Studying with Victoria: Two Days Until the October LSAT

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Well guys, this is it. It’s been quite the ride with you, but now the countdown begins in earnest. We’re a couple of days away from the October LSAT, which is A) exciting B) terrifying C) meh D) HELL YEAH or E) all of the above. I’m spending most of my time down there in option E where I’m either gung-ho, going in with both guns blazing or wishing I could click my heels and it would be June again. But not June in Kansas, because I’ve been there and done that and it wasn’t my cup of tea.

All of that said, I know I’m going to walk into the test with my head held high knowing that I did everything humanly possible to prepare. The rest is up to my ability to focus and maybe a little luck. But more importantly, I’m going to walk into the test and have fun with it. Logic games have become fun. Reading comprehension makes me smirk when I’ve read a similar article outside of the LSAT and when I can find typos. Logical reasoning can be downright hilarious when I realize just how bad the argument really is.

Encouragement for you: the LSAT’s long, it’s grueling, but you’ve done it before. You’ve done so much, put in such vast amounts of time and effort, that there will be a pay off. And when you’re done, the best advice I can give is just to let it go. It’s over and no amount of “oh my god, if I’d only marked C!” is going to change it. Go out and party, dance on the sidewalk, eat a Costco sized bag of M&Ms all by yourself, whatever. Just celebrate your success and be proud of the achievement. If you’re taking the test in Berkeley and you hear some girl ululating on Sproul Plaza, come say hi. It’s probably me.

So what have I been doing in the meantime? Sharpening my skills to split logical hairs and to go snicker-snack when I apply them to my personal Jabberwocky. Come to think of it, the LSAT is a lot like the Jabberwocky. It terrifies most, young people take it on, and it’s a whole lot of nonsense. Honing the logical vorpal sword has involved doing a lot of practice problems and then the second time trial. I’ve also been daydreaming of what I’m going to do on my personal day of rest on Friday. Catching up on the last season of Dr. Who is sounding good. Yes, yes, I’m a huge nerd.

It’s times like this when I’m writing my blog and wondering what sort of words of encouragement I could offer. And by that I mean pillage mercilessly from history or literature. I’ll admit, most of my exhortations in the face of test taking deal with warfare in some way, but this isn’t the time for dining in hell or charging into the Valley of Death. Let’s leave that to Leonidas’ Spartans and the Light Brigade (respectively, although some alternate history involving the two together would be epic). It would probably be a flawed analogy anyway. You, my fellow Blueprint students, have the tools, the skills, and the drive to do well. The LSAT had best watch out. All the best of luck, may your pencils not go dull, may your logic be clear, and may you revel in your victory. I’ll see you on the other side!

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