Archive for March, 2016


A Satisfying Boss Battle

There’s nothing like a satisfying boss battle. I love the feeling of having to put together all of my knowledge and skills in order to overcome some perilous obstacle standing between me and my goal.

Ideally, a boss battle should be a close fight. As a player, you should have no idea whether you’re going to win or lose until the very last seconds.

If two minutes into a fifteen minute encounter it becomes quite clear that the boss poses no real threat and that it’s just a matter of time before you take it out, that’s too easy. There’s no thrill in winning.

If on the other hand the boss wipes the floor with you in thirty seconds, that’s no fun either.

What you want is a boss battle that pushes you to the brink of death. You’re down to 1 HP. You can’t take any more damage. The boss is flashing red. A few more sword strikes will take him down. You need to wait for your moment. Dodge his attacks. Play cautiously, knowing that pushing the wrong button at this point will your untimely demise and having to restart this battle from the beginning. Just as you think you’re done for, you see an opening. You move in and – WHACK – the boss explodes, leaving a shower of gold coins in his wake. You feel exhausted, and relieved, and incredibly triumphant. And then it’s time to relax and watch the epilogue.

That’s what my final week of law school has been like. If you’ve got a great memory, you’ll recall that undergrad ended with a rather disappointing final boss. No repetition of that in law school. No, law school went out with a bang. Two major assignments and one minor one all within the span of 30 hours. It was as brutal a slog as I’ve had in my 21 year academic career, and at times I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d be able to meet my deadlines.

But I did. It took some late nights, but I did what had to be done. And now that it’s over I’m feeling pretty good. Exhausted, relieved, and triumphant.

All that’s left now is a pair of exams spaced out over the next 18 days. And then I’ll put down the controller and watch the credits roll.

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One Last Shot

I’m down to one last shot in Toronto. If I don’t get this position, I’m going to commit to staying in Kingston for another year.

It’s a timing issue more than anything that’s forced my hand. If I’m working in Kingston, that means signing a lease for a new apartment, deferring my bar exams until November, and booking a flight to the UK for late April.

The longer I continue to look for work in Toronto, the fewer apartments I’ll have to choose from and the more I’m going to pay for my flight.

Theoretically the cut-off date could be as late as April 22nd, which is the last weekday before I’d be flying out. Of course, pushing it that late would be expensive and irresponsible, and as such the real cut off date is probably somewhere around April 8th. If I don’t hear back any positive news by then, I’ll be booking a flight and signing a lease.

Being in Kingston for another year isn’t what I want, but it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that I’ll have any way out of it other than taking my old job again.

A rock and a hard place eh.

Shut ‘Er Down

We are well and truly into shut ‘er down time.

There’s just over a month left in my academic career, and I’m going out with a sputter. By design, of course.

At this point I have four things left to do. One written assignment, one oral assignment, and two exams. That’s it. And no matter how well or poorly I do on all of those assignments, I’m going to be in the same place next year.

I’m not in any danger of failing any courses, nor am I in the running for any academic rewards. And although perhaps there’s something honourable about the idea of going all out in the next month and finishing strong, why should I bother? Why should I bother with all of the stress and the negative emotions?

Instead, I’m going to enjoy myself as much as I can over the next month. I’m going to try and see friends as often as I can, because I’m not going to be able to do much of that next year. I’m going to play video games as much as I can, because I’m not going to have as much time for those next year. I’m going to try and relax as much as possible, because I have no idea how often I’ll be able to do that next year. And once this month is over I’m going to go overseas, because again, I won’t be able to do that often next year.

If I get my grades back in May and they’re not up to my usual standard, I’ll be content knowing that any sacrifices I made on that front were well worth saving myself a ton og added stress and anxiety.