Pi signs, triangles, squiggly S's, COWS???
What do all these symbols mean? Why do they end up on the board as if the professor thinks I understand what they are?
This is what I felt like the first week or so of classes. It didn't take me too long to understand, but when I saw pi signs and triangle/delta signs written all over the board for the first time, I was puzzled, to say the least. I thought I was done with math (in high school...). I soon figured out the the PI sign stands for Plaintiff and the triangle stands for Defendant. The squiggly S? "Section." The cow? Well, it's just a cow -- and it comes up in just about every contracts class. At least my professor makes me them look adorable.
Hey, I'll sell you my cow someday... ;)(Don't think we have a contract, because we don't. :) )
When you start law school, most of your teachers will expect you to understand and know things that well, you just don't or won't know. It can be very frustrating, but if you stick with it and ask questions (don't worry, they don't bite -- or at least they shouldn't), you'll be fine. :) Three out of four of my professors do not use the Socratic Method, which is a relief and actually encourages me to speak up in class. However, I find that because I sit in the front of my contracts class and often look the professor in the eye (the one that teaches by the Socratic Method), I get picked on more frequently than most of the class. Even if I say something stupid, at least I'm getting the experience of being embarrassed in front of a lot of people. It can only make me stronger...at least, that's how I see it.
Speaking of which, it's time for some more COW stories! Happy weekend to everyone!