Katina. C., Esq. Passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar ExamsIn order to pass the bar, I put myself on a strict schedule. I took a morning Barbri class that started at 9 am. After class, I went straight to the library. I was at the library from approximately 2 pm until 10 pm. And I did this from the beginning of the class until the end. I felt as though I would rather give up my summer and give my all than to have regrets later.
I did not do anything social that summer. A lot of people were angry with me because they thought I was "overreacting about the bar", but I didn't care. I had to WIN. I wrote inspirational stickies all throughout my bar prep book. One reoccurring sticky was something my boyfriend told me "Win, baby, win!" I wrote this on many stickies. I put it in my bar prep book, car, bedroom, bathroom, and study area.
I also made me a bar prep playlist. I put a lot of inspirational music, as well as songs that made me work harder. I listened to music while I studied. Whenever I felt as though I couldn't do it any longer, I prayed to God for favor. I remembered that God did not bring me this far to leave me. I wrote "minimum competency" on my bar prep book because that was all that was needed.
I did it all: flash cards, sticky notes, writing out outlines, Barbri's schedule, extra MBE questions, etc. i took Kaplan MBE Combo class. I called friends for motivation. I cried to friends. I called and asked other people who passed the bar for advice.
The day before I relaxed. I did not do anything related to the bar. I stressed, but I cut that out fast! I just remembered that too many people believed in me, and with Jesus on my side I could not be defeated.
I took the first half of the bar, and I left for lunch ready to cry. All of that work and I couldn't believe I still felt uncertain. My bar study partner and I went to lunch. We vowed that "we ain't going out like that!" I went back into that test and I fought. I gave my all and I fought. I passed both the Pennsylvania and the New Jersey bar.
Now it is time for you to fight your fight.
WIN, baby, WIN!
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