500 page textbooks are an essential for every law student, we start to accumulate a collection of incredibly expensive books which we will probably never use again and can rarely resell due to the writers updating them seemingly every year…
SWOTVAC is here so just for fun and as a tribute to said textbooks that have been with us, are with us and are to be with us over the course of our degrees, we re-imagine the life and times of a law textbook.
BEFORE THE SEMESTER
You visit DUSA and pick up that shiny new textbook, or if you’re lucky, manage to pick up a second hand book from an even luckier student. You promise yourself that you’ll take care of your new textbook, that you won’t get food on it, won’t cry into it and will do all your notes on time. You’ve already worked out a new highlighting and tabbing system that would leave your textbook looking Instagram worthy at the end of the trimester. ‘I will never misuse you’ you whisper.
It’s week 6, you’ve left your textbook multiple times at the library, the laundromat, under the pile of clothes on THAT chair and even on the train a few times. Some pages are wrinkled from tears and there’s a weird spaghetti sauce like stain on the spine, you’ve got tabs on every fifth page of the book of cases that you’ll ‘totally read soon’. Your system of highlighting went out the window week 2 and you’re stuck with a hot mess of fluoroness with half-ripped tabs hanging out everywhere.
How are you actually missing pages from your book? What happened? Your was-pristine textbook is now dog-eared, frayed and tear stained. But, you simply shrug your shoulders and keep highlighting large blobs of information you don’t really understand and continue tabbing ‘cases that will really be on the exam’. Frankly, it’s a mess.
The last exam is finished and the final assignment handed in, it’s time to clean out your desk. You umm and ahh for a few days before deciding to do one of two things
- Place your neglected textbook amongst your other textbooks who have suffered similar fates. You’ll use them one day, surely.
- You need money so have to part with your textbook, putting it up for sale or giving it to another friend.
The cycle begins again.