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Where should I go next fall? / Help me figure out where to apply
« on: October 26, 2008, 08:43:11 PM »
I'm really at a loss as to what schools I should be thinking about.  Here's my info:

UGPA - 2.1 (major 3.7).  This is due to my first attempt at college being averaged in. 3 years of work experience during a break between the two schools, and after going back to school, 4 semesters of Deans List / 3.75 average.  Graduating in December, history major, large public university.

OCT LSAT - 155 (lower than my practice average of around 160, retaking in December)

Because of my odd GPA situation, I have no idea what I should be looking for, or how schools will look at me.  Right now my plan is to apply to some safety (?? as much as can be with my GPA) schools within the next week or so, and then pending my December score, applying to more "reach" type schools.

Basically, I'm looking for some suggestions as to where I should apply to now.  I want to stay east of the Mississippi, and that's really my only requirement.  I'm in TN so I'm looking at UMemphis and Tennessee as possibilities due to an in-state preference, but I'm really kind of lost other than that.

Thanks so much for any help.




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Personal Statement / Critique
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:08:35 AM »
I just finished a rough draft, will anyone critique it?  I am happy to provide feedback on others as well.

Thanks so much!

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Hi everyone - I'm new here and it looks like you guys are a wealth of knowledge!  I'm comforted to know there's many more non-traditional students out there.  My situation is this: my current undergraduate GPA is a 3.67, graduating in December this year.  When my GPA from my first, alcohol-dazed try at college is averaged, it drops to around a 2.20.  It will go up a little when my current semester grades are added, but right now, my GPA isn't so awesome.  My first try at college was 8 years ago, and I'm trying to figure out how to convey the change and gain in maturity in my personal statement.  I really didn't have a great reason for blowing off classes back then, so it's not like I can write something inspiring that I overcame. 

Also, my practice LSATs have been in the 158-162 range.  I'm hoping to score a 164 or higher this October. Will my GPA totally hold me back from getting into a school that a normal 3.67/164 student would get into?

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