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Friday, July 22, 2016

Get Pumped for the Bar Exam!

You should walk into the bar exam knowing that you can absolutely do it!  You're in the home stretch, so sleep well these next few days, eat well, exercise, stay positive, and GET PUMPED!  

I'm sure you have your own idiosyncratic pump-up songs (Pavement's "Stereo" is one of mine -- mainly because I like the screaming in the chorus), and this list will clearly betray my age and inherent lack of hipness (I'm not even going to try to come up with things that might actually be popular at the moment), but I thought I would post a few music suggestions to get you pumped for test day.  Really, one could do worse than spend the morning before the bar exam trying to get psyched:

Classic Rock/Positive Choice

There's a reason this song is played at every sporting event known to man.  Queen's "We Will Rock You."  "We are the Champions" works as well.

Classic Rock/I Need to Scream Choice

Screaming the beginning of this song is one of the most fun things in the world.  Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"

Classic Rock/Fatalism and Sarcasm Choice

Sometimes, making yourself laugh is the best thing you can do.  For the morning of the bar, I might suggest AC/DC's "Highway to Hell"

Indie Rock 

The White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army"

Prince

"My Name is Prince"

Catchy Pop Song

After months of studying, you might feel that you have nothing in your brain anymore.  Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"

Catchy Pop Song #2

Not that it has much to do with the bar, but this song seems to make everyone happy:  Beyonce's "Single Ladies"

Catchy Pop Song #3

Another one that seems to put everyone in a good mood:  Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk"

Rap/Hip Hop 

My wife recently finished her second book.  She began every morning listening to Eminem's "Lose Yourself"

Classic Rap/Hip Hop

LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Classic Country

The country equivalent of a song that just seems to put everyone in a good mood:  Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again"

Modern Country

I don't really listen to modern country, but I found this page with a song list of major league baseball players' pump up songs: MLB Country Songs

Classical/Movie Theme

Feel like you could take on the entire galaxy!  Because you can!  "Star Wars"  

Polka

Dance your way into the bar exam!  "Polka Music"

GOOD LUCK!  YOU'VE GOT THIS!

(Alex Ruskell)

 

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