Need help deciding a PS topic. I hate that we have to sell ourselves like this. At least in a job interview the scope is narrower, the stakes lower, and you've got a better idea what will work. The classic whine, I suppose.
Am working on all of these simultaneously and hope to have good drafts done soon. Quality of writing will hopefully help me nix one or two - I'm sure there are just some that are going to sound better in the end - but would like some advice too.POSSIBLE THESES
:1. "I think about stuff carefully."
2. "I will practice law with compassion."
- In short: My answer to the "amg here's my personal story and it's really powerful and FROM THAT DAY ON I KNEW I JUST HAD TO BE A LAWYER!!1" I talk about how I'm a compulsive planner, researcher, skeptic, devil's advocate, etc. and how it's served me very well in life, academically and otherwise.
- Pro: It's about my intellect, and would probably depict me as a likely candidate to succeed in law and/or contribute well to classroom discussions.
- Con: Boring as hell. I can splash some personal color and imagery in, but the thesis is still dry.
3. "Post-amnesia struggle gave me confidence."
- In short: Talks about my life as both a teacher/instructor and a student, and wanting to be an informative resource for clients. Putting the "counseling" back in "counsel." NOT being an alpha-male, prestige-seeking, self-interested, greedy heartless bastard.
- Pro: Accurate and truthful. Could strike a chord with Atticus Finch sympathizers, or at least PI departments.
- Con: Too touchy-feely or idealistic. Runs the risk of seeming out-of-touch with actual modern law practice, clichéd in its perception. Then again, AdComs could be pretty high in the ivory tower themselves.
4. "Identity crisis in the face of a new sibling."
- In short: I lost my memory early in life and had to rebuild from randomly-occurring flashbacks and secondhand accounts. It sucked pretty hard.
- Pro: Establishes strength of character, independence. Classic overcoming-an-obstacle story.
- Con: Cliché. I want to beat the piss out of every writer who's ever used this as a convenient plot device in their work. Mine was mild and not really as dramatic as it might seem, or at least it's not something I usually think of as major (aside from being careful who I tell). Doesn't impact my current day-to-day life much at all.
- In short: Family rediscovered a long-lost sibling and I had to reconstruct my identity as the oldest. Mild philosophizing about truth & honesty. Maybe a little re:coping with death under such unusual circumstances.
- Pro: Soap-opera style plot. Memorable enough to stand out amongst others.
- Con: Extremely personal, feels manipulative. An important part of my life, yes, but is the PS really a proper place to be baring one's soul and closet-skeleton?
I'm leaning toward #1 right now, but the Con does really terrify me. I don't really know how to make intelligence sound sexy outside of a dating context, and most of my competition is going to be in the same boat. And while I don't generally fault others for making the most of hands they've been dealt, #3 or #4 would feel like playing a sympathy card, which is the last thing I want to do. They're only on the table because they're unique. I don't need pity, I need them to understand that I'm awesome.