MinEMorris wrote:Another, perhaps less helpful anecdote: first semester, two classes I felt crappy about and two I felt great about. In the two I felt great about, got As. In the two I felt bad about, Bs.
Second semester, again two classes I felt crappy about and two I felt great about. Two classes I felt most crappy about are first to give grades: two As. Feeling good. Few weeks later, classes I felt most confident about give out grades: two Bs.
Even though you feel like after 1 semester you can gauge your performance, you really can't. Grades are like eyewitness identifications: no correlation between confidence and accuracy. I know that might make things more miserable, but hopefully it will help you refrain from constantly trying to "figure out" what you got. No matter how many issues you "absolutely know" you spotted or missed, you really have no idea.
Looking back on 1L, I wish I had wasted less time worrying about things that were out of my control and spent more time worrying about things that were inside of my control. First thing to do is reward yourself for trudging through 1L. Next, I would start worrying about your 2L job hunt. Reading through the massive threads about OCI (attire, interviewing skills, dos and donts, how to start mass mailing and networking, etc.) and being prepared for that process will be potentially life changing. There are stories of people ranked top 15% at T10s who struck out at OCI because they were underprepared, and there are stories of people ranked top 30% at T50s getting V10 offers because they hustled hard. 1L is the first big hump to get over in your legal career, but unfortunately, it's not the last.
Congratulations, though, guys. 1L is definitely as bad as the school part of law school gets. Be sure to spend some time drinking this summer.
This makes me feel a lot better...i think. I have the exact same feelings as everyone else here... did really well last semester, but this semester was a shit show...even though I feel like I worked super hard (way harder than last semester), I had some stupid mishap on each of my 3 exams and they all just felt way harder....
the whole having high expectations also just makes it agony waiting for grades.. I keep running through my exams and trying to score each part of the exam and guess my grades/GPA. I want to stop obsessing about this so I can study for my last final! I'm hoping after all my finals are done, it'll be a lot easier to not think about grades once I can drink and play.
Anyone have tips on how NOT to think about old exam mistakes/Grades??