Volume 10, Issue 11
So I was thinking about my first law exam today. It was definitely an experience. I’ve never spent so long studying for an exam, and never feared failing more. But hey, what’s done is done. What did I want to talk about in this post again? Oh yeah, how it all doesn’t really matter, but kind of really does.
It’s easy to say that you should place little importance on your marks, since you know, you’re not defined by a number, focus on the big picture, and all the other wise sentiments being thrown around. After all, it is only a two-hour exam worth 70% of my mark in one subject, out of 24 subjects in the entire course, so percentage wise, it’s only worth around 3% of my overall mark, but hey, if everyone could think about things rationally in terms of how much they actually matter in the grand scheme of things, then what good would learning curves and reflections be?
But it is true, while a mark on an exam (or most numbers, for that matter) never will define you as a person, it certainly does affect you in many other respects. For me personally, law school is certainly the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, it might not be the case for everyone, but it definitely is a common consensus amongst many. And to come out of an exam feeling as though I’ve done even remotely okay makes me so happy, because I’ve conquered the challenge of sitting the gruesome exam already, regardless of what my mark is. I think that’s sort of easier to put into perspective than pushing the idea of “marks don’t matter because they shouldn’t,” at least for me personally.
So here’s my take on exams: study for them, give them your all, and then maybe your marks won’t matter. But hey, what do I know? I’m only six months into this whole thing. Maybe by the end of the three years I’ll read this post and laugh at myself for being so young, innocent and naive, but that would just prove my point on the learning curve thing, so at least I got that right. Here’s to hoping.
Beini Wu is a first-year JD student
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