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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Why Standardized Testing Sucks



Once again, I prepare to take the LSAT.  For those of you that have been with me since day 1, you know that this is my third time taking it. I must be a glutton for punishment or something.

Quite frankly, my decision to retake the LSAT comes from the fact that I refuse to settle.  I got into some wonderful schools my first time around, but I wasn't ready.  I didn't want to go into a stressful situation already stressed because I wasn't receiving any scholarships (my second choice school) or because I had missed a full ride by 1 point on the LSAT (my third choice school.)  (In case you're wondering where my first choice is, I didn't get in.  Talk about a humbling experience.)

I hate the LSAT.  I know that hate is a very strong word, and I feel like it's appropriate to use it in this situation.  I hate that if I don't have an exemplary score, I can basically hang it up at certain schools because my shiny letters of recommendation won't even be seen.  I believe that I am more than a number.

By deciding that I am only a number, law schools are missing out on some really great qualities that I know I possess.

I am determined.  My GPA could be much higher, but I decided to stay in college when I was diagnosed with cancer.  I knew that if I didn't have something to keep me going, I would become even more depressed than I already was.  I didn't really have a lot of strength or motivation to study, and some days my friends had to physically pull my butt out of bed and take me to dinner, but having a semblance of routine to my life is what pulled me through.  So I will never get into Harvard or  Yale or Vanderbilt, but you can bet that when the going gets tough, I won't be dropping out of wherever I end up.

I am creative.  I may never excel at the "logical reasoning" portion of the test.  But you better believe that I can logically reason just about any purchase that I make.  (And fun fact, I kick butt at logic games, which I like to think is partially because I am creative, and partially because of my event planning experience.  Gotta love a question that involves a seating arrangement at a dinner party!)

I've won some pretty cool awards.  Like the Outstanding Greek Alumnus Award given out by my university.  And an award given out by a local chapter of PRSA.  And a cute little paper plate award naming me as the Next Elle Woods.  

I care.  I care more about people and their well-being than I do about money.  If I was in it for the Benjamins, I would have thrown a peace sign up as I left after my glamorous event internship at a non-profit.  But I stayed, because I loved what I did there, and I'm passionate about what I do.  My job doesn't just involve planning events.  The events simply help fund what we do.  And I love what we do, so so much.

So who is with me that standardized testing sucks?!

XX,

SS

P.S. - I wrote this post almost a month ago, and I found it this morning while scrambling for something to write about.  I have been down on myself lately, so seeing these positive affirmations was definitely a little pick me up.

P.P.S. - Is there anything y'all would like to see me blog about that I haven't covered?  I don't want to get repetitive or bore y'all, so please feel free to send me some ideas! :)





15 comments:

  1. I am so with you, standardized testing is honestly the worst invention ever, and I always get so nervous when I have to take them! Great post btw.

    http://thepreppysisters.blogspot.com

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    1. It is ridiculous! There are so many more important things in life than the way that a person scores on the test, and so many factors that go into how someone tests. Soooo silly. Thank you, dears :)

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  2. I am with you SS, standardized testing sucks big way! Great post honey. Well can't think of anything right now, you do a great job here, so keep them coming! Thx for the well wishes, that was so sweet of you. I am much better now.
    kisses
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Lenya, I am SO glad to hear that you are doing better! I have been thinking about you. Please take care :)

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  3. Best of luck on your LSAT! Both my parents are lawyers and they always grumble about how awful testing is to become a lawyer.

    http://triplex3threat.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I can't even imagine how horrible the bar is going to be... baby steps over here. haha :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. praying for the best!! you can do it girl!

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    1. Thank you, Vett! I'm hoping the third time is a charm!

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  5. Standardized testing is the absolute worst! Keep your head up though, I have no doubt you will do great on your LSAT, you just needed the first two tries to get your feet wet ;)
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. What a great way to look at it! Thank you for your positivity :)

      XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  6. Just found your blog and really hoping third time is the charm! Standardized tests are such a terrible and unfair calculation of a person's knowledge and capabilities. Hope you kicked butt!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by & for your kind words!

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  7. Keep your chin up! Things have a way of working themselves out and you clearly have the aspirations to make your dreams come true!

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  8. When did you start studying for them? I'm only a freshman and I'm not sure when I should start studying.

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  9. I took the LSAT 3x as well. I NEVER mastered the logic (ill-logic) portion, my scores were NEVER great. The Dean of my law school told me I would never succeed, I graduated top of my class and received an academic scholarship (signed by said skeptical-dean) after my 1st year!

    I too HATE HATE HATE the LSAT! I am preparing for the bar exam and let me tell you, believing in yourself is KEY. Its obvious you are hard working and motivated and care . . . I call that a recipe for success. Worked for me! Go get it girl!

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