Thursday, July 15, 2010

Take One


For the past two weeks I have been walking around with an LSAT practice test in my purse. (Can we say loser?) Everyday I'd vow to take this test, and last night it finally happened. Before I share about my test taking experience, I think I need to confess...I am really scared.

Terrified even.

I've read that taking this practice test to begin my studying is a great way to track my progress of learning, as well as to show my current strengths and weakness. However, by taking this test and doing poorly, I feared that I would feel worthless and too stupid for law school. One of my favorite LSAT Blog's said it best:

"We’ve seen our students turn a first practice exam into a measure of self worth or, equally disturbing, believe it to provide a range past which their score cannot increase." via

Doesn't that sound intense??

Over the past few days I have been thinking and praying about taking this practice test, and the one verse that keeps popping up in my head is this:

God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:2 NKJV

Whew. Thank God for His love and comfort. Whenever thoughts of worry and fear come into my mind I plan to take control and declare "Thanks for stopping by, but you are really not welcome." Easier said than done, but I have to remember this.

Last night I jumped into the practice test and almost drowned. At one point I felt like it'd be a miracle if I even got one question right. Well, I did get way more than one right, but my score was nowhere near where it needs to be. However, I do feel tons better after finally tackling my first practice test. I know what areas I need to study and what to expect.

I feel a bit overwhelmed and a part of me thinks that this is going to be way too hard. BUT, in the words of Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The what makes it great" Now, I know he's talking about baseball, but still. This is one of my faves and I agree with him, and I'm in this for the long haul.

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Whitney said...

When I was planning to go to law school, I took the LSAT. I tried preparing for it, but I didn't prepare as much as I should. I really not do too well at standardized tests.

You know how you get a section that doesn't count? On my test, I was so lucky to have THREE sections of logic games. Oh joy!

Needless to say, I did horrible (like i said, I didn't prepare as much as I should).

I didn't end up going to law school. I'm now getting my master's in Mental Health Counseling.

Good luck :)

cait said...

way to go Lindsey with the positive attitude! keep up your determination...God will continue to restore your mind. It's so, so easy to let stress and worry take over...I'm one of the best!

ps. LOVE your new blog design...Sarah does such awesome work!

Anna Baur said...

I didn't know you were thinking about law school! Good luck on your practice test...or at least the tests ttill ahead of you since it sounds like you conquered that one. And don't sweat it...the whole process is about learning and being able to focus your studies. You'll do great!

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