cerberus7 wrote:Hello all,
I would like to say thanks to everyone here for your service. I have been reading through this thread, and this is my first post.
160/3.7 (taken the LSAT three times, looks like the score is not improving anymore)
E-5, Army, MI, currently stationed in RoK
ETSing November '14 but planning to take terminal leave to get out by mid-August so that I can barely meet the fall semester time frame
My background might be a bit unorthodox; born and raised in Asia, moved to the States with my family when I was in high school while applying for permanent residency, aged out of my original status while in college, switched to "international student" status, did some manual labor after college (it was near impossible to find a job during the height of the sub-prime fiasco as an intl student), and joined the Army under a wartime recruiting program targeting valid visa holders. Normally people like myself won't be able to join but I was extremely fortunate; it took me almost a year to ship out due to the competition among other "applicants" and the two medical waivers I had to get, and that wait was nerve-wrecking as an individual with an unstable legal status.
I am planning to stay within NY after LS, and I am hoping for either Fordham or Cardozo with YRP and BAH kicking in. Columbia has always been my dream school but well my numbers are just embarrassing. I wonder if I will ever have chance for lower T-14s like Cornell or GULC but then again I am non-URM.
The general impression I get from TLS is that military experience is a very good soft but not significant enough to offset lacking LSAT score, along with the personal statement. At least I do have things to write about; I have been writing drafts focusing on my struggle to adjust to the real world after graduation, and how the course of my life as an immigrant has been shaped by the trend of U.S. foreign policy. However, I feel like I should elaborate more on the military experience to take full advantage of the "soft". Would a diversity statement about my immigrant/military background help? It looks like my PS/DS may be overlapping in terms of contents, and I don't know if that's good.
Welcome! I spent a year in the "land of the not quite right" back in '09 when I was at Osan AB. A couple questions: Did you take any/all of your LSATs in Korea? If so, what was that experience like? Did you take it on base with a native English speaking proctor team? Or was it something else? Just a little curious as to whether you think the environment of a foriegn country had any impact on your performance.
Cobretti's advice makes sense, as does Fordham/Cardozo with your desire to stay in NYC. Thanks to YRP/BAH you have a lot more options when it comes to schools vs. debt. Best of luck to you.
Welcome. If you can tie your military experience into your PS, then it's definitely a good idea. If you want to write a separate DS, then I think one way of "deconflicting" the two essays to prevent overlap is to emphasize on the military experience in one and the immigrant experience on the other.
Kinda amusing to think we might have run into each other in Yongsan (although, of course, USAG-Y is a pretty large base). I'm ROKN, and I make a few trips to Yongsan each year.
ETA: I don't know why I assumed you'd be in Yongsan.
I also took the LSAT twice in Korea, both times at the Yonsei University test center. I thought it was a rather efficiently run administration. There is a central proctor keeping the time and her timing is on the dot right down to the second, so there's very little danger of a careless proctor messing the time up. I had no issues on both occasions, and if I had to take the test a third time I would have no qualms about signing up at the same location. (Not that I need to do this