: I know how you feel. I am horrible at standardized tests, and I hate that a 5 hour test often counts more than 4+ years of hard work to maintain a high GPA. Oh, well.
I don't really have a #1 choice, but I have about 14 schools so far that I'm trying to narrow down from (this was before I got the LSAT score, of course).
-Berkeley (will still apply, b/c I know they place more emphasis on GPAs)
-Georgetown (will NEVER get in; not sure if I should still waste the money; they have an Arabic MA that I want to do as a joint degree option, which is why I still want to apply. Blech.)
-Cardoza (study abroad programs in Israel)
-Cornell (another school I probably won't get into; they have a dual j.d./french law degree program)
-Boston U (another study abroad program in Israel)
-Santa Clara (good international program)
-U of San Francisco (ditto)
-U of San Diego (my younger brother is more than likely going there for undergrad next year, and I like their dual degree options)
-Catholic U (they have MA degrees in Semitic languages)
-Northeastern (opportunities for Israeli or Arab internships)
-McGeorge - U of the Pacific (good international program)
-Hamline (Minnesota school as a back-up in case I chicken out about moving away; jerusalem seminar)
-Touro College (internships in Israel)
-Suffolk (internships in Jordan, Egypt, and Kuwait)
So, yeah. I need to narrow this down or else I will be broke (thank God I got a TA appointment this semester at my school, or else I couldn't afford this). Ideally I'd like to live in New York, Boston, or California. I am utterly sick of Minnesota weather, and I need to start fresh somewhere. I also need to move to an area that has an ice rink and figure skating club, since that's still a big part of my life (and I could work part-time as a coach = $$$! on the East and West Coasts. $60/hour is a beautiful thing).
Sorry to babble; I'm avoiding grading papers.