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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How To Give Yourself A Pep-Talk

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A PEP TALK:


        Today was  an okay day in class. We had a test in the first class and I was not prepared at all. My fault though I had done my note cards but did not review them much and the test was un-announced. Thank God the professor gave us one hour to review so that is what I did with my note cards. I still was not prepared not even close. I for sure did not know three definitions. The test was not multiple choice, it was listing and define the word. One thing positive that came from taking the test though was now I know what to expect from the professor. I was so down on myself because I know I did horrible but I have to move on and study more for the next time. These tests are unannounced but now I know more less when we are going to have them. A student in the class told me after class that after each lecture he gives us on the chapter usually the next day we have a test. That in itself tells me a lot because now I know that after we finish each chapter we have a test very soon. I know it seems like common sense but each professor gives tests differently and different times. I got to keep up with this class and re read and make sure I understand the concepts. I also need to make sure I understand the definitions. I just want A's in both my classes and I know it is achievable but I need to study a little bit more. I need to study more than I am.

     The next class we had a take home quiz on grammar but it was kind of short so I finished in class. I missed four not to bad but I should of done better. I got an 85 on the test, I still have an A- in the class. The great thing is I can bring it up. I can bring up both grades in both classes.

    I have to have faith in myself that is the hardest part everyone has faith in me but sometimes I get so insecure because in the past people have brought me down. I have to get over it though because in the end I have to make myself happy and let haters hate because seriously I can not please the whole world. I have to please myself because in the end of the day that is who I have to live with.
So here is to better study habits and better grades.  I will let you all know what happens.

      These classes are only six weeks long so I have to make them count. I have to really focus in the last four weeks I have in these classes.
I love paralegal school and I know it is a challenge but it will be worth it. I have to keep thinking positive.
     That is my pep talk for the day.

Thanks for visiting my blog. -Valencia

Friday, March 13, 2015

My First Week: Paralegal School













This week was long and I am glad it is over for me. I go to school from Monday-Thursday only so I have long weekends but of course I have tons of homework. I will say this though got a 50/50 on my first quiz yay. It was super easy though just over the ethics for the classroom rules. I am going to explain each day and what we did on each day.

Monday:

I started Monday the 9th I had orientation before class so I had to be there by 8:30 and class started at 9:00 AM. So I got there a few minutes late but thankful there was only one other person. Yep two people in orientation. It was fun though we just got our books and the owner of the Program told us about it and we then got taken to our classrooms. I have two classes every six weeks so it is a fast program but slow enough where everyone is able to grasp the concepts. I love school and this is the field I am meant to be in. The more I delve into it the more I love it.
My first class is called Introduction to Law and  Ethics for the Paralegal. He basically went over the class rules and what is expected from us. It is a very interesting class and I will enjoy it.
The second class is called How to Conduct Professional Investigations this class will teach us how to conduct investigations and discoveries. It also will show us how to wisely use  public  resources. I love this class because it is very hands on and we are going to be working with a software that is widely use in the legal field called Prodoc. I will become very efficient and able to learn and use the software by the time I finish the certificate program in September.  These two classes are very hands on which is awesome and really will be very beneficial to me. In the meantime I am utilizing face book well by joining some local Houston networking groups specifically for paralegals. This will allow me make new friends and network with like minded individuals.

 

Tuesday:

I got there late again I seriously could never beat the traffic on the freeway in Houston.
In the first class which is Law and Ethics we wrote a short paper and turned it in. We are supposed to get the paper back with a rough draft grade and then turn it in with final adjustments. The paper was on writing a memo to an employer that interviewed me and telling them why they should pick me versus my classmate for the paralegal position. It was fun and easy and I hope I got a good grade on it so I can only make minor adjustments on it.
In the investigation class she went over chapter one and that was about it. We are supposed to see the lecture videos on blackboard over chapter one and two for homework.

Wed I was not able to make it to class for personal reasons.

Thursday:

I went and I was determined to get there very early. I was able to get there at 8 am and class starts at nine needless to say I was the first one there. Yay! I was happy! The first class we had to listen to a very long deposition and take notes. I took about five pages worth of notes and we are going to write a paper on what was said. The paper is due Monday so I have to get it done.
I went to go and take a break and used the potty. I came back to class and it was time for the next one. She went over some rules for testing and we took a quick quiz , it took me about two minutes and I got 50/50. YAY!!! We then went over our divorce case which is the big project for class. We are doing interviews on Monday with our client.  Then we write a memo which is due next Thursday. That was my week.

The cool thing about these two classes is we bring our laptops to class and when we have a quiz , test or assignment due we submit it via blackboard. Blackboard is a special software that is used in many colleges and universities around the United States. It is very popular and it is to view content the professors post and also to submit any assignments or take any quizzes or tests. I like it and very practical and works great in the classroom setting.

Next time on the blog I want to talk about the process of getting into paralegal school and Essentials for class.


Thanks for reading. -Valencia

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Moved and Paralegal School.

        I am back!

    So many things have happened in my life but I am back and hope to grow this blog. Life got very busy first of all I didn't have a laptop since October. The one I had broke and couldn't afford to fix it but I finally got a brand new laptop. I am very happy with it. It rocks! I hope to be back for good and continue to grow in my blog. I really want this blog to find its niche within the blogging community and hope to make that happen. I have big plans for this blog.

       I want to update everyone on my life:In December we moved to Houston. We decided to move to Houston even without any law school acceptance letters.  Houston has three law schools and I felt it was best we move here because I would have more of a chance of getting accepted here than any other city in Texas. I ultimately wanted to move to Houston because they have many opportunities especially in the legal field. Plus It is beautiful here and the perfect city for me in my opinion.

         We moved right after Christmas, and it was the best decision I could of made.
I will be starting Paralegal School tomorrow yep that's right ,tomorrow I go back to school. I am extremely pleased and happy that I am achieving my dream towards law school. I know paralegal school will help me achieve that goal and give me experience and an advantage in the legal field. I am so excited and nervous I will give details tomorrow. It is an exciting season in my life and I can't wait to document everything. I want to be able to help other minorities especially Latina girls in realizing their dreams. This is not just MY story this is the story for all the girls that has a dream.

         Paralegal class starts tomorrow and it is an intense 6-7 months. I am happy I chose this Paralegal school it was between this one and the other one and two things will maybe three things made me chose Center for Advanced Paralegal Studies. The three things that made me chose this school was financial aid was offered, there is no way I can afford the other school and especially because they do not offer any financial aid.  The second reason is the one on one factorability between students and professors. Also the friendliness the faculty exudes to the students is awesome. I hope I can make some friends because I really need friends in this city. I want to be able to form a strong group of girls that are like minded. I will be done with paralegal school in September so it is a quick program but also not to quick like the other one. The other paralegal program I would be done by May and that was to quick for me. I wanted something that would take about 6-7 months but also not the whole year. This school is perfect for me. So we are finally settled in the city and I feel very happy and excited for the future.

                                   Tomorrow I will write all the details so be in the look out for that.


                                                   Thanks for visiting my blog. -Valencia