Ok.  So last night was the end of ASI and I’m actually feeling pretty good about everything now.

The first couple of nights were another story.  The woman who taught the class…well it turns out that she can put on a good show for the “right” people.  And apparently now that I’m a student and not just a library staff member, I’m part of the “right” people.  She was engaging, funny, personable, and helpful all three nights.  She discussed many things:  learning preferences (and how to adapt depending on what yours are), getting “oriented”, generating questions within the context of a case, briefing cases, effective listening and note taking skills, review and synthesis, outlining, time management, etc..

As we were first discussing pre-reading and then actually briefing the cases, I felt a little panicked.  She gave us several edited cases and had us practice different aspects of briefing.  I psyched myself out, I think, and wasn’t able to concentrate, in the classroom, to read the cases–forget answering her questions.

But then, we were asked to brief a case before last night’s class.  We’d already talked about the case and the circumstances in class on Wednesday night, so everyone was pretty familiar with it but still…So I finished it up before the class started last night and mentioned to my officemate that I figured it was crap but that at least I’d tried.  In the class we went over the facts, the rule, the holding, the disposition, etc..  I was pretty much right on for everything!  That was really encouraging.  It was a fairly straight-forward case and, like I said, we’d already talked about it so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal but it really did help me relax a little bit.

Next up:  Monday is the beginning of our orientation week.  I’m a little nervous about that.  It’s a simple credit/noncredit class and you basically just have to show up, prepared to talk about different things.  I’m not sure why exactly I’m nervous but I suppose part of it is that I still have quite a bit of reading to get done and I’m going to be out of town this weekend, which will make things interesting.

So tonight we have what is called the “Academic Success Initiative (ASI).”

I don’t really know what to expect.  It’s three hours with a woman who I’ve not had the best of luck with since I’ve been working here.  And it’s not just tonight–we get to play this game all over again tomorrow night and the next.  It should be…interesting.

Part of me feels like this might be a waste of time but the other part of me feels like…Well, if I don’t go, and I end up doing poorly in my classes, I’ll have to wonder if I would’ve done better with the ASI. So I’m going.  And I’m *really* hoping it’s not a waste of time because even now, I don’t have time to waste.  School hasn’t even officially started and I’m already starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do…

Last week I had an email saying that for my LARW (Legal Analysis, Research & Writing) class we had about 30 pages to be read for the first day of class.  No problem.  Easy. But then yesterday I got an “UPDATE” saying oh no, no, no, no.  You actually have 150 pages due before Orientation starts next week PLUS another 100 or so for first class and another 50ish for the second class.  Uh huh.  Oh and in case you thought it was just reading–it’s NOT.  You also need to do the following exercises from the workbook… blah blah blah.  So yeah.  When I thought I was on top of things by reading most of the Orientation book over the weekend, I wasn’t.  I’m actually feeling rather behind now.  Hmpf.

Welcome to Law School, right?