Dealing with anxiety

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april_ludgate
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Dealing with anxiety

Postby april_ludgate » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:24 pm

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Re: Dealing with anxiety

Postby Platopus » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:29 pm

You can always retake. The world isn't going to end if you fail to hit your target score. That said, the best cure I know for anxiety is preparedness. Work your ass off for the LSAT: drill, review, repeat. Same goes for getting apps prepared. Do a little bit a day. Whether it's edit your PS, writing a Why X, polishing your resume; it's a cumulative effort and doesn't need to be done in one sitting. By almost all accounts, applying in November is still early, so there is plenty of time to get everything together.

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Re: Dealing with anxiety

Postby mcmand » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:38 pm

My anxiety also kicked into high gear during law school applications and hasn't really abated since. My advice:

1) Stay off these forums until you're done with your search. They can be very triggering, especially if you're like me and tend to make things into catastrophes in your head. I didn't discover TLS until after I got into law school and was grateful for that timing. If you're desperate for advice, ask if people with the info you want will talk to you via PM/email. That way you're not subjecting yourself to any troll lurking around or someone not feeling nice or constructive in their advice that day.

2) Consider investing in activities (or even a therapist) now that will help you with your anxiety. Maybe it's temporary, maybe it's not, but you should be proactive about managing it. Law school tends to make anxiety worse. I speak from personal experience.

3) Platopus is right that this is all gradual and cumulative. This process, and your legal career, are both marathons. Pace yourself. Don't give each part more weight than it's due. And worst case scenario, you just wait until the next cycle and try again. Law school won't disappear and your ability to become a lawyer won't be obliterated based on one admissions cycle.

Take some deep breaths, do a little meditation, exercise, and then hit the books, and add an extension to chrome that will block you from certain websites after 10 minutes. :) Good luck, PM if you need anything.

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Re: Dealing with anxiety

Postby ScroogeMcDuck » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:46 pm

Definitely prepare thoroughly, but don't lose sight of everything You're only taking an exam. It's something you've been doing since you were a little kid. Worst case scenario, you retake or go to a different law school. It's not a life or death situation. I would also potentially recommend staying away from these forums. IMO, it might add to anxiety. If you truly want to be a lawyer, this is the first step to accomplishing your goal. But, for real, stay calm! Maybe try jogging, that always helps me. Despite what people on these forums portray it to be, not doing as well as you want is not the end of the world.

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Re: Dealing with anxiety

Postby april_ludgate » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:14 pm

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