Monday, 23 June 2008

Stop writing!

At Makola, the law school students are getting through their last exams. To think, only a year ago that was me. And what a hectic life we all led for the few weeks of revision and exams. The days between exams we’d survive on minimum hours of sleep, every night from 11p.m. calling each other for cheap conference calls (thank you One Touch, without your free calls after eleven, what would we have done?). If for some reason we were having network issues, we’d wait until after 00.30 when Areeba (now MTN) would start their free calls.

On the day of an exam, we’d have a last minute emergency and wake up call at 4.30 a.m. (we, being Dee, N Y and myself). Then by 5 a.m., quickly have a shower, get ready and set off. Arriving at 6a.m., we were well on time for our…9 o’clock exam! It may sound nuts, but with us living in Tema, West Legon and Teshie Nungua, we did not want to tempt fate in any way, by letting ourselves get caught up in traffic. Let’s not forget that an accident on the motorway can delay you by over an hour, and let me not even get started with Teshie Nungua traffic!

So at 6 a.m. we’d be in the Law School car park, actually most of the class would have arrived, all gathering in smaller groups and hanging out, quietly reading, sometimes discussing, and the really relaxed guys joking and laughing for the next two and a half hours before we entered the exam room.

After each exam we’d all drive straight home and crash into bed for a few hours before revision would start for the next topic. As I’d wake up after my post-exam nap, my first thought was usually, how did I get home? This would only lead me to later on think, if I don’t remember how I got home, how did I drive to school and back, and more importantly, what did I write in the exam room??? To this day, I can’t remember what questions were asked and what I answered, it’s all a blur.

One weekend when I stayed at Dee’s house, so deep in exam stress was I that she actually heard me listing cases with their citations (“Asafu-Adjaye v Agyekum 19…, Ghana Law Reports, page …”, “Gyato v Pipim”) in my sleep!

So glad those days are over.


Anonymous said...

Good for you Maya, good for you!!! And to think you went through all of that *JUST* to become a barrister of the High Court of Ghana :)

The Author said...

Sometimes I wonder if the real test at the GSL is not whether you can remain sane, rather than a measly pass mark. ;-)

Maya Mame said...

Thanks, Sijui, you kind of put it in perspective. :)

Nana Yaw, I think we can all at least agree that the exams in no way determine how you'll make it as a real life lawyer.Let's fight for reform!


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