I entered my University with 48 credits from high school in 2002. I was poised to graduate in August 2004...I took the Dec. 2003 LSAT....did horrific! I applied anyways...I was shut out...So I decided to spend another year at University and add another major to my degree. I graduated in August 2005 as a result.
My mom said move back home so you don't have to pay rent and you can work and do whatever you want...So I got a job in customs and border protection as a Spanish interpreter in Oct 2005 and been there ever since...
- I've become fluent in German, advanced in Mandarin, intermediate in French/Russian
- Bought everything I'll need for law school, from basic furniture in my room to hdtvs for the computers, iphone etc.
- Went from not having a passport and never being outside the country to having spent a combined total time of 7 months over 3 years in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Malaysia, China, HK, Macau, Canada, India, UAE.
- Gained lots of experience through my job on the government side of immigration law.
- Gained tremendous amounts of experience in dealing with non-US Citizens.
- Got to spend tons of time with my family
Finally I've regained my energy to focus and hopefully do well in law school. I thought I was ready in 2004...but I wasn't. If I had went in 2004, I would have never probably traveled until I was old...never got to work in the exciting environment I do...not have the things I have now for law school...not learn the languages I've had time to learn. While this go-round I don't think my LSAT is stelllar...(Went to have my eyes checked and was told a couple days before the test I might have brain cancer or something) and could be better...I'm happy with schools I've gained admission to so far. Waiting to hear back from several more still.
In any case I'm extremely happy I took the time off...I'm 25 now.