It’s that time of year…

It doesn’t have to be like this…

It’s that time of year when you can’t possibly imagine another summary, another all-nighter, another minute of the at-times-crushing weight of expectation that accompanies the exam period. While it’s probably the absolute last thing you want to hear (and have probably heard it a million times already anyway), as somebody who has done it relatively recently (I graduated from Osgoode in 2009) I can say that it’s not that bad. Honest. You’ll be fine. Indeed, you’ll probably grow to almost enjoy the bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived, put-upon guise that you get to wear twice a year for three years. On the other hand, the expected catharsis of walking out of the final exam never really materialises, either. An alarum does not sound, confetti does not rain from the ceiling, and alas, life goes on. It is, as John Lennon once said, what happens when you’re busy making plans.

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t build it up too much, but don’t tear it down too much either. It’s all a part of the experience of law school, so you might as well accept it for what it is, put your nose to the grindstone, and get to it – but don’t worry about it unduly. Your classmates are all in the same boat. And don’t forget that if you have any questions, concerns, or even just need a shoulder to cry on, we at the library are happy to help!

For those who need a reason to smile right now, here you go:

Good luck everybody!

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