One prestigious career that I never fantasize about or imagine myself in is being a lawyer. I imagine myself to be a teacher, broadcaster, editor-in -chief of a magazine, director, events organizer, host, and a president of a company, but never a lawyer. Every now and then I think through situations critically and do my best to apply it to my writing, but I accept the fact that my reasoning ability is average. As much as possible, I avoid arguments and if ever I do get involved in one, I seek the fastest way out of it without sacrificing my “dignity.” So imagine my surprise when, about three months ago, I was enlisted for a class on law on obligations and contracts. My current university requires all her pupils to take this 3-unit subject which feels more like it has 6 units thanks to the heavy workload. Like I said earlier, I lack the essential argumentative skills so I just let my mom decide on what subjects I will take up. Three months later, I realize it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I am learning that to be grateful for good things I dislike because they cause me to realign my priorities and shower my attention to things that really matter.
While waiting for law class to start, I unfold my laptop, open my browser, and play Angry Birds. Simultaneously, I browse through the albums of various local clothing and accessory shops on Multiply and read blogs (credit my being a lady for being able to do multitasking). Thirty minutes after nine, our law professor, Atty. Gigi, arrives only to announce that class will not push through due to a celebration of araw ng wika hosted by students with a Filipino subject. As I was about to rejoice in the goodness lavished upon me today, Atty. Gigi gives us a homework that I deem “the death sentence from Heaven.”
“Answer all the problems at the end of every section of chapter 4, extinguishment of obligations.”
I open my book and flip through the pages of the 6 sections of chapter 4. The sad thing about answering law problems is that the “spot-the-answer-skip-reading-the-paragraphs” method that I so often use for lengthy, boring readings won’t work. I have no choice but to read all 95 pages chapter 4.
The fact that this homework is a group assignment does not really lighten the load because of the terms given by Atty. Gigi.
“Why do I require you to answer the problems if the answers are in the back pages of the book? (I check. This is too good to be true. But wait….) I don’t just want you to know the articles; you have to explain them. When I give you situations like the ones we had in the previous discussions, you need to explain your answer based on the article. On our recitation, I will ask the weakest link of your group. The grade of your weakest link will be the grade of the group so make sure your weakest link reads all of the sections.”
If I, the supposed “strongest link” in our group is not that competent enough for attorney’s standards, then how much more will the weakest link do?
That’s when it hit me: I need to change the way I study NOW. This homework calls for a realignment of priorities. I consider myself a good student, but God tells me, “that’s not enough. I made you for excellence. Don’t settle for good, better, or even best. Never settle for anything at all because there’s always room for improvement. I’ll tell you when to settle down.”
O__________O I know where this is going. I leave the room and head to the library.
On my way there, I realize what I have been valuing in my collegiate life:
- Studying ordinarily
- Making sure I don’t miss out on the latest trends and social activities
“May oras para sa ganyan–puro lakwatcha, laro–pero hindi ngayon. Pag nagtrabaho ka na, magagawa mo rin lahat yan at mabibili mo yung mga gusto mo. Kapag ba nag-apply ka sa trabaho, tatanungin ba sayo kung ilang party ang inatendan mo?”