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Well, did you? If so, where? I interned full-time for a semester during my undergraduate years; while it was unpaid, it was pretty much a 9-5 job. Should I list it under "full time employment during school?" Also (and I always hate running into this), can anyone think of a better way to phrase my reason for leaving than simply "Semester-long internship ended?"


Personal Statement / Fun new topic -- should I write it?
« on: July 23, 2006, 10:22:12 PM »
OK, this just came to me. A lot of personal statement guides tell you to write about that which makes you unique, even if it's just a hobby or an experience. My impression has always been that the best PS you can write is just one that's interesting, fun to read, maybe memorable, and above all gives the reader an idea of who you are.

So here's my idea: a good-natured, handpicked list of four or five unique things I've failed at.

No, seriously, stay with me. I've got a few interesting stories (being fired from a crappy job, giving up after five years to read Ulysses, almost burning a kitchen down with a new recipe, utterly sucking at trying to pick up a new instrument, etc.) that I can relate humorously. I think each example points out an actual facet of my personality (I am a decent cook and musician, just not with every dish or every instrument). Further, I think an essay like this would show that I'm able to laugh at myself, which, if you know me, is a big part of who I am (favorite comedian: early-model Woody Allen. Give you an idea?). I think the important thing is that none of the anecdotes I'm thinking of reflect on some deep dark personality flaw on my part (I guess not finishing Joyce shows that I'm prone to making half-assed commitments...), they're just kind of funny stories.

Anyway, I've just hit upon this and, within the time it's taken me to type out this post, I've already got the intro paragraph written in my head. My question is, is this such a bad idea I shouldn't even try, or should I work on this? What would you do?

LSN is down...

Okay, having a hard time writing a personal statement. Can't come up with a solid idea, etc. etc. I feel like, intuitively, my admission to Harvard is riding completely on the quality of my essay, which is of course not a good feeling. My question is, do I need to freak out even more because a good PS is going to separate the ins and the outs at the rest of the T5/T10 with numbers similar to mine?

For what it's worth, I have average extracurriculars (leadership, clubs, blah), and likely average letters of recommendation.

Studying for the LSAT / Re-taking for better scholarships?
« on: June 30, 2006, 08:41:23 AM »
My score: 173

Can probably get into at least a few of the Law Schools of My Dreams (LSoMD). Probably won't get a dime in grants from any of them. I'd like to get something...

The obvious answer is to go to a lower-ranked school that offers a lot of cash. I'll definitely apply anywhere that gives me a fee waiver, but I think if I had the choice between retaking the LSAT as a vehicle to being able to afford a Top 5 school, and going to a lower-ranked one, I'd choose the LSAT again.

Anyone done this? Anyone in my boat, at least?

I'm still struggling to finish all four games on some tests, and it seems like I can never miss fewer than 8 questions when taking a timed test. I'm taking tests from around 2000 now, and I know that the games are shortly due to get easier. I'm wondering, what is it about recent games that makes them less challenging than those from five years ago?

Studying for the LSAT / Ann Arbor Test Masters' students screwed
« on: May 13, 2006, 05:18:27 PM »


Test Masters decided to just cancel all three prep classes in the state of Michigan a few days before they were set to begin. I wasn't signed up to take one, but back in January or so, I had intended to. If this class was the core of my preparation plan, I would be sooo very angry right now.

The article makes it looks like TM has done this before. If your class is about to begin, maybe it wouldn't hurt to check whether it's still around...

Studying for the LSAT / Free Silent Timer!
« on: May 09, 2006, 08:37:31 PM »
Wow, how did I miss this?

It's an online demo that (as far as I know) perfectly recreates the function of the vaunted Deluxe Silent Timer. I'm about to take my first test with it, but if it seems useful I think I'll definitely buy one. I'd seen their site before, but never noticed this thing until today.

For maximum statistical fun, post your score(s) when you describe how closely you're following the LGB/LRB dogma

Inspired by this thread:,60651.msg1262721.html#msg1262721

I'm not really going through the Bibles' instructions line-for-line when I practice. I read the LGB over the course of about five months (during school), so a lot of it isn't fresh. I learned important facts about the games, setups, and questions, but never got a comprehensive method that works for me. I've never, for instance, actually "Found the Patern/PossibilitiesTM" in an actual prep test.

I'm the same way with the LRB, though I've just started it this week: I see there are, what, nine primary goals and thirteen stem types? I'm just not thinking in those terms when I go through the test. Even if I start the first LR section seeing distinct premises and conclusions and question families, by the end I'm in my original, more-or-less untrained mode.

I'm not sure this is good, though. I have sorta plateau'd, and the Bibles are very compelling. At the same time, to actually hit all the primary goals (for instance) for all twenty-five problems seems like it would slow me down too much. What do you do?

The scenario: you're doing a prep test. Say it's the February 1993 test, in fact. There you are, section II, when BAM! It's your old friend Dr. Yamata and her pesky work schedule, from the LGB.

What do you do?

I just gave myself my current average of 3 questions right out of 5, and skipped it. I'm not sure how much time I took off, but probably not enough. Obviously, that's not an ideal method. So what should I have done instead?

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