Yesterday morning I had my MBE Bar/Bri Simulated-but-not-quite-an-MBE test thing. Yeah.
Anyway, I got up on time, packed the bag and then realized my wallet was missing. I began the mental checklist and the apt. search paying special attention to any place El Gato Perfecto might have batted the wallet in the night. Nada. So I came to the reluctant conclusion that I had left my wallet at one of my GW-to-home pitstops.
This was pretty distressing – the Bar/Bri reps made a big deal out of brining the ID, so I didn’t know if we’d be checked or anything as we filed in. So I felt I had to have the wallet to get the ID to have the mysterious testing experience. (Which turned out not to be the case – I just needed my ID number.)
I was also worried that, should my wallet not turn up at said pit-stop, I’d have truly lost it somewhere, and of course, would also have lost all the super important stuff that’s in my wallet. And, given an upcoming trip I have planned, that would just create a monstrous headache to deal with both pre/during/post trip.
So, clock ticking, probably late to the test, I decided to hit the road anyway, find out if my wallet was where I thought it might be, and if not, try to get into Bar/Bri anyway. Turns out the wallet was safe and sound.
With about 12-ish minutes before reporting time, I found myself in Columbia Heights. One *very* fast ride later, one at which all the stoplight karma seemed to be working for me, I pulled up on time at GW.
I sat for the test without having spent any time in last minute review (and there’s some subjects I’m dusty on). On the whole I’m pretty pleased with the results. First off, I shot through the questions with about 20 min to spare in each half. So I have some time to put back in to harder questions. Second, I scored well for this stage of the game. You hear various things about Bar/Bri’s relative difficulty to the PMBR material to the actual MBE questions. Who knows how it breaks down?
Also, I’m feeling kind of not-so-stressed in that there’s still a lot of time to improve (24 days), there’s still a lot of low hanging fruit I can pluck. I missed some pretty obvious things. Contract remedies are not my friends.
On the whole, the sample MBE experience was just odd. There wasn’t any reason why students could have self-timed and taken the test in more comfortable surroundings. Instead we had a sorta MBE in sorta MBE conditions.
While it’s not entirely fair, I feel sometimes that Bar/Bri is getting in the way of my preparing for the bar.
In other news, in light of all this, I’ll be headed out of town to one of my favorite deserts by the ocean for an extended 4th that will feature:
Swimming with Dolphins and Sea Turtles
And far too much bar study, but in cool locations with good food and coffee.
Special prize if you guess the location.
This will be an especially nice trip as I’ve been going through a kind of emotionally-draining self-critical period, which I certainly don’t need to indulge at this stage of the bar prep/FL move/getting barred phase of the Scoplaw Master Plan. It was one of those situations where I thought I made moderately stupid choices – but then I took a step back and realized I made completely appalling choices – an impression which keeps getting reinforced. There’s been a lot of tossing the mental ball back and forth – but when I do speak about the whole ball of wax to people, the reaction I seem to get is a) I did OK with what actual knowledge I had, and b) I couldn’t have been reasonably expected to have more knowledge than I did. Still, it’s like a sore tooth – I just keep poking at it and wincing.
So, suffice to say, it’ll be nice to be with people who aren’t really all that interested in the whole mess.