I am a High School Senior (Class of '06); I am in need of your help. Please do not click "back" on your web browser, and here me out. This is not another "help me get into law school" thread--it's more than that.
I am sure many High School students, UG students and LS students can learn from this.
A little information about me:
I am passionate about law; I love it. I'm crazy about it.
Ideally, I would like to get into a top 30 UG institution and then attend a T-15 Law School (preferably: Harvard, Columbia, or N.Y.U.). All of us wish this idealistic dream to become a reality. But I fear I am far, far away from that goal. Ever night, I go to bed ashamed that it may be unrealistic. I'm sick of it; I want to change. I want to change my fate, so to speak. I want to become the best student and graduate with honors from the collegiate level, and get into the TOP law firm and become the best god damn lawyer in the country.
I'm not stupid. I'm very driven, but I--quite frankly--screwed up throughout High School. I read often, do research, and read case law on my spare time. I never really bothered with homework and the like. High School bored me. As a result of failing to take High School seriously, I lost my academic work ethic. It's hard for me to even get into the habit of studying, unless the subject interests me.
I only did extremely well in my Constitution Law class. No, I'm not failing anything, but my grades are not strong. It's not strong enough to get into a good UG. I fear I'm falling onto the wrong path.
I need your help to get back on the right direction.
My, current, GPA is a 3.4 or 3.5, I think. On a 100 point scale, my overall average is 87.89. My SATs are low too; I didn't study or anything. 640 verbal/590 math/500 writing
I participated, and did very well, in my school's Moot Court competition and Mock Trial competition. In fact, I was the leading council and the coach. I even interned at a Law Firm, based in New York City (in City Hall) since Freshman year.
To sum it up:
I really screwed up in High School. My average freshman year was in the high 70s, but I pulled out of that hole. But, I still screwed up. I could of done so much better, thereby exposing myself to better UG institutions.
I feel powerless and, a bit, hopeless. I want to become one of the best in the field. What must I do?
I would really, really appreciate your assistance. I'm in a pickle...
Furthermore, I understand my years as a High Schooler is over. So there really is nothing I can do with my HS GPA or my SAT score. That's behind me now, unfortunately. Time cannot be manipulated; but, what can I do now? What must I do now while I hope to get into New York University, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago for UG? Regardless if I get in or not, what can I do to better prepare myself?
How can I change my ways to become the best student; the best attorney; and socially adept?
--Please address all my issues--