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?!
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! 🙂