roranoa wrote:Did any of you have confidence issues during 1L? You know, having doubts about your abilities as a student, questioning your career decision, having anxiety issues, panic attacks (before exams)...anything like that?
How did you deal with it?
Fall 1L finals were stressful for me, to the point I was quasi mentally paralyzed before my first exam. This surprised me, as exams had never really bothered me before. I think it was a combination of timed tests (the 3 hour guys can be a sprint..), stiff competition, high stakes, and a forced curve (brings a lot of uncertainty into how grades will shake out). It gets better, I promise. Keep focused on what you can do (e.g. studying, talking with professors about your exam performance), and do your best to manage your mental state. During exams, take it one day at a time.
As the above poster discussed, there is a large downside cushion at HLS. Things work out really well for the vast majority of students. Begin networking in the new year and build up towards EIP. Find your niche (there's a ton you can do with a HLS degree), and be realistic. The worst thing you can do is stop trying. Also, prayer helps.