The days are quickly ticking away and bar results are slowing being released. These last few days are incredibly nerve wracking for students. Many are wondering how they are going to get through the final days and hours of waiting. Well, here are some ideas to get you started.
Schedule something nice to do for yourself: Waiting is very stressful, right? You likely are feeling the anxiety build up in your body, possibly making you feel stiff, sore or even have trouble sleeping. So, do something nice for yourself. Schedule a massage or attend your favorite work-out class. Or schedule a nice dinner with friends. Do something that makes you happy. It will help as you count down the hours.
On a personal note, when I was waiting I worked out with a personal trainer a few times a week (at 6:00am – so glad I don’t work out at 6:00am anymore!). Anyway, during results week, I was such a ball of stress that we worked out every morning and he created different boxing workouts for me to work off the extra stress. I think it actually helped a bit!
On results day, if you can, leave work early: I wouldn’t check results at work if you can help it. Most places you work, if they are full of lawyers, completely understand and will be okay with you leaving early on that Friday or not coming in at all.
I left work around noon and went to a movie to kill time. It was one way to make the time pass and distract me from the hours ticking by. I used to joke, “Know how to make time stand still? Count down the minutes until your bar results are posted.”
I recommend that you check your results with another person if you can: Checking your results is a pretty stressful experience and whether you are full of relief or disappointment, it is likely having someone there to talk to after getting the big news is helpful. So consider checking your results with a friend or loved one (even someone who isn’t a lawyer). I think it makes the process a bit easier (and they can confirm for you what you read on the screen).
Warning, checking on a mobile device may cause great frustration: I have watched people check results on mobile devices and also heard stories of folks trying to get the results to load on a Blackberry. Slow service or difficult to read websites may make checking your results on your phone impractical. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. Just try to be near a computer at 6:00pm. That will make things much easier for yourself.
In the end, do whatever feels right for you. It is okay to be anxious, but try not to let the anxiety be too much for you. Whether you pass or fail, at least you will know and the wait will be over.
I wish everyone the best of luck on results day (especially my fabulous bar students!).
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