Today was the last day of my bar prep class. Starting tomorrow I am on my own until the exam. This is terrifying and exhilarating. After almost three months of studying I am absolutely ready to be done but whether I am ready to tackle the exam is another story. Some days I think I could take it right then and pass and other days I think I need just a little more time.
Either way it’s almost here.
To help me gear up for the next two weeks of intense and deep studying I made a playlist. It began as a general playlist of songs to pump me up but then I started to envision the last day of the exam and how the songs correlate to that last day. I think it is a good playlist for any day but here’s my reasoning for each, however ridiculous some of them may be. The story line is a little sparse, on purpose, so my fellow bar studiers can fill in the blanks with their own visualization.
It’s the last day of the bar exam. You are nervous, relieved, excited, scared, and simply ready for it to be over. Take a deep breath and listen to Be Still by The Killers. Just sit and listen. “Rise up like the sun. Labor till the work is done.” By the end you’ll be ready for the last day.
Once you are in the testing room waiting for everyone to be seated and the test to begin think of Man’s Final Frontier by Arrested Development. The beat will keep your toes tapping while you wait and remind you that “you will be surprised at what resides on your insides” in just a few short moments.
Suddenly the proctor will be announcing that you may begin. That’s when the adrenaline will really be pumping. Remember “this is your moment” and let Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take you through the first half of your essay.
Before you know it you’ll be in the groove and gliding through essay one and into two. “We gonna turn it up. Just pump it.” Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas will help you finish strong.
After you finish essay two Another One Bites the Dust by Queen will be your anthem. “and another one down, and another one down. Another one bites the dust.”
The first two essays went well so essay three should be just as good. Roll up your sleeves and show the bar how it’s done. All the while humming along to This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan.
Uh-oh. Halfway through the essay you can’t remember a rule statement. Don’t panic. “Work it harder, make it better,
do it faster, makes us stronger, more than ever, never over, Our work is never over.” Stronger by Kanye West will help you get through. You can do it.
Time’s up. On you way to lunch you’ll think about how easy it all seemed until that final essay blindsided you. That’s when you’ll sing along to The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne. “You can walk your long legs baby right out of my life.” Good riddance, essays!
You are going to want to stay at lunch. It will be so tempting to start the celebration early and order a beer. Don’t do it. Instead put on your game face with Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. You’re going to fight ‘em off. A seven nation army can’t hold you back.
Now that you are back in the zone, and most importantly back at the testing site, get a nice good stretch in before you sit down. The proctors will begin passing out the test and you’ll be tapping your foot to We Will Rock You by Queen. One performance test stands between you and freedom. “We will, we will, rock you!”
You’ll be so tuned in that you will almost miss when the proctors says “you may begin” for the last time. Time will feel like it stops for a second and then music will fill the room because “This is it. Here I stand. I’m the light of the world. I feel grand.” You are doing this and This Is It by Michael Jackson will take you there.
Ninety minutes of reading and outlining your final performance test will be over too soon but don’t fret because you are to Move Like U Stole It with ZZ Ward. “Move like you stole it. Move. Hurry. Move like you stole it.” You have everything you need to convince the bar graders that you are going to be an amazing lawyer.
Those performance tests go by fast and with only five minutes left you’ll probably feel like you have more to say. That’s ok. Think of Tightrope by Janelle Monae and carefully craft those final sentences. It’s your final tightrope act and remember “when you get elevated, they love it or they hate it” but either way you are almost done.
Time is up. No more typing. You did it. You successfully took the bar exam. Take a breath, smile, and head out that door with Dog Days Are Over by Florence and The Machine. “Leave all your love and your longing behind. You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive. The dog days are over.”