need help with my personal statement, asap

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lollipop515
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need help with my personal statement, asap

Postby lollipop515 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:28 pm

Here's my statement, any edits will help thank you!!!

I gripped the metal slide to rebalance my slipping measuring tape, looking around the small playground to memorize its layout. I jotted down some notes and turned to the young teacher standing behind me. “How often are the children out here?” I asked in broken Hindi, to which she replied, “During lunch and after school they play and play”. I turned around to see eight pairs of curious eyes staring at me from the school doorway, and walked towards them so that I could introduce myself.
“Hello, miss!” they chimed in unison. I had been planning this trip to Maharashtra, India, for a year, yet I was wholly unprepared for how anxious I felt to be standing in that one-room school. There were forty students sitting at their neatly lined benches. In the dim lighting with the heat of the summer day trapped around us, I wondered about the fact that I had never taken a class in the dark heat, questioned if my school would install a bathroom, or worried about if we would have enough extra water for the school garden like these children. With these thoughts circling my head, I stood at the front of the classroom and introduced myself as the researcher who would that summer, fix their electricity.
I was there to research how to build a sustainable school, and it was my job to think of innovative strategies to use what resources they had available. Setting up solar power panels on the roof was the most obvious solution, but the see-saw, the merry-go-round, and the swing set in the school playground were all able to generate power that could be stored within the school and even distributed to the village homes. The rest of that summer I helped implement my ideas, and when we finally turned on the new light bulbs and fan for the first time, the students’ excited faces lit up even brighter than the new lights. When I interned in Maharashtra that summer, it taught me that modern environmental issues deserve novel, innovative solutions. I learned that working towards change that is better for society and the environment is about thinking outside the box.
During my undergraduate career, I have become more aware and deeply concerned with the environmental challenges that face our planet and society, and my future goal is to become a part of the solution. When I started my undergraduate education, I worked in research facilities that allowed me to conduct projects in secluded areas of wilderness and learn about diverse habitats that exist all over the world. I would drive many weekends to Mendocino, California, and spend my time taking water samples and swimming through rivers trying to net the rarest fish I could find. Yet while this endeavor was exciting and informative towards my desire to learn about nature and to understand the scientific basis behind environmental issues, I felt that I was missing the point.
For me, it has been a journey to find what I am most truly passionate about, and through this process of exploring my motivations and interests, I have realized that it is my empathy for others that pushes me to work above and beyond what is expected. The perception of the natural world and the environment are always framed in terms that make nature seem mutually exclusive from the realm of humans, what I have learned over the years is that environmental problems are human problems. By combining my learning and research in environmental studies with important societal issues that surrounded myself and my community, I was able to bridge my interests and passion, such as that summer in Maharashtra.
I am an activist. I say this not in the sense that I stand outside buildings holding a picket sign, but in the sense that I believe in proactively making changes around me in order to create a better future. I say this in the sense that I strive to educate myself on the issues that surround myself and my community. From the day I watched a PBS documentary on the Pacific Trash Vortex to the moment I decided to become a vegetarian to protest genetically modified farm animals, the list of environmentally driven social issues that compel me to make a difference grows every day.
I wish to continue in my career path as a well-informed and able attorney who has the ability and drive to tackle the human and environmental problems that face our generation and the next. Secure in the knowledge that my passion for the environment and drive to help others will help shape my future success, I am now ready to take on this new challenge: the study and practice of law.

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Re: need help with my personal statement, asap

Postby Pequod » Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:00 pm

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whats an updog
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Re: need help with my personal statement, asap

Postby whats an updog » Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:12 pm

lollipop515 wrote:I turned around to see eight pairs of curious eyes staring at me from the school doorway.
“Hello, miss!” they chimed in unison. Though I had been planning this trip to Maharashtra, India, for a year, I was wholly unprepared for how anxious I felt to be standing in that one-room school, forty students sitting at their neatly lined benches.

In the dim lighting with the balmy air of summer trapped around us, I thought about the fact that I had never taken a class in the dark heat. I had never wondered if my school would install a bathroom, or worried about if we would have enough extra water for the school garden. For these children, those were matters of everyday life. With these thoughts circling my head, I stood at the front of the classroom and introduced myself as the researcher who would, that summer, fix their electricity.

I was there to research school sustainability and come up with innovative strategies to use the resources available, limited though they were. Setting up solar power panels on the roof was the most obvious solution, but the see-saw, the merry-go-round, and the swing set in the school playground were all potentially able to generate power for the school and even distributed to the village homes. Throughout the summer I worked hard to implement my ideas, installing equipment and building the necessary infrastructure. When the project was complete and we finally turned on the new light bulbs, the eyes of the students are what shone brightest. (extend a little about how this made you feel). When I interned in Maharashtra that summer, I learned that modern environmental issues require novel, innovative solutions. Working towards creating a better society and environment is about thinking outside the box.

When I started my undergraduate education, I worked in research facilities that allowed me to conduct projects in secluded areas of wilderness and learn about diverse habitats that exist all over the world. Through this process of exploring the natural world and how it connects to society, I have realized that it is my empathy for others that pushes me most to achieve. Environmental problems are human problems. I have become deeply concerned with the environmental challenges that face our planet, and I aim to become a part of the solution to those challenges by leveraging the advantages that a legal education can provide.

Historically, lawyers have been at the forefront of issues in regards to environmental protection. (maybe expand with one more sentence to smooth this out). I wish to build a career as a well-informed and capable attorney who will tackle the human and environmental problems that face our generation and those generations to come. By attending law school I will acquire the tools necessary to fully exercise my passion for the environment and drive to help others.


Not perfect or anything, but I would use something like the above. The main problem I see with your first iteration is that it isn't directed enough. It kind of gets muddled after your opening scene. Either stick with India or the undergraduate thing, but only be descriptive about one or the other. In my opinion the structure of a PS is most effective when it's something like:

A. this thing happened/I did this
B. what i learned/how it shaped me
C. what this all has to do with legal education and law

That's not the only way it has to be done, just what I think is effective. Best of luck.




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