By Ana | June 10, 2012
….and all through my apartment, not a creature was stirring. Except me, pacing like a maniac. Does everyone feel like this before a huge standardized test? Or is it just me?
Because this is terrible. To top it all off, I have a cough and a cold. Together. At the same time. Right now. IS THIS REAL LIFE?!
I have studied for months and am infinitely more prepared than I was three months ago, but I am terrified. I keep thinking, if I don’t do well on this test, I won’t get into the law schools I want. If I don’t get into the law schools I want, I won’t be able to practice and live where I want. And if that happens my life is over.
So I talked to my parents today. And I really need to start giving them more credit for giving really good advice., because what I heard today was exactly what I needed to:
This test is not the end of the world. If I do fail miserably, I can take it again in October. Whatever is supposed to happen, will happen. Don’t study today; do something for me instead. Just relax. Breathe. Take a walk. Eat a high-protein breakfast tomorrow. Get there early. Know that I am way, WAY more prepared than most of the people there. Know that it will all be over soon enough. That my friends will be waiting to take me out for ice cream afterward. That one test does not define the rest of my life. Breathe. Breathe. Relax. Breathe.
I think I’m going to be just fine.