PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

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kekepania
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PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

Postby kekepania » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Is it appropriate/beneficial to discuss how I changed from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer? Up until about my sophomore year of college (4 years ago), I had always thought I wanted to be a doctor. After much shadowing and volunteering experience, and research into the field though, I changed my mind.

Anyway, I guess I am thinking of writing a little about it in my PS because my change of mind led me to public health, which then attracted me to law.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:09 pm

Sure, unless you make it sound like pre-med was too hard and you think law will be easier, or you sound flighty like you might change your mind again. Present it in a mature and compelling way that shows your growth and self-discovery.

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Re: PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:10 pm

Are you thinking of something along the lines of "anesthesia takes all the fun out of surgery" ?

On a more serious note, consider addressing what brought about the change in your career goals & why law is a more suitable profession for you.
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Re: PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

Postby Jack Smirks » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:13 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Are you thinking of something along the lines of "anesthesia takes all the fun out of surgery" ?

LOL.

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Re: PS about changing from pre-med to wanting to become a lawyer

Postby kekepania » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:35 pm

naterj wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:Are you thinking of something along the lines of "anesthesia takes all the fun out of surgery" ?

LOL.


You got me there. :wink:

I first thought of becoming a doctor when I was about 5 years old because I really liked how caring, "fun", and compassionate a doctor was. He was treating my 3 year old brother. I developed a somewhat unrealistic vision of what being a doctor was like and as I got more experience in the field, I realized that it wasn't something that I was interested in doing for the rest of my life. There was so much more to being a doctor than patient interaction, and so much more to patient interaction than conmforting a child with a bad, but not severe, life-threatening injury. I know there is 'crap' to deal with in every profession, but I'm not willing to put up with the 'crap' that physicians face. I also believed that I could save the world by being a physician, but I realized that my desired role in healthcare is more broad and population/systems based. Now I know that I won't save the world as a lawyer, or in any other profession, but I think as a lawyer, I will have the knowledge and skills more suitable to working towards system changes in healthcare.




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