May Obsessions

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Obsession — An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.”
-Oxford’s English Dictionary


Summer vacay is finally here!  May feels like it went by super quick between finishing up finals, working a few shifts at Banana, and the starting my summer internship.  But I’ve discovered some great things this month!

1.  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.  I have heard about this book for a while, but never actually picked it up.  However, I saw the commercial for the upcoming movie adaptation (coming out in August) and I had to read the book.  I really didn’t know what to expect from the title, but the gist is an unknowing American goes on vacation with her boyfriend to his home country of Singapore.  What she doesn’t know is her boyfriend’s family is one of the richest in Singapore.  It’s an exciting read and makes me even more excited to see if the movie can do it justice.  Definitely pick this up if you’re looking for a good beach read!

2.  OldNavy Mid-Rise Tencel® Utility Shorts.  I love Old Navy’s short selection and I had my eye on these shorts for a few months.  Now that it’s warm enough to wear shorts, I’ve been loving these shorts.  They’re soft and comfortable but look a little nicer than regular jean shorts.  Best of all, they’re currently on sale for $12.50!

3.  Simply Lemonade.  If one drink screams summer to me, it’s lemonade.  I definitely prefer homemade lemonade, but when I don’t have time to make it, this is definitely the best alternative.  As the name indicates, it’s just lemonade.  There’s no artificial flavoring and there’s even lemon pulp in it, which in my opinion separates amazing lemonades from okay lemonades.  I give this two thumbs up if you want a cool and refreshing drink.

4.  Adulting:  How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 535 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.  I’ll admit, I’m definitely the type of person who finds that adulting is hard.  So when I saw this book in Target, I made my mom buy me this as a “End of Your 2L Year/Beginning of Your 2L Summer Internship” gift.  It has tips on everything from putting together a great shopping list to how to act professional in your career.  I’d definitely recommend this book if you feel like you don’t know how to do this whole adult thing or you need a graduation gift for someone.

5.  Starting My Summer Internship.  In law school, the start of summer vacation doesn’t equal days laying out by the pool because of the joys of summer internships.  However, I’m super excited for my summer internship and I’ll tell you more about it next week!

What makes you feel like it’s truly summer?  I’d love to try them out myself!

Top Summer 2018 TV Picks

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Television — Programs that are broadcast by television.
-Black’s Law Dictionary

Summer television seasons are upon us, which means shorter seasons but some of the shows are as good as the fall shows.  I find them to be a bit more soapy, but my guilty pleasures are definitely soapy shows.  Check out my picks for summer shows to watch, and a few to binge from the spring season.

Spring Shows to Binge
The Royals (E!) – Royal fever has been super intense the past few years, and E gave us what we all wanted:  a show that delves into the scandalous lives of a royal family.  Obviously, it’s not about the actual royal family from England, but it focuses on a fictitious royal family based in England.  It follows their romances, scandals, triumphs, and utter fails.  I love the soapy quality of the show and the acting is perfection.  Plus, one of the main characters is played by the oldest son from The Chronicles of Narnia.
Imposters (Bravo)I started watching Imposters when it premiered last year and loved it ever since.  The first season is on Netflix so you can easily catch up.  The first season focuses on the three marks of a con artist who made them fall in love with her and then stole their money.  The second season picks right back up where it left off and continues to tell the story of the three “old” marks and the con artist as they navigate revenge, love, and surviving on the run.

Continuing
Quantico (10 pm Fridays, ABC) – If you love action shows, then this is a show for you.  It follows a secret sect of the CIA who is out to save the world from destruction.  The first two seasons are on Netflix so you can catch up, which focus on Alex training at the CIA to become an agent.  This new season happens three years after season 2 so it also has some added drama based on what happened during those years.

Sunday, May 20th
Total Bellas (9 pm, E!) – I talked about this show in my top fall tv picks but a new season is starting this Sunday!  If you watch Kathie Lee and Hoda, you may have seen some of the drama regarding Nikki Bella and John Cena unfold.  This show gives an up-close and personal with the Bella family.  I love how tenacious the Bella sisters are; they don’t let injuries or motherhood get in the way of them being the best they can be in their careers.

Tuesday, May 28th
The Bachelorette (8 pm, ABC) – The Bachelorette; enough said.  But honestly, I’ve been watching this show since the beginning and can’t stop watching, no matter how cringy it gets.  I kinda enjoy The Bachelorette seasons better than The Bachelor since the guys tend to not be as annoying as some of the girls on The Bachelor.

Tuesday, June 5th
Younger (10 pm, TV Land) – I absolutely love this show.  Sutton Foster plays a 40-something pretending to be a 20-something working for a publishing house since her age and years off to be a mom set her back career-wise.  As Sutton’s character attempts to navigate the world she created for herself, she has to deal with the repercussions of her fibs about her age.  It’s definitely a great show, and Lizzie McGuire makes a big girl appearance as Sutton’s BFF.

Thursday, June 7th
Nashville (? pm, CMT) – The last few episodes of this great series air this summer.  It focuses on the lives and careers of some of the most famous fictional singers/songwriters/producers in Nashville.  To be honest, I stopped watching for a bit when the main character left, but I feel like the other characters have some great storylines and the whole left in the other characters’ lives is something interesting to explore.  I love the dynamics between the cast and really hope that CMT gives the show the ending that it truly deserves.

Sunday, June 10th
ABC Gameshows (8 pm, ABC) – ABC has revamped some of the classic tv gameshows, such as $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, and To Tell the Truth.  These are definitely worth a watch if you want a funny, enjoyable, and sometimes family friendly show.

Food Network Star (9 pm, Food Network) – I love Food Network and love watching the competitions between the contenders figure out their culinary point of view on this show that has created mega stars for Food Network.  Also, one of the former contestants will join the rest of the cast this season.  Eight of former potential stars battle on the special Comeback Kitchen episodes beginning on Sunday, May 27th at 9 pm to see who is joining the cast.

Monday, June 11th
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (8 pm, Freeform) – I have loved Disney Parks forever and likely have seen every special regarding their special events that take place at the parks.  This tv show focuses on couples planning weddings at the Disney Parks and shows the behind the scenes of how the weddings are pulled off. 

Tuesday, June 12th
The Last Defense (9 pm, ABC) – This is a must watch for anyone who loves the law.  It focuses on true stories of individuals who are on death row and their quest to appeal their sentence.  It stars Viola Davis (HTGAWM fans rejoice) and explores each case from every angle.  I can’t wait to see how ABC approaches a true crime legal exploration, considering the legal inaccuracies found in many of their legal dramas (sorry Shonda).

Wednesday, June 20th
Young and Hungry (8 pm, Freeform) – Remember Lilly Truscott from Hannah Montana?  Well, she’s all grown up now and stars in this show that’s entering it’s final season.  It focuses on a food blogger turned personal chef for a computer millionaire, and in traditional Freeform style, romance and chaos ensues.  If you haven’t watched this show before, the previous seasons are on Netflix so you can get caught up before the last episodes air.

Of course, one of the biggest to-watch tv event is the Royal Wedding this Saturday.  I remember waking up early the day of Kate and William’s wedding during high school, and I’m sure I’ll be tuning in on Saturday, especially to see Meghan’s dress (her style is perfection).  Check back with me on Saturday to see if I actually get up early enough to see all of the event coverage.

What shows are you looking forward to watching this summer?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll check them out!

Tackling Finals

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Tackle — To set about dealing with.”
-Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary


I’m knee deep into finals (three down, two to go) so I thought I’d give you an overview of how I approach taking exams.  I have a typical way of approaching my exams, but as with any of my posts, find what works for you and stick with it.  This is a similar way that I approached taking exams in college as well.

1.    Update Exam Software.  So this definitely seems like the easiest step on the list, but it’s probably one of the most important.  At my school, we take our exams on software that locks us out of going onto our computers or the Internet, unless it is an open book exam.  I’m definitely the person who gets an email right before exams starts to remind me that I haven’t updated my exam software.  So don’t be like me and update your software early so you don’t get to the exam and realize you haven’t updated it yet.

2.    Prepare for Your Exam.  Okay, okay.  You’re in law school so you know the importance of studying, but sometimes, it helps just to have it on your list of things to do so you can check it off and feel accomplished.  If you want to see how I outline and prepare for exams, check out this post and this post!

3.    Get into the Mindset.  I’m a big proponent of the dress well, test well mentality.  So while everyone else is coming to finals in leggings and a tshirt (which is my normal class go-to wear), I try to look nicer and put some effort into my outfit.  I also feel that it helps me feel good about myself even if I feel that the exam didn’t go my way.  I also like to relax as much as I can the morning of an exam.  I wake up early enough so I have time to actually eat breakfast in my apartment and not on my way to school and so that I can look over any last minute questions that I have regarding the exam.  That means I also pack my laptop and exam materials the night before the exam so I’m not rushing to get everything together.

4.    Tune Out the World and Tune Into the Exam.  When I study or am reading for class, I always have to have some background music or I find it to be too quiet.  However, exams are a whole different situation.  Noise from the other people who are taking exams didn’t bother me in college, but that’s because we all physically wrote our exams on paper.  Now that exams are typed in law school, I cannot stand the sound of other people’s typing, which is weird to hear from me since I type pretty loud and actually like the sound when I’m the only one typing.  However, put 50+ people in one room frantically trying to purge their entire outline into an exam answer, and I would go crazy.  Luckily, my school provides us with disposable earplugs, which are my lifesaver.  Put those babies in and the only thing I can hear is my own breathing, which is kinda weird but definitely puts me in a focused mindset.  I’d definitely recommend checking with the registrar or whoever administers your exams to make sure it’s allowed, but seriously, they are a huge lifesaver.

5.    Attack the Exam.  Opening an exam makes my adrenaline kick in and sometimes causes me to forget everything I learned all semester.  To alleviate some of this stress, I like to look at the whole exam in the beginning and mark the questions that I might have to come back to later.  This allows me to not waste time floundering for an answer that might come to me based on the answers to other questions.  It also gives me some momentum once I can figure out easier questions.  For multiple choice exams, it’s pretty easy to do this.  For essay exams, I like to go over all of the essays and spot every issue that I can find in the fact pattern by taking notes in the margin of the exam.  I then decide which of the essays I feel will be easiest to write and write that one first.  One thing I think is the most important when you take any exam is to review your answers whether it’s checking to make sure you input your multiple choice answers correctly or to check to see if you have any typos.

6.    Relax and You Did It!  After all of that, you’ve finished your exam!  Don’t let attempting to check your answers with others or your outline crush how good it feels to have finished the exam.  That’s such an accomplishment that you’ve gotten through a law school exam because they’re hard and you’ve been studying all semester for it.  When I finish an exam, I truly love to relax and clear my mind.  I typically spend the rest of the day napping, watching Netflix, etc.  If I have another exam within the next two days of the exam that I just finished, I typically spend some time that night reviewing my outline.

Congrats on making it this far in the semester!  You’re almost done with the semester so finish strong.  I definitely find that law school is harder than any other schooling because you go through the whole semester without a lot of stress, besides writing assignments, and then bam, it’s five finals in the course of nine days and you’re exhausted.  I have major props for anyone who can survive this, which you will!

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