An Open Letter to 2016 Law Aspirants: JGLS

This article was submitted to us by Sriya Sridhar, whose love for traveling and music is exceeded only by her love for Tea. Look out for her contributions every weekend, right here on Ergo.

Hi there.

So it’s near the end of January, and at this point there are three and a half months or so left for you to attempt the CLAT, LSAT, AILET or any other law entrance exam that you have in mind. Some of you may already be attending coaching and preparing, some of you have just have these as a backup and some of you are probably binging on Netflix. (I not so secretly have a soft corner for those in the third group.)

The following months are going to be hectic, no doubt. You’ll have boards coming up, coaching classes will increase in frequency, and things like Jagran Josh and the Manorama yearbook will become your best friends. As you push through and prepare for all of it, you will be faced with many an existential crisis, as I did. You will wonder if law is the right choice for you. The legal reasoning answers will all seem right. Bringing yourself to do the mocks will be akin to waking up on a cold winter’s morning.

To this equation, add the parents watching over you, those friends who seem to know all the GK in the world, and for the numerically impaired like myself, the dreaded speed distance time sums. Add some salt and stir.

Sorry about that. I don’t mean to fluster you, but neither am I going to advise you. While I went through the entrance exam process, I was given a lot of advice from teachers, seniors, my parents, friends, my cat and the like. But I found that while this advice truly helped and eventually brought me to law school which I love, what I needed most at the time of the entrance was empathy and some blind cheerleading.

So that’s what I am going to do today.

Hey, you. Don’t panic, don’t let this get you down. It’s tough, there is a lot of competition, and there is pressure to get in somewhere good. But I promise you, you’re going to be okay. It seems like a never ending road right now, but there is an end and it is good. There have been many who went through this before you and you will get through it just fine.

And while I wish you the best and send you my stock of motivational memes, I must address the possibility that things may not go to plan. It’s scary, I know. But you know what? It’s still going to be alright. There are backup plans, opportunities to try again, and to put it crudely: It isn’t the end of the world. If things don’t go how you want, it is a reminder of your resilience, your courage and your ability to keep going, which is far more valuable than any number or ranking that comes your way.

Keep at the mocks, be systematic and remember that there is no substitute for hard work. But don’t forget to take deep breaths, party hard at graduation, and do all the things that can only be done at the end of 12th grade.

Do your best. I know you will. I am rooting for you, and please root for yourself. Come May, you’re going to be exhausted and relieved and excited all at once, and that’s all a part of growing up. Enjoy it, everything is a learning experience.

If you would like some endless procrastination and stupid fun, visit www.theuselessweb.com. You’ll thank me later.

You can do this, may the Force be with you.

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