Swapping personal statements

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jjking
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby jjking » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:11 am

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Andrewabrams
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Andrewabrams » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:11 am

Post it on SPAM, its a personal statement swap website, just review another users personal statement and the next person to post will read yours.

Or PM me and we can swap

Thanks

atraina0104
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby atraina0104 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:51 pm

If anyone wants to swap personal statements while they eagerly await their October LSAT scores, PM me!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Bane75 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:13 am

I am new to this forum and working on my 2nd draft of my Statement. If nothing else, i think my statement is a bit different and worth the read! I will do the same of course. Email me at zmchiban@syr.edu

Bane75
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Bane75 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:15 am

I am new to this forum and working on my 2nd draft of my Statement. If nothing else, i think my statement is a bit different and worth the read! I will do the same of course. Email me at zmchiban@syr.edu

Kellanj
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Kellanj » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:40 pm

Looking for a swap partner, PM me.

Andrewabrams
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Andrewabrams » Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:35 pm

Post it on SPAM its a personal statement swap website, just review another users personal statement and the next person to post will read yours.

Or PM me and we can swap

Thanks

lawlala
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby lawlala » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:11 pm

Swap? I promise to tear apart, with the condition that you also go at it with mine!

PM/email lawlalaTLS@gmail.com

:D

edwardt1988
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby edwardt1988 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:15 pm

Thanks!
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jingosaur
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby jingosaur » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:44 am

Thanks everyone!
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jKerska
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby jKerska » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:41 pm

Looking to swap. email me @ kerska.gera@uwlax.edu

Samirpatel12
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Samirpatel12 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:25 pm

Great work@!

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PrizeFighter
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby PrizeFighter » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:04 am

My PS is directed at Berkeley, so it's 4 pages, but I'd be happy to read your PS, DS, and whatever else you have. PM me :D .

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ConnD
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby ConnD » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:12 pm

Looking to swap 2nd drafts my PS and DS. I don't want to post directly on TLS but if you're down to swap PM me so we can exchange emails.

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McAvoy
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby McAvoy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:24 pm

Looking for more swaps -- PM if interested!

Trajectory
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Trajectory » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:28 am

If anyone wants to swap feel free to PM me or email me at monygg85@gmail.com, just send it and I'll send back mine!

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EstebanMFernandez
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby EstebanMFernandez » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:49 am

Anyone want to swap? Email me @ personalreviewsteve@gmail.com or PM me!!

Javert
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Javert » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:58 pm

Anyone care to swap? PM me!

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nutsforboalt
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby nutsforboalt » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:35 pm

Looking for more swaps, PM me! :)

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby ltexlaw » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:21 pm

spam

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby ltexlaw » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:47 am

My post was not spam. Somehow, someone took upon themselves to state spam. What is going around here? What happened to my post? I am mad. Whoever reported my post as spam. Please,stop. This was not nice.

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cyclebanana
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby cyclebanana » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:48 pm

My second draft if anyone wants to swap please send yours along.

I had been warned, and so I had come armed with a sandwich and coffee. My father greeted me at the door and invited me to his kitchen table and after following him upstairs and sitting I suggested he eat something and have some coffee. He acquiesced, he said, because I had traveled from California to the east coast to see him. And I watched his shaking hands as they groped and grasped at the sandwich, like a child trying to hold a handful of sand. He moved in swaying yet shaky motions, a physical expression of the paradox of binge drinking, not only did his body shake from its withdrawal from far higher levels of alcohol, it also was completely uncoordinated because he was drop dead drunk. I had been told he had been drinking for over a week. And despite the seriousness of the situation, I momentarily basked in our reunion, over the kitchen table that had remained unmoved since my childhood. It stood in the same spot on the same unfinished floor, surrounded by the same unfinished walls, in a round house he had built for his family 30 years ago. The glow lasted only until I demanded for the vodka to be poured out. Then the shakes took over and for 3 days no one slept.
This summer my step mother called and requested my help. She told me she hoped that having family involved in an intervention would be more successful than her own attempts, which had not been effective. She warned his long term sobriety was an unlikely result. I therefore agreed only after I lowered my expectations and had enlisted my siblings support. We split the costs of a ticket and agreed to each house my father while he detoxed. I had most flexible schedule so I would go back and convince him to come out.
After our reunion and my dad returned to what could only be called a grouchy sobriety, I convinced him to return with me to my home and detox. Despite his aversion to planes he agreed, I think my presence still had a dramatizing effect in which he couldn’t help play his role. But after his wife warned me that she had to sometimes hide his clothes and keys so he wouldn’t go get alcohol when she was at work, I realized my role was going to have to much more of a prison guard then concerned son. And for the next two weeks as I enlisted hime to help build a pizza oven, we awkwardly played out the parade of our different roles: Father, Son, Caretaker, Addict, Teacher, Apprentice, Host, Guest, Guard, and Prisoner.
I soon passed him off to my siblings and two weeks later I heard he was off the wagon and driving back to the east coast. He was gone before anyone knew he had started drinking. He got half way before he was too drunk to drive. He was holed up in a hotel, but after a week the hotel called the cops, who call the hospital. He sobered up under the doctors’ care, but a couple hours after being discharged he crashed his car, having combine meds with vodka. Then he was sent to drunk tank. I didn’t know any of this until he called me from a limo that he hired and had just taken him back to car to pick up his clothes and his bottle of vodka.
I spent a long time thinking and talking about why my father drinks. My uncle who has watched his brother self-inflict suffering and watched him turn to alcohol as a teenager, thinks that my dad needs to move out of his old house and move on in life, closer to his family. I agree this would help. But when I am talking to my dad why he doesn’t move closer, he exudes a stubbornness and willfulness and declares that he is proud he lives on the land he was born on, proud he lives in the house he built, proud that he drinks like his father did and proud he remembers the his father’s stories. And I believe he thinks he would lose that connection to the past if he gave up his house or his vodka.
I feel lucky to have neither the chemical dependency nor the co-dependence that runs in my family which neither my sister nor brother were able to avoid. I feel proud that I was the first in my family to go to college. And when I think about how I did it, I think of the paradox of being my father’s son. Not only did he predispose me to dependency, he gave me willfulness and stubbornness to overcome it and achieve the goals I have set.
While my family has not provided the full gambit of traditional support, I have learned that I am built from the same stuff as my family I have used these attributes to my advantage. These attributes of aspiration, dedication, and acceptance have served me in my career and will continue to serve me in law school and my field.

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beegnar
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby beegnar » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:36 am

I would love to swap with someone! PM me :D

Thiggs
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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Thiggs » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:42 pm

Also looking to swap PS!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Thiggs » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:51 pm

​ Here is my statement, I look forward to everyone's comments!

Friday is, undoubtedly, the best day of the week in the Charleston County Family Court. It is adoption day and, after the emotional rollercoaster of custody hearings, juvenile runaways, and fathers arrested for not paying child support that make up the bulk of the court’s time on the other four days of the week, everyone involved looks forward to each Friday’s exuberant happiness—happiness visible on the beaming faces of children and their new families. On one particularly joy-filled Friday morning in the summer of 2012, a middle-aged attorney with whom I had become quite familiar shook my hand and, with an enormous grin, commented, “This is why I work as a Guardian and as a lawyer, for days like today. This is the payoff.” He then handed me a camera and rushed to pose with the judge and the newly formed family in front of the bench, waiting for me to snap a memory.
​ Was this the moment? Was this the climactic instant in which I decided that I wanted to go to law school? Well, no. Law school has always been at least a faint and indistinct, though undoubtedly major, part of my life’s plan. My father is an attorney and has always been open to sharing his passion and knowledge with me, so from a young age I was both unopposed and predisposed to a career in law. As such, it would be rather difficult for me to determine the exact moment I first knew that I wanted to go to law school, for it was something that developed at a young age and has stayed with me ever since. However, if prompted to recall the life-altering moment that both solidified my vague desire and honed my focus, I would immediately point to a meeting in the fall of 2010.
​Soon after the beginning of my sophomore year at ***** I scheduled an appointment to meet with the pre-law advisor to discuss the prospect of law school. I approached the meeting enthusiastically, excited to ascertain crucial information about what potentially would be a vital step toward my future career. As I entered his office, my advisor spun around in his chair and stated firmly, “I understand that you are interested in applying to law school.” “Yes, sir, I am,” I replied, confidently. He then proceeded to list the various reasons why I might reconsider this decision, ranging from the intense and ultra-competitive atmosphere of many top schools to the misconception held by most that every attorney makes “the big bucks.” At the end of our meeting, my advisor asked, “Now, are you sure that you want to apply to law school, Allen? I always want to make students aware of what they are getting themselves into before rushing into anything.” Taken aback, but not averted, I responded without hesitation, “I am certain, Professor. I am going to try.”
​This meeting, which thankfully came fairly early in my undergraduate career, marked a major shift in my life. The professor’s cautionary words altered my thought processes and actions, while simultaneously heightening my focus and desire. I began to relish the challenge that lay before me, not based on any ill-conceived desire to prove him wrong, but due to the stirring realization that I would have to strengthen my work ethic and reevaluate my priorities in order to reach my goals. Armed with a more realistic understanding of law school’s competitiveness, my focus on academics was heightened.
​In the semesters that followed, I dove into my coursework with the understanding that I could weave together seemingly dissimilar topics, from different classes, into a seamless discourse, leading to greater, overarching insights. One such example of this creative synthesis came in the form of a thesis, which was part of my comprehensive examination and required for the completion of my history degree. In this lengthy work, I combined elements from my political science minor, such as the Supreme Court cases that impacted the African-American community prior to the Civil Rights era, with my knowledge of both American history and African-American cultural history in order to examine the lives and narrative voices of former slaves from South Carolina. These voices were of particular interest because they had been misinterpreted, taken out of context, and under-analyzed for decades. My ability to investigate and integrate important components from varied subjects, highlighted in my thesis work, will undoubtedly be a vital asset during my law school tenure and as a practicing attorney.
​Following my advisory meeting, I also quickly came to understand that, even though I held a strong conviction to pursue law school and vague notions of what to expect from a legal career, I was utterly inexperienced and, thereby, needed to test my aspirations by seeking opportunities, outside of formal academia, that would provide invaluable insight into the legal process, as well as a better understanding of the field itself. With this notion as my guide, I endeavored to experience as many aspects of the legal field as possible. In the summer following my sophomore year, I sought out and secured a volunteer position in the Office of the Clerk of the Court in Franklin County, Tennessee, where I garnered my first real exposure to the court system. Furthermore, this recognition led to my current post as a Circuit Civil Court Clerk in ****, where I am fortunate to work within the legal system in a hands-on, meaningful way. And, indeed, it was this venture to pursue a wide-range of legal experience that brought me to the Charleston County Family Court in the summer of 2012.
​ It was on this brutally hot Charleston morning, my most memorable adoption Friday, while looking through the camera lens at the smiling faces of two newly adopted children and their beautiful families, that I came to the stunning realization of how I wanted to put my future law degree to use. As an attorney I wish to help people, including those who may be intimidated or repelled by the nuances and difficulties of the law, navigate the legal system and find hope and joy in moments like those that come on adoption Friday.




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