hows this topic? Near death experience

(Personal Statement Examples, Advice, Critique, . . . )
Anonymous User
Posts: 273259
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:40 pm

I had a heart attack over 2 years ago that left me in a coma for a week. I woke up, and have since gotten straight A's (i had not before the accident). I thought about writing about this near death experience as my personal statement, but i felt it would be a little cliche to write that since i have been essentially as good as dead for a week, my take on life would be different as i awoke... Any insight or ideas about how to approach this...
Thanks

User avatar
Balthy
Posts: 668
Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:28 pm

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Balthy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:44 pm

It may be cliche when reading a book on near death experiences, but it's certainly not chiche amongst law school admissions essays. Just write it well and make sure you do indeed keep up those As.

User avatar
ManOfTheMinute
Posts: 1562
Joined: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:54 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:01 pm

Do it... it's not cliche

nugnoy
Posts: 115
Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:19 pm

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby nugnoy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:39 pm

Was there something you from the experience?

Right now it just seems like you're saying "I passed out for 2 weeks, I mysteriously became a better person."

I'd say you'd have to either focus on some sort of supernatural experience you had during the coma (Thurgood Marshall appeared before you and mandated you to become the best lawyer ever...?) or your reaction to the event in the time following the incident (for example you realized the importance of making the most of your life because you can die at any moment).

Anonymous User
Posts: 273259
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:00 pm

nugnoy wrote:Was there something you from the experience?

Right now it just seems like you're saying "I passed out for 2 weeks, I mysteriously became a better person."

I'd say you'd have to either focus on some sort of supernatural experience you had during the coma (Thurgood Marshall appeared before you and mandated you to become the best lawyer ever...?) or your reaction to the event in the time following the incident (for example you realized the importance of making the most of your life because you can die at any moment).


Ya, I tried to think of anything that i could remember from my comatose state, but i didn't have any visions or anything like that. So i would have to go with the latter, and the fact that i had to meet a lawyer as i awoke who handled my power of attorney for my parents to sign,but that didn't really affect me wanting to be a lawyer though...

is a personal statement supposed to be why i want to be a lawyer, or something else?

Thanks for everyones input, it is greatly appreciated.

nugnoy
Posts: 115
Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:19 pm

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby nugnoy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:22 am

Anonymous User wrote:
nugnoy wrote:Was there something you from the experience?

Right now it just seems like you're saying "I passed out for 2 weeks, I mysteriously became a better person."

I'd say you'd have to either focus on some sort of supernatural experience you had during the coma (Thurgood Marshall appeared before you and mandated you to become the best lawyer ever...?) or your reaction to the event in the time following the incident (for example you realized the importance of making the most of your life because you can die at any moment).


Ya, I tried to think of anything that i could remember from my comatose state, but i didn't have any visions or anything like that. So i would have to go with the latter, and the fact that i had to meet a lawyer as i awoke who handled my power of attorney for my parents to sign,but that didn't really affect me wanting to be a lawyer though...

is a personal statement supposed to be why i want to be a lawyer, or something else?

Thanks for everyones input, it is greatly appreciated.


Not necessarily, it just depends on the prompt. I was just using it as an example of a vision you might've had haha.

NYstate
Posts: 1566
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:44 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby NYstate » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:34 am

This will be a great topic. It isn't cliche at all but can be the basis of an amazing personal statement.

Personal statements don't have to explain why you want to go to law school. This is your chance to explain who you are to the admission committee.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273259
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:58 pm

NYstate wrote:This will be a great topic. It isn't cliche at all but can be the basis of an amazing personal statement.

Personal statements don't have to explain why you want to go to law school. This is your chance to explain who you are to the admission committee.


Awesome... thanks, I will post it up here for advice once i complete my first draft

User avatar
John_rizzy_rawls
Posts: 3477
Joined: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:44 pm

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:01 pm

Busting a 4.0 after the event is what makes this story really good. Just corral that into an entire app narrative about a new sense of purpose/drive/whatever.

Make sure it's clean, crisp and focused though, leave out as much fluff and overly psuedo-inspiring stuff as you can.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273259
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:19 pm

John_rizzy_rawls wrote:Busting a 4.0 after the event is what makes this story really good. Just corral that into an entire app narrative about a new sense of purpose/drive/whatever.

Make sure it's clean, crisp and focused though, leave out as much fluff and overly psuedo-inspiring stuff as you can.


Thanks... so you think shorter is better. No need to fluff the shit out of my story as my story stands on its own merit.

kublaikahn
Posts: 647
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:47 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby kublaikahn » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:17 pm

Make the theme about how you had been trying to wake up, even before the heart accident.

Anonymous User
Posts: 273259
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: hows this topic? Near death experience

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:13 pm

kublaikahn wrote:Make the theme about how you had been trying to wake up, even before the heart accident.


op here -

what do you mean? say as if i was trying to find a reason to do well, and my heart condition was now that reason? I don't understand what you mean. If you could explain that one a little more i would be very grateful. Thanks




Return to “Law School Personal Statements”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.