All posts filed under: Academia schmacademia

Preparing for a new semester.

Well, hello there! And hello, August! We’re having a pretty late start where the first semester is concerned, but with the world being pretty much upside down at the moment, it’s understandable. I’ve gotten word that enrollment will start mid-August. And that’s just mighty fine with me. I’m pretty excited yet apprehensive. I don’t know how online learning is going to pan out. I guess we shall wait and see. Because I couldn’t go out of the house to do school supplies shopping because of a second semi-lockdown, I’ve resorted to ordering them online. And it’s really strange, being used to going to the mall to do it personally, as I am particular about what I want. There are a million things I want to say about how things are going on here in the Philippines and what’s being done to combat the pandemic. But I’d rather keep my mouth shut because I don’t want a subpoena. Let’s put it succinctly: Things are crazy over here, and crazy is an understatement. For now, here’s a …

The Revision Diaries 1: The original and its comments

Hola amigos and amigas! Over a month ago, I submitted my research proposal. The proposal was about the introduction of more flexible working arrangements in the Philippine government sector. As someone working in the government sector, I have realised that the flexi-time being offered in most government offices doesn’t cut it anymore. Traffic, most especially in Manila has become increasingly horrendous, making millions of workers arrive late to their respective workplaces. I have received my professor’s comments, and to my relief, they were mostly asking for clarifications. For a month, I’ve had nightmares about receiving scathing comments in each part of the proposal. My fears have proved unfounded, but I still have a lot of work cut out for me! While looking for added research material, I realised that I could write about my adventures and misadventures about writing my research proposal. I’ve had a lot of bloopers while drafting the original, and I am pretty sure that the hilarity won’t be ending anytime soon. 🙂 Hence, this new category: The Revision Diaries. I really can’t …

A year on: Graduate school, impostor syndrome, and all that jazz.

This time last year, I was on the phone at work, asking for the entrance exam results for graduate school admissions. At first, I thought I heard it wrong, I had to ask the admissions staff to repeat the exam result to me, and I was told, “See you at the orientation.” That felt unreal. It still felt like it. Now, here I am, in my second semester of graduate school, trying to comply with requirements despite a pandemic, sitting in front of my desk bleary-eyed, trying to think of an objective for a certain topic for a research proposal.

Looking for something? Researching for cases in the law library or online

Let me tell you a funny story. When I was a law freshman, I wasn’t so adept at looking for cases. I was lost, confused, and even more so if there’s only a date and those numbers after the date. Because the idea of hunting up for cases was so foreign to me back then. Thank heaven for kind upperclassmen! You might ask, don’t you have a subject called Legal Research? Well, yes we did, but it was all in theory. What did we know about shepardizing, and looking for the correct citation? Very little. How did we freshmen get around the library? Again, thank heaven for kind upperclassmen, and the harried librarians. These upperclassmen and librarians taught us lost freshers how to look for cases. And because I want to pay it forward, I want to share it with you guys, so you won’t be as lost as we were.

All the important reading materials you’ll need in law school.

I promise, my desk isn’t as messy as the one pictured above. Hehe. We aren’t here to talk about desk aesthetics though, we’re here to talk about the reading materials you’ll need in your law school journey. This is going to be a long and bumpy ride but hang in there.So, first things first. Let’s start with books. See that little Bible-like book on top of the stack? That’s the codal, aka every law student’s Bible (sorry, Lord, didn’t mean any disrespect). A senior friend recommended that the codal should be read first before the annotated textbook, as it is important to get a grasp of the law.

I’m depressed, employed, and I go to grad school: How I (try to) make it work

NB: This blog post waited for a long time to be written. I wanted to see how well I would do in my first semester of graduate school. Admittedly, I expected to fail. But through hard work and loads of perseverance, and with loads of familial support, I did better than I expected. This entry is inspired by a Girlboss article I read over two years ago; it has helped me become a productive employee and student.  I have decided to put my own spin with regard to the aforementioned article, and at the same time, I would still like to integrate it to the things I have learned from it. I also suggest that the reader take the time to read the original article first before reading this one. More than three years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was, in some odd way, a relief that I had that closure; for a long time since I was a teenager (and probably as far as my childhood), I knew that there was …

A few of my favourite apps to help me study

Here I am, making an effort to be a little more active in this blog. 🙂 I’m back after preparing and slogging through midterms, and speaking of midterms–a lot of revising and swotting went on for the past two weeks. My birthday came and went without much notice, except a trip to this paper convention I’ve planned to go to since it was announced around March or April. Anyway, I’ve veered away from the subject matter! These apps have helped my study experience easier. From Dropbox to good ol’ Microsoft Word, I’m going to share it! 🙂

Life update number 2: A month into grad school, and a few important takeaways

  Hi! Here I am, writing this post whilst sick. No worries, I’m feeling slightly better, but not yet in perfect working condition. So, I have taken the time to write this little update. And tonight, whilst writing this entry, I realised that it’s been a month since I started graduate school. To use a cliche–time really does fly. And with that realisation, there are other things I have learned, too.

A little life update + current favourites

Hola! Hope you are all doing well. Here I am, a few weeks into graduate school. And to be honest, I felt a bit lost. But here’s the tea–graduate school is a different ballgame from law school. For years, I’ve gotten used to having insults hurled by professors whenever they do not like my answer, or whenever I gave a wrong one. While the professor seemed dissatisfied, he didn’t say anything more and asked the same question to a classmate.

A letter to the law school freshman.

Dear Law School Freshie, I’m sitting here writing a letter to you, the law school freshman. There was a bit of mental see-sawing before I started to write this post. First things first–I am not a law student. Hear me out–I used to be one. Leaving law school was a difficult decision to make, yet, at the same time, the best one. It isn’t because the passion isn’t there anymore, but I needed to take that breather. Anyway, here’s the tea: law school is a rollercoaster. Having been in it for years has helped me become a stronger person emotionally. I’m not scaring you off, but here are a few points I need to make.