I think some topics really should always be avoided. There are some that are so cliche and overused. That's not to say that someone can't write a really interesting, attention-grabbing PS using a topic that's been beaten to death. It's just really rare. I mean, honestly, every other thread on this board alone is "I'm a URM, should I write about that?" "I'm an immigrant, should I write about that?" "I work in a law firm, should I write about that?" "I faced <fill in hardship>, should I write about that?" If just reading a 1-2 paragraph description of a topic bores the hell out of me, then what do you think adcoms think when they're sitting down to read their 200th essay on "why I want to save the world"? I'm sure some of the posters on this board can take any topic and turn it into an amazing, gripping story (and some people here, when posting an idea for a "played out" topic actually manage to present an interesting spin on it). But from my experience in the world, 95% of people can't do that.
I am just having a hard time b/c I am NOT a URM. I don't have a hard luck story or an unusual background. I am just a normal white girl. I have had some cool, unique experiences but according to books like "How to get into the top law schools," all my experiences are no good to write about. So I think I am just going to write about me and why I decided to apply to law school. I think I am a pretty interesting person in and of myself and if they don't think so, screw them.
i feeel that same way as you. so i decided to write about my passion for film. it isnt a gripping story, but it explains the biggest interest in my life, giving adcomms a little something about myself. they can see that i took a lot of film classes, but i want them to see how much more film is to me than that. sounds dumb, but it is better than making up some crap about how mommy didnt love me. It's so funny you say that b/c I have been thinking about writing about my passion for college football. I know it may sound trivial but it is something I really enjoy and care about. And one of the reasons I am going to law school is b/c I want to find that passion in an occupation, like I have found in in a hobby. It has also been a contant in my life, since I moved A LOT. It also kind of effects WHERE I want to go to school b/c I love th college town vibe, especially during football season, especially in the south. But I am afraid they will not think I am taking this seriously or that I am not a serious student, though my #s reflect otherwise. But I HAVE read that ADCOMS want to feel like they really got to know the student as a person from their statements, like a written interview. I feel like a statement like that would really allow me to express true self (cheesy I know.)