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Postby lhn5007 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:27 pm

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Re: Help with Personal Statement Topic

Postby Leaborb192 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:36 pm

lhn5007 wrote:Sometimes I feel like I was born into a box within a box within a box. I've lived a tumultuous life and have many experiences that have shaped my reasoning for applying to law school. I feel like if I wrote about every one of my hardships, my essay would sound more like a sob story than an inspirational narrative that would impress adcomms. So what are my options? How do I choose which topic to write about? Here is some background information:

1. Grew up first generation Asian American. Both of my parents are refugees of war, never completed school past the 8th grade, and work non-stop to provide for me and my two younger brothers. I'm the first in my family to go to and graduate college.

2. Grew up poverty-stricken. My parents had no money when they came to the United States, coupled with no education or skills, they have had to work in factories and other menial jobs. I also have been working since I was 16, I am 25 now. Working full-time and going to school full-time.

3. Grew up struggling with my sexuality. I've now been out and openly gay for a few years. My family is very Catholic and conservative.

4. Had depression and was abused.

5. I've lost over 80 pounds and have completely transformed myself.

How does one choose and limit their life experiences to just one or two pages? Whats a common thread that I could use to tie everything together? How personal is too personal? I understand I could use some of this information for my diversity statement also. Please do not quote me as I probably will delete this.

Despite all this, it fueled your passion to achieve. You fought through all the shit, didn't let it get you down, and over came obstacles. That can be your theme: determination. And then just answer the question, "How has all of that propelled you to attend law school?"

Hope that helps.

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