Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Bar Anxiety

I thought the results of the 2006 Bar Exams would be out this week. The Supreme Court usually releases the results before Holy Week so as not to prolong the agony of those who wait.

Don't ask me when the Supreme Court will release these results. I don't have access to "privileged information" about that. But the sheer number of examinees last year probably made it difficult for the examiners to meet their deadlines to correct all of them. Hence, the mood of those who are waiting will truly fit the mood next week.

I remember my own agony and anxiety while waiting for my results. Celphones were just in its infancy then (yes, we're that old already). And yes, there were a couple of false alarms. And at that time, I did not want to hear the word "fail" and all its permutations... on a superstitious belief that any mention of that word would be a self-fulfilling prophesy.

But when all the reports jived, we knew that day was the day...

Our bosses (yes, I chose to work a mere month after taking the bar) gave us the day off, but since we were already in the office, we decided to stay and panic.

Then one of our bosses had enough of the tension and took us to Decades Bar (in Makati) to drown our senses in alcohol, where I actually got the news...

I borrowed my dad's analog celphone so my friend can call me about the results.

I don't know the exact time when that celphone rang but when it rang, I could have sworn my heart skipped a beat...

I took a deep breath and answered...

"Congratulations," the voice at the other end of the line said, "you're already a lawyer!"

Took a few moments to sink in... I don't even remember if I thanked my friend for the news, but I paid for the drinks we consumed out of sheer impulse...

Then I picked up the phone to call my mother... but the phone was busy.

When she finally picked up, I angrily said, "Why is the phone busy! I'm already a lawyer!" I never heard my mother scream so loud since...

We parted ways around midnight that night. When I got into the car, that's when it finally hit me. All the years of study and waiting... finally paid off. I could not help but let out a loud scream. Fortunately, I already closed the car doors...

To those who took the 2006 Bar Exams, the best of luck to you all. I tell you, the feeling of passing has never been matched (except, perhaps, the birth of my children). They say the feeling the time you know you passed is better than sex.

I agree.

Happy weekend and to those who wait, take the time next week to reflect... on everything. I know I will.

1 Objection(s):

At 4:00 PM, Blogger LAWSTUDE said...

Reading your post somehow calmed me, (for a few minutes at least). The waiting period specially this week is pure torture. I just want to thank u and at the same time wish good luck to others who took the bar. God Bless!!!

 

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