Ok, transcript's in. LSAT taken (trying hard not to count down the days til July 6th). First request for LOR mailed on Tuesday, and trying to figure out whom to ask for the second. The resume making my non-work-experience life sound relevant has been written and filed away for the application. So the next big step is the PS.
The problem is, I'm 39 years old. With 17 years RWE, I can't imagine where to begin with my PS. There is so much to tell about me, but what is the best thing to tell? How do I capture a lifetime in a page or two? How do I essentially say - I've wanted to become a lawyer since high school mock trial competition? How do I say - don't count me out because I chose to become a mother first and a lawyer second? How do I say - I'm darned good at catching on fast (imagine going from an impoverished rural Appalachian high school class of 10, then graduating valedictorian from another rural (but Iowa) high school class of 50, then matriculating into a 1st tier university of 30,000 all in the space of 15 months)? How do I say - I can understand IRS rules well enough that my husband was the only one in his company not bitten by the section 83b monster when the stock market crashed - because I recommended a course contrary to all so-called professional advice? How do I say - I'm a self-starting, finish what I begin, do it right or don't bother kind of person who keeps a messy house? How do I say - Now is the time to do Law School because I may go deaf in the next 10 years from Meniere's disease... without sounding whiny? I understand that the PS is a time to brag, a time to explain, a time to argue for why the law school wants you, even more than why you want the law school. But bragging about myself, or begging for pity for myself, (the above paragraphs notwithstanding) is extremely uncomfortable.
Does anyone have any writing prompts that might elicit ideas for the PS?