I apologize in advance for the lengthy post, but would appreciate your insight.
I've been thinking about my personal statement for a while, but haven't actually started. I haven't done any life changing volunteer work, so I've trying to decide what exactly to write about. I've got 2 ideas and I am hoping that you guys could give me your thoughts on these topics.
My first idea was to write about my summer job as an alligator handler, that I've had for the last 4 years at a tourist attraction. Although not very prestigous, it is interesting and could set me apart in some way from others. I suppose I could talk about my dedication to the job and how I get to interact with the alligators and people everyday.
My second option deals with a touchy subject for me. Last year my grandma went in for routine surgery and because of a laundry list of obvious f-ups by the doctors and nurses she passed away after after a few weeks in intensive care. We were very close(she lived next door). The hospital has been total asses about the whole thing, even admitting FULL responsiblity for her death but never apologizing. Additionally because of the new malpractice law where I live the hospital's penalty is REDUCED if they admit guilt. I've learned a lot from this experience about society in general and that truth and righteousness dont always win, because of the way the law is. This hasn't lit my fire to go into malpractice law, but it has opened my eyes in many respects. This would be hard for me to write about and i dont want sympathy from the admissions, but it has been a life changing experience.
The first would focus more on my accomplishments and what makes me unique, and the second option was a life changing experience, that in some I would almost feel guilty if I wrote about it and it helped me get in some where. THanks for taking the time to read this post. All thoughts are appreciated.