Monthly Archives: September 2012

Observations

  • I see more people from my section than any other group of 1L tributes at the law school after hours and on weekends.
  • I was told my section had the most careers, but for the sake of retaining my sanity I didn’t want to believe it.

Hold up,

  • I’m at the law school on a Sunday.
  • In a study room by myself.
  • I’ve been here for over two hours.
  • Does that make me a career?

Decided answer: No, because it is not my sole desire in life to perform better than anyone else and come out as the tribute on top.

It’s a dream, but not sole desire status.

What happens after a day full of three substantive classes…

And separate review sessions for those classes.
Torts, Crim, and Civ Pro, I’m lookin’ at you.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays are rough.

Just another day in the arena…

After realizing I need to know something, but neglected to put it in my notes…

The Gamemakers

So sorry I’ve been MIA for what seems like a month, but the Gamemakers have been keeping me pretty busy.

They’re funny ones, the Gamemakers. They give you just enough of an idea of the work you have to do, and then just stop. For example, I have no idea what the work is for half my classes next week and one professor just gives us the work a class at a time.

At first, I felt like I understood what was going on, like I could do this. Then, they just pull the rug out from under you.

It’s like starting someone on a treadmill at level 1, then out of nowhere jacking it up to 5, psyching them out because they know at any second you’ll move it on up to 10. And then you’re sprinting to finals. (with everyone else trying to trip you or shiv you, depending on how nice they are).

Now, I feel like they’re drowning me.

In information.

If all my classes were different colors, the Gamemakers are having a fun time tie-dying my brain.

It’s a love/hate relationship with the Gamemaker. I love them because they’re awesome, and do care about the success of the tributes.

I hate that they make everything I know confusing, and make me feel that I really don’t know anything, but at the same time I know so much.

Tribute Tip: Don’t volunteer. If you do, get sponsored. And start making allies.Fast.

Careers

Watch out for them.

Some are loud.

Some wait for a sneak attack.

Either way, they are out to get you. Out to end your time as tribute.

We call them gunners. And unless you’re a gunner, everyone dislikes you. Even the professors.

And if you’re a gunner, other gunners dislike you too.

It’s not worth it to be a career.

Be stealth and deadly, like my hero, Katniss.

Don’t forget, Katniss killed all the careers.

Entering the Arena

The first day.

Fear.Anxiety. Terror. Excitement. Anticipation.

It was exciting and scary.

I felt the need to be on my guard, to protect myself from any mischievousness of other tributes.

Luckily, I had only one class the first day and it was pretty simple. Lawyering Process.  It basically teaches you the mechanics of being a lawyer. Writing memos, case analyses, appeals, briefs, etc.

The second day was worse: Torts, Civil Procedure (Civ Pro), and Criminal Law (Crim Law).

Luckily for the first two they were more syllabus days since our professors didn’t give us advanced assignments. Civ Pro was our mock class during orientation, so we just kept on going.

First week in the arena was doable.