I’m an alone studier. I don’t like studying in groups; I always just want to sit and gossip. So when finals come around, friends can be difficult to find. During the semester, I have plenty of friends that I hang out with on a regular basis. With everyone so stressed out about finals and the end of the semester, law students tend to either group together to study or spread out and be antisocial.
It’s really difficult to find people who understand what it’s like to be preparing for a three hour, non-stop, exam on a huge topic and be expected to know everything about it. Who else understands that? Other law students. Who’s busy studying for finals and being stressed out? Other law students.
For me, it’s simple. Non-law students don’t understand what it’s like to prepare for law exams just like I don’t understand what it’s like for Patrick to prepare for his engineering exams. I think the thing with undergrad is that you can all relate to having that one difficult class (or two or three) and having to study non-stop for that exam. I remember that from undergrad very clearly. Law exams are so different. Three (sometimes more or less depending on the class) hour exams of non-stop writing and applying laws to different situations. There’s outlines to write, hypos to do, practice exams to get through, sometimes more depending on the class. It’s a longer studying process and for me at least it’s more work.
It really sucks not having anyone to turn to while you’re stressed because it’s hard for other people to understand. “Take a break” or “Don’t worry you’ll do great” doesn’t matter anymore because there is so much pressure on the exams being a huge chunk, if not all, of your grade. It’s hard to not get lonely during exams if you’re a lone studier like me. I will literally see only Patrick for the next three weeks unless I’m at an exam, where we can’t talk anyway. The good part about finals loneliness is it’s only a few weeks and you’re back to normal!