So many ways to write well... Here's a favorite opening line of mine because you would have thought that someone would have used it before (it's so obvious) and yet no-one had thought to do so before Kate Atkinson: "My mother is a virgin (Trust Me)". Not complicated, but it's quite funny.
3. Finding Jesus. (Figuratively). Again, did this myself and I figure it's impossible to avoid unless you're brave enough to tackle an issues essay, but everyone writes about the turn on the dime moment that changed them into the morally-upright, driven and intellectually superior candidate they are today. We're all, on paper, having Peter Gibbons-esque transformations. In as many cases as not, this comes across silly or it requires huge leaps of logic ("I was twisting baloons into little animal shapes during my time with the circus and one burst on me, blinding a small child. It occured to me then and there that I've always had a passion for intellectual property law.")Anyway, that's my input.
i think i'm special.pistol pete
Did it ever occur to any of you that the reason everyone's PS's sound the same and are so 'mediocre' is because at the end of the day, most people simply do not stand out in many ways?I started my PS in my childhood, because we had no money and lived in a poor area surrounded by drug addicts. I now close loans for people in poor areas, surrounded by drug addicts. My parents worked hard and are no longer poor, in large part by removing themselves from their then-peers (directionless, under/un-employed drug/booze people). I want to advocate to build better communities now and work on affordable housing issues because I think that's what made the difference in my family -- living in better communities led us to a better life.This does not make me unique, but it makes me someone who has use for going to law school. Of course that's what I wrote about.Most people don't have great stories. The PS is not about making yourself out to be Indiana Jones -- it's about making sure you are a competent writer (being a lawyer involves copious reading and writing), and making sure you've got some logical reason for wanting to pursue a ~$100k undertaking for the next 3 years.Distinguishing yourself as something truly great/special is only important when applying to a school your numbers don't line up for.