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anyone?  ???   :D

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i'd have to see it.  if you want you can pm it to me or post it.


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this was in another thread, but the topic is about reading a draft, so i thought i'd repost it to get ideas from someone who may not be looking to read a draft but might have some ideas anyways.

thanks!

based on some other feedback i got, i think i'm going to change my topic. (miserable experience working with a nonprofit whose i believed in but the board wouldn't allow any needed changes for sustainability of the group)

my only problem is that i don't feel that i've done anything terribly exceptional except graduate from college.
i've worked fulltime and gone to school fulltime for the past 5 years (with the exception of one semester when i took 2 classes).  no one in my family has ever even gone to college much less graduated.

my biological parents didn't even graduate high school.

the past 5 years i've spent working and studying. i haven't had time to spend with friends much less volunteering or participating in campus clubs.  this is the first semester i've actually been able to have a life because i got laid off and i'm collecting unemployment.  of course, i took that chance to take 19 credits so i can graduate in may and not need another semester.  with a job, i can only take 12 credits max.  i tried 15 once and that was stressville.

my boyfriend says that it won't make a great essay because *everyone* going to ls graduated college.
while there are a lot of people in my shoes, i imagine it's not every applicant.

i read some essay advice that said to write about what you are proudest of.  i am most proud that i am graduating college and continuing on to even higher education.  i'd love to volunteer at the homeless shelter or tutor some school children, but until this semester i just haven't had time.

so, not sure if this helps, but if anyone has any ideas, let me know. i figure someone will ask a question or something and it will flip a switch in my head.

thanks all!

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i'm thinking about doing the same thing. i'd love to look at yours to see how it turned out!

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based on some other feedback i got, i think i'm going to change my topic.

my only problem is that i don't feel that i've done anything terribly exceptional except graduate from college.
i've worked fulltime and gone to school fulltime for the past 5 years (with the exception of one semester when i took 2 classes).  no one in my family has ever even gone to college much less graduated.

my biological parents didn't even graduate high school.

the past 5 years i've spent working and studying. i haven't had time to spend with friends much less volunteering or participating in campus clubs.  this is the first semester i've actually been able to have a life because i got laid off and i'm collecting unemployment.  of course, i took that chance to take 19 credits so i can graduate in may and not need another semester.  with a job, i can only take 12 credits max.  i tried 15 once and that was stressville.

my boyfriend says that it won't make a great essay because *everyone* going to ls graduated college. 
while there are a lot of people in my shoes, i imagine it's not every applicant. 

i read some essay advice that said to write about what you are proudest of.  i am most proud that i am graduating college and continuing on to even higher education.  i'd love to volunteer at the homeless shelter or tutor some school children, but until this semester i just haven't had time. 

so, not sure if this helps, but if anyone has any ideas, let me know. i figure someone will ask a question or something and it will flip a switch in my head.

thanks all!

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losing half your body weight is a huge accomplishment.

it shows you care about yourself and have the determination and strength of mind to do it.
i've been trying to lose 15 pounds for 8 years and can't do more than 5.

anyone who has tried to lose weight knows how hard it is.
especially keeping it off - it's not about depriving yourself and eating salad all the time.

i think if you did it right, you could really make it work.
it would certainly stand out. not many people can say that they did what you did!!

by the way - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ;D

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you read mine, i'll read yours :)

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hope this helps. it's making me rethink my choices for topic.
laura


this is from a book called "Great personal statements for law school" by Paul Bodine

Former admissions officer James Strachan usefully defines an accomplishment as “an event or situation in which you successfully exerted a high degree of influence resulting in a sense of personal satisfaction that allowed you to learn something about yourself.”
In choosing which of your stories to wrap around this definition, start by asking yourself three questions:
1. What am I—off the record and in all candor—truly proudest of?
2. When have I had the greatest tangible impact on an institution, organization, or others?
3. When has a positive experience in which I played a key role changed me or taught me the most?


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this just occurred to me.  i saw the wording for the DS on the apps says diverse educational and economic backgrounds. 

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anyone want to read it?

just looking for feedback on topic choice and way i'm telling the story.
no grammar type feedback right now, this is strictly subject and voice.

thanks!

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