Posted by: jdn9775 | September 24, 2008

5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When Applying to Grad School

For all you intrepid scholars who aspire to higher education I have some advice about how to approach your last semester/semesters of your undergraduate degree. 

I’ve been going non-stop academically since May of this year. Three summer courses, a 100 page thesis over the summer and continuing into this fall semester, a full-course load, LSAT exam (not to mention the practice associated with this test), tests and more papers. You know the drill. It’s college. Luckily, I have made some critical mistakes and good choices as well and can provide anyone looking to further their education some advice about how to tackle the last semester of college. 

Here’s my recommendations: 

1.Schedule your entrance exam for whatever field you choose during the summer or an easy semester.  

This is imperative to doing well on not only the exam but your other classes as well. Unfortunately, I just realized the significant of this small scheduling choice. I’m taking my LSAT in one week and haven’t had one moment of peace all semester. Do yourself a favor and make it as easy as possible

2.Find time for yourself.                                                                                                                                      

I wish that I had more free time to go surf, skate, play golf, tennis or whatever. Everyone needs some release from work and school. Overloading yourself with too many classes and entrance exams can complicate your “me time.” Don’t compromise on your sanity. I’m about to freakin’ lose it.

3.Ask for help.                                                                                                                                                

This is sometimes a really hard thing for people to do. Especially people who are really independent and hard working. Even the best of us need someone to help shoulder the load. It’s ok to ask for help. Whether it’s just cleaning the house, doing laundry, or help with practice entrance exams, everyone needs someone sometime. 

4.Take the easiest and most interesting classes possible.                                                                        

Alright, you may find yourself in a position with only one or two required courses for graduation. So, pick the rest of your classes to allow for the maximum amount of free time to study for your entrance exams and filling out applications to grad schools. This will remove a lot of stress and obligations. 

5.Lastly, enjoy your accomplishments!                                                                                                           

It’s easy to get bogged down with work and depressed because you are too busy to enjoy weekends with friends… Well, that could be just me. Anyway, keep in mind that you have done well enough to even consider graduate school and that in itself is an accomplishment. Remember to go out and enjoy life. From what I hear about law school your social life ends for three years. So cherish your last semester. 

I wrote this partly to help others with a little advice and because i needed to hear some of it myself. Especially, number 5. It’s easy to feel like you have endless things to do your last semester. And I certainly have an endless ‘To Do’ list. I need to slow down breathe deeply and go out and sit on my surfboard before the water gets cold and just enjoy the fact that I can be free to surf at 10 in the morning. How many law school students, lawyers, or people with jobs can say that? 
Oh and pick some mellow music to relax with!

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