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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In an nyu!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 23, 2006, 05:27:45 PM »
I got the letter today too, also didn't get a complete notice (and I applied December 22nd).  Good stuff.

Congrats JPhilmore!  From the looks of your LSN I'm sure you'll have a few more coming your way.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In an nyu!!!!!!!!!!
« on: January 23, 2006, 04:56:31 PM »

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Write your own rejection
« on: January 22, 2006, 12:08:20 PM »
Just to scare us all a bit:

Dear Applicant,

   We were very impressed with your application as a whole.  Your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA were commendable; your personal statement was insightful, displaying exceptional depth and maturity; and your recommenders were convincing in their portrayal of you as a most unusual candidate, in whom the intellectual breadth of Bertrand Russell combines with the humanitarian values of Mother Teresa.

   As is our custom, we have cross-referenced your profiles on LSN and LSD.  Unfortunately, due to your significant and growing habit of contributing useless posts on these sites, we regret that we must deny you admission.  We are certain that we correctly matched you to your online identity, as you are the only one-armed applicant this year who is partnering with Peruvian NGOs to develop the internet market for alpaca wool.

   Enclosed is an list of addiction counseling centers in your area.  Please seek help.

Dean Smiley

Hm. Something I did was to make a thermos of hot tea whenever I sat down to take a preptest.  I guess I equate drinking tea w/relaxation, coziness, etc.  I brought my thermos of tea in to the testing center.  A la Pavlov I think it helped me get in the LSAT mindframe.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: It's so frustrating
« on: January 21, 2006, 10:50:53 AM »
When I missed LR questions in my preptests it was b/c I was reading too fast and misinterpreted either the stimulus or one of the answers.  You think this is what you're doing?

That's great!  Your revised intro is much more compelling.  You come across right away as a person who is interesting, engaged in your activities, and grateful for your experiences.

As far as not sounding like a regular research paper intro - well, it does sound like an outline out what you intend to present, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as you do address each of the points you mention in the body of your PS.

I agree with likewise's assesment that it would help your PS to phrase it in a more active voice.  For instance you could revise your final sentence: "I have uncovered some of my passions through interning at the Colorado State Capitol, creating a website to discuss political and economic policy, studying abroad in Spain, and volunteering my time to the needy."

As redemption mentions, the way you start off is problematic.  There's an assumption in the first sentence that you have experienced college differently from most students.  However I expect the things you describe (self-discovery, developing passions) are actually the typical college student's experience.  At the least, they are probably typical for most students who are applying to law school.  Another way you could introduce your theme of self-discovery through college is by contrasting what you expected college to be like, and how the actual experience blew your expectations away.

Jenna, PM me and I'll read it as well.

I'll read it.  Would you be willing to swap?  I need someone to look over mine as well.

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