While I appreciate honest evaluations, please also remember that I am a human being who only has a little self-esteem left after his LSAT score (162 compared to you supah-smarties).
All that was left was a big red "K". On September 15th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged Biloxi, MS and the entire Gulf Coast region. My region, my city, and my home were destroyed, yet I was considered one of the lucky ones. No loved ones passed away due to the storm, nor did I know anyone directly who had suffered such loss. Even through a handfull of degrees of seperation, friends of relatives of friends were all still alive, just some, like me, without their worldly possessions.
Few structures over three stories were left standing in a ten mile radius of the Biloxi/Gulfport area; however, there was one that was simply baffling. Homes, stores, banks, businesses all with concrete foundations buried deep within the ground were destroyed - billboards, signs, power lines and light poles ripped and thrown from the ground. On Highway 90 in downtown Ocean Springs, MS, one remnant left standing was glaring out, almost mocking mother nature: a big red "K". "K" for Katrina? Actually, K for K-Mart, but the symbolism could not be ignored. The Gulf Coast region was devastated by the storm, yet somehow seemed to be inviting Katrina to come back and try again. If Katrina's job was to destroy the Coast, one stubborn sign showed that her mission was unaccomplished.
Five years later, there are still signs of the destruction five years past. In most of the region, though, the area is thriving more than ever. The economy of the area sufferred, the population fluctuated, and we stumbled trying to rebuild - here we are now, sprinting toward a brighter and better future. That big red "K" is still there, but now it has plenty of company in the form of businesses, signs, and buildings, some rebuilt from the past and some entirely new to city. The region still shows scars from battle wounds past, but the people's resiliency would not allow anything short of becoming better than ever.
I embody that same resiliency as shown by my city. I have my scars: whether they be physical scars from years of abuse from my father during my early gradeschool years or emotional scars from my father's drug addiction, my parent's attempted divorce, or my father's eventual suicide nearly a decade later. At one point in my life, I defined myself not by who I was, but by what I had been through. I felt like all I had were scars. All I had was a big red "K". Then I realized I was only partially wrong; I am not defined solely by the experiences in my life, but more so by the personal choices I make in response to those situations. I could choose to give up, give in, and settle for something less than I deserve, or like the Gulf Coast, could choose to keep going and keep thriving, not in spite of the past, but regardless of it.
I can trip, I can stumble, and I will show my scars proudly. I welcome a challenge, whether it be emotional, physical, or academic. I hope to be put in a situation where others think my failure will be inevitable. I thrive off proving doubters wrong. Through my short tenure on this planet, I have learned how to learn - to learn through different styles of teaching, through books, experiences, and mistakes. Most importantly, I have learned not just to learn from my own mistakes, but learn from the mistakes of others, without ever having to make the same incorrect decision. I am proud of where I am, proud of what I have been through, and excited about where I am going.
Due to my strong Southern ties, I have always felt connected to _________ and the _______ region. I know that during my first year of law school, I might struggle with the transition into such a brave new world, but I also know that I will never give up, and have the drive, perserverance, and self-determination that overshadow most. I welcome to a new challenge in law school, and look forward to being the only college graduate in my family. I look forward to being the person that is told he cannot succeed in something because of his past - I pray my past has branded me. I hope to have my own big red K; I will wear my scarlet letter proudly, for I thrive off of doing things other people said I could not do.