and your motivation is at an all time low. But you have to pass your classes and finish the semester to graduate! What is a 3L to do? Here are some reflections on my own personal slump and how I am trying to remotivate myself in my last semester of law school.
I am at the end of my last semester of school ever! Hooray! I’m an overstressed, overworked law student. I have been working, studying, and pushing for the past three years. I have realized that I am slowly losing steam, and it is to the point where I feel overwhelmed by everything I need to do. I feel the motivation leaving me as each day goes by. I admit it, I am in my “law school slump” at this point. To be frank, I am stressed out. I have way more on my plate than most of my classmates, and I have taken on way too much in my last semester of law school. I am tired and just need time to relax, but know that I need to keep going. Despite my burn out, I am making an effort to stay on top of things and push through to the end of law school.
Think of the Bigger Picture
I know, you are SOOO close to the finish line you can almost taste it! You are looking forward to never having to open a casebook or sit through a crim pro lecture again! Why should you care about the last semester of law school? While you are focused on pushing through and getting through another week (and semester!), it can be difficult to see where you are going and where you came from. You have been working SO HARD and have come so far in your legal journey. Yes, you are tired and stressed and frankly over being a law student. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and you only have to keep going for a little longer! Before you know it, you will be taking the bar, passing, and becoming an attorney! So keep going, you can do it!!
Take a Break
This one should seem obvious, but you have to take a break every once in awhile. Pushing yourself too hard will ultimately be detrimental to your life. You have to afford yourself some time to relax and enjoy the things you like! Otherwise, you will become so burned out that you will not be able to motivate yourself to keep going. So don’t stress out about taking a break and catching up with your favorite tv show or your favorite people, you deserve some time off!
Break It Down
Like I said, I am a very busy person, and I have A LOT on my plate for a graduating 3L. It has been difficult to focus on classes and studying because I have been looking ahead to what is to come. However, I do not have the time or the ability to slack off. So, instead of succumbing to the stress of it all, I have broken it down into manageable tasks. I am the queen of organizing and prioritizing so I can make my schedule a little easier and motivate myself to check things off my list!
Start with a Good Day
If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or feel bad when you start your day, you are not setting yourself up to be your best self. Instead, you should get your day started the right way with a good morning routine! Maybe that means waking up a little early to go grab your favorite drink at your local coffee shop. Or taking a little walk to get yourself pumped up for the day. In any case, having a good beginning of your day will help you stay focused, motivated, and get you through the semester!
You’ve Got This!
Your last semester is challenging in the sense that you have to stay motivated and finish strong. Although the bar exam is very important, so are your classes, grades and yes, your homework. It may seem tedious at this point since you have been working so hard for three long years and you have to leave some stamina for bar prep season. However, your last semester is still important. You have to pass your classes, and you do not want your hard work thus far to go to waste. Personally, I am looking forward to the next steps in my career and getting on with the life I have wanted to live since I was in the 6th grade. I am still pushing myself every day to go to school, work hard, and get through law school. I know you can remotivate yourself too and make it through! You’ve got this!
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