« on: March 21, 2005, 10:55:28 AM »
Recently, law school has become the issue that takes up most of my focus, as it appears to for many people on this board. I have been disapointed that I have yet to be accepted anywhere, feeling as though I had hit a dead end. I was convinced that if I didnt go to a top school I would be unlikely to "get ahead."
Sunday, however, I was given a reality check.
I work as a server. Sunday morning an older couple came in for dinner and was seated in my section. They had a very "interesting" appearance. I instantly (shamefully) dreaded taking this table. In the first five minutes of speaking with these people, however, I came to realize that this couple was illiterate. As a solution I retrieved training photographs of our menu items from the kitchen (where they are used to train the non-english speaking staff). They were, although uneducated, extremely grateful and extraordinarily polite.
This experience was a reality check. Throughout this process, I had become so focused on getting in to the best school possible and upon not being accepted anywhere had become disillusioned. This experience made me realize that I had already had the opportunity to do something that many people have not, get a college degree at all. This, hopefully, with help keep this whole process in perspective in the future (at least for me).