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  • Writer's pictureTommy Sangchompuphen

Quick Tip: Embrace Gratitude and Reflection for Bar Exam Success

Recognizing the importance of Memorial Day, many of us probably found ourselves with a day off from our usual routines, including bar exam preparation. This holiday not only allowed us to honor and remember those who have served but also offered a unique opportunity to do things we normally wouldn't have had time for.


Before heading out to Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Park, just adjacent to the University of Dayton campus, I caught up on episodes of the game show "25 Words or Less." Yesterday, I watched Episode 86 of Season 5, where Jennie Garth shared insights into how she begins her day.


For those who may not know, Jennie Garth is probably best known for her role as Kelly Taylor on the iconic teen-drama TV series "Beverly Hills, 90210." During this episode of "25 Words of Less," Garth revealed a simple yet powerful routine that sets a positive tone for her day:

"Every time I open my eyes, before I get out of bed, I say three things that I’m grateful for. Yeah, it really sort of sets the tone for the day. And then, at the end of the day, these are just little things you can try, at the end of the day, I say what went well today, and then I reflect on that." - Jennie Garth

Taking inspiration from Garth's routine, here’s a quick tip to enhance your bar exam preparation while also maintaining your mental well-being:


Morning Gratitude: Every morning, before you even get out of bed, take a moment to say three things you’re grateful for. This practice can help you start your day with a positive mindset and reduce anxiety.


Evening Reflection: At the end of the day, reflect on what went well. Identifying and acknowledging your successes, no matter how small, can boost your confidence and keep you motivated.


Incorporating these small habits into your daily routine can enhance your mental resilience, making your bar prep journey a bit more manageable and enjoyable. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as crucial as mastering the law. As we honor Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s make it a priority to nurture our minds as we prepare for the bar exam.



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