Mindfulness for Students in Law School and Beyond
From Georgia State University News Hub
By Tatiana Posada (J.D. ’18)
While attending the Georgia Institute of Technology, I experienced severe stress and test anxiety that significantly hindered my ability to perform at my highest level. It was not uncommon for me to experience anxiety attacks before and while taking exams. I had to use every homework assignment and extra credit assignment to do well and compensate for low midterm and final exam scores resulting from my anxiety.
Before starting Georgia State Law, I realized I would have to do something to change my relationship with stress and anxiety because law school was going to be different. I wouldn’t have numerous homework assignments, small quizzes, and extra credit assignments to prove my comprehension of the course material and boost my overall grade. I would have one grade: my final exam. I knew if I couldn’t get a handle on my test anxiety, I wouldn’t make it through law school. I didn’t want my test anxiety to define me.
When I saw the college was offering mindfulness training, I was hopeful it would provide the tools I needed to manage my stress and anxiety Following the recommendation given in the first session, I started practicing mindfulness at home in addition to the weekly training. I began to see a difference after about three weeks.
I also noticed a difference in my academics. In class, I became less anxious about getting cold called, and I became more comfortable answering questions posed to the class. And when it came time for exams, mindfulness came through for me. With mindfulness, I could own my test anxiety instead of it owning me.
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