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Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: seankenn on August 06, 2004, 09:41:59 AM

Title: How about this topic?
Post by: seankenn on August 06, 2004, 09:41:59 AM
I grew up with a medical condition which really caused me no real hardship other than taking a pill everyday.  Sometimes I felt slightly uncomfortable, but really and effects of this were minor.  But of course, if presented properly, I could play it off as a troubling experience I had to overcome.  Do you think this would be a solid topic to help a white, middle-class applicant have some sort of diversity?
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: jacy85 on August 06, 2004, 10:07:36 AM
Anything that you have to qualify with "if presented properly, I could play it off..."

It wasn't a troubling experience, and you never had to overcome anything.  If someone on an adcom has this condition, or knows someone who does, and this person had the same experience of minor effects and 1 pill everyday, then they're going to see right through you.

People who have overcome real issues and obstacles are challenged when tryign to write about it in a mature, non-whiney way.  If you're jsut making stuff up, I can't see how you'd be able to pull it off.

And above and beyond all of this, it's just flat out dishonest.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: mukhia on August 06, 2004, 10:33:28 AM
Oh my God - I'm dying to know, what is it?  Irritable bowel syndrome?
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: seankenn on August 06, 2004, 10:40:36 AM
Nothing like that.  It's epilepsy.  But it hasn't reared its ugly face for some time now.  That is why I feel like I am using this for sympathy which I may not deserve.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: mukhia on August 06, 2004, 10:43:32 AM
Epilepsy is pretty scary - I just read an article about a woman who underwent a lobotomy as a last resort!
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: seankenn on August 06, 2004, 10:45:13 AM
No lobotomies for me.  I have it pretty much under control with medication.  It was only growing up that I had any real problems.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: nathanielmark on August 06, 2004, 10:47:05 AM
clonazepam?


No lobotomies for me.  I have it pretty much under control with medication.  It was only growing up that I had any real problems.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: mukhia on August 06, 2004, 10:48:08 AM
I think you could work it in more genuinely - probably not in a dominating manner though because as Jacy says it would be too dishonest and maybe the adcoms will see through it.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: jacy85 on August 06, 2004, 11:34:40 AM
If you really feel that the problems it presented growing up were a factor in your development and greatly contributed to who you are today, then you could try it out as a topic (as mukhia says, epilepsy is a scary condition!).  But depending on how long ago it was that you got your condition under control can definitely limit how much of an effect it's had on you in terms of what the admissions committee is looking for.

And any kind of topic where you're out and out looking for sympathy is the wrong way to go.  You're not tryign to get adcoms to sympathize with you or your disease.  You're trying to get them to respect you and admire your maturity and development for working through the problem and living your life/pursuing your ambitions despite the condition, and it sounds like, luckily for you and your health  :), that it hasn't posed a huge obstacle for you.

Nothing like that.  It's epilepsy.  But it hasn't reared its ugly face for some time now.  That is why I feel like I am using this for sympathy which I may not deserve.
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: shortbus on August 06, 2004, 04:16:47 PM
<sigh> why does everyone want to do the 'woe is me' PS? Unless the disease is so rare they named it after you, nobody cares. Try happy thoughts.



I grew up with a medical condition which really caused me no real hardship other than taking a pill everyday.  Sometimes I felt slightly uncomfortable, but really and effects of this were minor.  But of course, if presented properly, I could play it off as a troubling experience I had to overcome.  Do you think this would be a solid topic to help a white, middle-class applicant have some sort of diversity?
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: darren on August 06, 2004, 04:25:51 PM
Jenna, you seem to hate everyone's PS idea.  What did/will you write for yours?
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: seankenn on August 06, 2004, 04:47:42 PM
I know no one should care, but if some adcom cares then it's worth it. 
Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: shortbus on August 06, 2004, 06:08:02 PM
Jenna, you seem to hate everyone's PS idea.  What did/will you write for yours?

Between college & law school I ran a business. I used a few anecdotes from this experience to illustrate why honesty & accountability are the two big principles with me.  Simple. And yes I did get into my top choice


Title: Re: How about this topic?
Post by: Ivy_Hopeful on August 07, 2004, 02:46:44 AM
I do have a very rare disorder (see other thread for the name or just ask) it was not named after me (I assume this was a joke anyway) but only a handful of people in the world have been diagnosed with it.... And it did prove to be a problem and contiues to manifest itself. The condition makes me half blind and several other very bad by-products. And it is debilitating. Nuff of the negative I will be working this in my PS that I have not wished (or asked) to be treated any differently although I had been told I should, I still am coming out pretty well (set up to graduate with a 3.9). But I am incorporating other non "woe is me" stuff as well such as being a published author of a novel etc...
Ivy_Hopeful