It's easy for those of us who graduated from law school years ago to view our bad final exam experiences with some humor. But when you're a law student, having a bewildering or tough exam experience can be really devastating. The Law School Toolbox has some helpful tips designed to help you recover from a traumatic final exam. My favorite tip -- be careful who you talk to -- a lesson I learned all too well during the first semester of law school when a classmate's post-exam comments about our Civ Pro final managed to convince me that I failed it (I didn't):
[B]e very careful who you talk to about this bad experience. Just as it’s counterproductive to freak yourself out with a litany of horrible thoughts, it’s counterproductive to commiserate with your stressed out classmates until everyone is in a frenzy of anxiety. Call your non-law school friends, a sibling, a parent, your shrink — they’re all potentially good sources of support and perspective. But going beyond, “Yeah, that sucked, right?” with classmates probably isn’t going to make you feel a whole lot better.