Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Point of no return: Halfway through law school

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It seems like eons ago since I took the entrance exams to get into the Juris Doctor programs of University of the Philippines - College of Law, Ateneo De Manila University - School of Law School and the De La Salle University - College of Law. I passed Ateneo Law and La Salle Law respectively, and here I am now, halfway through the journey already under the wing of La Salle.

Here in the halfway point of the law school journey, here is yours truly standing strong with a 85-86% grade point average, passed everything but unfortunately failed one subject (which 'luckily' is not a prerequisite to any higher law subject), and down with my last set of law school subjects. I can still graduate on time if I give it everything, don't fxxx up anything from now on, pass all the remaining subjects and overload on my Juris Doctor elective subjects come senior year.

I and a few others are also currently requesting that we'd be given a removal examination for that one subject I failed so I hope that ends positively.  I easily got over it since it's not a prerequisite to any higher law subject, and I have accepted that though the lower one-third of the class was automatically failed by the professor. But I'm still hoping we'll be given an exam to change our grade. Let's cross our fingers for that one!

The law school journey so far has been so tiring, frustrating and full of anger for me. For one, I'm a happy-go-lucky person who, as much as possible, doesn't want to be involved in any kind of problem. The environment in law school has been the total opposite so far. The problems now voluntarily come to me! Most of them come in the form of academics, but the more stressful ones are the non-academics.

Second, I always feel like the people around me are measuring me up based on the grades I get, the scores of my exams, or how the professors treat me. I could easily throw these things over my head to be honest, but being in law school 24/7 when the semester starts, one can't help but have these thoughts often.

Finally, I also have a lot of extra work on my shoulder because I have been assigned to be my block's beadle for more than a year already. A beadle is basically a 'leader' of the block, and is the first person any law professor will know when he handles a course with a certain block. The beadle is also the professor's contact, hence the assignments and updates for a law course will be directed to the beadle first. Aside from these, the beadle is the one who schedules the midterm and final examinations, and negotiates with the professor the concerns of his block. This might sound easy, but it isn't. Exam scheduling in law school is grueling since every single person is thinking of his own survival and study schedule. Moreover, some blocks might have the same professor for a certain course as another block, so each beadle would have to

 There have been a number of times when some of my batchmates have shouted at me or have had ill feelings of me with regard to examination schedules or the way a professor treats our block compared to theirs. One time, some fatty shouted at me for allegedly changing the schedule of a major commercial law subject to our block's favor without consulting their block. That and much more happens in a highly-stressful and competitive environment like law school. I'm just lucky that I have the ability to space out when need, and that I don't really mind when an ugly person losses his/her temper in front of me. Of course I didn't think about it much, and I thoroughly explained the situation t. There. My blockmates don't know much about these things, but some

Now that I am at the halfway point, I would like to make a few changes in my strategy and daily habits in my last two years of studying the law, and finally becoming a lawyer.

First, I no longer want to be beadle of my block anymore. As of the end of the last semester, I have told my blockmates through our Facebook group of my wish to discontinue the post. Sure the professor might know the beadle, but it also puts an invisible magnifying glass on my performance and ability as a student. And the last consideration is that my highest semestral GPA was when I was not beadle at all and minded my own business. 

Second, with regard to my one and only failure so far, I will make sure that I make up for it whether it be for a possible removal examination or a retake. It is not a pre-requisite to any higher law subject, and I have accepted that though the lower one-third of the class was automatically failed by the professor. But I do not want to make excuses. I better ace the hell out of it in order to maintain my GPA.

Third, I will fully concentrate in law school from now on. My wish is that the college would open slots for elective courses in summer of 2017 so I can catch up with those, and in a way, lighten up my load for the final year of my degree.

Now I move on from DLSU's Taft Campus to our very own campus in Bonifacio Global City. Cheers to our last two years in law school!