Bar Exam Perspective (and a little tough love)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The above MLK quote is obviously not about the bar exam. I’m certainly not going to compare bar prep to the fight for fundamental civil rights and neither should you. So why did I lead off with this quote?  Perspective.

Yes, bar prep is hard, you’re tired, you have no free time. But how lucky are you that your biggest struggle right now is about the bar exam? Growing up, anytime I’d whine complain about the sad state of my life, my mom would let me wallow in self-pity for a bit and then she’d say, “do you know how many people would love to be in your shoes?” This was way before “first world problems” became a thing, but it was the same idea.

The point is, you don’t have to be chipper and happy all the time. It’s ok to get discouraged and frustrated. You can wallow in self-pity for a bit but don’t lose the context. You get to take the bar exam. It is a privilege.

Read the MLK quote again:mlk

Think about what it means and put the bar exam into perspective. You can do this.

-KSK

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