Things I Wish I Knew Before College/Law School

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one of the first things I learned in my
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freshman year is that you really need to
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study every single day even if there is
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no big test or assignment around the
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corner ravine your law classes daily is the
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only way to make sure you are
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strengthening your knowledge on whatever
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you are learning as well as filling in
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any gaps on an on material that was
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lectured before for weeks and months I
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was sure that people who told me I
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needed to study every day or just very
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unorganized people or they were
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frightening me on purpose however if you
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are taking a course having information
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like law you will quickly understand
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that unless you’re amazingly
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intelligence you probably won’t be able
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to remember every single detail that was
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lectured in multiple subjects and in the
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end you are also tested on the small
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details and not only on the big overall
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scheme of things for each class if I
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could go back to my first semester I
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would really push myself harder and
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organize my days to be able to review my
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previous classes being a coffee hater
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throughout high school I was always sure
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that I would never like the taste of it
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in my life
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however as soon as I got into my second
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year of college I found out that the
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only way to survive a few of my classes
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was to drink and expresso beforehand my
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addiction to coffee began as a need to
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survive but I really ended up liking it
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the more I drank it
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one of the things the one told me before
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going to law school was the ridiculous
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amount of money I would spend on
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textbooks every single semester every
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one of my classes has one to two
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mandatory textbooks plus statute law and
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then a bunch of optional readings that
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most of the time you will end up buying
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because they are nowhere to be found in
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the library also because law is
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constantly being developed and changed
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buying second-hand books is not a good
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idea most of the times because most of
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the legal references they make are
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probably outdated I remember that in my
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first year of law school I refused to
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buy most of the textbooks the
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professor’s required
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I tried my hardest to study with my
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class notes and that ended up as
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expected in poor grades the problem with
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law is that 50% of our grade and work is
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made at home in class the professor
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doesn’t lecture all of the material you
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need to learn they just summarize the
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materials best as they can and highlight
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a few things however in the final exam
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all those details and footnotes in the
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textbooks will prove really useful to
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solve the cases and if you didn’t invest
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in your textbooks you will not be able
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to use that information that takes me to
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the next point for me the best method to
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learn is preparing all classes
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beforehand bit lectures or discussion I
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only found out this in the end of my
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second year in college and I think it
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makes a big difference in your overall
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performance in class basically if you
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anticipate most of what is going to be
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taught in your class you’ll have most of
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the work done for that specific group of
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topics or information and by taking your
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own notes to class and complete them
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with what the professor is lecturing
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you’ll be able to enforce your knowledge
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on subject finishing an incomplete
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argument that you’ve written down and
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also letting you participate in class
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ask questions on the thematic and
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discuss it with your professor and
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colleagues also preparing classes
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beforehand will let you organize your
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time better scheduling a certain time to
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prepare certain class and you’ll have
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much more attention in class because you
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are
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– worried about writing everything down
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because we already have a complete batch
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of notes unfortunately I found it’s
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almost impossible to prepare classes and
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do all these own work while I was
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handwriting my notes if I could turn
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back in time and change something during
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my time in college I would certainly
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stop spending so much time making
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everything pretty and start typing it
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all I am a big fan of handwriting notes
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I love pen stationery and also the
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handwriting in itself it’s so much more
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fun and dynamic than typing things like
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robots however when I started getting an
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excessive workload insisting on
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handwriting all of my preparatory notes
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than completing them by hand in class
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and also solve and summarize scale oh my
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head was hurting my grades my social
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life and my stress levels so I had to
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make the hard decision to give up on all
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my pretty stationery inside everything
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away I still han writes a few notes
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especially when I use the column method
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that you can see in one of my videos
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listen down below but I’m so happy now
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that they’ve made the exchange I can be
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much more productive and organized and
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save tons of time for all the other
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things I enjoy doing instead of spending
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my evenings writing things down finally
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and I think this is the most important
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piece of advice I can give you some
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people enter college with a very
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specific mindset on what they want to do
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with their lives probably you already
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thought about a certain career and are
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choosing classes that you think will
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help down that career path however never
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close your eyes to all the options that
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will be laid out for you in my
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experience I entered law school thinking
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about the very specific thing that I
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wanted to pursue as soon as I got into
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my second year and starting studying
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contract law I was sure that I finally
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changed my mind and was now sure that
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all I wanted was contract law then I had
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tax law and thought that tax law was it
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and then I made an internship in
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intellectual property law and also fell
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in love with it so it’s okay to change
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your mind along the way you are not less
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worthy of college just because you’re
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still not sure
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what you want to do career-wise just
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make sure that you research on different
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career paths and take all opportunities
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to know new things and meet new people
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internships and other short-term
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opportunities like job shadowing
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programs are great ways to understand if
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you fit in specific area you’re thinking
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of pursuing or if in real life it has
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nothing to do with you I hope you’ve
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enjoyed this video don’t forget to
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subscribe and I’ll see you next week bye
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you