In June 2016, I entered a competition for solving cases under Roman private law, which turned out to be a good, albeit spontaneous, decision.
Probably each of the more than 60 people who signed up shared the obsessive thought that he would drop out in the first round. As the session approached, the anxiety around it grew and I had little time to prepare. In this sense, the thing that saved me from a complete pogrom of the competition was purely and simply attending lectures, preparing for the exercises and, in general, systematic reading. Preparation probably sounds like a painful and difficult process, and the fact that the exercises were difficult at an early stage certainly contributes to this idea. In reality, however, the classes devoted to Roman law were of the greatest interest to us students. This can be defined as an instructive moment in my story, which is above all a call for future freshmen to prepare regularly, not only because it will be easier for them in the future before the exam in Roman private law, but also to be able to properly appreciate how fascinating the matter itself is. My preparation was, in fact, a quick negotiation over four days with the help of lecture notes, systematized and placed in a very old notebook of a man who had been a law student at least 30 years before. It was preserved by him not only to be handed over to help a freshman, but also because even now it serves as a guide, as an aid, in the face of which the foundations of our modern law are discovered. Keeping this notebook was a sure sign to me that I should put more effort into studying this subject.
This was the prehistory, and now let's go back to the more interesting - the race itself. The first round passed most imperceptibly, while at the same time being the most devastating, as over 50% of the participants dropped out. The next few rounds were much more intense, because everyone tried very hard and gave their best and respectively the participants dropped out more and more slowly.
Although there is enough time for reflection, you are left with the feeling that 10 seconds ago you were given a sheet on which to mark the answers. I am an impatient person and the waiting between the circles, which is filled with contradictory emotions, motivated me more and more to focus and do my best to move forward.
However, the last round of the competition turned out to be the most difficult, because although at first glance the team solving a case seems much easier, in fact it turned out that this is not the case. The reason is this: you need to adapt your way of thinking and interpreting to that of five other people for a limited period of time, which is a real challenge. In the end, however, we managed to adapt to the pressing situation and work as a team, which brought us victory. Once both teams have submitted their answers, you still can't realize that the race is over and you will find out at any moment if you have managed to be an idea more focused, more accurate and more resourceful than those who do not give up. you opponents. When they announce the results, you do not realize what exactly they are telling you, as if you fall into a short weightlessness. However, this bewilderment was quickly replaced by the joy of victory and the subsequent congratulations to the teammates, although you met some of them only an hour ago. I can't help but mention the opposing team, which also did brilliantly and in no way can I describe it as a "loser".
The competition was a truly amazing experience that not only tested the theoretical knowledge of the material, but also the ability to apply it practically, as well as to think under pressure and make decisions pressed by time. The case solving competition motivates the participants, gave them a great desire to continue participating in such organized competitions in the future, which is really the most valuable thing you can learn from the appearance of such events.