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Personal Statement / how to get rid of cliches?
« on: October 17, 2005, 05:15:33 AM »
So, I wrote my first PS before I started looking around online and was shocked and dismayed to discover my PS was incredibly unoriginal. (I even started with a quote!) I feel like AdComs probably read phrases like "pushing/challenging my limits", "my personal motto", "reaching for my goals" and "discovering my potential" about 25,000+ times a day. The meanings of these words can't possibly have the same effect on these people anymore. Is there anyway to rephrase this stuff? Anyone else struggling with this?

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Personal Statement / Embarrasing things (drug use) on the PS??
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:54:14 AM »
Ok, so I'm struggling with putting some rather embarrasing things on the PS. I finished my undergrad studies several years ago. I'm totally cleaned up now, but when I first started college I was a heavy drug user. You can see it in my grades - they were incredibly awful during the first 2 years. They improved dramatically when I cleaned up. Since my bachelors degree, I've taken other college undergrad level classes, etc., with all A's, but I've heard law schools don't really value that as much as (first degree) undergrad grades. So, I need the PS to be about why they should disregard my GPA and focus more on recent activities, work experience, etc. Any thoughts on if, and how much detail, I should include about the drugs? They really were the big issue, but I'm not sure how it will be viewed if I write about it. On one hand, I got over it. But, maybe it just sounds like a lame excuse for a poor performance?? I don't want to sound like I'm whining, either. help!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Actual LSAT vs. Diagnostic
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:41:51 AM »
Maybe he was taking the Kaplan practice tests. (Sorry, I don't think the Kaplan tests are very good. I started out with Kaplan stuff and later bought the books of actual LSAT preptests. I thought Kaplan was pretty different, in a bad way.)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: EyeQ : Beneficial or waste of time?
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:32:39 AM »
OMG, I tried that a few months ago in an effort to improve my RC skills. It KILLED my practice scores (although I thought the exercises did seem to improve my vision slightly). Here's why: the EyeQ program teaches you to read really fast, skimming through several lines at one time. You CANNOT do this on the LSAT. You will miss too much! It's more important to be careful and pick up all the details as you are reading. After doing EyeQ for like a week or so, my practice LSAT scores dropped like 10 points. I freaked out and stopped and the scores gradually came back up again. I've personally found that I do best in RC when I read slowly and carefully ONCE and then doing the questions and only referring back if I can't remember a specific detail.

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