The Story Behind Crushendo
“I knew I needed to do something, I just had no idea that things could come together so quickly and so beautifully for Crushendo,” says Adam Balinski, Crushendo’s founder. “The way things have fallen into place has been nothing short of miraculous. The product has evolved; it’s much better than what I used and originally envisioned. Like anything human, it’s not perfect. But it’s a dang decent and unique bar prep solution. And it’s constantly improving.”
During law school, Balinski developed the sloppy embryo of what Crushendo has become. Rather than going crazy, staring anxiously at his notes during the final days and hours leading up to his exams, Balinski was exercising, commuting, relaxing, and doing chores, all while listening to his audio recordings. As a result, those final days and hours became among the most enjoyable parts of his legal education. Not only was it the healthy thing to do, it was highly effective: Balinski graduated summa cum laude from one of the nation’s most competitive law schools and scored in the top 5% nationally on the Uniform Bar Exam.
Since he can remember, Balinski has had a passion for learning, teaching, and innovating. Though he’s relatively young, his experiences have been vast and varied. They include teaching university-level Swedish for six semesters, hosting a nationally broadcast TV show, working as a TV reporter for a CBS affiliate, delivering corporate training for a medical software behemoth, and serving as Editor-in-Chief of a highly ranked education and law journal.
What was his favorite thing to do while studying for the bar?
“Baseball was my number one go to. I don’t know how many home runs I hit at a nearby high school,” Balinski says. “Crazy thing. My bar exam was actually administered by a nice field. I always keep a bucket of balls in my trunk. On the second day of the bar, I stepped out for lunch and took some swings, while listening to my audio. It was one of those days when I was just feeling it. I launched some serious bombs. But more importantly, it did wonders for my test anxiety and powered me through the afternoon.”
He had some other favorites. “I shot a lot of hoops,” he says. “I hiked a fair deal. Mixed in some golf. It was really one of my favorite summers. I know that sounds bonkers because I was studying for the bar. But it’s true. I had a blast.”
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